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Ladies and gentlemen, I give you the Heir Presumptive… Joseph P. Kennedy III, we have been impatiently awaiting you.

January 11, 2012 | Author: | Posted in Dr. Jeffrey Lant’s Article Archive

by Dr. Jeffrey Lant Author’s program note. When the White Hope of a great dynasty reveals himself and his intentions, it is only fitting that this moment of significance be marked and marked well. Thus, gentles all, I give you Sir William Walton’s stirring prelude to the 1944 film of Shakespeare’s Henry V. It is …

Jobless rate drops to 8.5%… Obama winks at Michelle and does his happy dance… O! Mamma!

January 10, 2012 | Author: | Posted in Dr. Jeffrey Lant’s Article Archive

by Dr. Jeffrey Lant It is Saturday, January 7, 2012 as I write. The nation’s air waves and print publications are filled with stories about Republicans. About today’s flash-in-the-pan former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum… about the Boston Globe endorsing former Utah governor and U.S. Ambassador to China Jon Huntsman over Boston’s not-so-favorite son former Massachusetts …

‘Some of these days, you’re gonna miss me….’ 2011 a catastrophic year for the endangered African elephants. Do we really care?

January 9, 2012 | Author: | Posted in Dr. Jeffrey Lant’s Article Archive

by Dr. Jeffrey Lant Author’s program note. In 1911 Shelton Brooks wrote and composed a tune that became the signature song for the “Last of the Red-Hot Mamas”, Sophie Tucker. There wasn’t a woman alive (not a girl, mind, but a card-carrying woman) who didn’t love Tucker for getting up off her backside and singing …

‘The old gray mare, she ain’t what she used to be,’ but I’m just as spry as ever, and don’t you dare call me sir!

January 7, 2012 | Author: | Posted in Dr. Jeffrey Lant’s Article Archive

by Dr. Jeffrey Lant Author’s program note. One minute I was walking home through Harvard Square, savoring the exceptionally good meal I had just finished. The next minute, there were three or four boys peering down at me saying, “Sir, sir, are you alright?” I recognized this voice, the special tone Harvard students reserve for …

‘Parting is such sweet sorrow.’ An appreciation for the life of George Whitman, his bookstore and the books he loved. Dead at 98, December 14, 2011.

January 6, 2012 | Author: | Posted in Dr. Jeffrey Lant’s Article Archive

by Dr. Jeffrey Lant Author’s program note. Start this article by going at once to any search engine where you will find the stirring, uplifting music, a royal theme, with just a touch of sadness, written by Sir William Walton in 1955 for Shakespeare’s Richard III, the film staring Sir Laurence Olivier. Listen to it …

Censorship comes to Harvard. Of Subramanian Swamy, free speech, and the need for constant vigilance.

January 3, 2012 | Author: | Posted in Dr. Jeffrey Lant’s Article Archive

by Dr. Jeffrey Lant “I may not agree with what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.” Voltaire Voltaire was that most inconvenient of people… a man who had something to say, something that often riled his neighbors and outraged the conventions. Worse, at whatever cost he would …

The humane society that was anything but and what YOU can do to make sure other outrages are avoided.

January 2, 2012 | Author: | Posted in Dr. Jeffrey Lant’s Article Archive

by Dr. Jeffrey Lant Author’s program note. Ever see the Disney film “Old Yeller”? If you’re of Baby Boomer vintage you surely did. The story began with Fred Gipson’s 1956 novel (which later won the prestigious Newbery Prize). It features the adventures of what we in Illinois called a “mutt”, no lineage, no pedigree, just …