Friday, October 17, 2008. Twenty years ago today, the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act was signed into law.  This law provided the framework for Native American tribes to run casinos on tribal land, and thus transformed the American landscape.  I talk a little about the Act, its impact, and share some of my own perspectives about gambling.


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Episode #125 -- First National Coming Out Day Saturday, October 11, 2008. Twenty years ago today, the first National Coming Out Day was observed.  I talk about this holiday which promotes awareness of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender rights and equality.  I also talk about how my belief in the eqality of LGBT folks was first put to the test, just a little over twenty years ago.

The image at the right is a "Safe Space" logo, used in corporate environments to demonstrate a commitment to tolerance and equality for GLBT people.  I'm proud to have had one on my cubicle wall at work for nearly a decade.


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Episode #124 -- WNBC Signs Off Tuesday, October 7, 2008. Twenty years ago today, station WNBC in New York signed off for the last time.  I talk about the station which was a pioneer in the world of broadcasting, as well as my own memories of listening to the radio -- particularly AM radio -- when I was growing up.


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Episode #123 -- Pinochet Concedes Defeat Monday, October 6, 2008. Twenty years ago today, the president of Chile, Augusto Pinochet, went on television to concede defeat in a plebiscite which was intended to confirm him in power.  The picture here was taken about a month before the plebiscite took place.  I share my thoughts about what happened in Chile 20 years ago, as well as my own efforts in the cause of human rights.


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Episode #122 -- Bentsen/Quayle Debate Sunday, October 5, 2008.  Twenty years ago today, Senators Lloyd Bentsen and Dan Quayle met for their vice-presidential debate.  Out of that debate came one of the finest political zingers of all time.  I recall that moment, and my own opinions of it.

In addition to his famous put-down, Bentsen also coined another political term, "astroturfing," to describe what appears to be a grass-roots activism effort that really isn't.

An extra special thanks to Joe Medina, who got the sound clip for me by extracting it from a video file.  It seems that there are plenty of video copies of this moment out on the net, but no standalone audio!


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Episode #121 -- STS-26 Returns to Earth Friday, October 3, 2008. Twenty years ago today, the space shuttle Discovery landed, marking the successful conclusion of mission STS-26. I talk about that mission, which marked the return to flight after the loss of shuttle Columbia over two years before, and share my love for and memories of the space program.

This show also marks the second anniversary of "It Was 20 Years Ago Today."  I want to thank everyone who has made this show possible, especially Joe Medina, who has always been there with research, technical help and motivation.  Marc Rose composed and performs the theme music, and has also given technical help, as has Sam A. Mowry of the Willamette Radio Workshop.  Thank you all so much!

I also want to thank all of you who take the time to download and listen to the show, whether it be every episode or just a few.  Two years is nearly forever in the world of podcasting, but I hope to keep this show going for a long time still.  The best is yet to come!


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Episode #120 -- Charles Addams Monday, September 29, 2008. Twenty years ago today, Charles Addams died at the age of 76.  I take a look at the life and career of the celebrated cartoonist of the creepy and the influence he had on my life.

If by some chance you have not seen the Addams Family commercial for M&Ms Dark Chocolate, you can find it on the M&Ms website.

Our theme music is composed and performed by Marc Rose.


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Monday, September 22, 2008. Twenty years ago today, the Canadian Government announced an act of redress toward Japanese Canadians who had been interned during World War II.  I talk about the Canadian act, as well as the Civil Liberties Act of 1988, its United States counterpart, which had been signed into law just six weeks earlier.

Our theme music is composed and performed by Marc Rose.


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Episode #118 -- A Fish Called Wanda Thursday, September 18, 2008. Twenty years ago today, the number one movie at the USA box office was "A Fish Called Wanda."  I talk about why this is one of my favorite movies of all time, as well as offering a few observations about the difference between the box office charts then and now.  For both the number one and two movies to have been in release for two months is something just about impossible today.

Our theme music is composed and performed by Marc Rose.


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Episode #117 -- Hurricane Gilbert Saturday, September 13, 2008. Twenty years ago today, Hurricane Gilbert became the most intense hurricane ever measured in the western hemisphere.  I talk about Gilbert, its intensity, path, and effects.  I also add some thoughts of my own about the people who live and work in the paths of tropical cyclones.

As this podcast goes out, Hurricane Ike is wreaking havoc on the coast of Texas and Louisiana.  If you can spare a few dollars to help the many thousands of people gravely affected by this storm, I'd encourage you to take a few minutes and make a donation to the American Red Cross or other disaster relief agency of your choice.

Our theme music is composed and performed by Marc Rose.


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