Today would have been the 100th birthday of Jacques Cousteau.
So in honor of the man who brought the incredibly beautiful and fragile ocean environment to our television screens, and mindful of the terrible, generational damage being done to the Gulf of Mexico, how about a small remembrance to Cousteau's charity for the Rights of Future Generations:
" Every person has the right to inherit an uncontaminated planet on which all forms of life may flourish. "
This post is a reprise of last year's remembrance, except that there's a lot more going on for the 40th. Michael Moore has a day-long livecast, you can follow slain student Allison Krause's sister Laurel on Twitter, and news media coverage is likely to be farther and wider. It's important that people also remember the events of Jackson State, a predominantly black college at which police killed 2 students and wounded 12 on May 14-15.
Today is the 40th anniversary of the anti-war protests at Kent State University in Kent, Ohio. For those of you under 40, May4.org has the history recap:
On May 4, 1970 the Ohio National Guard opened fire into a busy college campus during a school day. A total of 67 shots were fired in 13 seconds. Four students: Allison Krause, Jeffrey Miller, William Schroeder, and Sandra Scheuer were killed. Nine students were wounded.
Although I was in the first grade on May 4, 1970, I can't forget what happened in Kent, Ohio on that day.
I was there.
Not on campus, I was in first grade. In Kent, Ohio. My father and my mother's father were both faculty members at Kent. By 1970 my grandfather had retired from the Math Department. When he retired in 1968 he was the only math professor on record as opposing the War in Vietnam.
My dad, on the other hand, was in the Art Department. Nuff said.
We were rushed home from school that day in a panic of police sirens, smoke, and confusion.