Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Red Carpet Style with Hal Rubenstein at the Museum at FIT – by Andrea Goldstein



Hal Rubenstein at FIT

Hal Rubenstein’s LinkedIn profile headline is Writer, Designer, Consultant, Critic, Speaker, Educator, and Brand Facilitator.  Perhaps most well known as InStyle’s Founding Editor for two decades, he was more than qualified to speak about Red Carpet Style at the Museum at FIT (Fashion Institute of Technology) on Tuesday, May 16th. Reading passages from his 2011 book 100 Unforgettable Dresses he engaged the audience with stories of fashion moments that made certain Hollywood women famous.


Think of Nicole Kidman in chartreuse John Galliano for Dior at the 1997 Oscars, Jennifer Lopez in the deep v Versace gown at the 2000 Grammys, and more recently Lupita Nyong’o at the 2014 Golden Globes in red Ralph Lauren.  These are all examples of what Rubenstein refers to as “the right dress on the right woman at the right time creates this memorable moment that influences how we see beauty, how we see femininity.”  These women, along with their stylists created iconic moments on the red carpet that established them as style stars.


Rubenstein talked about the evolution of the red carpet at the Oscars, which orginally didn’t exist as a fashion runway, but a simple entrance for stars to get into the building.  He started his lecture with a picture of Elizabeth Taylor at the 1976 Oscars in a red strapless Halston gown.  The only pictures or video of her in the dress was on stage. Only in the late 80s did the red carpet become a big deal when designers such as Giorgio Armani offered to “dress” stars for the Oscars, including Susan Sarandon, Jodie Foster and Michelle Pfeiffer.  

He went on to discuss other actresses who had their red carpet moments in the past two decades including Halle Berry, Tilda Swinton, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jennifer Lawrence and Lady Gaga. In 2017, the concept of a red carpet goes beyond award shows.  With social media everywhere and entertainers Instagramming their every move, any opportunity to be photographed is an opportunity to create a fashion moment.  Rubenstein said that stylists are now putting together 150-200 outfits per junket to choose from when their client is promoting a project.

Rubenstein also decried the obsession with young celebrities such as Selena Gomez, Emma Stone, Taylor Swift and Emma Watson.  While he says they rarely make fashion mistakes, they are not creating style moments.  He closed his lecture instead with a radiant Jane Fonda on a 2015 red carpet in a blue Versace gown, celebrating that she will be 80 on her next birthday.



Hal Rubenstein at FIT

A Q&A was held after the lecture, where Rubenstein talked about fashion (ephemeral) vs. style (permanent), his love for Uniqlo jeans, and the state of retail vs. ecommerce.  He said that ecommerce has its place but so does a well curated physical store where the staff know each item well and the element of surprise and discovery still exists. 


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Sunday, May 14, 2017

Happy 103rd Mother's Day America! Enjoy this easy 1-2-3 cookie recipe

This Mother's Day blog post has been updated from previous Mother's Day blog posts. Enjoy!
Did you know  Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey's favorite twitter account is his mom, Marcia Dorsey  @marciadorsey?  Marcia Dorsey 


"A printed card means nothing except that you are too lazy to write to the woman who has done more for you than anyone in the world. 

And candy!

You take a box to Mother—and then eat most of it yourself. A pretty sentiment."
 ~~ Anna Jarvis, Founder of the Mother's Day holiday in the United States, on the true meaning of mothers.







Photo left, photo collage of my mom to celebrate Mother's Day.







Photo right (courtesy of Wikipedia) of The International Mother's Day Shrine was designated a National Historic Landmark October 5, 1992. T

he Shrine, constructed in 1873 is located at Andrews Methodist Episcopal Church at 11 E. Main Street in Grafton West Virginia. Andrews Methodist Episcopal Church also called the "mother church" of Mother's Day, was incorporated as the International Mother's Day Shrine on May 15, 1962, as a tribute to all mothers.



Will update Google doodle for this year when ready. In the meantime, enjoy this lovely, bicycle-themed doodle (May 2014).
Happy 101st Mother's Day America

Below is MD blog post from 2015. Enjoy!

