Thursday, November 21, 2013

Successful Defense



Yesterday I spent the morning at the University of Arizona attending the public portion of my grandson's Ph,D. Dissertation Defense.


The defense was a success

More after graduation late in December.


The PBS show The News Hour downloads to me The Morning Line, a daily roundup of the day's news. Yesterday it presented a quite interesting commentary. Below is the first paragraph:

In the face of falling public support for his job performance and signature health care law, President Barack Obama on Tuesday tried to shift some of the blame to a group of lawmakers with ratings even lower than his: Republicans in Congress.

You can read the whole thing (and much, much more) at:

The Rundown - a Blog Of News And Insight


Did You Know . . .?

111,111,111 x 111,111,111 = 12,345,678,987,654,321



On this day, November 21 in 1877, the American inventor, Thomas Edison announced his invention of the phonograph, a way to record and play back sound.

Edison stumbled on one of his great inventions while working on a way to record telephone communication at his laboratory in Menlo Park, New Jersey. His work led him to experiment with a stylus on a tinfoil cylinder, which, to his surprise, played back the short song he had recorded, "MARY HAD A LITTLE LAMB". Public demonstrations of the phonograph made the Yankee inventor world famous, and he was dubbed the "Wizard of Menlo Park."

Edison, who acquired an astounding 1,093 patents in his 84 years, died in 1931.



A lengthy, formal treatise, especially one written by a candidate for the doctoral degree at a university; a thesis.

A dissertation, or thesis, is a document submitted in support of candidature for an academic degree or professional qualification presenting the author's research and findings. In some contexts, the word "thesis" or a cognate is used for part of a bachelor's or master's course, while "dissertation" is normally applied to a doctorate, while in others, the reverse is true.

The word dissertation can at times be used to describe a treatise without relation to obtaining an academic degree. The term thesis is also used to refer to the general claim of an essay or similar work.



(born November 21, 1945)
Goldie Hawn is an American actress, film director, producer, and occasional singer. Hawn is known for her roles in television's Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In and films like The Sugarland Express, Private Benjamin, Foul Play, Shampoo, Overboard, Bird on a Wire, Death Becomes Her, The First Wives Club, and Cactus Flower, for which she won the 1969 Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. She is the mother of actors Oliver and Kate Hudson. Hawn has maintained a relationship with actor Kurt Russell since 1983.

(born November 21, 1944)
Harold Ramis is an American actor, director, and writer, specializing in comedy. His best-known film acting roles are as Egon Spengler in Ghostbusters (1984) and Russell Ziskey in Stripes (1981), both of which he co-wrote. As a writer/director, his films include the comedies Caddyshack (1980), Groundhog Day (1993), and Analyze This (1999). Ramis was the original head writer of the television series SCTV (in which he also performed), and one of three screenwriters for the film National Lampoon's Animal House (1978). 

(born November 21, 1937)
Marlo Thomas is an American actress, producer, and social activist known for her starring role on the TV series That Girl (1966–1971) and her award-winning feminist children's franchise, Free to Be... You and Me. For her work in television, she has received four Emmys, a Golden Globe, the George Foster Peabody Award and has been inducted into the Broadcasting and Cable Hall of Fame. She also received a Grammy award for her children’s album Thanks & Giving All Year Long. Ms. Thomas serves as National Outreach Director for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital which was founded by her father, Danny Thomas in 1962.

(born November 21, 1956)
Cynthia Rhodes is an American actress, singer and dancer most noted for her roles in Dirty Dancing, Flashdance and Staying Alive.


Ensuring quality higher education is one of the most important things we can do for future generations.
--Ron Lewis

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