‘Great Decisions’ world affairs education series runs through March
One of the community programs that the Delaware County District Library has been involved with for many years is the “Great Decisions” program, a free discussion series developed in 1954 by the Foreign Policy Association.
“Great Decisions 2012” focuses on current U.S. Foreign Policy, and you can learn more about the areas up for discussion this year by reading the accompanying booklet at the Main Library, 84 E. Winter St. or the Orange Branch, 7171 Gooding Blvd. This short booklet is shelved behind the Information Desks and contains chapters on the Middle East, cybersecurity, Afghanistan, the oceans, Indonesia and energy geopolitics. There are fliers with details of the series including dates, speakers and topics for discussion available, too.
To further your understanding of these complex topics, there will be a series of programs presented from noon to 1 p.m. each Friday in the parlor of the William Street United Methodist Church, 28 W. William. On Friday, Feb. 17, Alam Payind, the director of the Middle East Studies at Ohio State University will discuss “Exit from Afghanistan and Iraq.” Other presentations include Ohio Wesleyan Professor Assistant Professor of Economics at OWU Andrew Meyer discussing energy policy; Timothy Howard, Chief Information Officer for the city of Delaware talking about cybersecurity; and “Indonesia: Prospects for Prosperity” presented by William Liddle, professor of Political Science at OSU. You are welcome to bring a brown-bag lunch to the programs; coffee and tea are provided.
The “Great Decisions Discussion Program” is the longest-standing and largest grassroots world affairs education program of its kind, and the Delaware County District Library is happy to be part of this effort that brings millions of Americans together in communities across the country to discover, discuss and decide their opinions on foreign policy.
Locally, the Great Decisions Program is sponsored by the American Association of University Women, Kiwanis, League of Women Voters, International Studies Program OWU, Senior Citizens, William Street United Methodist Church and Willow Brook Christian Communities.
How did Scotch tape gets its name?
According to the website scotchbrand.com, Richard Drew, a young 3M engineer, invented Scotch Cellulose Tape in 1930. Later to be renamed Cellophane Tape, it was an attractive, moisture-proof way for grocers and bakers to seal packages. Use of the term “Scotch” in the name has a pejorative origin. A customer complained that 3M was manufacturing its masking tape too cheaply and allegedly told company engineer Richard Drew to, “take this tape back to your stingy Scotch bosses and tell them to put more adhesive on it.”
Was director John Landis convicted of murder during the filming of “Twilight Zone?”
On July 23, 1982, during the filming of Twilight Zone, actor Vic Morrow and child extras Myca Dinh Le and Renee Shin-Yi Chen were killed in an accident involving an out-of-control helicopter. According to Leonard Maltin’s Movie and Video Guide, director John Landis and several crew members were subsequently charged with involuntary manslaughter and child endangerment. After an extended jury trial, Landis and other crew members were acquitted of the charges. This tragedy resulted in stricter safety measures and enforcement of child labor laws, in the State of California. The parents of the children sued, and would later settle out of court for $2 million per family. Morrow’s children, one of whom is actress Jennifer Jason Leigh who was 20 at the time, also settled out of court for an undisclosed sum.
What does ZEG stand for?
The Acronyms, Initialisms and Abbreviations Dictionary defines ZEG as “Zero Economic Growth” as well as “Zero Energy Growth.”
If you have a question that you would like to see answered in this column, mail it to Mary Jane Santos, Delaware County District Library, 84 E. Winter St., Delaware, OH 43015, or call us at 740–362-3861. You can also email your questions by visiting delawarelibrary.org or directly to Mary Jane at firstname.lastname@example.org.