History

THE CONTINUING CONTROVERSY OF COLUMBUS DAY

Shiny Happy Columbus Growing up in the 80s, elementary school in New Jersey meant Columbus day was the unofficial start of fall. Even though Columbus Day and Thanksgiving book-ended Halloween, they sort of glommed together. To an eight year old boy with a fertile imagination and a tendency not to question adults (boy, did that change) I had it in my head that Columbus comes to America, sticks a flag in the sand, gets the Indians all civilized; meanwhile the British party on Halloween and get to feeling a little inadequate, and within a month’s time they are in New England…


Did TV Save Us Only to Kill Us?

On Sept 26th, 1960, John F Kennedy and Richard participated in the first ever televised presidential debate. Before the debate, JFK was a senator from Massachusetts without much national recognition, and Nixon was incumbent two-term vice president under Dwight Eisenhower. Before the debate, JFK was young, unknown, and catholic, all of which arguably counted against him. As far as loony conspiracy theories go, some predicted that he would build an underground tunnel directly to the Vatican and would bow to the pope’s tuition. After the debate, JFK was the future president. It’s commonly accepted that television made JFK a star…