I begin this issue of Senior Moments Newspaper by reflecting on the Christmas Miracle of 1776. Washington crossing the Delaware River and winning the battle. Historian David Hackett Fischer said, “No single day in history was more decisive for the creation of the United States than Christmas 1776. George Washington was only forty-four years old.
Mention the classic horror films of the 30s through the 60s and three names immediately come to mind: Boris Karloff, Lon Chaney, Jr., and Vincent Price. But did you know Price was from Missouri? ’Fess up! How many of you were scared spitless watching The Pit and the Pendulum? Price may have been the scariest man in the world.
Paul Cézanne, page 7, was the preeminent French artist of the Post-Impressionist era, widely appreciated toward the end of his life for insisting that painting stay in touch with its material, if not virtually sculptural origins. Also known as the “Master of Aix” after his ancestral home in the South of France, Cézanne offered a new way of comprehending the world through art. With his reputation evolving steadily in the late years of his life, an increasing number of young artists fell under the influence of his innovative vision. Obsessed with Mont Sainte-Victoire in Aix, Cezanne is known to have painted the mountain at least sixty times, which led me to title my art devotional, “The Man and his Mountain.”
This issue’s book review is of Andy Williams’ biography. A terrific review by John V. of the UK is included. The book is only about 300 pages so it’s an easy read and if you were ever interested in Andy Williams as performer, husband, father, brother, restaurateur, art aficionado, you’ll enjoy this book.
Andy Williams was known by many names but ultimately as “Mr. Moon River.” After recording that song in 1962, and performing it at the Academy Awards the same year, the song sort of became Andy’s signature song. So much so, Andy sang the first eight bars of Moon River at the beginning of each episode of his television program. On May 1, 1992, Andy opened the Moon River Theater in Branson with much fanfare including composer Henry Mancini as guest. (Sorry I missed that one.) On page 5 we pay tribute the crooner who at one time had more gold albums than any solo performer except Frank, Elvis, and Johnny (Mathis).
I have attempted to look into a crystal ball and see the future of banking from a layman’s point of view. This we know about the subject, the future is uncertain and change is accelerating. Regulations, culture, new technology, and the Internet of Things, are all having an impact on our banks. But what does that mean for us seniors? You can read my predictions on page 8.
Added to the loss of life and real estate this fall by fires, hurricanes, and earthquakes, I have seen many victims on the news talk about losing precious photos and other documents. As a result, I have been uploading many photos to the cloud (Internet). Therefore, whatever happens to our collection of photos, copies will be safely stored somewhere on the Internet. The original photo may be gone but a digital copy will be safe and easily downloaded, printed, and framed.
Speaking of the recent disasters, it understandable that folks are anxious about the future. I recently heard someone on the radio suggest we try and stay in the “present.” By that he meant try not to fret about the things we have no control over. Try not to worry too much about the future since that’s not clearly seen. Stay in the present.
Jesus gave us that idea a couple of thousand years ago when he said, “So don’t worry about tomorrow, because tomorrow will have its own worries. Each day has enough trouble of its own” (Matthew 6:34 NCV). Friend, I encourage you to ask the Lord to help bear the burden of each day as the day comes around.
Until we meet again on this page in the spring, may God bless you, Bruce Menzies.