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January 19, 2012

Washington Monument Repairs Given a Boost by David M. Rubenstein

by C. Michael Eliasz-Solomon

Congratulations to  David M. Rubenstein! This patriotic philanthropist has donated $7.5 Million for the repair of our national symbol, the Washington Monument. Mr Rubenstein a self-described history buff has a long history himself in supporting American Institutions. In 2008, he was the man who  purchased the Magna Carta (an early version) and he has put that Magna Carta on permanent loan to the National Archives. Besides being a history buff and philanthropist, he is a magna cum laude graduate of Duke University and the co-founder and Managing Director of The Carlyle Group.

As you may recall, the monument was damaged by the Aug. 23, 2011, 5.8-magnitude earthquake that shook the east coast of the USA. As a result, the monument is currently closed while it is being repaired.

Source:Billionaire to Donate $7.5 Million to Repair Washington Monument“, 18-January-2012, New York Times, Politics Page.

January 19, 2012

Genealogy and Its Popularity – #Genealogy, #Media

by C. Michael Eliasz-Solomon

Stanczyk has maintained for a few years that genealogy as a hobby ranks second only to gardening as a hobby engaged in by Americans. Perhaps this is the year we begin the assault on the number one spot.

If you love genealogy (and I assume you do because you read this blog) and/or history and biographies, then 2012 is your year! Of course we all look forward to Lisa Kudrow’s annual send-up, “Who Do You Think You Are?“.

Who Do You Think You Are, the American genealogy documentary series on NBC returns on February 3, 2012.  The third season will have shows on:  Marisa Tomei,  Rob Lowe,  Paula Deen,   Rashida Jones,   Jerome Bettis,   Reba McEntire,   Helen Hunt,   Edie Falco,   Rita Wilson,   Jason Sudeikis,   Martin Sheen  and   Blair Underwood.

URL:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Who_Do_You_Think_You_Are%3F_%28U.S._TV_series%29#Season_3_.282012.29

On PBS, if we can divert you from Downton Abbey,  we have “FINDING YOUR ROOTS WITH HENRY LOUIS GATES, JR.which premiers Sunday, March 25th.  This 10-part series will delve into the genealogy and genetics of famous Americans. Dr. Gates will cover the family trees of:  Kevin Bacon, Robert Downey, Jr., Branford Marsalis, John Legend, Martha Stewart, Barbara Walters and Rick Warren, among  others in this 10-part series. Make sure you watch Martha’s show — she’s   a  Kostyra [i.e. Polish] !

URL: http://www.pbs.org/about/news/archive/2011/winter-spring-2012/

Do not forget that  BYU  TV channel  of course has an ongoing genealogy show (The Generations Project). This channel is not available everywhere (yet)  — check it out.

URL:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BYU_Television

So this jester maintains that genealogy is even more popular than ever!   What do you think?

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