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Pearl Harbor

Dear Friends,

Today is December 08, 2017—one day and 76 years after the bombing of Pearl Harbor and our entry into WWII.

I remember the day so well, exactly where I was standing by a building up in Connecticut about 2:00 pm on a Sunday afternoon.  What an incredible shock!

In recent years, I visited the War Memorial in Honolulu—built where the battleship, USS Arizona was sunk with 1,700 sailors on board.  The Memorial is quite lovely and poignant and very significant.

It seems so easy to forget a war that happened nearly 80 years ago.  How many wars have we had since then? How about Vietnam?  Every now and then when I happen to see a map of the Far East, I ask myself “how in God’s name could we have gone there and done that?”

A woman who worked for my parents was married to a man who died in the Bataan death march, where 700 American soldiers were marched through the Philippines shortly after Pearl Harbor.

Please forgive all of these musings.  The resulting thought is, of course, why?  Why do we have to get into wars?  Why do so many people have to die?  Now we have North Korea so eager to do so—they are reported in the paper today as saying “we have to go to war very soon.”

I guess they don’t remember Pearl Harbor, where 2,400 Americans were killed and another 1,200 wounded.  Nor must they remember 340,000 Japanese who died because of the atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki on August 06 and August 09, 1945 respectively.  Nor do they remember the nearly 1.4 million people who died in the Vietnam War.

We cannot forget—or we are doomed to repeat history.  What can we do?

Philip and Marilyn

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Courage in Reporting

Dear Friends,

An amazing thing happened to us a few days ago when we watched a reporter, Ronan Farrow, reading a long, fascinating article that he wrote about film producer, Harvey Weinstein.

What struck us so much about this was the fact that Ronan is someone that we knew very well at the age of 3-4 years old, when he lived in Newtown, CT with his wonderful mother, the extraordinary Mia Farrow.

Mia is a wonderful lady who has raised—and dedicated herself—to seeing that children without parents could still have a happy family life.

Now here is Ronan, 29 years old—with so many degrees and abilities—commanding the air waves.  His report, published in The New Yorker, “Harvey Weinstein’s Accusers Tell Their Stories,” was the result of nearly a year of researching facts and working to find someone willing to publish it.  Originally he went to NBC, for whom
he worked at the time, and was told it wasn’t “reportable.”  Thankfully The New Yorker thought it was.
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It takes courage to stand up and never stop believing in what you are working on—and we are so proud of Ronan for having the courage to not back down and not give up until his story was heard.

To read the terrific article he wrote in The New Yorker, click here.

Best regards,
Philip & Marilyn

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Tuning In

Dear Friends,

We are writing today about a wonderful TV news program, which “tells it like it is,” The Rachel Maddow Show.

What we love about her is the fact that she really researches her topics fully and isn’t afraid to speak her mind.  In this day and age where the news is hard to get, Rachel is a refreshing source of information.

In an article on PoliticusUSA, Jason Easley writes:

As the American people get more engaged and look for factual news and information, they are increasingly turning to MSNBC as the Rachel Maddow led network is growing three times faster in total viewers than Fox News in primetime.”

Click here for the full article:
Rachel Maddow
Of course, we think it would be great if she’d throw her hat in the political arena!  In the meantime, we’ll just continue tuning in to her show weeknights at 9pm ET/6pm PT on MSNBC.

Best regards,
Philip & Marilyn Langner

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The Nazi Officer’s Wife

Dear Friends,

Today rather than recommend a play, we are going to tell you about a marvelous book called The Nazi Officer’s Wife.

It is a terrific read that tells the story of a young Jewish woman.  It is the story of her life in Vienna just before Hilter came to power through the end of the Second World War.

This book takes you on her journey—as a young woman at university to the slow demoralization and loss of everything familiar to her—including her family—as Hilter escalated his anti-Semitic laws in Germany, Austria, and conquered countries.

Even if you are not interested in WWII, this is an amazing tale about one woman’s journey and struggle to survive against all odds.

You can order it from Amazon by clicking on this link.

Best regards—and reading!
Philip & Marilyn

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Getting Into The Christmas Spirit

Dear Friends,

As we countdown the days until Christmas (5 more!), we thought we take some time to share with you some random facts about Christmas.  Today’s facts are brought to you by the History Channel:

For example, did you know that the first recorded mention of Christmas was in 336AD?  Prior to that the Epiphany (the celebration of the arrival of the Magi) on January 6th and Easter (the celebration of the resurrection of Jesus) were the focus of Christian celebrations.

