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Sanity and Rationality in the Cuban Missile Crisis

October 22, 2017 – Fifty-five years ago today, President John F. Kennedy announced a quarantine of all ships approaching Cuban harbors. He used the word “quarantine” advisedly because he was actually ordering a blockade of Cuba, which is an act … Continue reading

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#IKnew

#MeToo. The response of thousands of women to Harvey Weinstein’s serial abuse of females should come as no surprise to us guys. Harvey and his evil ilk are everywhere, and if we have not been him we quietly rolled our … Continue reading

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John Woolman, the Great Muslin Hope

October 19, 2017 – John Woolman, the itinerate Quaker mystic who spread his peaceful witness throughout Colonial New Jersey in the mid 18th century, was born 295 years ago today. Woolman became one of my heroes when I was a … Continue reading

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The Day I Was a Lazy, Filthy Fogger

The memory had been lost for fifty years in the dim recesses of my hippocampus. This morning a little dab of shaving foam dislodged it. There it was, dangling defiantly from the plastic red spigot of my foamy shaving cream … Continue reading

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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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