Category Archives: History

Movies: facing the past.

On Tuesday, I saw Hidden Figures, about three African-American women who fought bigotry and misogyny to become important figures at NASA. It’s a great movie, and a story that needs to be told. And, like Selma, I found it difficult … Continue reading

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It could be worse. If you Google “Labor Day hurricane Florida,” the top hit will not be Hurricane Hermine. Instead it will be the Labor Day hurricane of 1935, the strongest and most intense storm ever to make landfall in … Continue reading

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The sound of breaking glass.

Perhaps I am naive, but I don’t worry too much about our country indulging in mass killings of Muslims by the the government. We are not Nazi Germany. I could be wrong, of course: if you had told me fifteen … Continue reading

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Just a reminder: this year marks the Fiftieth Anniversary of the Berkeley Free Speech movement.  It was a movement that could only take place in an environment free from social media, from a job market where potential graduates have to … Continue reading

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Fifty years on.

I was two years old when Kennedy was shot.  I don’t have memories of where I was and what I was doing,  the way I do of Challenger exploding or the planes hitting the World Trade Center on 9/11.  I … Continue reading

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And, just to note…

It’s another damn mid-April anniversary. Abraham Lincoln’s death. April 15. Adolf Hitler’s birth. April 20. The sinking of the Titanic. April 14. Tiananmen Square, April 21. The 1927 floods in Louisiana. The 1906 San Francisco Earthquake. April 18. The 2010 … Continue reading

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Dear Mayan “expert”: An event that happens every 100 years is in astronomical terms (and pretty much in human terms, as well) not “very rare.”  In terms of the cosmos, that’s less than a blink of an eye. I think … Continue reading

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