HONORING DR. IRENE BRODIE

This last January, an MVCC former faculty member and dean passed away at age 86. Back on June 17, 1968, according to the Minutes of the Board of Trustees of Moraine, the college hired Irene Hale Brodie as assistant professor. Here she taught and administered for several decades.

Irene Brodie was a gifted individual. She and her husband began as educators; but after his untimely death in 1966, Irene received her Master’s Degree in education from the University of Chicago. Tragedy continued with the death of her daughter in 1976. From 1986-2013 Irene was the mayor of Robbins, Illinois, a village she dearly loved, and in the 1990’s she obtained a doctorate in education.

Throughout her life, Irene found her calling and success in public service of one kind or another. Additionally, she did not stint with her resources. Moraine, the Village of Robbins, and her church, Great Hope M. B. Church, have received of her generosity.

Interested in getting more information about this “Nationally-esteemed Educator, Philanthropist and Public Official” (from the book cover)? Check out the book entitled The Inheritance of a Dream: The memoirs of Dr. Irene H. Brodie by Irene H. Brodie, Ed.D, with Vincent Williams. The call number is     F 549.R58 B76 2015

An American Author…Tom Wolfe

Tom Wolfe, a best selling author and journalist, died today at the age of 88.  Mr. Wolfe authored many famous works.  The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, written in 1968, is a classic read on the 1960s hippie movement. The Right Stuff, a non-fiction book written in 1979, describes the first 15 years of America’s space program.  The Bonfire of the Vanities, a novel written in 1987,  gives a vivid picture of New York City in the 1980s.  Wolfe is credited with numerous colorful phrases that include “The Me Decade” and “Radical Chic”. “His decades of creativity with the written word have undoubtedly left an enduring impact.”

Check out the MVCC catalog or databases for more information on Tom Wolfe.

Help Clean South Suburban Waterways

“Thousands of volunteers throughout the Chicago region will gather from 9 a.m. to noon this Saturday, May 12, to help clean up the banks of the Chicago River system. The annual clean-up is sponsored by the Friends of the Chicago River. Volunteers are needed for six south suburban locations, including Palos Park, Palos Heights, Oak Lawn and Blue Island.”

“Registration is closed but you’re still welcome to come out. Here’s a map of locations.”

“The event will be held rain or shine.”

Baroque in the Jungle

The New York Times recently reported on a little known musical tradition  that has been in existence since the early 17th century.  Baroque music, a European creation, has survived in the jungles and small towns of Brazil and parts of Paraguay and Bolivia.  The Spanish Jesuits, a Catholic order of priests, were responsible for bringing this music to areas of South America as part of their attempt to evangelize the indigenous people of this region.  Most of the Jesuits left but the music remained. It is fascinating for modern Baroque musicians and historians to see how the music evolved over the centuries.  Read the various links in this blog and be as amazed as I was.

FOR THE LOVE OF HORSES

Now that Justify has won the Kentucky Derby, we can all look forward to the Preakness Stakes on May 19, and the Belmont Stakes on June 9. These three races constitute the Triple Crown. The horses are three-year-old thoroughbreds.

Triple Crown Winner Secretariat 1973

 

Click here for a link on last Saturday’s race.

Click here to see what the MVCC library has about horses.

Finally, are you a horse lover who wants to ride a horse from time to time? This part of Cook County has some wonderful opportunities. There are riding stables close-at-hand; you can just Google horse stables southwest suburbs of Chicago

Choose Privacy Week: Know Your Privacy Rights

Happy “Choose Privacy Week”!!! Libraries around the world celebrate May 1-7 as Choose Privacy Week which is a time for libraries to educate and advocate for the importance of privacy in our democracy.

The Choose Privacy Week website has a resources page outlining tips and tools you can use to ensure your online privacy such as:

Here’s the description from the Choose Privacy Week Website!:
The American Library Association’s (ALA) Office for Intellectual Freedom established Choose Privacy Week in 2010 to help libraries work with their communities in navigating the complicated but vital issues of privacy rights. Privacy has long been a cornerstone of library services in America and a right that librarians defend every day. “

Here’s a video from a few years ago on the importance of privacy.

Vanishing Liberties: The Rise of State Surveillance in the Digital Age

Vanishing Liberties: The Rise of State Surveillance in the Digital Age from 20K Films on Vimeo.

Summer Bites

The warm weather has finally arrived in Chicago.  Baseball, barbecue, beaches, and bugs are part of the hot weather season.

Unfortunately, the downside of this season is the insects and the dangerous diseases they transmit.  The New York Times recently reported that “the number of people who get diseases transmitted by mosquito, tick and flea bites has more than tripled in the United States in recent years.”

The CDC site on this summertime hazard has additional information on how people in the Midwest can protect themselves from these treacherous bites.

Fast Food History

Most of us have eaten at McDonald’s. Do you know how the company started? Two brothers in California developed a system in the 1950s to serve just a few quality items quickly at their hamburger stand. They were the McDonald brothers and, at the time, they were pretty satisfied with their company and product. But a shake machine salesman from Illinois saw a big future in the business.

The Founder is a movie from 2017 that tells how Ray Kroc got into business with the brothers. At first, he had the job of setting up McDonald’s franchises around the country. After a few years, he took over the company. He then called himself the founder of the company. You can decide if you agree. Check out the DVD and see the performances by Michael Keaton, Nick Offerman, and John Carroll Lynch.