CAMERAMAN: Hold it . . . Oke . . . again, . . . don’t move . . . Oke!
Back in the mid-sixties, around 1964, 1965, or 1966 (when I would have been 10-12 years old) my father took me to Independence Hall in Philadelphia on July 4th. The then U.S. Attorney General, Nicholas Katzenbach was the guest speaker. I had brought a camera with me, and breached a barricade to get a picture of Katzenbach. I think someone said, “You can’t go through here.” Someone else said, “Let him go, you never know who he might be when he grows up.”
Well, I’m grown up now, and strange enough, that person’s observation was prescient — but in an all-too-literal sense.
Speaking metaphorically, I live life just outside a barricade separating the nonachievers from the achievers, still taking pictures with a dinky camera and, by this means, creating the illusion of a relationship. Call me paranoid, but sometimes I think some of those achievers are now “taking pictures” of me.
Perfect dentist’s appointment in morning.
Perfect haircut at Puglisi in the afternoon!
Eric Owens (born July 11, 1970, Philadelphia) is an American operatic bass-baritone. He has performed both in new works and reinterpreted classic repertoire.
Born in Philadelphia, Owens began studying the piano at the age of 6 at the Settlement Music School. In junior high school his interest shifted to the oboe and he began studying the oboe at the Settlement Music School with English-horn player Louis Rosenblatt of the Philadelphia Orchestra. He later continued his oboe studies with Laura Ahlbeck, a second oboe in the Metropolitan Opera orchestra, while attending Central High School in Philadelphia. During his senior year at Central High, he entered the pre-college program at Temple University’s Boyer College of Music where he began studying singing seriously with George Massey. He matriculated to Temple as a Freshman in 1989 and earned a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from the school in 1993. He then entered the graduate voice program at the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia where he became a pupil of voice teacher Armen Boyajian.
After graduating with a Master’s degree from Curtis, Owens joined the young artist program at the Houston Grand Opera where he made his debut as Ramfis in Aida. Since then his career has taken him to many of the most important opera houses in the world, including the San Francisco Opera (debut as Lodovico in Otello), the Royal Opera, Covent Garden (debut as Oroveso in Norma), the Los Angeles Opera (debut as Ferrando in Il Trovatore), and the Metropolitan Opera (debut as General Leslie Groves in Doctor Atomic). He has also sung parts in several world premieres, including creating the title roles of General Leslie Groves in the world premiere of John Adams’ Doctor Atomic at the San Francisco Opera in 2005; Grendel in Elliot Goldenthal’s opera of the same name in the world premiere at the Los Angeles Opera in 2006; and later the same year as the Storyteller in the world premiere of Adams’ A Flowering Tree at Peter Sellars’ New Crowned Hope Festival in Vienna. A Flowering Tree recorded with the London Symphony Orchestra on the Nonesuch label is available on CD.
In September 2010 Owens played Alberich in the Met’s new production of Wagner’s Ring Cycle. He is featured in the CD “Great Strauss Scenes,” released on July 27, 2010.
Richard Hofrichter has been a tenant at 3801 for many years. I wonder what, if anything, he knows?
Richard Hofrichter is Director, Health Equity, NACCHO. He is co-editor of Tackling Health Inequities Through Public Health Practice: Theory to Action, 2nd Ed. (Oxford University Press, 2010). Richard is also editor of Health and Social Justice: Politics, Ideology, and Inequity in the Distribution of Disease (Jossey-Bass/Wiley, 2003); Reclaiming the Environmental Debate: The Politics of Health in a Toxic Culture (MIT Press, 2000); and Toxic Struggles: The Theory and Practice of Environmental Justice (New Society Publishers, 1993), as well as the author of Neighborhood Justice in Capitalist Society: The Expansion of the Informal State (Greenwood Press, 1987).
At NACCHO Richard is working with colleagues to create a web-based course on the root causes of health inequity and producing a series of short reports on root causes for health practitioners. Richard received his PhD in Politics from the City University of New York, 1983.
FREEDMAN: I thought Chinese people were supposed to be so smart.
DANIEL TSAO, MD: I’m assimilated.
FREEDMAN: You’d think a Jewish judge would recognize antisemitism.
JUDGE: I’m assimilated.
From the Internet:
Akin Gump Chair Hits Partner’s Personal Blog Post on ‘Ugly’ Indian Prayer
Posted Jan 19, 2011 6:30 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss
An Akin Gump partner is apologizing for a blog post deemed “insensitive” by the managing partner of his law firm.
Writing at the Power Line blog, partner Paul Mirengoff criticized the delivery of an Indian prayer at a memorial for Tucson, Ariz., shooting victims. The original post has since been removed, but it lives on in cached form.
Mirengoff’s post commented on “the good, the bad and the ugly” of the prayer service. The good included scripture readings by Attorney General Eric Holder and Homeland Security chief Janet Napolitano, he wrote. The bad included praise for President Obama and “frequent raucous cheering” by the crowd.
“As for the ‘ugly,’ I’m afraid I must cite the opening ‘prayer’ by Native American Carlos Gonzales,” Mirengoff wrote. It “apparently was some sort of Yaqui Indian tribal thing, with lots of references to ‘the creator’ but no mention of God. Several of the victims were, as I understand it, quite religious in that quaint Christian kind of way (none, to my knowledge, was a Yaqui). They (and their families) likely would have appreciated a prayer more closely aligned with their religious beliefs.”
Mirengoff later posted an apology on the Power Line blog, saying he failed to give the prayer the respect it deserves and apologizing to “the Yaqui tribe, to all tribal leaders and Indian people, and, specifically, to Carlos Gonzales who delivered the prayer.”
But he wasn’t the only one expressing regret. Akin Gump chairman Bruce McLean issued a statement emphasizing that the law firm isn’t affiliated with—and isn’t a supporter of—the Power Line blog. “We found his remarks to be insensitive and wholly inconsistent with Akin Gump’s values,” McLean said.
Akin Gump spokeswoman Kathryn Holmes Johnson tells the ABA Journal that the law firm is currently reviewing its social media policies.