Happy 101st Mother's Day America
Mother's Day, this year is Sunday, May 10th and always a great day to celebrate love, friendship and moms.

Did you know that U.S. President Woodrow Wilson in his 1914 presidential proclamation, by the U.S. Congress proclaimed the very first Mother's Day celebration?

Mother's Day was originally created by Anna Marie Jarvis in 1907 when she had a memorial to celebrate her Mother, Ann Jarvis who passed away on May 12, 1905. Anna's mother Ann Jarvis had founded Mothers' Day Work Clubs in five cities to improve sanitary and health conditions. The Mothers' Day Work Clubs also treated wounds, fed, and clothed both Union and Confederate soldiers with neutrality. Anna Marie Jarvis never married and had no children. She and her sister Ellsinore became disappointed with the commercialization of Mother's Day. They spent their family inheritance campaigning against what the holiday had become. Both died in poverty.

Yellow roses are very popular on Mother's Day as they indicate joy, gladness, friendship and "I Care?" Our way of remembering and celebrating is sharing our photo of beautiful bouquet of 2 dozen yellow roses my husband and I presented to our mom in May 2011. And I like to share her special cookie recipe.


As a child my mother would often bake all sorts of foods, pies, desserts, cakes and cookies. One of my favorite, all time cookies is a famous Italian cookie called "Anginette" (aka Anginetti), in the USA popularly called "Lemon Drop Cookies." The great thing about this cookie is that it is popular all year round and with just a few ingredients, anyone can prepare and bake this great cookie in less than 30 minutes. {Photo left, mother and photo below right me and mom on our Wedding Day, March 2008)

I use to always enjoy rolling the dough into extra long cigar shapes and coiling the cookie into 2 and 3 tiers high with my mother. The sky is the limit in regards to creativity; although Anginetti are delightful plain they are lovely and appetizing garnished with frosting and sprinkles. The prep time including rolling the dough into cigar shapes was slightly less than 15 minutes and it baked in 8 minutes. I try to bake these as much as I can. I once baked Anginettes and decided to bring in a tray for an early meeting where I was leading a direct marketing presentation to a group of about 30 people. The cookies were a big hit as was my presentation. Besides adding a personal touch, they were a surprise breakfast treat especially while sipping coffee and tea.


INGREDIENTS:
► Eggs 6
► Baking Powder 4 - 6 teaspoons max
► Baking Soda 1/2 teaspoon
► Flour 6 cups
► Vanilla 1 - 2 teaspoons
► Sugar 1 - 2 cups (can substitute with alteratives, e.g., splenda, equal, etc.)
► Butter 4 sticks (can substitute with vegetable oil)

OPTIONAL ICING:
► Powdered Sugar (aka Confectioners Sugar) 3 tablespoons
► Milk, Lemon Juice or Water (just a dash, about 1/2 teaspoon)

OPTIONAL OTHER:
► Lemon or Orange Skin (grated or peeled, optional with flour mix)
► Caraway seeds, almonds, walnuts, cream cheese, etc.
► Be Creative

Step 1 : Make Dough (5 min) 
► Prepare oven at 375°; In large bowl combine ingredients
► Eggs
► Baking Powder
► Flour (put about half and add the remaining flour while mixing in bowl)
► Vanilla
► Sugar (or alternative, e.g., splenda, equal, etc.)
► Butter 


Step 2 : Knead, Cut & Shape Dough (10 min) 
► Knead dough when ready divide into amounts enough to roll into long cigars (about 6" to 8 inches); Then create circular coil shapes. Place in baking tray. Makes about 36 cookies or so depending on shape and size of cookies. You can make many more if you use a simple flat, round conventional shape cookie, but then again, it won't have the look and feel as a true, anginette. 

