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When Uncle Frank Jenks out-acted Raymond Massey

ME TV (Memorable Entertainment Television) is one of several networks catering to Boomers by broadcasting reruns of 1950s and 1960s era TV programs we loved. Sometimes I think it would be kinder if they left some shows to our fading … Continue reading

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Dick Gregory, October 12, 1932 – August 19, 2017

Dick Gregory was a lean, mean running machine in 1974 when he came to the first annual Communication Center at Green Lake, Wis. The Center was a week-long seminar in interfaith communication planned by the American Baptist Division of Communication, … Continue reading

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Smoke Signals to Eleanor

Thanks to daughter Lauren Jenks for uncovering this long-lost response from Eleanor Roosevelt, pasted 55 years ago in a book to keep it safe. The topic was an interview I conducted with her through the mail. The elaborate adolescent signature to the … Continue reading

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Governor Jenks and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Cloak

Even before Ancestry.com, my family was steeped in genealogical lore. Grandpa Addison Jenks and his sister, Aunt Ava, spent their lives searching courthouse records for birth certificates, wills, and deeds that bore the Jenks name. Addison liked to do family … Continue reading

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Bobby Lee and the Great Statuary Purge

NOTE: This essay was written June 14, two months before President Trump’s vainglorious efforts to justify Neo-Nazi and white supremacist violence in Charlottesville on efforts to protect a statue of Robert E. Lee. Statues of Civil War generals and politicians … Continue reading

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Subway Heroism

Mishaps on the New York subway are relatively rare, but when they happen they tend to shed light on the true nature of New Yorkers. This month a middle-aged man fell onto the subway tracks in Manhattan and a ballet … Continue reading

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Walt Herring and Big Truth

His biographers can’t find the actual quote, but theologian Karl Barth is credited with the advice to read the bible in one hand and the newspaper in the other. Today, he would advise us not to watch CNN unless we … Continue reading

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