Sunday, February 22, 2015

Miracle Memories

Today (Feb. 22) is the 35th anniversary of the Miracle on Ice (the historic US defeat of the USSR hockey team in the 1980 Olympics). I remember watching the game on TV... but I already knew the final score. ABC tape-delayed the afternoon game until prime time. In those ancient, pre-Internet days, my 13-year-old self was forced to listen for hourly updates in real time on the CBS Radio newscasts (on KYW 1060 AM in Philadelphia). And now the Miracle on Ice is closer to World War II than to today. Time flies, as they say.

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Presidents Day

I occasionally get asked, “Which president is your favorite?” The short answer is all of them. We’ve had some bad ones (I’m talkin’ about you, Franklin Pierce), but even the worst have had redeeming qualities. (Pierce was a party animal, for example.) The point is, we’ve never had a president hellbent on destroying the country (despite what the incumbent’s critics say). Each president did his best. Faint praise in some cases. But lots of other countries have had truly evil leaders. In 239 years, we’ve not had one. Make me wonder how long we can keep dodging that particular bullet.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Order forms

I miss the order forms that used to come with mail-order catalogs. I know it’s easier to order on a website. But the order forms appealed to my anal-retentive nature. Carefully filling out each block: item number, description, color, size. Calculating the total cost (including shipping). It made the transaction more personal. No impulse buying when you had to fill out a form. And there was a kind of art to designing good order forms. I especially liked the ones that were attached to an envelope to mail in the form. Order forms, victim of the modern age.