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Friday Five: 1985

As with any time period, there is popular music of the 1980s that stands the test of time, and music that really doesn’t. I often find myself fascinated by the music of my youth that doesn’t, not because I want … Continue reading

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The King is Dead; Long Live the King!

Thirty-eight years ago today, on August 16, 1977, Elvis Presley died. The more time that passes, I think the less people remember what an amazingly talented performer he was. But strip away the commercial superficialities, and all of the tragedy … Continue reading

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Friday Five: 1984

Rolling Stone once called 1984 “pop’s greatest year” and, in many ways, it was. It was a big year for Cyndi Lauper and for Prince. Madonna, who had already become a star, now became a cultural phenomenon. Bruce Springsteen re-emerged … Continue reading

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Friday Five: 1983

It’s been awhile, I know. After a hectic academic year, I’ve been spent most of my summer reading, playing video games, and just enjoying my time with the family. We’ve had some amazing trips, so good I should post some … Continue reading

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The Limits of Numbers

It’s official now: Latinos outnumber whites in the state of California, making us the largest ethnic group in the Golden State. The switch happebed sometime last year but the numbers only became official last week. With 14.99 million Latinos in … Continue reading

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Friday Five: 1982

I bought my first radio/cassette player sometime around 1981, using my own money “earned” by recycling newspapers. (Since my dad was the one who subscribed to, read, and neatly stacked our copy of the LA Times, and since he or … Continue reading

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Graduation Day

I have a wonderful job. Every year I get reminded of that fact on graduation day. It’s not that I don’t feel it at other times; I do, of course, even in the midst of all the less-than-fulfilling elements of my job. … Continue reading

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