By PETER FERRARA
“The end hangs on the beginning” is the motto of the school I went to as a child. For whatever reason, mottoes are often written in Latin and Andover’s was “Finis origine pendet.” Maybe Samuel Phillips, who founded Phillips Academy outside Boston in 1778, thought it looked classier that way, but it simply means “the end hangs on the beginning.”
I thought about this when music superstar Michael Jackson died at the age of 50. Suddenly, television news was “all-Michael all the time.”
Looking at the pictures and video footage of this iconic figure as a little boy singing with his brothers in what would become “The Jackson 5,” I was struck by the twisted path life had set before him.
Michael Jackson began his career as an exceptionally gifted young boy with a great singing voice and the grace of a child who was born to dance. What happened to him as he grew older is a warning sign to us all about what can sometimes be the hidden price of success. At the start of his career, he looked like a million other small black kids. Only his immense talent made him stand apart from the crowd.
But as time and stardom unfolded, Michael became stranger and stranger both physically and mentally. His singing voice never dropped much from the high-pitched level he had as a kid. His dancing, however, became more and more advanced, until it was as much or more of the “package” he represented as his music. Michael was an electrifying performer you simply could not take your eyes off of when he was on stage.
While I found his grabbing at his private parts area a disturbing piece of choreography—I guess the shock value was why he did it--I still admired the grace and agility and sheer athleticism he packed into his dancing. Michael Jackson was one of the best dancers we will ever see. Combining amazing gymnastics with jazzy balletic moves was his specialty.
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It's always pleasant to report good news in which our entire community can participate with positive results.
Such is the cae with next Saturday's annual American Heart Association’s Lake Cumberland Heart Walk at Somerset High School.
As of today, some 250 Pulaski County residents are expected to participate by — quite literally—taking positive steps to improve their health. Their goal is to to raise $35,000 this year to fight heart disease and stroke, America’s No. 1 and No. 3 killers, respectively. However, with this encouragement, perhaps even more will join in the effort.
The non-competitive, one- to three-mile walk begins at 10 a.m. and includes teams of employees from local companies, along with friends, family members and survivors of all ages.
Activities will be available, including a kid’s zone, music, a survivor memorial, and helicopter appearance by Air Methods KY. Throughout the day, heart healthy snacks and information will be available.
'Golden Leaf' has lost its luster
For many years, tobacco was the undisputed king of crops in Kentucky, but the end of the tobacco quota program in 2004, a continuing decline in the number of smokers in the United States and increased competition from foreign-grown tobacco have combined to greatly diminish tobacco’s impact on the state’s farm economy.
To be sure, more tobacco is grown in Kentucky than any other state, but the 726 million pounds of tobacco Kentucky farmers expect to take to market this fall represent a drop of nearly 28 percent from a decade ago when 991 million pounds of tobacco were raised in the state.
The number of cigarette consumers in the U.S. has dropped dramatically in the last two decades, and here in Kentucky, state and local governments and employers have actually encouraged the smoking decline.
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If you haven’t taken a wrong turn on Pulaski County’s recently opened network of new highways, you’re definitely in the minority. Braggarts around coffee shops saying driving on the new roads is a piece of cake are branded as smart aleck city slickers.
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