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‘Oh, Danny Boy, oh Danny boy I love you so’, but not in Southie and NOT in the St. Patrick’s Day parade.

by Dr. Jeffrey Lant Author’s program note. Have you ever been to South Boston’s St. Patrick’s Day parade? It is at the best of times a pitiable thing, ramshackle, disorganized, still smelling of the mother load that Billy O’Sullivan barfed on Monseigneur Murray last year as he bent down to bless the laddie, age 38 …

The tragic and enraging story of how Great Britain and lawful bigotry destroyed one of its greatest heroes. This is Alan Turing’s tale, and it will outrage and sadden you, if you have any humanity at all.

by Dr. Jeffrey Lant Author’s program note. In the darkest days of World War II, in 1942, Great  Britain held… but only held with the thinnest of thin red lines. Its valiant,  uncomplaining  people were worn, hungry, fearful and anxious and rightly  so, for never before had starving the nation into submission been so  possible, …

‘I never get a single thing that’s new.’ An appreciation for America’s pack rat, Alex Shear, dead at 73, January 10, 2014, now in God’s collection.

by Dr. Jeffrey Lant Author’s program note. This is not merely an article. It is instead a declaration  of support and unity for people like Alex Shear (and, yes, me) who are (far)  beyond obsessive in their acquisition of… everything. We have endured snide  comments, ribald jokes, side slapping “humor”, ridicule, even the ultimate indignity  …

She made America and the whole wide world smile when we needed it most. An appreciation for the life of Shirley Temple Black, dead at 85, February 10, 2014.

by Dr. Jeffrey Lant Author’s program note.  If I’d been smart, I  would have met Shirley Temple Black  in Prague August 20, 1968. I was finishing up several exhilarating days in the  ancient capital of the Kingdom of Bohemia during the waning hours of what  was called “Prague Spring.” These were the glorious days when …

“I’m doing what I’m doing for love.” Valentine’s Day, 2014.

February 12, 2014 | Author: | Posted in Interesting People, Jeffrey Lant Articles

by Dr. Jeffrey Lant Author’s program note. She was the best of wives and the best of mothers. She was such a Yiddishe momme right out of Sophie Tucker, we used to laugh about it. She was the life support for a feckless husband born into cozy wealth who discovered at mid life that he …

Mandela! Dead at 95, December 5, 2013. An Appreciation.

By Dr. Jeffrey Lant Author’s program note. One evening several years ago I was dining in London  with two of the nicest (and most charming) people I know, Lord and Lady Mackay  of Clashfern. Born the son of a railway signalman, after a lifetime of zealous  study and application of the law, Prime Minister Margaret …

‘All I want is a whole lot of excess!’ The joy — and exhilarating successes –that come to marketers with determination and ‘just a little touch of star quality!’ Is that you?

by  Dr. Jeffrey Lant. Author’s program note. I confess to a naughty obsession. Its name is Andrew Lloyd Webber. Father forgive me, but he’s a truly larger than life phenomenon, talent oozing from every pore. Born March 22, 1948 (thus still — just — on the sunny side of Social Security) he hasn’t space enough …

‘Simple things made him happy.’ Dave MacNeill, dead at 80, August 28, 2012; a man whose blissful mission was music. An encomium for this man of notes.

October 24, 2012 | Author: | Posted in Interesting People, Life, Opinion

by  Dr. Jeffrey Lant Author’s Program Note. When I was growing up in suburban Chicago in the 1950s listening to the musical compositions deemed “classical” was close to a signed admission that you were liberal, progressive, or worse, some kind of left-leaning, long-haired, sexually liberated and Communist sympathizing egg-head, and that’s a fact. Classical music …

‘Bulldog, bulldog, bow-wow-wow.’ One of America’s greatest leaders — Yale’s president Richard C. Levin — retires after 20 years. An appreciation.

September 17, 2012 | Author: | Posted in Interesting People

by  Dr. Jeffrey Lant Author’s program note. Harvard University, my alma mater, doesn’t  inaugurate presidents like other, lesser institutions of exalted learning. By no means. They consecrate and install latter-day deities, mere administrators no longer, but the dynamos that rule from Harvard Yard the Great Republic and every other nation and significant institution everywhere on …

What doth God want? The most profound question we must ask. Of U.S. Ambassador John Christopher Stevens and his three colleagues. An elegy. Our conundrum.

September 15, 2012 | Author: | Posted in Interesting People

by  Dr. Jeffrey Lant Author’s program note. When the news flashed from Benghazi that His Excellency J. Christopher “Chris” Stevens along with three members of his staff had been killed, I wept. For Chris Stevens, for his family, for the people of Libya whom he had served so well and for the Great Republic itself, …