Wednesday, January 30, 2013

The Cost of The Super Bowl

The Super Bowl is the pinnacle of professional is also all about family gatherings, food, Super Bowl commercials, and money.  So, how would Super Bowl XLVII compare to the first Super Bowl? 

(All 1967 $$$ amounts converted to 2013 dollars in parentheses)

                                        1967                               2013
How many viewers                    41 M                                  120 M
Average Ticket Price              $12 ($81)                             $4,000
30 second TV Ad                     $55,000 ($370,000)             $ 4 M
Winning Player Bonus            $15,000 ($101,000)             $ 88,000
Losing Player Bonus               $7,500 ($50,500)                 $ 44,000
12 ounce Soda                            25 cents ($1.70)                $ 1.00
A Slice of Cosetta's Pizza          25 cents ($1.70)                $ 3.50
A pack of Marlboro Cigs            45 cents ($3.00)                $ 6.50
Budweiser 6-pack                    $1.00 ($6.50)                       $ 6.50 


Sunday, January 27, 2013

The Paradox of Power

Recently in class we have been studying how the United States became a cultural, military, and economic super power. We have studied concepts like...The Monroe Doctrine...The Roosevelt Corollary...Gunboat Diplomacy...Dollar Diplomacy...Spheres of Influence...The Paradox of Power...Interdependence, etc. and tried to look at these terms through the lens of our most important guiding principle that "All Men Are Created Equal".

We are a people that believe in Liberty, Justice, Equality, etc...our hope should be that we passionately pursue these principles and not deny them to people here in America or to others around the world!!!

John Kerry Confirmation Hearing for Secretary of State
 January 24, 2013

Our recent studies seem especially relevant in light of 9/11, our role in The Middle East, North Korea, humanitarian efforts around the world, drone attacks, etc.  Sen. John Kerry, the nominee to replace Hillary Clinton as our nation's Secretary of State warned last week that America’s foreign policy must not be “defined by drones and deployments alone...We cannot allow the extraordinary good we do to save and change lives to be eclipsed entirely by the (counter terrorism) role we have had to play since September 11th, a role that was thrust upon us.”  IMO...very wise words.


Friday, January 25, 2013

The Super Bowl

Yes...I am old enough to remember every Super Bowl!  Probably the most memorable (besides the 4 Viking losses) to me was when my dad purchased a new television right before Super Bowl III in January of 1969. 
Our 1968 Black & White Zenith with Rabbit Ear Antenna
The Baltimore Colts were a huge favorite (+19 points) to defeat the underdog New York Jets...the most astonishing part of "the biggest upset in Super Bowl history" was that New York's quarterback Joe Namath predicted a Jets win...
"we're gonna win the game...I guarantee it!"
"Broadway Joe"
Jets upset Colts 16-7
Click here for Super Bowl III Highlights

Monday, January 21, 2013

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Dr. King's Favorite Songs

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. loved music.  Spirituals, hymns, Civil Rights songs and anthems, etc.  helped to sustain and inspire him as he faced many difficult moments and troubled times.  Here are some of the songs that his family and friends said were his favorites...
The Great Paul Robeson singing "There Is A Balm in Gilead"
According to Coretta Scott King..."Martin's favorite song" (2:33)

Dr. King's favorite singer...Mahalia Jackson
"Precious Lord Take My Hand"...The last song he ever requested... (2:18)

"Pops" Staples and The Staple Singers traveled with Dr. King
He often requested "Why Am I Treated So Bad" (2:54)

"We Shall Overcome"
Dr. King called it "The Song" of the Civil Rights Movement
Dr. King explains the song in this clip... (4:26)



Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Fog's Top 10

Today in class we discussed different ways progressive reformers make positive change in history through photos, books, speeches, protest marches, songs, newspapers, etc.  Specifically, we analyzed The Jungle by Upton Sinclair and how it brought positive change to America...

In my are the Top 10 books that have either changed or influenced U.S. history:

10. Negroes with Guns (Robert F. Williams) 1962.  Williams details his experience with violent Jim Crow racism, disagreement with non-violent civil disobedience, and a call "to shoot back".  The book inspired the Black Panther Party & scared the heck out of J. Edgar Hoover.

9. The Clansman (Thomas Dixon) 1905. A very, very, very racist book that brought a revival of the KKK and begged White America to fight for racial segregation and white superiority.  The book inspired race riots and also was adapted into the #1 selling movie of all time...Birth of a Nation. A history changing (but terrible, terrible) book.

