1918: History, Medicine and Art

Below is an interesting film on the infamous 1918 flu pandemic.  Mrs. Gomez (Mama), of the first interview, is the matriarch of a clan with which the Cowboy has had a lifelong family friendship.  The Cowboy had the good fortune to be able to say hello to la Señora, as he always addresses her,  just before Christmas.  She is 100.  Like her daughters and grand-daughters, she is a strong, dynamic woman filled with energy and charm.

Her son-in-law, an opthalmic surgeon, was a huge positive influence on a young Cowboy, who spent many hours with him in operating rooms, both as a patient with a complex trauma-induced condition, and as a student standing beside him.  The Cowboy regularly followed him on Saturday mornings, beginning at 7 am, donning scrubs, and observing microsurgery performed by this artist of the medical arts – a good man, a dedicated teacher, and a strong father figure to his kids as well as the Cowboy.

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Hippity Hop, Dough Boys

The Cowboy has become a regular listener of EconTalk, Russ Roberts’ podcast from George Mason University.  There has been a link to the site on this blog for some time, in the Money Talks section.  The Cowboy highly recommends it.

Roberts and John Papola have a new project: econstories.tv.    The video project is in the same vein as Roberts’ most recent book, The Price of Everything: A Parable of Possibility and Prosperity.

To make things easy, here’s the background (just some quick and light reading):

And since all things are circular, note that Keynes’ wife, Lydia Lopokova (née Lopukhov), was a dancer with Diaghilev’s Ballets RussesShe and Keynes met during a 1921 London production of Sleeping Beauty, wherein Lopokova danced the role of Aurora and the Lilac Fairy (presumably on different nights).  He was smitten and returned night after night.

Having stared dreamily at his share of Auroras, the Cowboy can sympathize with the poor man’s plight.   Ah, the Grand Pas…

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