Remembering Our Veterans on the 4th of July

Posted on July 3rd, 2019
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Dale Wayne Quick, who passed at away at the age of 91 in Lincoln, Nebraska on June 13, 2019, was not a national figure. His name never appeared in the New York Times.  He was not discussed on Fox News, CNN, TMZ or The View.  He didn’t win a national lottery, star on Jeopardy or […]

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Marilyn Monroe in Life and Death

Posted on June 26th, 2019
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When film director Billy Wilder was asked about his working relationship with the notoriously unstable Marilyn Monroe, he replied: “I have an Aunt Ida who lives in Vienna.  She’s on time for everything.  Her memory is good, so she could learn lines.  But I would never think of casting her in a movie.  Who would […]

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Surveillance, Selfies and Funerals

Posted on June 20th, 2019
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“Smile, you are on Candid Camera.” That was the punch line of a popular television program that ran, in one form or another, for more than fifty years. The creator, Allen Funt, and his crew would catch unsuspecting individuals in some foolish act on a hidden camera: at a critical point, the target would be informed […]

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Do Animals Mourn?

Posted on June 13th, 2019
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This is a true story: In 2006, two ducks were rescued from a foie gras factory in New York and taken to a farm sanctuary. The two, named Harper and Kohl, were in bad shape physically.  Harper was blind in one eye and Kohl’s legs were severely impaired by untreated fractures. Both ducks were extremely […]

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Billy Buckner’s Decisive Moment in Death

Posted on June 6th, 2019
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In photography, it’s called “the decisive moment.” The term, coined by French master, Henri Cartier-Bresson, refers to the shot which captures all of the significance of an event, including hints of antecedent conditions. Think of the exhilarating moment recorded by Alfred Eisenstaedt with the kiss in Times Square on VJ day, August, 1945. Or the […]

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