Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Winter Styles for Gentlemen in 1867

(From Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper, November 30, 1867.) 

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Inauguration Day

President Obama will be sworn in for his second term in a private ceremony at noon tomorrow (Sunday, January 20). The public inauguration takes place on Monday. There's still something that bothers me from the president's first inaugural address: One of the very first things he said was, "Forty-four Americans have now taken the presidential oath." This, of course, is incorrect. Grover Cleveland, who served two non-consecutive terms, counts as two presidents. So only 43 Americans have taken the oath. Don't make that mistake again, Mr. President!

Friday, January 11, 2013

Ex-President News: Lifetime Secret Service Protection

President Obama signed a bill yesterday that restores lifetime Secret Service protection to former presidents. (Lifetime protection had been rescinded by a 1994 law. Politico has the full story.) This was a surprise to me; for one thing, providing lifetime protection is expensive. Given the country's dire finances, you'd think the bill would've received more attention. Besides, it's my understanding that the 1994 law still allowed presidents to request lifetime protection for themselves and their families if they deemed it necessary, so, in a way, the new law is superfluous.

Monday, January 07, 2013

Grade School Reunion

Row 1 (L to R): Tom, Joyce, Phyllis, Karen, Barbara
Row 2 (L to R): Steve, Tim, David, Matt, Sister Danielle
Row 3 (L to R): Brian, Robert
My grade school held a reunion in Pennsylvania over the weekend. I saw many old friends I hadn't seen in many, many years. It was fantastic, a chance to share memories (good, bad, and hazy), and a chance to catch up on our lives.

The picture at the top is our class photo from seventh grade (1978-79) at St. Agnes School in Sellersville, Pa. Of the eleven students in the photo, nine attended the reunion (as did two who missed picture day way back then). Pretty amazing! 
L to R: Karen, David, Phyllis, Colleen, Joyce,
Matt, Tom, Steve, Tim, Brian, Phil