8. To Kill A Mockingbird (Harper Lee) 1960.  A widely read book about racial inequality in the is said to have "affected" the Civil Rights Movement in a way that Uncle Tom's Cabin affected the Civil War.

7. The Soul's of Black Folks (W.E.B. DuBois) 1903.  DuBois argues for equality, voting rights, and a pursuit of higher education/ classical education.  An all-time classic...This book inspired the modern Civil Rights Movement.

6. Native Son (Richard Wright) 1940.  Tells the story of a young black man migrating from the Jim Crow South to the south side of Chicago in the 1930's...only to experience extreme poverty and DeFacto Segregation. A book full of social protest themes...eerily similar to Uncle Tom's Cabin!

5. Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass (Frederick Douglass) 1845.  A vivid portrayal of the life of slaves and Frederick's dream to be free.  This book receives credit for inspiring the birth of the Abolition Movement.

4. The Jungle (Upton Sinclair) 1906.  Describes the struggle of immigrants to survive in search of The American Dream.  Brought massive reform to the meatpacking industry and eventually improved (the true intent of the book) the lives of immigrant workers.

3. Uncle Tom's Cabin (Harriet Beecher Stowe) 1852.  An all-time classic...this book is considered by many one of the causes of the Civil War.  It "opened the eyes" of northerners to the evil abuses of slavery.  It radicalized many abolitionists and pro-slavery groups...Cannibals All was the southern response comparing northern factory workers to southern slaves.

2. An Appeal to the Coloured Citizens of the World (David Walker) 1829.  David Walker...the original abolitionist and "Father of the Civil Rights Movement" encourages black unity, self-determination, and an active role in the pursuit of freedom.  This book inspired generations of Civil Rights leaders including Frederick Douglass, W.E.B. DuBois, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X, and many others who read it.

1. Common Sense (Thomas Paine) 1776.  The book that started it sought to convince the colonists with an arguement for freedom from British Rule. The most inflammatory book of the Revolutionary's impact lead us on the long fight to experience the great truth that "All Men Are Created Equal"!

Friday, January 11, 2013

Reggae Teacher

At times, music can be a tremendous addresses the issues of history, our culture, current events, provides a unique form of protest, social commentary, critical helps us ponder who we were, who we are, and what we hope to be. 
So listen carefully and read those just might learn something.

"If you know your history, than you would know where you coming from...
Then you wouldn't have to ask me, who the 'eck do I think I am."
                                                                                           - Bob Marley

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

What is success?

George Washington Carver
ca. 1864-1943
George Washington Carver: Famous scientist, inventor (over 600 inventions), and educator devoted his life not to himself but to helping make other people's lives better.  He was on a first name basis with presidents, world rulers, rich industrialists...but felt "at home" in his lab at Tuskegee Institute developing ways to help sharecroppers, painting, writing poetry, teaching/ mentoring children, etc.
Watch a "Short Biography" on Carver (4:30)

Carver on Success
"There are no shortcuts in life...
achievement only comes through thorough preparation."
"It is not the style of clothes one wears, neither the kind of automobile one drives, nor the amount of money one has in the bank that counts.  These mean nothing.  It is simply service that measures success."

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Malala Yousafzai

Malala Yousafzai, a 15 year old Pakistani girl  who was shot in the head and neck on October 9th by Taliban gunmen, has left a British hospital to begin the long road of recuperation and recovery with her family.
She has been a very outspoken leader for girl's and women's rights around the world (and especially in Pakistan) who are struggling for educational and social rights under repressive regimes.  Malala has been an inspiration to millions around the world...
"Our lives begin to end the day
we become silent about things that matter."
                                                                      -Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.


Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Emancipation Proclamation: 150th Anniversary

January 1, 2013: The 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation
Click on this 1863 artwork to enlarge
Slides 1-5: The Brutal Degradation of Slavery
Slides 6-8: Rebellion and The Underground RR
Slides 9-11: Emancipation & Victory
Slide 12: The 13th, 14th & 15th Amendments
As all of my students now realize...The Emancipation Proclamation was not a perfect document.  It "freed" slaves in only certain areas of the country and left millions of African-Americans still in bondage to slavery.  It is probably best analyzed by the words of Frederick Douglass...
"although motivated by military marked the beginning of the end of slavery...a moral bombshell to the Confederacy...worth more than 100,000 muskets..."
Emancipation Proclamation Video (2:39)
"The Day of Jubilee"
January 1, 1863