Step 3 : Place tray in 375° oven (8 - 18 min) 
► Depending on your oven, bake anywhere from 10to 20 minutes, keep watching and when the cookies are golden brown color on the bottom it is done. If you want to have frosting, mix the powdered sugar and water and stir until paste like. Wait at least 10 minutes for baked cookies to cool and dip cookies into frosting mix, or simply pour a little on each. Should set within 15 minutes. Can serve plain or with the traditional sugar frosting. Be creative, try cutting a few plain ones and adding cream cheese in the middle.
► Don't forget to wait at least 10 minutes before adding the icing and sprinkles or serving without icing.

Total time - 23 - 33 Minutes 


   

These cookies are great plain or with icing. There are different textures and styles. The neutral-colored frosting was made using lemon instead of milk with powdered sugar.


“The sweetest sounds to mortals given. Are heard in Mother, Home, and Heaven” -- William Goldsmith Brown (1902-1982);
Survivor of the sinking of the RMS Titanic. Later he wrote a book about his experiences on the ship, and had his story featured in the documentary, Titanic: 


The Legend Lives On, as well as a children's book about the disaster, Inside the Titanic.
Below is our mother's Eulogy from her Funeral Mass. May our mom RIP knowing how much she is loved and remembered.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

The Handmaid’s Tale Panel at the 92nd St Y – by Andrea Goldstein

The Handmaid’s Tale Panel at the 92d St Y – by Andrea Goldstein



“The Handmaid’s Tale” has been creating a lot of buzz since its premiere in April.  The 11 part series has been bringing fans of Margaret Atwood’s 1985 dystopian novel to Hulu in droves to see each episode as it drops every Wednesday.  

The series is up to episode 5, which was screened at the 92nd Street Y with a follow up panel discussion with stars Elisabeth Moss (Offred), Alexis Bledel (Ofglen), and  the director of the first three episodes, Reed Morano.  Morano, who started her film career as a Director of Photography on several independent films is now getting recognized for her directing.  Tatiana Siegel of the Hollywood Reporter moderated the panel.

Following the screening of the thrilling 5th episode entitled “Faithful,” the panel spent nearly an hour discussing the origin of the series, and shared some behind the scenes insights on what it was like to work on groundbreaking television.

Morano told the story of how she had heard that Hulu was developing “The Handmaid’s Tale” and being a fan of the novel, she lobbied hard to get the directing job.  She sent a 75 page lookbook, along with a music playlist to the executives, to show her vision for the series.  She was up against several prominent male directors but eventually was chosen, possibly due a good word from Moss, who had worked with her previously.

Moss, known for her breakout role as Peggy on “Mad Men,” was very animated during the panel, often swearing and laughing.  She clearly enjoyed playing Offred and loved the challenging role, which required many close-ups.  She said that while working on the show, she would go home and try to get as much sleep b/c the days were long and exhausting.  All three ladies admitted to indulging in the occasional cocktail to relieve the stress.

Bledel, in contrast to Moss, was more reserved but very thoughtful in her answers to the questions. Primarily known for playing Rory on “Gilmore Girls,” Ofglen was a departure for her, but she said that she gravitates toward independent and rebellious characters, which is now in her wheelhouse.

When asked about the current political climate and the timeliness of the series, the panel said this could be relevant in any period, but especially now.  They also warned it was a “cautionary tale” and that people need to be aware that these changes don’t happen overnight but over time.

The panel also paid tribute to author Margaret Atwood, calling her a “genius” and said she acted as a consultant on the series, who rarely pushed back on scripts. Morano told a humorous story that Atwood didn’t understand the term “carpet muncher.”  Morano said that a script assistant needed to call her and explain the slang term for lesbian.

The series was recently renewed for another season, and the panel was asked about where the story could go, since the first season follows the novel.  Moss said there is much story left to tell between the end of the novel and the epilogue and they will be sure to be working with Atwood on what that could be.

The evening was interesting, entertaining and a thought provoking look at female driven stories created by this talented group of women.




Andrea Goldstein is a
digital marketing
professional with a passion
for all things '80s
@nydigitalmarket on Twitter







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Saturday, May 6, 2017

Sigmund Fraud would be 161 today, May 6, 2017


"The mind is like an iceberg, it floats with one-seventh of its bulk above water." ~ Sigmund Freud, 6 May 1856 – 23 September 1939, Austrian neurologist, father of psychoanalysis.




