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Columns

  • Boomers did rock and roll right

    If there’s anything the baby boomers did well, it’s music. We rocked.

    Of course, rock and roll wasn’t borne entirely out of our generation. It was the byproduct of all sorts of musical genres, including and especially rhythm and blues and Southern gospel.

  • Remembering Steve Allen

    For a number of years, former Las Vegan Theresa Fulgenzi has published “Our Las Vegas,” which she describes as a “Newsletter for anyone who ever lived in Las Vegas.”

    It consists mainly of articles and photos of this area. Much of the content comes from alumni of Robertson, West Las Vegas and Immaculate Conception schools.

  • ‘Little Brown Girl’ in Las Vegas

    How wonderful to share good news: the Media Arts and Technology department’s MFA in Cultural Technology has just been approved by the HLC. This is the first new program and terminal degree to be offered at NMHU in many years.

    Last week, Aldrena Corder, a Ballen Visiting  Scholar presented a provocative talk in the McCaffrey Historic Trolley Building. In case you didn’t know, the Nina Tesla Ballen Visiting Professorship is intended to promote an energized scholastic environment among the faculty at NMHU.

  • The man, the boy and the donkey

    You just can’t please everyone. You can try, but in the end you will not succeed. If you try to please everyone, you may end up pleasing no one.

    Have you ever said, “I just can’t make everyone happy?” Sure you have. This is a line that is used to justify upsetting someone with a decision you have made that has caused someone it impacts anguish. As we maneuver through life we impact some lives positively, but we also impact some lives negatively.

  • Unseasonably strange weather a causes for concern?

    It is trying to rain as I write this in late October. I continue to wonder about just what Mother Nature has in store for us all this fall season.

  • Growing older but not necessarily wiser

    Getting old sucks. At least that’s what I’ve heard.

    OK, I’ll admit it. I’m getting there myself. I’m 62 years old — but I’ve always been about 10 years younger, in maturity, than my actual age.

  • Here’s how things developed

    “You smell like that mess from the Optic!” How many times did I hear that?  Let me explain:

    Evelyn, my high school girlfriend, never failed to remind me that I carried the aroma from my job — coincidentally the job I have now, with some modifications. You see, as a l-o-n-g-t-i-m-e Las Vegas Optic employee, I spent hours in our darkroom, as one of the newspaper’s photographers.

  • The shot heard around the world

    The difference between a revolution and a civil war is who wins the war after the last shot is fired. In both instances there are shots fired by members of a country against other members of the same nation.

    If those rebelling win against their own country, the end result is a revolution and the birth of a new nation. If those rebelling lose the war, it goes down in history as a civil war.

  • Misinformation for a gullible citizenry

    Here we are, in the verge of one of the most important midterm elections in American history, and Russian meddling is being charged. Guess it never really stopped.

  • The longest election season

    Somebody needs to set me straight on this: Isn’t this absolutely and positively the longest and most contentious election season ever?

    That’s one question I’ve pondered for months. Now pushing my 79th year, I obviously am becoming forgetful, which is why I’m wondering whether the same thing happened last midterm election and the one before that, and the one ...

    Maybe someone with political savvy, someone like my late mother, R.I.P., could explain all this confusion, as I can’t do it on my own.

    Here’s the issue: