Many of you know that I was a witness to the May 4 shootings of fellow students by the Ohio National Guard at Kent State on May 4, 1970. As we got closer to the 40th anniversary of the event- the traumatic experience continues to live out in my mind...with little hope of ejecting it from my memory. This is the type of event that one can't forget.....So now as May 4 arrives:
I recall that day standing on the large porch of Taylor Hall behind a pillar as the guardsman crossed the hill and the pagoda, and I looked- and saw them shooting....the first thing I saw was someone injured by the sculpture in front of Taylor hall- and Saul Daniels, editor of the Kent Stater ( Saul has corrected me on this- and says it wasn't him) and I ran inside, and tried to get help.....when the deans office staff wouldn't open the door- I was one of the first down the hill to the commons- and ran into my geology professor Glenn Frank- he asked me what was going on- and I said- "They are shooting people....!" He asked if "this was a rumor?" I said- "I saw the blood". Now I have never flaunted, or capitalized on the tragedy at Kent State (other than being part of a Prodigy Chat with Saul decades ago- which drew only a handful of people). Sadly over the years I thought, perhaps, just maybe, the University would reach out to us students who were there- to discuss how we dealt, or are dealing with the tragedy. Nada, nothing, nyet. When I contacted the University- there are not counseling programs available for us. So..nothing has changed. When I contacted Alan Canfora- head of the May 4 Center- he literally blew me off..... So be it.
I received an invite to a May 4 event from the School Journalism and Mass Communications about the events planned for that day...it had many familiar names- my response is below :
Thank you for your invitation. I will be unable to attend, but my thoughts and
prayers are with all who attend and those of us still haunted by May 4,
wondering why our University did not reach out to us to help us deal with this
Every year, I live thru the memory around this time...but somehow this year, I decided to speak out about those of us forgotten...to a housewife in Yonkers, to a Infomercial star in Florida, to a Rock and Roll Hall of Famer in the San Fernando Valley...there are many of us pissed off still- that no one seems to care about us. I mentioned Kent State to a good friend- and he said- "Richard, Perhaps it's time to move on.....You know, he is right!!!"
Just wanted to share my experience of 40 years ago thru today!!!
Here's the story, Shahrukh Khan was asked for autograph at Heathrow, on what he later learned were body scans taken while in the security area at Heathrow. Authorities say that the body scans are immediately deleted from the x-ray devices.
Lottery officials know that some series of numbers get heavy play- and 1010 is one of them- Friday night the four numbers game up in the Michigan lottery, and there were 8,426 winners- and the Michigan lottery had to pay over 21 million dollar out. Can anyone say- breaking the bank?
My first thought after seeing the pic- Did she snore. Okay- Nadja Green was dozing off as a prison guard at Rikers Island Infirmary , and the inmates decided to have some fun- so one of them snapped a cell phone pic with another inmate pointing at her.
I think this is the first time I have printed an chain email ever. But I believe it says something about the media and society today! It could be a "urban legend" as noted in the comment below, but the statement still is meaningful to say the least!
This text is from a county
emergency manager out in the western part of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan
after a severe snow storm ...
The Mining Journal, Marquette, MI
Up here in the Northern part of Michigan we
just recovered from a Historic event --- may I even say a "Weather Event" of
"Biblical Proportions" --- with a historic blizzard of up to 44" inches of snow
and winds to 90 MPH that broke trees in half, knocked down utility poles,
stranded hundreds of motorists in lethal snow banks, closed ALL roads,
isolated scores of communities and cut power to 10's of thousands.
Obama did not come.
FEMA did nothing.
No one howled for
No one blamed the government.
No one even
uttered an expletive on TV.
Jesse Jackson or Al Sharpton did not visit.
Our Mayor's did not blame Obama or anyone else.
Our Governor did
not blame Obama or anyone else either.
CNN, ABC, CBS, FOX, or NBC did
not visit - or even report on this category 5 snow storm.
demanded $2,000 debit cards.
No one asked for a FEMA Trailer House.
No one looted.
Nobody - I mean Nobody demanded the
government do something.
Nobody expected the government to do anything
No Larry King, No Bill O'Rielly, No Oprah, No Chris Mathews and
No Geraldo Rivera.
No Shaun Penn, No Barbara Striesand, No Brad
Pitt, No Hollywood types to be found.
Nope, we just melted the snow for water.
caravans of SUV's to pluck people out of snow engulfed cars.
drivers pulled people out of snow banks and didn't ask for a penny.
Local restaurants made food, and the police and fire departments
delivered it to the snow bound families..
Families took in the stranded
people - total strangers.
We fired up wood stoves, broke out coal oil lanterns or
We put on an extra layers of clothes because up here
it is "Work or Die".
We did not wait for some affirmative action
government to get us out of a mess created by being immobilized by a welfare
program that trades votes for 'sittin at home' checks.
a Category 5 blizzard of this scale is not usual, we know it can happen
and how to deal with it ourselves.
I hope this gets passed on.
Maybe ..... SOME
people will get the message ...... The world does Not owe you a
Colleen Salonga, was skeptical when he saw Steve Burton at their 20th reunion...so she asked if they could take a picture together. Salonga sent the picture to authorities, lo and behold- Steve Burton was never in the service. And this is a crime. Burton was arrested.
Even though there are many black Philadelphia police officers with cornrows, White officer ( and I really hate to use "color of skin" terminology) was pulled from street duty and put on desk duty because of his hairstyle. The desk duty lasted two days until he cut his braids.