Google celebrated, Sigmund Freud's 160th  with an interesting doodle of the "iceberg theory."  If Google celebrates this year with a doodle, for sure I will update here.


Do you believe love is a "transient psychosis?" Well obviously Freud did.



One of Fraud's most interesting quotes (see image below) is so powerful and relevant today more than ever.  

Life is filled with challenge and hardship. Many things happen to people unexpectedly whether it be successful events or unfortunate circumstances in our lives. 

We live and react to things individually.  Be it happy, sad, challenging, hardships, family issues, etc., our whole self, our unique existentialism, is what helps us deal with difficulties and/or successes.

Friday, May 5, 2017

Worlds Largest Professional Network, turns 14 on 5/5 and tops 500 million users

This post is an update from a previous annual articles on the allthingsdigitalmarketing blog, enjoy!

According to statistics, LinkedIn is currently available in 24 languages, vs. 20 languages from 2015, including Arabic, Chinese, English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, Dutch, Swedish, Danish, Romanian, Russian, Turkish, Japanese, Czech, Polish, Korean, Indonesian, Malay, and Tagalog.

At just 14, Linkedin has reached half a billion users (500 million) spanning 200 countries, this according to a recent LinkedIn's NEWSROOM blog post.  This marks a 14% increase from last year. A 2016 post titled "By the Numbers: 125+ Amazing LinkedIn Stats," as of February 4, 2016, there were over 441 million global LI users. In March 2015, an article by About LinkedIn it was reported that LinkedIn  had over 111 million unique U.S. members.

Not surprising that in the 4th Quarter of 2014 more than 75% of new members came to LinkedIn from outside the United States -- currently there are 347 million registrants globally from almost 200 countries and territories. Additionally LinkedIn revenue reported  Q4 at $643 million (an average increase of 44% year-to-year).

LinkedIn Enhancements and Acquisitions Over the Years

April 2013, a new streamlined tool was featured to enable LinkedIn users to tag each other in posts and comments

In January 2011 LinkedIn traded its first shares on May 19, 2011 -- NYSE symbol "LNKD" with an IPO price of $45 per share. LinkedIN is currently valued at 261.52, nearly a 600% increase.

In 2010, LinkedIn began acquiring companies and to date has acquired 15 American companies (below is a chronological list).
• August 4, 2010, mspoke, an adaptive content personalization for $0.6 Million
• September 23, 2010, ChoiceVendor, Social B2B Reviews, $3.9 Million
• January 26, 2011, CardMunch, Social Contacts, $1.7 Million
• October 5, 2011, Connected Social CRM, price not available
• October 11, 2011, IndexTank Social search, price not available
• February 22, 2012, RapportiveSocial Contacts, $15 Million
• May 3, 2012 SlideShareSocial Content, $119 Million
• April 11, 2013, Pulse Web / Mobile newsreader, $90 Million
• February 6, 2014, Bright Job Matching, $120 Million
• July 14, 2014, Newsle Web applicat, $175 Million
• April 2, 2015, Refresh.io Web application, price not available-
• April 9, 2015, Lynda.com, eLearning, $1.5 Billion
• April 20, 2015, Hoaxbuster Club, Fact check and truth monitoring service, price not yet available
• August 28, 2015, Fliptop Predictive Sales and Marketing Firm, Using data science to help companies close more sales
• February 4, 2016, Connectifier, Web application, Helps companies with their recruiting

Latest resources:

• LinkedIn Joins the HoaxBuster Club, Buys Patent for Fact-Checking System, FACTUALLY, A Gizmodo Blog, http://www.techradar.com/us/news/internet/stop-lying-on-linkedin-because-soon-you-won-t-be-able-to-1291702
•http://www.forbes.com/sites/learnvest/2013/03/04/8-mistakes-you-should-never-make-on-linkedin/
•8 Mistakes You Should Never Make on LinkedIn, Forbes http://www.forbes.com/sites/learnvest/2013/03/04/8-mistakes-you-should-never-make-on-linkedin/2/

This post is an update from a previous annual articles on the allthingsdigitalmarketing blog, enjoy!

