Archive - September 2011

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When all that mattered in life was your sneakers!
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Cong. Mike Coffman (R-CO) vs Peace Corps
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Review of Richard Lipez's (Ethiopia 1962-64) Red White Black and Blue

When all that mattered in life was your sneakers!

If you didn’t see The New York Times Sunday issue (September 4,2011) there is a short piece in the Style Section on Steven Tiller, a founder of SeaVees sneakers. Well, it seems that Stevie was driving to work in Southern California recently and heard on NPR that the Peace Corps was turning 50. So, Steve and his business partner, Derek Galkin, began to look through old photos of Peace Corps Volunteers to see What Was On Their Feet! What was on their feet were narrow plimsolls, a canvas and rubber sneaker…we all wore them in the ’60s. So, Steve said, “The idea was to go back in time, re-imagine these shoes, and hopefully make them cooler.” The result is a sneaker, in salt-washed canvas, that has a contrasting suede stripe around its rims and a vintage look. Steve says that a donation will be made to the Peace Corps for each . . .

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Cong. Mike Coffman (R-CO) vs Peace Corps

John is away from his computer for a couple of days but I didn’t want you to miss this article at ThinkProgress.com. (Thanks to Tom Gallagher – another Ethie 1 –  for the “heads up.” — Marian PS – They have changed the link so go to that site and search for “peace corps”

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Review of Richard Lipez's (Ethiopia 1962-64) Red White Black and Blue

Red White Black and Blue (A Donald Strachey Mystery) by Richard Stevenson (i.e. Richard Lipez (Ethiopia 1962–64) Albion, NY: MLR Press $14.99 (paperback) 236 pages June 2011 Reviewed by  Don Messerschmidt (Nepal 1963–65) CREATE A PLOT focused around an upcoming state election, party politics and brinksmanship including some convoluted candidate-must-win-at-all-costs skullduggery, toss in a highly motivated gay P.I. who is not averse to taking risks to life and limb, place it all in the hands of a skilled novelist, and what you get is very readable, fast paced detective story with overtones of social consciousness and contemporary political gamesmanship complete with Tea Party operatives and a lot of New York state politics (some of it invented, with apologies from the author). Donald Strachey is a private investigator in the employ of a Democratic operative bent on getting the goods on his Tea-Party-supported Republican opponent. The choice of Strachey for the job . . .

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