Harry Houdini died on Halloween, as Predicted

Posted on October 22nd, 2021
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Preeminent illusionist Harry Houdini died on Halloween 95 years ago.  It was a curious death.   A famous fortune teller predicted it months in advance.  And shortly beforehand, Houdini himself suspected it was coming. While his attending physicians identified peritonitis, occasioned by a ruptured appendix, as the official cause of death, some wondered if foul play was […]

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A Century of Living through the Eyes of NPR’s Doris Grumbach

Posted on October 15th, 2021
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“Sometimes you have to put your realistic glasses on and see who you are.” Those are the words of Will Muschamp, a college football coach, most recently on the staff of the Georgia Bulldogs. Doris Grumbach isn’t a devoted sports fan, probably does not follow Georgia football, and may never have heard of Will Muschamp. But, no one […]

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End of Life Dreams Bring Comfort to the Dying

Posted on October 8th, 2021
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Shortly after Dr. Christopher Kerr joined the staff of the Hospice and Palliative Care, Buffalo, New York, he encountered a 40-year-old patient named Tom.   Despite a grim diagnosis, Tom was relatively fit owing to years of strict exercise.  Dr. Kerr was optimistic about life preservation treatment. “I think we can buy Tom some time,” Dr. […]

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The Beatles and The Music Man

Posted on October 1st, 2021
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QUESTION:  What is the connection between Meredith Willson and The Beatles? ANSWER: The song, Till There Was You, written by Meredith Willson for his Broadway blockbuster, The Music Man. This was the only Broadway song the Beatles ever recorded and, in terms of their early career, it was significant. Well before the Beatles had achieved worldwide notoriety, Paul […]

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Deafblindness Impacts Millions of Lives

Posted on September 24th, 2021
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“What?  What did you say?  Please repeat that.” Is that a conversation you’ve been part of recently? Or, how about this one: “I can’t read that print, it’s too small.” If you recognize any of the above, welcome to the inevitable.  It might be that you are just getting older. As physics professor Peter Hoffmann said: “Life […]

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