To the Point

There comes a time in every epoch when pragmatism simply evolves into extreme acquiescence and surrender to the forces of apathy and do-nothingness, a guarantor of the status quo in all of its easy, democratic criminality--its fortress of greed. You could line up all the pols in the U.S. in a straight row and examine them head to toe and not find a single man or woman capable of admitting, never mind ending, the corruption of their vocation--Buddy Dooley

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Where Were You?

The Challenger exploded after liftoff 30 years ago today.

At the time, I was working on a video for the newly formed Good Samaritan Heart Institute and was in the OR watching a heart valve operation on an old woman.

A nurse came in and announced the catastrophe just as doctors split the woman's chest open. Odd, but I don't remember another word spoken about the disaster.

The doctors were busy with something more important at that precise moment, as another life depended on their complete concentration.

A few years later I wrote the scene into a play from the surgeon's POV.


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