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The Generation Gasp

Saturday, August 18, 2012

JIM:

Hero: any person admired for courage, nobility, or exploits, esp. in war ... any person admired for qualities or achievements and regarded as an ideal or model. -Webster's New World College Dictionary (4th ed. 1999)

A decade ago, I was teaching a law course called "Celebrated American Trials of the 20th Century" at a local university. On a snowy February evening in 2003 the topic for my class of 30 students was the infamous Lindbergh kidnapping case of 1935. Not surprisingly, the topic of heroes came up.

Saturday, August 11, 2012

CLAIRE:

Saturday, August 4, 2012

JIM:

The story has passed into legend. A 24-year-old American Indian sails with the U.S. Olympic team in 1912 to Stockholm, where he sweeps the pentathlon and decathlon events. Hanging the gold medals around his neck, the King of Sweden tells James Francis Thorpe, "You are the greatest athlete in the world." Jim, a modest young man, replies simply, "Thanks, King."

Saturday, July 28, 2012

CLAIRE:

My parents and I are visiting my godparents in Tampa, Florida this week, and I've learned many things in my short time here - but only two were particularly interesting. First, that alligators inhabit most of the lakes, and won't hesitate to take your arm as payment should you decide to swim in their territory. Second, that the women of Florida have far better taste than the men.

Saturday, July 21, 2012

JIM:

When I was a kid, Spam was on the lunchtime menu at least once a week. The pinkish, molded meat slid smoothly from the can with the curved edges. Mom sliced it and sometimes fried it, before putting it between two pieces of Wonderbread, along with a little mustard. Decades later, a lawsuit ensued, when the Muppet people interjected a villain named Spam into one of their feature films. I don't remember how either the movie or the suit turned out. I do know that Spam is still on supermarket shelves.

Saturday, July 14, 2012

JIM:

Saturday, July 7, 2012

JIM:

I recently received an email attachment, entitled "8 Career Practices Millennials Can Learn From Baby Boomers," from an outfit with the address www.onlinebusinessdegree.org. Unexpectedly, I agreed with most (but not all) of these bits of advice:

Saturday, June 30, 2012

JIM:

Saturday, June 23, 2012
Alex Zubey of Hometown, a former Tamaqua High School track and field champion, shakes hands with President Barack Obama at the May 23rd graduation ceremony at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs. The newly-commissioned second lieutenant will begin his career at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado, where he will continue to compete for the United States as a distance runner.

JIM: