In 1967 Singer/Songwriter Scott MacKenzie (Philip Wallach Blondheim) gave some advice that may still hold. “If you’re going to San Francisco/Be sure to wear/Some flowers in your hair.” I did go, several times. I dined at the Cliff House, Fisherman’s Wharf, and put a quarter in the human jukebox. The human jukebox occupied a […]
Canada’s largest city has only two subway lines that bring people into downtown. Few people get off and more people get on until the cars arrive downtown, jam packed. Those are north-south lines. There’s just one east-west line which brings people from both directions to transfer to the north-south lines and continue downtown. Many a […]
“Kill the bum…” says the quintessential sports fan at a prize fight, football or hockey game. “Are you blind?” yells another quintessential fan at an umpire or other official. Fist bumps, loud yips of delight and almost as loud moans of disappointment fill arenas, basements, and living rooms in which TVs are tuned into the […]
Good artists borrow and great artists steal they say. We’ll I’m stealing from Jim Cobb who has written a shelf full of books on emergency preparedness. Start where you like. I started with Countdown to Preparedness The Prepper’s 52-Week Course to Total Disaster Readiness. Oddly, there’s more clear and useful information in this little paperback […]
Funny about writing styles. They either inform, entertain, or put up a barrier. Some styles make a connection between reader and writer. Others are bloodless. Three new and important books about cities may illustrate this point. Once in a Great City A Detroit Story is by journalist David Maraniss. Beyond Rust Metropolitan Pittsburgh and the […]
Politics: Canada’s inflation rate drops to 1.1%, the lowest in 30 years (1992). Disaster: An earthquake in the Philippines leaves 1,000 people dead (1990). Space travel: Apollo 11 lifts off for the first moon landing (1969).
Business: Conrad Black is convicted in the U.S. of fraud and obstruction of justice (2007). Negotiation: A land claim is settled in the Mackenzie Delta (1991). Crisis management: The Hong Kong flue pandemic begins (1968).
Disaster: A heat advisory is issued in Chicago, and about 1,000 people die in the following few weeks (1995). Politics: Boris Yeltsin announces he will resign from the Soviet Communist Party (1990). Politics: Louis Robichaud becomes the new premier of New Brunswick (1960).
Negotiation: Canada and the Deh Cho First Nations agree on a review of the Mackenzie Valley Pipeline project (2005). Politics: A U.S. trade representative says NAFTA will not harm Canadian culture (1991). Disaster: Seven Americans die in a mountaineering accident near Lake Louise, Alberta (1955).
Business: Samuel Bronfman dies (1971). Politics: Canada and the U.S. agree to North American defenses in the event of an enemy attack (1958). Disaster: A dam break in Switzerland leaves 70 people dead (1887).