Alpha Omega M.D. – Episode #128

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Alpha Omega M.D. – Episode #128

…Caught in a lie, the manager nervously shuffles unrelated papers, “Oh my, yes, here you are… from Tallahassee, Florida, lovely area, Florida…

Pan American Mailing Card

eth·nol·o·gy – the study of the characteristics of various peoples and the differences and relationships between them.


Herbert Love, with his typically calm demeanor, steps in to ask, “If President McKinley were to reserve rooms, would you ask him for a deposit?”

          “Preposterous! We do not have time for this nonsense.”

          “Please answer the simple question.”

          “If he were to stay here, which is unlikely, no we would not.”

          “I recommend you check your records closely, because these rooms were reserved by the White House. If you would like, ring up the Statler Hotel and speak to the President’s chief of staff.”

Caught in a lie, the manager nervously shuffles unrelated papers. “Oh my, yes. Here you are… from Tallahassee, Florida, lovely area, Florida. You have the entire eighth floor, our best rooms. How did we miss that, O’Reilly? Please have dinner on us, uh, uh this evening for your inconvenience.”

RightlyProud        “No sir, we has promised to eat with the Presidint, we has,” chimes in a rightly proud and vindicated Willy Campbell.

          “Perhaps to-to-tomomorrow?” he stammers.

          “We like our grits with pork gravy,” punctuates John Ferrell, emboldened by leverage.

          “Grits, pork, yes, anything else?”

          “Yes, as a matter of fact,” says Harv, finishing what he started, “we would like Mr. O’Reilly here to serve us.”

          “But I’m not schedul–” He is cut short.

          “Yes you are. I will take over for you while you train for waiting tables.”

Palace of Horticulture

The Palace of Horticulture

This is quite a study in prejudice; North and South, white and black. Suitable and that which is definitely not, is what the Pan-American Exposition is all about. In a rapidly shrinking world, the importance in understanding cultures of other countries and principalities may be the only thread that can hold a delicate weave together.

What is keeping the United States concurrent? There is a lot to be said for the greatest democracy the world has known, knowing what the alternatives are. The cries for freedom, religious and personal, as set forth in the Constitution, are reverberating from coast to coast, Canada to Mexico… with the possible exception of the Niagara Hotel lobby.

Do they live in a perfect world? No, but human beings are, with their sinful nature irrevocably in place, far from it. God created a perfect planet, giving it day and night, water and land and creatures for each. Then came man. There goes perfection.


Alpha Omega M.D.

“Put me off at Buffalo!”

Episode #128

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WABAC to Kon-Tiki and Ra

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"Where is the WABAC Machine going to take us this time, Mr. Peabody?

“Where is the WABAC Machine going to take us this time, Mr. Peabody?

“Have you ever heard of a man named Thor Heyerdahl?”
“Yeah, the Norse God.”
“Not that one Sherman. Re-calibrate WABAC for 1970 North Africa.”

May 17, 1970: Thor Heyerdahl’s Ra II Sails From Morocco To Cross The Atlantic

Thor Heyerdahl’s Ra II Sails From Morocco To Cross The Atlantic

Is He Crazy?

On May 17, 1970, Norwegian adventurer Thor Heyerdahl’s boat made of reeds in the ancient way set sail across the Atlantic Ocean to prove people from North Africa could have reached the New World by boat.

Let’s Set Sail……..

Heyerdahl, born in 1914, was already famous for his 1947 voyage from South America to Polynesia on his balsa wood raft, Kon-Tiki, proving Native South Americans could have traveled to Polynesia, thus being the source for the population there.

Thor Heyerdahl
Born October 6, 1914
Larvik, Norway
Died April 18, 2002 (aged 87)
Colla Micheri, Italy
Nationality Norwegian
Fields Ethnography
Alma mater University of Oslo
Doctoral advisor Kristine Bonnevie
Hjalmar Broch

Making the nearly 5000 mile trip in 101 days, the Kon-Tiki voyage prompted other adventurers to replicate the voyage, and several successfully did so, strengthening Heyerdahl’s thesis. The documentary film about the voyage won a 1951 Oscar (Academy Award) and the remake also won the Oscar for Best Foreign Language film of 2012.

Unknown to scientists at the time of Kon-Tiki’s voyage, the DNA evidence available today indicated that Polynesian people had probably come from Southeast Asia and not South America. Even in the 1940’s through 1970’s critics of Heyerdahl disputed his theory about the settling of Polynesia.

Still, in 1970 Heyerdahl was a celebrity and a respected ethnologist when he attempted the Ra and Ra II expeditions. The Ra was made of papyrus reeds in the manner of the Middle East, and in 1969 made it to within 100 miles of Caribbean islands, before modifications made during the trip caused the boat to fall apart. The Ra II was made of a different variety of reed (totora) and made its voyage in 1970 to Barbados with comparative ease, proving travel from North Africa to the Western Hemisphere was possible even thousands of years ago.

A documentary of the Ra and Ra II voyages was made in 1972, and Heyerdahl showcased the multi-ethnic, multi-nationality nature of his crews. He also took many samples of marine pollution along the way, a valuable scientific contribution.

Always one to preach the message of peace and of people getting along, in 1978 Heyerdahl burned his third great adventure craft, the Tigris in Djibouti as a protest to the wars and military posturing going on in the Red Sea and Horn of Africa area at that time.

The Tigris was also a reed boat, this time made and launched from Iraq, demonstrating how Mesopotamians could have traveled to Pakistan and on to the Red Sea. Although seaworthy and successful, Tigris was stopped by military vessels from entering the Red Sea, prompting the public burning of the craft.

Heyerdahl continued to research his theories of how ancient people and civilizations spread, ranging from Central Asia to Scandinavia and islands in the oceans. He wrote numerous books and frequently spoke presenting his views and adventures. Along the way Heyerdahl earned many honors and awards (academic and otherwise) including having a Norwegian frigate (destroyer like warship) named after him.

Heyerdahl died of a brain tumor in 2002, and although many other scientists disagreed with his theories, he did inspire many researchers and adventurers to embark on a variety of expeditions in the manner of Heyerdahl’s. Truly a modern adventurer, few people in the past 70 years could match his exploits. Who would you consider his peers as modern adventurers?

WABAC to Kon-Tiki & Ra