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On board the Ferdinand Magellan with Harry Truman. A great set-piece of American politics with a moral for all of today’s ‘leaders’.

October 31, 2011 | Author: | Posted in Dr. Jeffrey Lant’s Article Archive

By Dr. Jeffrey Lant Author’s program note. No air ship can ever compare with the great age of American railroads. Air vessels are good for one thing and one thing only, speed… for arriving and leaving just as fast as possible. There is no allure in this… no bliss… no romance… and most certainly no …

Trick or Treat. Halloween in the great American heartland, way too much candy, costumes from Woolworth’s, and ghouls from the best families…

October 29, 2011 | Author: | Posted in Dr. Jeffrey Lant’s Article Archive

by Dr. Jeffrey Lant Author’s program note. It seems to me that far too little attention has been directed to the creation of music suitable for Halloween. You can think of classic tunes for Christmas, Thanksgiving, New Year’s Eve… but Halloween? You will be hard pressed. That is why in considering a suitable song for …

Semper paratus. What every boy scout knows will help you create blog copy that can be used forever while you (and rightly) congratulate yourself, smartie.

October 26, 2011 | Author: | Posted in Dr. Jeffrey Lant’s Article Archive

By Dr. Jeffrey Lant Author’s program note. My mother used regularly to bring down the house when she’d say “When I was a cub scout (when Abe Lincoln was president)…” and then her usual sharp-as-a-tack observation on any subject under the sun. We’d all laugh and knew POM (Poor Old Mother) was chipper indeed, all …

A story of fortitude, West Texas and of water more precious than gold.

October 24, 2011 | Author: | Posted in Dr. Jeffrey Lant’s Article Archive

By Dr. Jeffrey Lant Author’s program note. Today you will turn on the water tap in your home or office over and over again; just how many times you will not bother to consider. The water is there… it is easily accessible… you can have as much as you want as often as you want. …

Conceived in liberty. The first 120 days or so in the life of this American boy and the world he entered.

October 21, 2011 | Author: | Posted in Dr. Jeffrey Lant’s Article Archive

By Dr. Jeffrey Lant Author’s program note. If celebrated biographer David McCullough didn’t write so well, this article might not have been written. But McCullough is a masterful writer… and his book on President Truman compelling reading for anyone who wants to understand contemporary America and its place in the world. Thus, I saw on …

On Zsa Zsa Gabor, her world of tinsel and pretense, ‘now we are growing old,’ dah-link.

October 19, 2011 | Author: | Posted in Dr. Jeffrey Lant’s Article Archive

By Dr. Jeffrey Lant Author’s program note. We are sorry to learn that one of the most enduring personalities of Hollywood and Post World War II America, Zsa Zsa Gabor, is seriously ill. First, then, we must wish her well… for she has amused and titillated so many, giving the glamorless majority an aperture into …

Got an idea to change the world? Then you could get $1000 free. That’s Awesome.

October 17, 2011 | Author: | Posted in Dr. Jeffrey Lant’s Article Archive

By Dr. Jeffrey Lant Author’s program note. If you live in a college town like I do (Cambridge, Massachusetts) you’re going to hear the undergrads talk about the “awesome” this, the even more “awesome” that. Usually I don’t pay much attention to this because the word is habitually misapplied and misused. I mean just how …

Of pumpkins planted, grown, carved, smashed and remembered.

October 11, 2011 | Author: | Posted in Dr. Jeffrey Lant’s Article Archive

By Dr. Jeffrey Lant Author’s program note. It is October time around America and that means the ubiquitous appearance of pumpkins. They are everywhere these days… small ones up Massachusetts Avenue at the Montrose Spa where Tommy, el jefe, has at last shaved what was striving to become a beard; we are all relieved, since …

Who’s picture should appear on the next batch of postage stamps? Why yours… and mine, of course! An audacious proposal.

October 8, 2011 | Author: | Posted in Dr. Jeffrey Lant’s Article Archive

By Dr. Jeffrey Lant Author’s program note. The United States Postal Service is in deep doo doo. There’s no question about that. The question is what are they doing to clean up the mess and run in the black again? Elvis Presley has already helped the Postal Service out once before; he was featured on …