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Re: Early Friday Funny

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Jocelyn Leadbetter <[log in to unmask]>

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Jocelyn Leadbetter <[log in to unmask]>

Date:

Mon, 6 Mar 2006 16:05:21 -0500

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This is an interesting thread. When having discussions with younger co-workers, I realize that some of my references that are so vivid to me, because I was there, are merely paragraphs in a history text to them. I have to remember the perspective -talking to my parents about the Great Depression and WWII and  even seeing them through their eyes wasn't the same as living it.

Every so often,  (when an old person can stay up that late, or is suffering the age-related insomnia!) I catch Leno's Jaywalking bit. I continue to be absolutely horrified by people's responses-some of these educators and college students. I keep hoping they're only trying to claim their 10 seconds of fame and aren't really that ignorant. 

What really pleased me though was that my children (now 27 and 24) were equally horrified. They were brought up in a household where history, heritage and museums were in their lives. They got to experience the 50s,( some of the decade, anyway) 60s ( &  SDS, the marches, etc), albeit second hand, through conversations (yes, we actually did and do talk among ourselves!) with their parents - how's that for a novel approach? I wouldn't say either is great scholar, but each has a real sense of history and the historical perspective and both were fortunate to have excellent history professors in college.

Yes, I am becoming my parents...!

Jocelyn



>>> "Dean Debolt" <[log in to unmask]> 3/6/2006 10:56 AM >>>
 

Our University is proud that on March 31st that we are hosting Lech Walesa,
Polish Solidarity leader,

to speak on campus.  Our provost was granting an interview to our student
newspaper about this

and as she waxed on and on about Lech, his contributions and place in 20th
Century history, it began

to dawn on her that the reporter had never heard of this person, Solidarity,
the Polish unions, and its

effect in the breakup of Soviet domination.    And of course, I had a
graduate student last year, that

when I asked her to check through our sheet music for marches by Sousa,
she'd never heard of him.

Ah well, back when I rode pterodactyls to school .

 

Dean

 

 

Dean DeBolt

University Librarian, Special Collections

John C. Pace Library, University of West Florida

11000 University Parkway

Pensacola, FL  32514-5750

850-474-2213

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