THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW Fri 10/02/20-

October 2nd is the 276th day of the year. There are 90 days remaining until the end of the year

Today is .. National Name Your Car Day, National Fried Scallops Day, World Smile Day, National Custodial Workers Day, World Farm Animals Day, National Brow Day and World No Alcohol Day

There are 30 days remaining until Daylight Saving Time ends

— On this date in 1950, The “Peanuts” comic strip first appeared in newspapers

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A Blue Moon is going to occur on Halloween. The last time a full moon was seen on Halloween was in 2001.

Honey Baked Ham is offering a Pumpkin Spice Glaze Turkey Breast for Thanksgiving. It is available in select cities starting today.

Jimmy John’s has a Chuck Norris sandwich on their secret menu. It is a tuna sub topped with bacon bits 

Premier Inn Hotels recently asked 3,000 adults about their sleeping habits. Here is what they found …People who sleep on the left side of the bed wake up happy, love their job, like classic rock music, dramatic films and drinking wine, handle stress and pressure well. People who sleep on the right side of the bed wake up grumpy, have a negative outlook on life, dislike their job, like action movies, rock music and drinking beer 

It’s Zombie Preparedness Month and 14 percent of you have a zombie apocalypse plan… because America.

Someone gave people a list of terms we all use to describe how likely things are.  Like, “maybe” . . . “might happen” . . . or “probably will.”  Here are ten terms, and what the average person means when they say them . . .

1.  “Almost certain” . . . it means we think there’s an 80% chance it will happen.

2.  “Probably” . . . 70% chance it’ll happen.

3.  “Likely” . . . 67%.

4.  “More likely than not” . . . 62%.

5.  “Possibly” . . . 54%.

6.  “50/50 chance” . . . 50%.

7.  “Outside chance” . . . 35%.

8.  “Probably won’t” . . . 31%.

9.  “Unlikely” . . . 29%.

10.  “Very unlikely” . . . 24%. 

NASA has sent a new, experimental $23 million toilet to the International Space Station. 

A study in the “Journal of Applied Physiology” found tattoos can damage sweat glands, and make it harder for your body to cool itself down.

THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW Thurs 9/03/20-

September 3rd is the 247th day of the year. There are 119 days remaining until the end of the year

There are 4 days remaining until Labor Day

Today is ..National Barbecue Baby Back Ribs Day, Skyscraper Day (40+ floors) & National Welsh Rarebit Day (What is a rarebit?  It is actually a Welsh term for rabbit. Similar to mock turtle soup having no turtle in it, Welsh rarebit does not contain rabbit. This dish is made with toast that has hot cheese poured over it)

— On this date in 1813, Uncle Sam’s image was first used- The name is linked to Samuel Wilson, a meat packer from Troy, New York, who supplied barrels of beef to the United States Army during the War of 1812.

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New Movies Opening Tonight/This Weekend

”Tenet” (Rated PG-13) … in theatres

Starring: Robert Pattinson and John David Washington

Movie Synopsis: A CIA agent fights for the survival of the world during a mission that transcends time.

Cinema Scoop: The movie cost between $200 million and $225 million to produce. IMDb says the script was kept a secret. Robert Pattinson was only allowed to read it in a locked room at Warner Brothers. IMDb says the cast had to learn how to speak backwards for certain scenes. John David Washington says the film’s stunts were so grueling that he couldn’t run for a month after shooting some of them. The producers of the film bought a real 747 before removing its engines and crashing it for a scene. The plane crash sequence was shot at an airport in Victorville, California 

”Mulan” (Rated PG-13) … on Disney+

Starring: Jet Li

Movie Synopsis: A young Chinese maiden disguises herself as a male warrior in order to save her father.

Cinema Scoop: The movie cost $200 million to produce. Most of the film was shot in New Zealand. Action star Jet Li plays an emperor in the film. He originally turned down the role before his daughters convinced him to take it 

The snack company Half Nuts is celebrating Halloween by offering blackberry cobbler-flavored Candy Corn. A one -pound bag costs five dollars. The new flavor is receiving five-star reviews 

Reese’s just announced a new product they’re rolling out in December . . . Reese’s Snack Cakes.  They have chocolate cake, Reese’s peanut butter cream, and are covered in chocolate.  And they’re supposed to be BREAKFAST CAKES that you eat as a snack between breakfast and lunch. 

The second season of “Star Wars: The Mandalorian” is going to premiere on Disney+ on October 30th.

