Hidden Figures – A Movie Review

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Jun 022017

Hidden Figures Movie PosterAs the United States raced against Russia to put a man in space, NASA found untapped talent in a group of African-American female mathematicians that served as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in U.S. history. Based on the unbelievably true life stories of three of these women, known as “human computers”, we follow these women as they quickly rose the ranks of NASA alongside many of history’s greatest minds specifically tasked with calculating the momentous launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit, and guaranteeing his safe return. Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson, and Katherine Johnson crossed all gender, race, and professional lines while their brilliance and desire to dream big, beyond anything ever accomplished before by the human race, firmly cemented them in U.S. history as true American heroes.

Director: Theodore Melfi
Writers: Allison Schroeder (screenplay), Theodore Melfi (screenplay)
Cast: Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monáe,  Kevin Costner, Kirsten Dunst, Jim Parsons, Mahershala Ali, Aldis Hodge     Aldis Hodge

Rating: PG; Run Time: 127min; Genre:  Biography, Drama, History; Release Date: 23 December 2016 (USA)

We watched on a weekend evening a while, and both of us loved it. I hope it is something younger people see, so as to get just a taste of the discrimination and racism that existed, even a place of highly educated people, bent on keeping up a polite façade.  And besides the lessons/reminders about our past, it was just a great movie. Continue reading »

Thank You To Mary Travers

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Sep 172009
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Mary Travers of Peter Paul and Mary

In a sign that I’m certainly getting older, now I’m reading about people I remember mostly as being young and exciting dying in their 70s. Mary Travers of Peter, Paul and Mary fame died at 72 after several years of battling lukemia.

I was quite the young tyke back in the early ’60s, but their music endured enough for me to enjoy. I never quite got the whole controversy around “Puff The Magic Dragon” though. I never did manage to make the leap to it being about smoking pot. I just thought it was a fun story set to song.

The group brought folk music out of the coffee house and into the mainstream, and gave America one of its first tastes of Bob Dylan. They managed to turn his “Blowing In The Wind” into something of an anthem for the 60s.

So thanks Mary, for a lot of years of fun and beautiful music.