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Tag: Luther Terry

Edited by Gerald Boerner



JerryPhoto_thumb2_thumbOur country today has been beset by the endemic if not epidemic spread of health maladies — Cancer (of various types), obesity, AIDS, and smoking. The nation’s medical establishment has set out, under the leadership of the Surgeon General, to bring these health hazards under control. The National Institutes of Health research is funding on-going research on the causes and cures for cancer and AIDS. But in 1964, the Surgeon General, Luther Terry, took a bold move — he organized a group of advisors who came up with a revolutionary recommendation, a WARNING LABEL was needed on all tobacco products!

Smoking and health cover

This elicited the expected reaction from the tobacco companies who questioned the government’s right to require such a notice. They fought it, but lost. Presently, there is a move to require more graphic warnings on tobacco products, especially cigarettes. Once more, the tobacco companies are battling against this requirement. But it will go through.

But is this a deterrent to the smoking habit? Not really. Smoking is an addictive habit that is often started early in life. Of course, the tobacco companies promote that. But cigarette commercials were banned early from children’s hours of TV watching. Radio and billboards were also banned. Smoking in movies and on TV has also been discouraged. But people still smoke.

Cities and states have passed laws, such as California’s Proposition 65 approved by the people in 1986, in an attempt to stem the tide of the habit. Smoking has been banned within buildings, restaurants, bars, etc. Designated smoking areas have been established outside to be used even in inclement weather. These bans have been extended to some apartments and homes on the basis of the dangers from “second-hand” smoke. Where will this all end? Who knows. Habits are hard to break and we can only assume that limiting and punitive measures will continue to be imposed, hoping that finally a solution will be reached.

Now, we need the same zeal to be brought against AIDS and other maladies. Obesity is much harder to legislate, but even there efforts have been started to require school lunches to be “healthy”. The battle really begins there in defining what is a healthy diet? But that is a topic for another day.

Let us now turn our attention to the action of Surgeon General Luther Terry and his warning label on cigarette packages… GLB

These Introductory Comments are copyrighted:
Copyright©2012 — Gerald Boerner — All Rights Reserved

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Quotations Related to Cigarettes:

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“Fame is being asked to sign your autograph on the back of a cigarette packet.”
— Billy Connolly

“I never smoked a cigarette until I was nine.”
— H. L. Mencken

“I met the surgeon general – he offered me a cigarette.”
— Rodney Dangerfield

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Edited by Gerald Boerner


Introductory Comments:

JerryPhoto_thumb2_thumb_thumbToday we feature events that range from the founding of our country, the protection of its natural resources at the beginning of the 20th century, to the introduction of a magazine (Popular Mechanics) that documents the progress of new technologies for the masses. It also includes a iconic country-western entertainer and the Surgeon General who had a warning message placed on tobacco products. It was a day of significant events that have affected all of our lives.


Alexander Hamilton, one of the Founding Fathers of our country, played an active role in the administration of our first President, George Washington. He was instrumental in getting the U.S. Constitution ratified through his authorship of several of the “Federalist Papers”. He served as the Secretary of the Treasury and established the National Bank. He was an ongoing opponent of another patriot and Founding Father, Thomas Jefferson. He was never able to ascend to the Office of the President since he was not born in the American colonies.

Another towering politician, Theodore (Teddy) Roosevelt, was an avid naturalist and on this day established the Grand Canyon National Monument to protect that natural wonder. He was, indeed, a friend of the natural environment. He broke with the trend that viewed any undeveloped land as an opportunity for the mining corporations, railroads, and others to “rape” the environment. Teddy introduced the concept that a bare, natural environment was beautiful. In many cases, he used his Presidential prerogative of the “Executive Order” to establish National Monuments and National Wildlife Areas to avoid being bottle-necked in the Congress by the development lobbies!


Also appearing at the beginning of the 20th century (1902) we find the first publication of a magazine that introduced the general population to new technologies as they emerged. Henry Haven Windsor started the publication of Popular Mechanics in that year. In context, we need to consider that its publication predated heavier than air flight (the Wright Brothers), the popular automobile (Ford Model-T), and radio (Marconi), among other innovations. Those of us into the personal computer need to remember that the MITS Altair 8800 computer kit; this is the “gadget” that got Bill Gates & Paul Allen started with their version of BASIC for a new company, Microsoft! So much for this magazine’s impact upon our lives.

Finally, we find an entertainer, Johnny Cash, hitting the top of the country charts with his version of “Ring of Fire”. He is one of my favorite country entertainers; he survived many bouts of addiction and brushes with the legal system. None the less, he provided many enjoyable hours listening to his vocals.

But now let’s get on with the presentation of the events of the day… GLB

These Introductory Comments are copyrighted:
Copyright©2012 — Gerald Boerner — All Rights Reserved

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Quotations Related to Theodore Roosevelt:

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“A man who has never gone to school may steal from a freight car; but if he has a university education, he may steal the whole railroad.”
— Theodore Roosevelt

“A man who is good enough to shed his blood for the country is good enough to be given a square deal afterwards.”
— Theodore Roosevelt

“A vote is like a rifle; its usefulness depends upon the character of the user.”
— Theodore Roosevelt

“Far better is it to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure… than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much, because they live in a gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat.”
— Theodore Roosevelt

“Appraisals are where you get together with your team leader and agree what an outstanding member of the team you are, how much your contribution has been valued, what massive potential you have and, in recognition of all this, would you mind having your salary halved.”
— Theodore Roosevelt

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