In fact, church officials were the ones who selected the date of December 25th to coincide with the existing pagan holidays celebrating Saturn, the Roman God of Agriculture, and Mithra, the Persian God of Light.  Church officials thought it would be “easier to convince Rome’s pagan subjects to accept Christianity as the empire’s official religion.”

As time went on, the celebration of Christmas and the birth of Jesus spread through most of the Western world, except in part of colonial Puritan New England, where its observance was banned “because they viewed its traditions—the offering of gifts and decorating trees, for example—as linked to paganism. In the early days of the United States, celebrating Christmas was considered a British custom and fell out of style following the American Revolution.”  In fact, at one point anyone in Massachusetts caught celebrating Christmas was fined 5 Shillings! Christmas in America did not became a federal holiday until 1870.

Below is a video from the History Channel, if you’d like to learn more.

Stay well—and live a good life!

Merry Christmas!

Philip & Marilyn Langner

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Go Vote.

Dear Friends,

As you know, tomorrow will be historical in that for the first time ever The United States will have a woman on the ballot, Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Is she perfect?

No, she is not.  No one is, especially when under the scrutiny that she has endured over the years.  But of all the candidates who are on the ballot is by far the most qualified for the position of President of the United States.

Hillary has spent her life trying to make this country better and that is why we are with her.


But that’s not entirely why we are here today.  We are also here to urge you to go vote.  Voter turn-out for Presidential Elections hovers at an appalling 50% of the population eligible to vote.  50%!  Unlike many countries where voting is mandatory, here in the United States it is not.  Thus, rather than electing officials that are a true representation of what the people want, we elect officials based on what 50% of the population wants.

If you truly don’t like the political path this country is on—and we think that was shown by the Republican shirking all their top party officials to nominate a businessman—then make the time to go vote.  Not just for President, but for Federal and State Congressman and Senators, for the Mayor of your town, for the County Judge.  It all starts with a vote—your vote.  Yes, lines will be long but isn’t it worth standing in line to have your voice heard?

We are voting at 4pm tomorrow, how about you?

Be heard.  Be a part of history.  Go vote.


Best regards,

Philip and Marilyn Langner

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The Beach is Calling!

Dear Friends,

It’s that fabulous time of year when summer winds down and we have only a short bit of time before the school year and theatre season starts.  So we do what we always do:  pack our bags and our granddaughters and head down to the beach!

It’s a little spot not too far away, however, it feels like it is a world away from the hustle and bustle of New York City.  We use the time to do a lot of reading, listening to waves, and spending time with the family.

Of course not to leave you without, we will be reposting some of our earlier stuff in case you missed it the first time around.

Until we return—we hope you enjoy these last few weeks of summer!

PL and MC

Best regards,

Philip & Marilyn

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Going For Gold!

Dear Friends,

An absolutely marvelous happening occurred in the last two weeks:

The USA women Olympics team won more medals in Rio than the USA men’s team—61 for women, 55 for men!!!!

Not that we are trying to sound a bit nutty or anti-men, being so happy about this, but we think you know that we are extremely eager to see women’s Equality—or superiority (which our wives will tell you is already happening!).

This is only the second time in the 32 Summer Olympics where this has happened—the first being in London.  There is still a long way to go, so we must celebrate the steps along the way.  Today’s glorious happening: THE WOMEN WON!

To read more about this—hopefully—continuing trend, click here.

Of course, we also want to wish all of our Olympic champions the greatest congratulations!

Rio 2016

Best regards,

Philip & Marilyn

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Dear Friends,

They say a picture is a worth a thousand words and we certainly think this is the case for the picture below!

We found it in one of our granddaughter’s magazines and we think it just fantastically depicts the role of women in our society.


Yes, women are closing the gap—but they still have a way to go!

Of course, we are hoping that this year’s election will help propel woman forward even faster!


Philip & Marilyn

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Much More Than 25₵!

Dear Friends,

Just wanted to share with you a fun article we read on our newsfeed—Rare Batch of 1970 Quarters Worth Much More than 25 Cents.

The gist of the article is that these rare quarters were printed in error and they are worth a tad more than 25₵–one recently sold on Ebay for up to $35,000!


Check your pockets—you could be sitting on a fortune!


Philip & Marilyn

Here’s how to do it:

  1. You look on the head side. At the bottom of Washington’s head there is a date.   If the date is 1970—you are miles ahead!
  2. Turn over the 1970 coin. If above the word “dollar,” there is a tiny “1941” THEN YOU HAVE WON THE JACKPOT—POSSIBILY $35,000!

NOTE: coins released after 1998 have a completely different layout (aka The State Coins—honoring each of the states).  Contact us if you need help!

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