Sales of Legos jumped by seven percent during the second quarter of 2020. The rise was due to children being quarantined because of the coronavirus.

Target is now promoting “waist-up styles” for working from home.  They’re called Video Conference Outfits and include things like shirts, jewelry, hair accessories, and lipstick.  But no pants.

THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW Mon 7/20/20-

July 20th is the 202nd day of the year. There are 164 days remaining until the end of the year

There are 49 days remaining until Labor Day

There are days until

Today is .. International Cake Day, Fortune Cookie Day (first of two .. next one is Sept 13th), National Lollipop Day, International Chess Day, Global Hug Your Kids Day, Ugly Truck Day, National Pennsylvania Day, National Get Out of the Doghouse Day, Space Exploration Day and World Jump Day

— On this date in 1969, Astronaut Neil Armstrong became the first man to walk on the moon. First words transmitted from the moon; “Houston, Tranquility Base here, the Eagle has landed.”
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Pizza Hut debuted a new pizza in the Philippines that supposedly smells like beer.  It’s also topped with fried chicken skins.

KFC is working on 3D-printed chicken nuggets using lab-grown meat.

IKEA is launching a vegan version of its Swedish meatballs this fall.  They’re calling them “plant balls.”

A new survey of people who like fast food found just over one in 10 think eating it without including your partner is as bad as CHEATING.  And one in 20 said they’d DUMP someone for doing it. The survey was done in England where fast food joints got completely shut down during the outbreak.  So they’re craving it.  Close to one in six people who’ve had fast food since the lockdown ended said their first bite was as good as the birth of their first child. A little over ten percent of adults consider their partner eating a McDonald’s meal without them to be as bad as cheating.

In Maine, a property dispute led one man to sawing his neighbor’s garage in half. The two neighbors had been in a dispute over the property line for quite a while, however once a land surveyor determined that part of the garage was over the property line, he took a sawzall to the structure, cutting it right in half.

Someone in Minnesota has been posting signs all over north Minneapolis after they got drunk . . . decided to ride home with a friend . . . and can’t remember where they parked their car. The sign says, quote, “I may have saved your life or your child’s . . . but now I can’t find my car.”  It’s a 2007 Toyota Camry. All they know is that it’s on a residential street somewhere in the northern part of the county.  Meaning the search area is about 600 square miles. The internet is torn on whether to help them or not.  On one hand, they decided to be responsible.  But it sounds like they probably did SOME driving before they finally pulled over.  And if their friend can’t remember anything either, how sober was THAT person? The signs say to call “Luke or Melissa,” and there’s a reward for anyone who finds the car.  It’s not clear how much they’re offering. 

THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW Wed 7/01/20-

July 1st is the 183rd day of the year. There are 183 days remaining until the end of the year

There are 3 days remaining until Independence Day

6 months from today will be January 1st 2021

Today is National Gingersnap Day, International Reggae Day, National Creative Ice Cream Flavor Day, International Joke Day, American Zoo Day, Canada Day, U.S. Postage Stamp Day, National Postal Workers Day, Early Bird Day, and Second Half of the Year Day

— On this date in 1980, “O Canada” was proclaimed the national anthem of Canada

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Hostess is now selling S’mores cupcakes. The cupcake has a graham cracker-flavored yellow cake base with chocolate and vanilla frosting. The cream filling is made from marshmallow fluff.

Heinz is selling ketchup-flavored ice cream kits in the U.K.  They also have recipes for mayo and barbecue sauce flavors.

A new survey for the Fourth of July found the most popular way to cook steak is well done.  21% prefer it well done, 20% like it medium-well, and 16% said medium. The T-bone is our favorite cut, followed by porterhouse, ribeye, and filet mignon.

According to a new study, doing a little bit of drinking every day is GOOD FOR YOU.  The researchers found that people who have one or two drinks a day were 29% less likely to show signs of mental decline as they got older than people who never drink.

Do you know all the lyrics to the “Star-Spangled Banner”?  71% of Americans are pretty sure they do.  But here are two parts people screw up a lot.  It’s “whose BROAD stripes and bright stars,” not “who’s brought.”  And the word “or” spelled O-R doesn’t appear in the song.  It’s “O’er,” spelled O-E-R with an apostrophe.  (Here’s a clip with both parts from Whitney Houston’s famous rendition at the 1991 Super Bowl.)