Monday, May 1, 2017

Dare to Be Different – A review by Andrea Goldstein


Having grown up on Long Island in the 80s, I was an avid fan of the now defunct radio station WLIR 92.7 FM (and its subsequent doppelganger WDRE). Back then there was no internet, so we relied on the radio as our discovery engine.


At the time, I took for granted that I had access to a commercial radio station that opened me to a new world of Duran Duran, Depeche Mode, The Cure, New Order, The Clash, The Smiths, U2, the B-52s, the Ramones, REM and too many others to mention.  


I can fondly recall attending my first “real” concert at Jones Beach Theater with headliner Howard Jones. (Where did I hear HoJo first?  WLIR, of course.  

Way before his ballad “No One is to Blame” became a Top 40 radio hit.)  I also devoured magazines like Star Hits and its UK sister magazine Smash Hits to read more about these new acts.

So, you can imagine how excited I was to hear that a documentary about WLIR was in the works (through a Facebook community I joined a few years ago for middle aged hipsters who longed for the days of WLIR/WDRE).  The film, after 7 years of production, was finally released last week at the Tribeca Film Festival.  

Dare to Be Different, gets its name from the marketing slogan for the station and for the most part does not disappoint.  First time director and WLIR superfan Ellen Goldfarb traces the story of the Hempstead, NY radio station and its visionary program director, Denis McNamara, who in 1982 decided to go for a “new music” format.  WLIR had nothing to lose, being a scrappy low wattage station trying to forge an identity among album oriented rock stations that flooded the NYC area airwaves with much higher reach.

The documentary features interviews with music industry types (Sire Records’ Seymour Stein), WLIR DJ’s (Larry the Duck, Malibu Sue, Donna Donna), interns (Gary from the Howard Stern Show!), listeners and the artists discussing the impact of WLIR, whether personally or professionally.

Among that list of artists, you may recognize Nick Rhodes of Duran Duran (who played their first US gig on Long Island thanks to WLIR), Howard Jones, Billy Idol, Live Aid co-founder Midge Ure, Tom Bailey of the Thompson Twins, Curt Smith of Tears for Fears, Jim Kerr of Simple Minds, Deborah Harry of Blondie, Fred Schneider of the B-52s, and Joan Jett, who wrote a theme song just for the movie called what else, “Dare to Be Different.”

Many themes are explored in the documentary (which could all be their own movies) including women in rock, art vs. commerce, political activism, crazy 80s style (the hairspray!), the legacy of 80s music, the spirit of discovery vs. corporate ownership and ultimately the legal and federal regulation issues that brought WLIR to an end in December 1987.  

However, one theme rings loud and clear, by “daring to be different” WLIR had a huge impact on the music industry, breaking great acts that may have otherwise never gotten a larger audience nor sold millions of records.


This fun, nostalgic trip has one small issue.  It omits any mention of WDRE, even in the post script.  WDRE, while under separate ownership, came on the air the following day and carried on the tradition of WLIR’s commitment to new music and even retained some of its popular DJs into the early aughts.  Yet, the film’s narrative claims that there was a void that could never be filled again.

As a loyal Dare card carrying listener, I was sad that WLIR as we knew it was no more, but WDRE filled the void even as New Wave went out of style and was replaced by the grunge of the Pacific NW.  However, WDRE never quite matched the golden years of 1982-1987, perhaps why Goldfarb chose to omit it from the story.

In a post screening Q&A, Goldfarb mentioned that there might be a soundtrack released as well as a companion book where she could include the 200 hours of footage and interviews that didn’t make it into the 90 minute film.  Clearly, 30 years on, there is still a hunger for the kind of organic discovery that WLIR gave many fans in the 80s.



Andrea Goldstein is a 
digital marketing 
professional with a passion 
for all things ‘80s. 

