FYI June 19, 2019

On This Day

1978 – Garfield, holder of the Guinness World Record for the world’s most widely syndicated comic strip, makes its debut.
Garfield is an American comic created by Jim Davis. Published since 1978, it chronicles the life of the title character, Garfield, the cat; Jon Arbuckle, the human; and Odie, the dog. As of 2013, it was syndicated in roughly 2,580 newspapers and journals, and held the Guinness World Record for being the world’s most widely syndicated comic strip.[1]

Though this is rarely mentioned in print, Garfield is set in Muncie, Indiana, the home of Jim Davis, according to the television special Happy Birthday, Garfield. Common themes in the strip include Garfield’s laziness, obsessive eating, coffee, and disdain of Mondays and diets. The strip’s focus is mostly on the interactions among Garfield, Jon, and Odie, but other recurring minor characters appear as well. Originally created with the intentions to “come up with a good, marketable character”,[2] Garfield has spawned merchandise earning $750 million to $1 billion annually. In addition to the various merchandise and commercial tie-ins, the strip has spawned several animated television specials, two animated television series, two theatrical feature-length live-action/CGI animated films, and three fully CGI animated direct-to-video movies.

Part of the strip’s broad pop cultural appeal is due to its lack of social or political commentary; though this was Davis’s original intention, he also admitted that his “grasp of politics isn’t strong,” joking that, for many years, he thought “OPEC was a denture adhesive”.[3][4]

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Born On This Day

1926 – Erna Schneider Hoover, American mathematician and inventor
Dr. Erna Schneider Hoover (born June 19, 1926) is an American mathematician notable for inventing a computerized telephone switching method which “revolutionized modern communication” according to several reports.[1][4] It prevented system overloads by monitoring call center traffic and prioritizing tasks[4] on phone switching systems to enable more robust service during peak calling times.[1] At Bell Laboratories where she worked for over 32 years,[5] Hoover was described as an important pioneer for women in the field of computer technology.[2]

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The Alaska Parkinson’s Rag Peter Dunlap-Shohl: 17 Year Search for Credible Hope
 
 
 
 
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My New Orleans Chris Rose: Tribute Writers
 
 
 
 
By Marie Mustel Google Arts & Culture: Art Zoom: Masterpieces up close through the eyes of famous musicians
 
 
 
 
By Scott Myers: The Persistent Writers Hall of Fame: Adrian McKinty
 
 
 
 
By Alina Selyukh, NPR: Why The American Shoe Disappeared And Why It’s So Hard To Bring It Back
 
 
 
 
By Liz Seegert: Tip sheet highlights program addressing older adults’ mental health
As reporter Phyllis Hanlon explains in the tip sheet, the effort has resulted in numerous positive outcomes, including lower rates of rehospitalization, improved quality of life, and better overall health. It’s been implemented or is in development in 45 states and the District of Columbia.

This is an opportune time for journalists to report on the specific mental health needs of older adults. In addition to looking at the COAPS initiative, Hanlon’s tip sheet also offers plenty of ideas, experts and resources to get started.
 
 
 
 
ByRocky Parker: 14 AP Style Rules to Remember: Everyday Stylebook Reminders You Can Use Every Day
 
 
 
 
Noah Currier Veteran and Founder of Oscar Mike Apparel and The Oscar Mike Foundation: How Oscar Mike helps keep injured veterans on the move
 
 
 
 
YOUTUBE: YouTube Music and Universal Music Group change the way you see music
 
 
 
 
PETAPIXEL BY Michael Zhang: Hasselblad X1D II 50C is a Faster and Cheaper Medium Format Mirrorless
The Hasselblad X1D II 50C is available to order now with a price tag of $5,750 and will begin shipping in July 2019. By comparison, the original X1D was priced at $8,995 when it was announced.
 
 
 
 
By Elizabeth Pennisi: This rock-eating ‘worm’ could change the course of rivers
The rock-eating shipworm does have one big thing in common with its wood-eating counterparts, however: Its burrowing may cause harm, in this case by changing a river’s course. But its burrowing does have an upside: The crevices it creates provide great homes for crabs, snails, and fish.
 
 
 
 
Tom’s Hardware By Nathaniel Mott: Kano PC Lets Kids Build Their Own Windows Laptop
 
 
 
 
The Rural Blog: Jail suicide increasing, especially in rural areas; trend linked to opioid and methamphetamine withdrawal, mental illness; Calif. utility to pay local governments $1 billion for wildfires; Agriculture appropriations bill moves to the House; one amendment would, in effect, ban horse slaughter and more ->


 
 

 
 

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