A new study found shining a deep red light into someone’s eye through their eyelid can help improve their sight. 

The Guinness brewery in Ireland is using its hundreds of thousands of unused kegs of leftover beer to fertilize Christmas trees. The brewery’s director of operations says, quote, “We decant it and we disperse it . . . the vast majority of the beer goes to willow and Christmas tree [farms].”

The IRS has no plans to extend the tax deadline again past July 15th. They say, “The IRS understands that those affected by the coronavirus may not be able to pay their balances in full by July 15, but we have many payment options to help taxpayers.”

ON NETFLIX TODAY: SERIES PREMIERE: UNSOLVED MYSTERIES- Unsolved Mysteries, originally hosted by Robert Stack, aired in the 1980s and ’90s. This reboot will feature 6 new episodes, with 6 more coming at a later date.

THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW Wed 6/03/20-

June 3rd is the 155th day of the year. There are 211 days remaining until the end of the year

There are 18 days remaining until Father’s Day

Today is World Bicycle Day, Global Running Day, Love Conquers All Day, National Chocolate Macaroon Day, National Egg Day, National Itch Day, National Tailors’ Day and Repeat Day

— On this date in 2010, Rue McClanahan died (Bea Arthur died in 2009, Estelle Getty died in 2008)

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Ball Park Franks is selling new hot dogs that are stuffed with nacho cheese.

KFC has started getting rid of its potato wedges and replacing them with normal fries.  They’ve been rolling out their “Secret Recipe Fries” to some stores already . . . and soon enough, they’ll be in every store. And people AREN’T happy.  The social media response to the end of wedges has been mostly negative. 

Do video chats with friends and family leave you feeling energized or exhausted?  According to a new survey, 48% say energized . . . 29% say exhausted. 

There’s a new Guinness world record for the largest overdue library fine.  A woman in Illinois returned a book her mom checked out back in April of 1955 and paid the $345.14 fine. 

Ladies, if your husband doesn’t remember to pick up milk on the way home or forgets your birthday, it may not be his fault. Research shows men are worse than women at remembering to do things in the future. Rather than simply not listening when asked to do something, it seems that they forget what they were told.

Mice are mysteriously getting smaller, and scientists are trying to figure out why. 

Amazon has set a date for a Summer Sale event that’s designed to provide a boost for sellers feeling the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic and the delay of the company’s annual Prime Day event. The company sent a notice to sellers early Tuesday informing them that it’s hosting a “Fashion Summer Sale Event” on June 22. It’s expected to run anywhere from seven to 10 days long.

THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW Tues 5/26/20-

May 26th is the 147th day of the year. There are 219 days remaining until the end of the year

There are 26 days remaining until Father’s Day

There are 104 days until Labor Day

Today is National Blueberry Cheesecake Day, National Cherry Dessert Day, National Paper Airplane Day and World Dracula Day

— On this date in 1975, Evel Knievel suffered severe spinal injuries in Britain when he crashed while attempting to jump 13 buses in his car.

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ON TV: SEASON PREMIERE: AMERICA’S GOT TALENT – Modern Family star Sofia Vergara joins the judging panel this season with Simon Cowell, Howie Mandel and Heidi Klum. Terry Crews returns to host. Some of the season was filmed before the pandemic shut down TV shows, but the last few episodes were recorded without an audience. (7p CT, NBC)

Just when you were settling into the comfy, cozy triple-layered streaming blanket of Netflix-Amazon Prime-Disney+ comes a new streaming service — and it’s one you may not want to ignore. On Wednesday (May 27) HBO Max launches for $14.99 a month.… HBO Max will include 10,000 hours of premium content at launch.

Morgan Wallen was arrested on Saturday night for public intoxication and disorderly conduct. He kicked several glass items inside Kid Rock’s Nashville club before bouncers ejected him and called for more help. The TV station says Wallen was unable to take care of himself. Morgan tweeted, “Hey y’all just wanted to clear the air. I went out downtown last night with a few old friends. After a couple bar stops, we were horse-playing with each other. We didn’t mean any harm, and we want to say sorry to any bar staff or anyone that was affected. Thank you to the local authorities for being so professional and doing their job with class. Love y’all.”

Last week, someone on Twitter posted what seems like an innocent question:  What’s the best Chex Mix piece? And she included a picture of the six pieces:  Mini breadstick . . . rye chip . . . square pretzel . . . corn Chex . . . wheat Chex . . . and circle pretzel. Well, almost 7,000 people chimed in with their opinion.  And the winning piece might be a surprise . . . the RYE CHIP looks like it got the most votes.