She can be reached at 

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Happy 47th Earth Day America! #EnvironmentalAndClimateLiteracy

This post is an update from a previous annual articles on the allthingsdigitalmarketing blog, enjoy!
See all Earth Day Campaigns

#HappyEarthDayAmerica ! This Saturday, April 22, 2017 will mark the 2nd year of Earth Day's five-year countdown for the 50th anniversary April 22, 2020! Just 3 more years to go!

This is the perfect time to share with you our theme for Earth Day 2017 ~ Environmental and Climate Literacy!   ~ 


#EarthDay2017 #EnvironmentalAndClimateLiteracy
#EarthDay2016 #Trees4Earch
#EarthDay2016 2015 NASA's #EarthRightNow and #StateOfNASA


More #EarthDay info at: http://www.earthday.org/earthday/earth-day-theme/


“The ultimate test of man's conscience may be his willingness to sacrifice something today for future generations whose words of thanks will not be heard."~~ Gaylord Anton Nelson (June 4, 1916 – July 3, 2005) Founder of Earth Day, American politician from Wisconsin who served as a United States Senator and governor. Photo right courtesy of Mark Fisher, http://mustermark.co.uk, photo also on Wikimedia.org

WHAT WILL YOU DO?
Earth Day 2017 would love for you to register your own Earth Day 2017 event and/or look for an event near you. You can register to join this movement by visiting the Earth Day Network page http://www.earthday.org/earth-day .

You can find events in our area by visiting the Earth Day 2017 Google post for North America and for other parts of the world too.


☺ My home sweet home on #Facebook from the Winter Snow Storm on January 24, 2015
☺ Hilarious turkeys visiting my home sweet home on Palm Sunday (March 29, 2015)
☺ Autumn leaves beneath the iced Bronx River along the pedestrian trail sometime in November, 2014
☺ This Egret has no egrets atop the beautiful cadcading waterfall at Bronx River one Saturday morning June 28, 2014
☺ Photo of my backyard after the blizzard February 13, 2014
☺ On my way to work after one of the blizzards February 13, 2014

From #NoPlaceLikeHome to #Trees4Earth and #EarthRightNow, below are excerpts from EARTH DAY 2015
Would you believe it, today is Earth-Day’s 46th event and 45th B-Day (April 22, 2015)?

It was on April 22nd, 1970 when the very first Earth Day event was celebrated nationwide. A time when the norm was hippy-happy flower-child culture, psychedelics, the passing R&B icons Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin, Simon & Garfunkel “Bridge Over Troubled Water" song, college students streaking across campuses protesting the Vietnam war, etc. Also a time of top network TV programs "Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In," "Gunsmoke," "Captain Kangaroo," "The Carol Burnett Show," and "I Dream of Jeannie." 


Who would think Earth Day would also mark the modern environmentalist movement? It was April 22, 1970, the first Earth Day, that led to the creation of the United States Environmental Protection Agency and the passage of the Clean Air, Clean Water, and Endangered Species Acts.

In 2016, NASA's theme is #NoPlaceLikeHome. NASA wants everyone to post videos and photos of their favorite places on EARTH and to use hashtag #NoPlaceLikeHome for the latest 

#EarthDay #EarthDay 2015 marked the 2nd year of NASA's global social media campaign. Earth Day is not just about water and sustainability." Earth Day 2014 marked the first #GlobalSelfie SOCIAL MEDIA CAMPAIGN from NASA. 

NASA wants everyone to post videos and photos of their favorite places on EARTH and to use hashtag #NoPlaceLikeHome for the latest #EarthDay




Earth Day 2014 NASA celebrated a milestone -- the first time in more than a decade of launching five Earth-observing missions in a single year. Photos above right and below left snapshots taken from NASA promotional video on RedOrbit.com 

Click here to view NASA's promotion video for Earth Day from 2014 #GlobalSelfieEarthDay #EarthRightNow #EarthDay Social Media Campaigns.

BELOW ARE EXCERPTS FROM MY BLOG FROM EARTH DAY 2014


Do you think our leaders are capable of implementing a realistic, sustainable climate control program? 

