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MINTY SHOES DON’T TASTE GOOD – OTHERWISE KNOWN AS ‘FOOT IN MOUTH’ FROM THE DESK OF Terri It’s interesting to look back and laugh at the inaccuracies of the comments from experts! “I think there is a world market for maybe five computers.” –Thomas Watson, chairman of IBM, 1943 “Everyone acquainted with the subject will recognize it as a conspicuous failure.” –Henry Morton, president of the Stevens Institute of Technology, on Edison’s light bulb, 1880 “There is no reason anyone would want a computer in their home.” –Ken Olson, chairman & founder of Digital Equipment, 1977 “This ‘telephone’ has too many shortcomings to be seriously considered as a means of communication.

FROMNICHE INTEREST TO NATIONAL PASTIME F itness C ulture in A merica

America is a nation obsessed with fitness. According to the International Health, Racquet, and Sportsclub Association, over 60 million Americans are members of a gym or health club. Athleisure apparel, clothes designed for both the gym and everyday wear, is a multibillion- dollar industry, and a significant percentage of magazines you’ll find at the airport are devoted to, you guessed it, health and fitness. With the popularity of fitness culture at an all- time high, it’s easy to forget that working out is a relatively new national pastime. The history of fitness is a fascinating one that includes both the ColdWar and Arnold Schwarzenegger. In honor of Independence Day, let’s take a moment to explore this phenomenon. “Thinking of exercise as a foregone conclusion would be a mistake,”writes Shelly McKenzie in “Getting Physical: The Rise of Fitness Culture in America.”“The acceptance of exercise was a gradual process, and one that was met with tremendous opposition.”That may be hard to believe today, but you have to remember that in 1960, nearly 50% of American adults regularly smoked. Our idea of what constitutes a healthy lifestyle has transformed radically since then.

The device is inherently of no value to us.” –Western Union internal memo, 1876 “Computers in the future may weigh no more than 1.5 tons.” –Popular Mechanics, 1949

“640 kilobytes [computer storage space] ought to be enough for anybody.” – Bill Gates, 1981

“My business is not really a target for hackers.” –Name withheld, 2019

-Terri

PHYSICAL FITNESS AS A FORM OF NATIONAL PRIDE

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Athletics has always been a way for Americans to prove their mettle against competitors from around the world. Think of Jesse Owens winning a gold medal in front of Adolf Hitler or Joe Louis’ defeat of Max Schmeling. This concept was never more apparent than during the ColdWar. The Soviet Union invested immense resources into developing national

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