It's my birthday this weekend, so I thought I'd take an interesting twist on the Friday Five. There are a number of databases and catalogs at the school library, and one of them, Historic Newspapers (from ProQuest, provider of databases yielding many an article for this grad student's schoolwork), has a neat function where you can plug in a date and find articles from several major newspapers on that day. When we did the library orientation for the eighth graders last month, they loved plugging in their birthdays (1995!) in this database. So here are five article titles from The New York Times on the day I was born:
1. "Ford Again Denies Fiscal Aid to City" (by Martin Tolchin). NYC in economic trouble. Hey, were they looking for. . . a bailout?
2. "Jets-Dolphins TV Hinges on Two Ifs" (author not provided, probably staff). The two ifs were related to the World Series, of course.
3. "Portugese Under Stress Keep Poise and Stoicism" (by Flora Lewis). Struggles with politics and communism. Heavy stuff.
4. "Remodeled A & S Tells What's in Store: A New Stress on Fashion" (by Isadore Barmash). I have a vague memory of A & S. Interesting that back then they were right behind Macy's as the top retailers in the city, but today Macy's is still here and A & S isn't. I remember when Macy's bought Bamberger's, but I can't remember who bought A & S.
5. "Search for Missing Jersey Woman Shifted to City" (by Joan Cook). She was last seen at her desk in a Manhattan office. They were trying to figure out if she never made it to the bus or if she got off at a different stop and then something bad happened. I wonder if they ever found her.
Much going on, good and bad, in the world at once--true then, and true today. Hope everything going on for your weekend is very, very good.