Nike and Ben & Jerry’s have teamed up to make a SHOE.  The shoes basically look like a pint of Ben & Jerry’s on your feet.  They have the bright blue, green, and yellow colors . . . plus the black and white cow print all over.  They go on sale online today but they’re expected to sell out immediately. 

Here’s a McDonald’s training video from back in the day called “Clean It” that parodies the Michael Jackson video “Beat It”. 

Chinese archaeologists have unearthed a 2,000-year-old swan-shaped vessel. The bronze pot was found inside the tomb of a warrior, alongside a helmet and an iron and jade sword. In the pot was almost a gallon of mysterious, brownish liquid.

Tiger Woods and Peyton Manning took out Phil Mickelson and Tom Brady in a charity golf event that raised more than $20 million for COVID-19 relief.  Brady had a few bright spots, but otherwise he was bad . . . and he even split the back of his pants at one point. 5.8 million people watched the match.

Denmark is letting people into the country to see their significant other . . . if they can show a love letter or other proof of the relationship.

Burger King has made a commercial for a “Social Distancing Whopper” in Italy . . . it’s got three times the onions to help keep people away.

THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW Tues 5/12/20-

May 12th is the 133rd day of the year. There are 233 days remaining until the end of the year

There are 13 days remaining until Memorial Day

There are 40 days remaining until Father’s Day

Today is National Nutty Fudge Day and Odometer Day and Limerick Day

Anheuser-Busch just announced yet another new line of hard seltzers. It’s called Social Club Seltzer and the flavors are based on classic cocktails like the old fashioned and the gimlet. This is at least the fifth hard seltzer that Anheuser-Busch has launched since the whole trend took off. They do NOT own White Claw, which has a dominant market share. The Social Club Seltzer is set to hit stores later this month.

Heinz just created a new 570-piece puzzle . . . and all the pieces are red.  If you’re interested, they’re giving away 57 copies of the puzzle on Instagram.

Fifty-five percent of Americans think that they are smarter than the average American (YouGov survey). A humble 34 percent of citizens say they are about as smart as everyone else, while 4 percent say they are less intelligent than most people.… Men (24 percent) are more likely than women (15 percent) to say they are “much more intelligent” than the average American.

Mitsubishi has developed a new app that allows users to summon elevators. The app means people won’t have to touch germ-laden elevator buttons.

Major League Baseball owners have approved a plan to start the 2020 season around July 4th. The games will be played in ballparks without fans to start. Each team is going to play 82 regular-season games against others in their own division. 

A new Tik Tok Challenge is trending online called the Froggy Bread Challenge. Quarantining people are shaping their homemade bread to look like frogs.

The town of Bristol, on the Virginia-Tennessee border, has totally different rules if you cross the street.  On the Tennessee side, restaurants are allowed to have customers.  On the Virginia side, they’re not. 

American Airlines and Hyatt Hotels surprised 4,000 healthcare workers in New York with free vacations.

THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW Mon 3/30/20-

March 30th is the 90th day of the year. There are 276 days remaining until the end of the year

There are 2 days remaining until April Fool’s Day

There are 13 days remaining until Easter

Today is National Doctors Day, National Virtual Vacation Day, Pencil Day and Take a Walk in the Park Day

Lucky Charms Honey Clovers cereal is about to hit store shelves. The cereal will contain its classic marshmallows along with honey bits

Participating Taco Bell just announced that they’re going to be giving out FREE TACOS tomorrow.  If you go through a drive-thru tomorrow, you’ll get a free Doritos Locos Taco . . . no purchase necessary.  Delivery doesn’t qualify for the free taco.

Nike is honoring Ben & Jerry’s with their own shoe. The SB Dunk Low model is green, blue and white with a melting yellow swoosh. The back half of the shoe resembles a black and white Holstein cow. They are also releasing an Easter-themed Air Force One. The white shoe has a banana yellow swoosh along with rainbow colors on the front and back of the shoes.

Cottonelle is discouraging coronavirus toilet paper hoarding with a new campaign called #Share A Square

The World Health Organization is now suggesting video games as a “healthy” pastime during the crisis. 

