Monthly Archives: March 2016

Hocus Pocus: The Vanished Half-Dollar

“The Half-Dollar’s Accidental Demise,” by Bob Greene. The Wall Street Journal, 2/29/2016. Your grandchildren may never have seen a half-dollar coin, may not know there ever was one. The mint stopped making them 13 years ago. We never noticed. It … Continue reading

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1954 LAHIAN Senior Class Pictures

Many of you no longer have your LAHIAN yearbook, so here are the eight pages of our class, in black-and-white, just as in the original. (All yearbooks now are in color that I find startling.) I blurred the images just … Continue reading

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DNA Studies On Penn State’s Nittany Lion

“Gimme a D! Gimme an N! Gimme an A!” by Miriam Jordan. The Wall Street Journal, 3/5/2016. Now that DNA sequencing has become so cheap and available, many school mascots are being studied. Penn State’s Nittany Lion is a particular … Continue reading

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Meh

I’m all in favor of new words—keeps our minds alert and all that. The latest is “meh,” that is not only useful, it means just as it sounds: “I don’t care,” “Who cares?” “So what?” “Eh?” or just “Bo-o-o-ring!” It … Continue reading

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2001: A Space Odyssey: The Meaning Of the End

When writing the earlier posting on the movie, 2001: A Space Odyssey, I came across several interpretations of the cryptic ending that consists of only images with no explanatory dialog, and I agreed with none of them. I am not … Continue reading

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The Ever-Present Armenians

“My First and Last Day at Harvard Law School,” by William Ames Bascom. The Wall Street Journal, 2/20/2016. To appreciate this posting, you must have spent your school days with a lot of Armenian classmates as I did. If not, … Continue reading

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