Archive for August, 2009

One of my all-time favorite films is Annie Hall.  I like many things about it – it’s a Romantic Comedy that, unlike most current examples of that genre, actually manages to be both romantic and funny.  Woody’s love interest is even age-appropriate.  But one thing that I really enjoy about it is Woody Allen’s use […]


Believe it or not, back in the fall of 1966 the U.S. government thought that my going to college could help America win the Cold War.  Earlier that year, my parents and I had attended a meeting where federal employees spoke enthusiastically about the National Defense Education Act (passed in 1958, in response to the […]


Good News:  Mike is busy revising marketing training materials for a major Thousand Oaks-based bio-tech firm. Bad News:  No blog post this week. No News:  You figure it out (Hint: Don’t over-think it!). Next week, I promise you the absurdly twisted tale of how an English test kept me from attending a seminal event in Hippie […]


Some of the upcoming posts on this blog will fall into the category “60s Flashbacks,” so I want to get something out of the way right now.  There’s a well-known saying: “If you can remember the 60s, then you weren’t really there.”  I’ll grant you, the quip has a certain cleverness.  It starts out a […]