A very small percentage of the population can safely drive while talking on their phones, but chances are high that you’re not one of these “super-taskers.” In a study, psychologists identified a group of people who can successfully do two things at once. These people are called “super-taskers” — and you’re probably not one of them. The researchers (from the University of Utah) said super-taskers make up about 2.5 percent of the general population.

A new study ranked every state from the most to least social . . . or, in other words, which states are most and least affected by social distancing.  The most social are Rhode Island and Idaho . . . and the least social are Alaska and New Mexico. Minnesota ranked 23rd most social and Wisconsin was 19th!

THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW Tues 3/24/20-

March 24th is the 84th day of the year. There are 282 days remaining until the end of the year

There are 8 days remaining until April Fool’s Day

There are 19 days remaining until Easter

Today is National Cake Pops Day, National Agriculture Day, National Cheesesteak Day & National Chocolate Covered Raisins Day

— On this date in 1883, long distance phone service began in the U.S.

Mountain Dew has released an exclusive Walmart flavor called Frostbite. Reviews of the blue drink have been positive.

Walmart is selling a new ice cream flavor called Circus Cookie. The sweet ice cream is infused with Animal Cookie pieces and pink icing swirls

This might be the most ridiculous example of misinformation we’ve seen so far.  A 29-year-old guy in London got on a WhatsApp group chat last week, and joked that the U.K. was using Wembley Stadium as a makeshift oven to cook a giant lasagna that would feed the whole country.  Most peopled realized it wasn’t true.  But it went so viral that soccer officials had to comment and clarify it’s not true.

A recent survey asked people about various foods, and how they pronounce them.  Here are eight examples.  Let’s see if you’re in the majority or not when it comes to how they’re pronounced . . .

1.  Caramel:  CAR-muhl . . . or CARE-uh-mel?  65% of people say CARE-uh-mel.

2.  Bagel:  BAY-gull . . . or BAG-ull?  9% of us say BAG-ull.

3.  Salmon:  SAM-uhn . . . or SAL-muhn?  19% pronounce the “L”.

4.  Pecan:  PEE-can . . . or puh-KAHN?  The winner is PEE-can with 68% of the vote.

5.  Jalapeño:  Halla-PEEN-yo . . . or halla-PEN-yo?  That one’s closer than we expected.  40% of people say halla-PEN-yo.

6.  Espresso:  ESS-presso . . . or EX-presso?  16% say EX, even though it’s wrong.

7.  Crêpe:  Krep . . . or krayp?  64% pronounce it with a hard “Y” sound . . . krayp.

8.  Syrup:  SIR-up . . . or SEER-up?  It’s a tie.  Both got 50% of the vote. 

CORONA NOTES:

The makers of marshmallow Peeps, Just Born Inc, has suspended production due to the coronavirus.

A Northern California city is asking residents not to use T-shirts as toilet paper as panicked customers exhaust toilet paper aisles nationwide. The City of Reddng California tweeted: “Remember, if you use anything other than toilet paper, Bag it. Don’t flush it.”

Earlier this month, Tito’s was warning drinkers that its vodka wouldn’t be an effective hand sanitizer to combat coronavirus, because the liquor is only 40 percent alcohol and sanitizer needs to be 60 percent. But the dream of a vodka hand sanitizer was not far from being realized. This week Tito’s announced that it would transform its distillery into a sanitizer production facility, filling a huge need as the country faces a shortage amid the pandemic.

Alex Interviews Dr. Mark Bruce & a Coronavirus Quarantine Survivor

Scroll down for the interview with Taiwan Coronavirus quarantine survivor, Juanita Ingram!


COVID-19: Epidemic or Pandemic?
An interview with Mark Bruce, M.D

Has the world over-reacted, or under-reacted to the Covid-19 viral Coronavirus outbreak? We are joined by Dr. Mark Bruce, an Emergency Room Physician who is on the front line in the expected escalation of the novel coronavirus to put the outbreak in perspective.

Q&A: 

  1. Is this whole think overblown or are we looking at an epidemic or pandemic?

Answer: It is not unreasonable to call COVID-19 an epidemic which is properly defined as a widespread occurrence of an infectious disease in a community at a particular time.  I don’t think we can say it is a pandemic since it has not overtaken an entire country (that we know of) or the entire world, although the potential does exist. 

  1. The Coronavirus story is #1 in world news media. Are we over-reacting?

Answer: It is easy to over-react when you don’t know what is going on. Sadly, there is also the dynamic of political bias and a very uncivil political discourse, particularly in our country in an election year. 

