Feb

22

 A total travesty at Disney World's Hall of Presidents as if Warren Buffett with his never having read a book were to have teamed up with Morgan Freeman to present a black panther view of American history with the presidency running from G.W to Andrew Jackson to Teddy Roosevelt to FDR to Obama with Lincoln thrown in. "All men are created equal" and "all men must be made small". One black person seen among 100,000 in attendance there, but to keep man small, the whole emphasis is on self sacrifice and smallness. Much use of decreasing marginal utility of increasing good at Disney and Universal and Jet Blue as they price everything to reduce consumers surplus to zero. Must be a trend among the consultants. At 9:00 on President's Day, there were approximately 10 people present for the Presidents Show at the Hall of Presidents and approximately 60,000 outside.

Pitt T. Maner III comments: 

Vic,

Following are quotes from Wikipedia links that discuss the history and historian (and his father) behind current Disney HOP show. Thought you might find interesting. From the Hall of Presidents:

"The show was then completely renovated in 1993, after Bill Clinton was elected into office. The changes to the show, which in some form remain to this day, are credited to Eric Foner, a history professor at Columbia University. He was able to persuade various Disney executives, most notably then-Disney CEO Michael Eisner, that a new adaptation of the show was needed. Foner is responsible for completely rewriting and changing the script of the show in order to focus more on slavery and other ethical and civil related issues in the United States of America. He is also responsible for rewriting Lincoln's speech, which was originally nearly identical to that which Lincoln gave in the original version of "Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln."

From Eric Foner:

and on Dr Foner's background: Foner was born in New York City, the son of Liza (née Kraitz), a high school art teacher, and historian Jack D. Foner, who actively supported the Spanish Republic against fascism during the Spanish Civil War, the trade union movement, and the campaign for civil rights for African Americans. In 1981, Jack Foner received an apology from the New York City Board of Higher Education for an "egregious violation of academic freedom" in 1941 that had resulted in his blacklisting for thirty years.[6] Jon Wiener, professor of history at the University of California, Irvine, wrote that Eric Foner describes his father as his "first great teacher," and recalls how, "deprived of his livelihood while I was growing up, he supported our family as a freelance lecturer… . Listening to his lectures, I came to appreciate how present concerns can be illuminated by the study of the past—how the repression of the McCarthy era recalled the days of the Alien and Sedition Acts, the civil rights movement needed to be viewed in light of the great struggles of Black and White abolitionists, and in the brutal suppression of the Philippine insurrection at the turn of the century could be found the antecedents of American intervention in Vietnam. I also imbibed a way of thinking about the past in which visionaries and underdogs—Tom Paine, Wendell Phillips, Eugene V. Debs, and W. E. B. Du Bois—were as central to the historical drama as presidents and captains of industry, and how a commitment to social justice could infuse one's attitudes towards the past."[7]

Foner earned a B.A., summa cum laude, from Columbia University in 1963; a second B.A. from Oriel College, Oxford, as a Kellett Fellow in 1965; and a Ph.D. in 1969, under the tutelage of Richard Hofstadter at Columbia University.

Foner's father Jack:

During the period of blacklisting, Foner supported his family as an entertainer. A drummer and comedian, Foner worked with Paul Robeson and Harry Belafonte, and maintained a friendship with W. E. B. Du Bois, all of whom also suffered from that era's blacklisting. Although Foner did some freelance lecturing, he was barred from academia until Colby College hired him in the spring of 1969 to teach history.[3]


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