May 25, 2015

Monday Open Line

Today is Memorial Day, looked on as the start of the summer season, and a time for family gatherings and sporting events. But the true meaning of the day is underlined by the continuing sacrifices made by U.S. forces in Afghanistan and other tense areas. The first official observance of Memorial Day was on May […]

Friday / Weekend Open Lines

Friday, May 22nd. We take for granted the many entertainment options so readily at hand because of the World Wide Web. Yet it can bring you up short when you realize how new this experience is. It was just 22 years ago on this date that a movie was digitized and loaded onto the Internet. […]

Thursday Open Line

One of the most versatile and gifted people in American history revealed the invention of bifocal eyeglasses this month in 1785. Benjamin Franklin had been using one pair of glasses to read with and another for distant vision. Writing of this from France to an acquaintance, Franklin said he had the two pairs of lenses […]

Wednesday Open Line

Gas prices are a frequent cause for consumer complaint — but at least purchases aren’t restricted, as they were beginning this month in 1942. That’s when 17 states began rationing gasoline to help the war effort. By December, rationing was nationwide and remained in effect until the end of World War II, along with a […]

Tuesday Open Line

By presidential proclamation, this month recognizes one of the nation’s fastest-growing population groups — those of Asian and Pacific American heritage. The observance began in 1978 with a joint congressional resolution honoring the arrival of the first Japanese immigrants in the 1840s and the completion of the transcontinental railroad in 1870 with the help of […]

Monday Open Line

The New York Stock Exchange, by signaling business prospects through share prices, has long been a bellwether of the nation’s economic health. The exchange started this week in 1792, as some two dozen merchants and brokers established an organized approach to their buying and selling. In good weather, they operated under a Buttonwood tree on […]

Friday / Weekend Open Lines

Friday, May 15th. Today is National Bike to Work Day, ending Bike to Work Week, but just about the middle of May’s National Bike Month. From coast-to-coast, cycling enthusiasts are expected to take part in a wide range of activities sponsored by environmental and civic groups, and police departments. About 18 percent of the population […]

Thursday Open Line

A most unusual childbearing event in medical history occurred in Lima, Peru on this date 76 years ago, which in 1939 happened to be Mothers Day. A boy was delivered by caesarian section, but that’s not the uncommon part. What was unique is that the mother, Lina Medina, was just over five and a half […]

Wednesday Open Line

Today marks the 408th anniversary of the founding of the first permanent English settlement in what is now the United States, at Jamestown, Virginia. The name honored King James I of England. Captains John Smith and Christopher Newport were among the leaders of a group of royally chartered settlers who sailed from Plymouth, England aboard […]

Tuesday Open Line

As Americans live longer, the problems of financing their retirement and paying their medical bills continue to influence public policies. But the growing number of healthy seniors also means greater availability of experience. Both the problems and opportunities are in the spotlight in May — it’s Older Americans Month. There are nearly 48 million people […]

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