Some are (hopefully most), and I hope they put government spending into perspective and stop subsidizing the ultra-rich for their quaky, snake-oil programs. "We the people" need to know the real facts behind the outrageous ultra-rich alternative fuel subsizing.

"It's nice that someone managed to run his car on liposuction leftovers, but that doesn't mean he needs to be subsidized ... But why not at least agree that governments shouldn't pick losers to be winners? Unfortunately, that's exactly what is happening. The world is rushing to promote alternative fuel sources that will actually accelerate global warming, not to mention an alternative power source that could cripple efforts to stop global warming ... This is not just a climate disaster. The grain it takes to fill an SUV tank with ethanol could feed a hungry person for a year; biofuel mandates are exerting constant upward pressure on global food prices and have contributed to food riots in dozens of poorer countries. Still, the United States has quintupled its ethanol production in a decade and plans to quintuple its biofuel production again in the next decade. This will mean more money for well-subsidized grain farmers, but also more malnutrition, more deforestation, and more emissions. European leaders have paid a bit more attention to the alarming critiques of biofuels -- including one by a British agency that was originally established to promote biofuels -- but they have shown no more inclination to throw cold water on this $100 billion global industry ..." ~~ Michael Grunwald, writer, journalist, author; and a senior national correspondent at Time magazine. Quotes taken from his article "Seven Myths About Alternative Energy"
Obviously, according Grunwald's article on ForeignPolicy.com article (2009) titled "Seven Myths About Alternative Energy, the energy alternatives aren't magic tickets and they are not sustainable.


WILL YOU BE CELEBRATING EARTH DAY BY SHARING YOUR FAVORITE PLACE ON EARTH USING #NoPlaceLikeHome ?

Share your #NoPlaceLikeHome with your favorite social media and show support for "sustainable environmental programs" that cost significantly less and are more effective than the current government subsized programs that are unsubstantiated.

My #NoPlaceLikeHome will be posted soon Where's yours?

Earth Day is a national holiday created to celebrate the Earth and environment. The first Earth Day was April 22, 1970, and was a response to the environmental crisis at the time, which included extremely polluted water and air.

The Environmental Protection Agency was created the same year as a result of activism and widespread popular support for cleaning up the environment. Children became very aware as many school programs brought about awareness of pollutants in the air and the importance of caring for the planet we live on.

Earth Day is now coordinated globally by the Earth Day Network, and is celebrated in more than 175 countries every year. The Earth Day Logo, above right, became the Official Earth Week logo that was used as the backdrop for the prime time CBS News Special Report with Walter Cronkite about Earth Day beginning 1970 through 1996.

In 2009, the United Nations designated April 22 International Mother Earth Day. Earth Day is planned for April 22 in all years at least through 2015. It may or may not change thereafter. Earth Day is credited to Gaylord Nelson, then a U.S. Senator from Wisconsin, after witnessing the ravages of the 1969 massive oil spill in Santa Barbara, California. Inspired by the student anti-war movement, he called for an environmental teach-in, or Earth Day, to be held on April 22, 1970.

Over 20 million people participated that year, and this Earth Day is now observed on April 22 each year by more than 500 million people and several national governments in 175 countries. Ecology Flag, photo to the right, was created by cartoonist Ron Cobb in 1969.






Google Celebrated Earth Day 2012 with an animated Flower-power Doodle on its home page, photo left.
For 2014, Google created a lovely doodle with many different eco-creatures from the lovely humming bird to the not-so-lovely beetle dung; I was pretty grossed out by that portion of the animated doodle. To view go to google.com and share what you think.


Bing Celebrated Earth day 2012 with a picture of Nevada Solar One at sunrise in the Mojave Desert near Boulder City, Nevada, photo right.


