Golfers getting in a late-season round at a public course should pause for a moment to look around, then thank Arnold Palmer. He, along with the new medium of television, was as responsible as anyone for the explosive growth of the sport beginning in the late 1950s.
Palmer’s everyman appeal attracted a legion of fans known as Arnie’s Army and helped move the sport from country clubs out to the masses and inspired many to take up a sport that is rewarding and frustrating at the same time. Those new golfers needed places to play, and builders have been at it for more than half a century.
RIP to the King of Golf.
We’ve known that entrepreneur Elon Musk aims high, and this week we found out how high: Mars.
Musk is chairman of SolarCity, which is about to open the largest solar panel factory in the Western Hemisphere, and CEO of Tesla Motors, maker of high-end electric cars and advanced batteries. Because that apparently hasn’t been enough to keep him busy, the billionaire is also founder and CEO of the private spaceflight company SpaceX.
Tuesday he set himself a new goal. He said SpaceX is working to create a rocket and spacecraft that will permit a “self-sustaining city on Mars” within the next 40 to 100 years.
It may sound outlandish, but, as Eleanor Roosevelt said, “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.”
The picture of first lady Michelle Obama giving a warm hug to former President George W. Bush is drawn in deep, comforting colors. They and their spouses were at the opening ceremony for the National Museum of African American History and Culture on the National Mall in Washington.
This image, as Bush leans back into the hug, is of two people who are clearly fond of each other, despite different political affiliation. They do share a common experience: living in the White House, with all of its burdens.
People on both sides of the deep rift dividing Republicans and Democrats this discordant election year should reflect on that photograph.