Certain events in life mark the passing of an era. The sinking of the Titanic marked the end of an era of hopeful confidence, for example. Some say the 1912 tragedy actually signaled once and for all the end of the 19th century. If Woodstock celebrated the high point of 1960s counter-culture, the Altamont disaster four months later buried it.
This week, another era ended, one that began 60 years ago at NBC Radio before leading to stops on the original version of “The Price is Right,” then the original version of “Jeopardy” and finishing gloriously and self-deprecatingly on “Saturday Night Live.” Don Pardo is gone. He had the voice that everyone recognized, so familiar, in fact, that Pardo was a welcome, if unseen, guest in millions of homes.
Saturday nights won’t be the same.
How to have a happy marriage: Don’t mess around with too many people before settling down and make sure there are a lot of witnesses at the wedding. These are some of the factors that appear to go into successful marriages, according to a study by two psychology researchers from the University of Denver, where marijuana is legal.
Just kidding. Apparently, and perhaps not surprisingly, the more chaste your past, the greater your likelihood of a happy marriage. As to the number of guests, the theory is that so public a commitment ceremony adds pressure to make it work.
Now let’s figure out how to build a successful political career, starting with … don’t mess around with too many people.
Mo’ne Davis lit up the Little League World Series and while she is not the first girl to participate, with today’s 24-hour news coverage and social media, she’s making a huge splash. Although her team was knocked out of the tournament, the 13-year-old showcased a fastball topping out at more than 70 miles an hour.
She is the glorious example of what opportunity can bring four decades after the passage of Title IX, the federal law that prohibited discrimination based on gender at educational institutions that accept federal funds.
Some other baseball milestones: In 1972 Maria Pepe of Hoboken, N.J., sued to gain entry into then boys-only Little League; in 1998 Ila Borders became the first female pitcher to start a minor league game; and at least one woman pitched in the Negro Leagues.
There are too many pioneers to list here, But they all played a role in easing the way for Mo’ne and athletes to come. Play ball!