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You should recognize one of the men in the photograph. Lewis Rukeyser was the father of modern financial journalism. Here is the link if you would like to read more.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Louis_Rukeyser

In the day of “Wall Street Week” (actually the show ran for an astonishing 32 years!) the hour with Lou on Sunday evening gave you everything you needed to know in the world of investing and finance. Now, with several networks broadcasting 24/7 from all points around the globe, it has become white noise. But then that seems to be the case with many things today. Most of us own a lap top computer that could have been used to launch the first lunar mission not to mention a phone that is least of all a phone. From the industrial age we have been blasted via a chip of silicon into a world of technology that seems to accelerate logarithmically. Now apparently comes “social media”. I wonder? If a tree falls in the forest does it make a sound? If I blog, will it be read?

Recently I’ve taken to supplementing my twice daily walks in the neighborhood with audio books. I had no idea history/biography could be so fascinating. I certainly never thought so in school. In those days something with wheels or a skirt on it was required to hold my attention. Now I look forward to the walks with my trusty DVD player (can anyone show me how an IPod works?) with a thirst for new knowledge about the lives of real people and the history they made. Some might say history is made every day but on some days more history is made than on others. Can we really compare the Cuban missile crisis to taking out OBL? Was the Normandy Invasion similar to Desert Storm. Events now days seem more like made for TV movies.

So much of the history I’ve listened to has been filled with individuals that seem to be much larger than life when compared to their contemporaries. Temujin (Genghis Khan), Alexander the Great, Cleopatra, Napoleon, Marco Polo, the Founding Fathers, Lincoln, John Brown and Fredrick Douglas, the great frontiersmen Daniel Boone and Davy Crockett, Teddy Roosevelt, FDR, Henry Ford. Even the outlaws like Billy the Kid, The James Brothers and Capone seem to have been made of so much more. What is different now? Is it just that the world is now the size of a pea and time and distance have been compressed into a million miles per second? It’s stopped raining now so I think it might be time for another adventure. Did I mention Pudd’nhead Wilson? I’ll include a few links to some of the history I’ve heard. You might enjoy it also.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Genghis_Khan_and_the_Making_of_the_Modern_World

http://www.randomhouse.com/book/187498/the-peoples-tycoon-by-steven-watts

http://ebookee.org/Alexander-the-Great-Lessons-from-History-s-Undefeated-General-World-Generals-_626961.html

http://books.simonandschuster.com/Empire-of-the-Summer-Moon/S-C-Gwynne/9781416591054

http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/7968243-cleopatra

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