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A Charlie Brown Christmas, courtesy of Coca-Cola and serendipity

When the creative team of Schulz, Mendelson, and Melendez presented a pre-showing of  A Charlie Brown Christmas to a group of animators in 1965, the now-beloved episode was met with displeasure and uncertainty. It just wasn't working. The show's own creators doubted the final product--a rushed effort to convert a popular comic strip into a living,… Continue reading A Charlie Brown Christmas, courtesy of Coca-Cola and serendipity

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“Are you listening, New York City?”

The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is an example of a department store marketing plan gone unprecedentedly, brilliantly right. In 1924, the flourishing New York City R.H. Macy & Co. celebrated its newly expanded store with a Christmas parade, scheduled for Thanksgiving Day as a means of kicking off the holiday gift shopping season. The arrival… Continue reading “Are you listening, New York City?”

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Candy-Coated Toxic Waste: A Presidential Look at Snacking

Reggie Love, assistant to then-Senator Barack Obama during the 2008 presidential campaign, made a mistake on the campaign trail he would never forget, an error so specific and so embarrassing that he recounted it for posterity in his 2015 book Power Forward: My Presidential Education. Yes, it's precisely what you're thinking: he offered a classic trail mix… Continue reading Candy-Coated Toxic Waste: A Presidential Look at Snacking

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The Case for the History Major

When the sophomore spring arrives for students at Centre College, the time of blissful major/minor indecision ends abruptly in classic Centre fashion: with a series of emails and quality time navigating paperwork on our school site, CentreNet. For some, this moment in the Centre experience is mostly uneventful, particularly for students that determined their major… Continue reading The Case for the History Major

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The Hollywood Sign: A Community Icon

Photograph accessed from lamag.com Hollywood is an equal parts star-studded and cut-throat sort of place, a land of dreamers turned movie stars and screenwriters and producers—glamorous and creative people that earned their way into the competitive and remarkable movie and television industry via talent, hard work, and luck. This community is idolized in the United States… Continue reading The Hollywood Sign: A Community Icon

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In Retrospect: The Race to Space

This photograph courtesy of nasa.org. This week, we’re venturing our back back into the Kennedy administration—if you haven’t read my blog post about JFK conspiracy theories, it is available here! Really, however, I suppose John Schlossberg would more likely approve of our topic, because instead of analyzing the ins and outs of that tragic day… Continue reading In Retrospect: The Race to Space