New research released last month shows HIV patients treated with the current recommended medical regimen are achieving life expectancy nearly equal to that of the general population. Although no cure yet exists for HIV, therapies developed in the past thirty years have now significantly prolonged the lives of individuals for whom previously a positive diagnosis was a death sentence.
By Kristen E. Strubberg Editor-in-Chief
On June 6, 1944 the Western Allies launched Operation Overlord – better known as D-Day – an amphibious invasion of northern France that was a dramatic and unprecedented gamble for the future of Western Europe. It’s success ensured the defeat of Nazism by creating a western Second Front in Europe opposite the Soviet Union’s Red Army in the east. Their presence also guaranteed that Soviet influence would not extend beyond their furthest reach in the occupied eastern portion of Central Europe.
Today, D-Day is rightly remembered as a day of heroes with forces from every Allied nation assaulting the heavily defended beaches of Normandy. Through its mythologized retelling, countless consider the landing’s success a historical inevitability. However, that belief could not be further from the truth. Overlord’s architects who planned and executed the offensive understood that their efforts may have instead been mourned as one of the greatest disasters in military history. Yet with profound conviction Allied leaders accepted the risk because success might ensure the freedom of humanity from one of the greatest evils it had ever faced. On the other hand had it failed, world history would have become unrecognizable compared to our own.
To appreciate the sacrifice of those who boldly attacked the Atlantic Wall 73 years ago today, one must consider the world they risked their life to avoid. As we take a moment today to honor their sacrifice, let’s consider what that other course of history may have entailed. This piece postulates what turns the war may have taken if Germany had succeeded in repelling the Normandy attack, squashing the Allied invasion, and leaving the Second Front stillborn.
By Paul K. DiCostanzo Managing Editor
On this date in 1974, one of the most unforgettable incidents in baseball history occurred at Municipal Stadium in Cleveland, Ohio. In a regular season game between the Cleveland Indians and the visiting Texas Rangers, an episode of chaos erupted in the stands due to a beer promotion gone bad – 10 Cent Beer Night. Today we share an interview with a true Cleveland Indians fan who in fact attended the infamous Ten Cent Beer Night, Christopher Meier. Ten Cent Beer Night is an occasion that has fallen into baseball lore, and created results that live in the annals of baseball infamy, and comedy. Mr. Meier shares his experience from 43 years ago this evening, and what follows is his direct recollection of the game from the stands, both hilarious and shameful to baseball. A testament that could only come from a long dedicated and enduring Cleveland sports fan. It is a hilarious look back into an occasion that baseball and its fans have never forgotten, and now remember fondly after the benefit of many years. If you are a Cleveland sports fan, you cannot help but feel the words spring from the page.
By Paul K. DiCostanzo Managing Editor
As I stood in Best Buy this past Friday to purchase the new 50th anniversary cut of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, I asked myself, “How many times have I bought this album in the last 50 years? I question my sanity.” As a lifelong Beatles historian, expert, and self-described archivist it is really no surprise – and far from mad hat. As a long time personal guru once told me, “one’s life can serve to be either an example or a warning.” During my life as an entrepreneur, musician, husband, and father – the Beatles have always served me as both, and the album Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Heart’s Club Band more than any other.
From its release five decades ago, Sgt. Pepper still has implications that resonate widely, influencing more creative minds than anyone can possibly comprehend. What is forgotten however is the initial impact it had on the world when it was first released. Moreover, it is far too easy today to look back on 1967 and casually conclude that its mythical status in Western culture was a fait accompli. This could not be further from the truth, and doing so jeopardizes the timeless and invaluable lessons of its creation. It was an album that The Beatles didn’t have to produce, but as artists in constant search for creative growth were metaphysically compelled to create. In doing so, I now remember June 1st, 1967 as well as any day that has since passed. A day that proved to be a lifelong cornerstone influence in my creative process – and it all began with a kind warning…
By Philip A. DiCostanzo Entertainment & Arts Contributor
The Marvel cinematic universe returns to the far reaches of space in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2! In this latest installation of Guardians of the Galaxy (and the 15th in the Marvel film universe), the vaunted Guardians continue their epic travels through the furtherest reaches of the cosmos in an effort to help Star-Lord – Peter Quill – learn more about his otherwise mysterious origins. Namely, his parents.
What do you think about the performances of those including Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Kurt Russell, and Sylvestor Stallone to name a few? How do you feel when you hear upbeat and happy music to chaotically violent scenes? Am I the only who it makes feel weird? Or most importantly, is this Guardians film as good as the first? Let us hear your thoughts on this newest episode of YouTube’s Film EDERtorials, presented by Andrew Eder.
By Andrew Eder Film EDERtorials