Earth Day Timeline

1968 - Morton Hilbert and the U.S. Public Health Service organized the Human Ecology Symposium, an environmental conference for students to hear from scientists about the effects of environmental degradation on human health. This was the beginning of Earth Day.
1969 - John McConnell first introduced the idea of a global holiday called "Earth Day" at the UNESCO Conference on the Environment
1969 - The Ecology Flag was created by cartoonist Ron Cobb and published on November 7th in the Los Angeles Free Press, then placed in the public domain. The symbol is a combination of the letters "E" and "O" taken from the words "Environment" and "Organism," respectively.
1970 - The first Earth Day proclamation was issued by San Francisco Mayor Joseph Alioto on March 21, 1970. Nelson chose the date April 22nd in order to maximize participation on college campuses for what he conceived as an "environmental teach-in". He determined the week of April 19–25 was the best bet as it did not fall during exams or spring breaks. Also, it did not conflict with any religious holidays.
1971 - UN Secretary-General U Thant supported McConnell's global initiative to celebrate this annual event; and on February 26, 1971, he signed a proclamation to that effect, saying: “May there be only peaceful and cheerful Earth Days to come for our beautiful Spaceship Earth as it continues to spin and circle in frigid space with its warm and fragile cargo of animate life.”
1972 - United Nations secretary-general Kurt Waldheim observed Earth Day with similar ceremonies on the March equinox in 1972, and the United Nations Earth Day ceremony has continued each year since on the day of the March equinox (the United Nations also works with organizers of the April 22 global event).
1978 – American cultural anthropologist, Margaret Mead added her support for the equinox Earth Day, and declared: "Earth Day is the first holy day which transcends all national borders, yet preserves all geographical integrities, spans mountains and oceans and time belts, and yet brings people all over the world into one resonating accord, is devoted to the preservation of the harmony in nature and yet draws upon the triumphs of technology, the measurement of time, and instantaneous communication through space…”
1990 - The Earth Day 20 International Peace Climb was led by Jim Whittaker, the first American to summit Mt. Everest (many years earlier), and marked the first time in history that mountaineers from the United States, Soviet Union and China had roped together to climb a mountain, let alone Mt. Everest. The group also collected over two tons of trash (transported down the mountain by support groups along the way) that was left behind on Mount Everest from previous climbing expeditions. The master of ceremonies for the Columbia Gorge event was the TV star, John Ratzenberger, from "Cheers", and the headlining musician was the "Father of Rock and Roll," Chuck Berry.
2000 - Earth Day 2000 combined the ambitious spirit of the first Earth Day with the international grassroots activism of Earth Day 1990. This was the first year that Earth Day used the Internet as its principal organizing tool, and it proved invaluable domestically and internationally. Kelly Evans, a professional political organizer, served as Executive Director of the 2000 campaign. The event ultimately enlisted more than 5,000 environmental groups outside the United States, reaching hundreds of millions of people in a record 183 countries. Leonardo DiCaprio was the official host for the event, and about 400,000 participants stood in the cold rain during the course of the day.
2009 - May 5, 2009 editorial in The Washington Times contrasted Arbor Day with Earth Day, claiming that Arbor Day was a happy, non-political celebration of trees, whereas Earth Day was a pessimistic, political ideology that portrayed humans in a negative light.
2010 - Billion Acts of Green (Beta) – Official Earth Day Network's "Billion Acts of Green" website for students and young adults
2011 - A Billion Acts of Green (®) – A "people-powered campaign to generate a billion acts of environmental service and advocacy before Rio +20" (as well as a registered trademark).
2012 - Earth Day 2012 – Mobilize the Earth 2013; Google Celebrated Earth day 2012 with an animated Doodle on its home page; Bing Celebrated Earth Day 2012 with a picture of Nevada Solar One at sunrise in the Mojave Desert near Boulder City, Nevada.
2013 - The Face of Climate Change.
2014 - Earth Day 2014 – Green Cities + Mobilizing Millions of People to Create a Sustainable, Healthy Environment by Greening Communities Worldwide. First Earth Day 2014 "SOCIAL MEDIA SELFIE CAMPAIGN" launch.


Earth Day Resources

Earth Day Network
The Canopy Project
Washington Post, Celebrating Earth Day around the world
History of Earth Day http://www.earthday.org/earth-day-history-movement
Voice of America, Earth Day Prompts Calls for “Green Acts
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