With Veterans Day approaching

Scott Johnson has a very nice piece on one of our favorite movies, The Best Years of our Lives, and then another on the ups and downs of TCM’s creation. Wow! We’ve often said that to get a college degree, or maybe even high school, you would have to do two things, if we were running the show: (1) watch maybe 30 of the TCM favorite movies referred to above, and (2) spend a few weeks living and working in a re-created 1854 farmhouse. Milk that cow, slop those hogs, yeah! The snowflakes would melt at first, but maybe something good would come to pass.

One Response to “With Veterans Day approaching”

  1. feeblemind Says:

    re 1854 farmhouse

    And you didn’t mention the diet. Perhaps that would be a feature for millennials?

    In any event, they should love it. Carbon footprint practically non-existent. No petroleum products. No electricity. No iPhones. No internet. The ever present threat of infection and disease from lack of sanitation and eating half spoiled food? What’s not to like?

    You could move it up to 1934 and it would be only marginally better. No electricity or indoor plumbing, most still farmed with horses, human muscle was still mostly needed. Hard physical work from dawn to dark for men and women. Still a much lower carbon footprint than today.

    Yeah. They should be made to that before advocating that we return to those times “to save the planet.”

    Re movie: I have only seen The Best years of Our Lives once, and I wasn’t all that impressed with it, but if the opportunity comes along, I will rewatch it, as it seems to be universally acclaimed.

    Re TCM’s creation: I remember when Ted Turner bought that block of movies. A billion dollars. Though I realized the purchase would only appreciate over time, I didn’t see how he would ever generate the revenue to pay for it in the near term. Shows what a shallow, ignorant thinker I am.

    Sidebar: A billion dollars was a LOT of money in the 80s. Now big deals are in the 100s of billions. The money sloshing around at the top of the economic food chain has grown at a staggering rate. For the little people, not so much. Is that a trend that will continue?

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