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Greetings! My name is Sam J and I am a student at Harvard University. Perhaps this blog will present a little look into the mundane yet unique events that make up my life.
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:: Saturday, October 25, 2003 ::

Last night was a wonderful night of sleep. I wish all nights were like that. I had a nice brunch this morning and even had some of the apple crisp that was left over from yesterday's big apple celebration at dinner.

In the afternoon, I attended an interesting panel discussion about the presidency of John F. Kennedy at the government school, which is named after him. It was produced by The History Channel and was meant to commemorate the 40th anniversary of his death. The panel was hosted by Phil Donahue, the trashy talk show host turned serious news telejournalist.

Members of the panel included Robert Dallek, who wrote the book An Unfinished Life - John F. Kennedy, 1917-1963, Ernest May, a history professor (he taught my Vietnam War class last year), Steve Gillon, the historian for The History Channel, and Ted Sorensen, who was a speechwriter and advisor for Kennedy himself.

There were a lot of people in the audience, and they were encouraged to speak out about their opinions and to ask questions to the members of the panel. It was like a huge Q&A session, and many people had a chance to speak.

The title of the program was called JFK: History or Hype?, so there was a focus on whether Kennedy really deserves the reputation he has as one of the greatest presidents in our nation's history. Some said that the fact that he was assassinated enhanced his image, while others praised his representation of idealism and hope for the betterment of not only Americans but also humanity. It was interesting to hear the wide range of opinions about the great president.

They had a huge film crew taping the event and discussion, and apparently the show will air on Friday, November 14 on The History Channel, so everyone save that date and watch the show! I know I'll be on it sometime during the program.

Tonight, I started cleaning up my room. I also did some reading for some of my classes. That was an unexpected activity for a Saturday night, but it was a good thing to do.

Quote of the Day: "A bok choy named Jesus... is that kind of like a streetcar named Desire?"

:: SL 3:55 PM [+] ::

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