Wednesday, December 7, 2016

75 Years Ago -- Pearl Harbor

Seventy-five years ago today, bombs began falling on the US Navy’s Pacific Fleet moored at Pearl Harbor. I first visited Pearl in 1994. A ferryboat took us across the harbor to the Arizona Memorial, but we were not allowed to board. The wind has come up; the waves were too choppy. It was a crushing disappointment in what was supposed to be a highlight of my trip.
Four years later, I returned. Perfect weather allowed me to stand over the sunken battleship, where so many American sailors remain entombed. Drops of oil still leak from the Arizona's fuel tanks and rise to the surface. The Missouri arrived in Pearl Harbor that year. It did not open to visitors until the following year.

From the Visitors Center, looking across the harbor to the USS Missouri and Arizona Memorial, the beginning and the end of World War II for the United States.

So many men, gone. RIP Arizona

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Pink is for Boys, Blue is for Girls

In a book about the Lusitania, I read of a young boy wearing a pink coat. A hand-me-down from an older sister? Not likely.

Traditionally, pink denoted strength and vigor, suitable for hearty boys growing up to be manly men. Blue was considered delicate and serene, perfect for dainty girls who would grow up into demure women.
Change came in the 1940s, when clothing manufacturers decreed that blue was for boys and pink for girls. Now parents would have to buy whole new wardrobes for their children.
The vast majority of people are said to prefer blue over pink, which is one of the least favorite colors among adults.

What about you? Do you prefer pink or blue?

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Freedoms to Fight For

Norman Rockwell began his Four Freedoms painting in 1942. His aim was to portray the values we were fighting for in World War II. He offered the paintings to various government agencies, but none of them recognized the significance of this art.
The Saturday Evening Post, for which Rockwell created the cover art, published the paintings on inside pages in 1943. Public response was overwhelming. The 44” by 48” paintings went on a war bond drive to sixteen cities, raising more than $130,000,000 in bonds.
Reprints of these paintings found their way onto the walls of the same agencies that had failed to accept Rockwell’s offer.

                                         Happy Thanksgiving.