  1. In contrast to over-reaction in the U.S., might we be correct in calling the initial Chinese response an under-reaction?

Answer: The under-reaction by China leaders seems to have been in the initial stages of this outbreak in China.  From what we can ascertain, local officials did not want to look bad to their superiors by asking for help.  Then those higher-ups did not want to look bad in the world community by admitting the failure of their system, or their need for help.  China is not an open and transparent society.  Any time there are political constraints on the scientific and medical communities, it is a recipe for a disaster.  We saw this in the USA during the early stages of the HIV crisis in the 1980’s, and we are still dealing with the repercussions of that. 

  1. You have talked about the COVID-19 outbreak being a ‘perfect storm’. Explain what you mean by that.

Answer: The timing of this Covid-19 outbreak was during the Chinese New Year.  This is the peak travel time in Asia, and many other parts of the world.  So, a novel virus got a free ride, with no existing testing procedure or treatment since it hadn’t been recognized or identified before. It was a healthcare disaster’s perfect storm: No scientific/medical constraints applied for political reasons; it was something not seen before; it was during a time of maximum travel to and gatherings in, resource limited environments; all of this with an incredibly divided American political leadership, which is struggling to find consensus on how to lead the world in providing a soft landing for this crisis.

  1. Now that the genie is out of the bottle, so to speak, that should be the medical order of the day?

Answer: The first rule of any epidemic is to protect the uninfected.  That is how you keep an epidemic from becoming a pandemic.  The problem with Covid-19 is that it is a novel virus, meaning that we haven’t identified it before.  We do know about the family of viruses that this is part of, the coronavirus family, most notably in the SARS epidemic of 2003.  SARS, or Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome, also created widespread panic.  I was in Asia during that outbreak and witnessed it up close.  This was mostly contained in Asia, where the Covid-19 outbreak also began.

  1. What do we know about COVID-19 and how it differs from prior similar bugs?

Answer: The coronavirus family has an affinity to lungs/lower respiratory tract and causing pneumonia. Viral pneumonias are not treated with antibiotics like bacterial pneumonias, but rather with supportive measures, like oxygen, pulmonary hygiene, and dealing with the other issues that respiratory compromise can cause. In contrast, most ‘cold’ viruses have more of an attraction to the upper respiratory tract, the nose, throat, and bronchial tubes.

  1. What demographic is most vulnerable to COVID-19?

Answers: Patients who are vulnerable to viral infections (both the coronavirus and most traditional “flu” viruses) are the patients in the extremes of age:  very old and very young.  But there are many patients with either chronic diseases, or who are immune compromised because of a disease state (cancer, HIV), or because of the medications that they are taking (chemotherapy, biologics), that are also vulnerable.  Knowing who is at risk and protecting them will go a long way toward keeping the community well.

  1. China is a closed society, not too dissimilar to the USSR in the 1950’s and ’60’s, even until the iron curtain fell in 1989. As a physician who has treated patients on multiple continents, I believe you have some perspective here.

Answer:  I remember an incident where the Soviets blamed an outbreak of pulmonary anthrax on contaminated American beef; but the outbreak was near a Soviet bio factory which had an explosion, and the only way to get pulmonary anthrax from beef, is to snort it.  A lack of transparency lends itself to suspicion and mistrust, to over- and under-reacting. There are still lingering questions regarding the perplexing proximity of a Chinese bio lab being located at ground zero of the COVID-19 outbreak. 

  1. Speaking of international relations and politics, tell us your remarkable story of a unique gift you received from a famous Presidential family.

Answer: The space pup, Pushinka, the gift of state from Khrushchev to the Kennedy family at the 1961 Vienna Summit Conference, was a step toward building a trusting relationship during the apex of the Cold War between the Soviet Union and the United States.  In a similar way, albeit on a less grand scale, the Kennedys’ gift of the pupnik named Streaker to me as a child was a way to build relationship between a Midwestern, Protestant, Republican family and an East Coast Elite, Catholic, Democrat family.  Any relationship requires nurture, and that is what Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and I did through the 60’s, 70’s, and 80’s. I chronicled that story in my book, Jackie, A Boy, and A Dog:  A Warm Cold War Story, just released on March 1, 2020.

  1. How does that circle back to China, the United States, and Covid-19? 

Answer: There were hopeful strides in building a trusting relationship at the beginning of the Trump administration, with the Chinese head of state meeting with Trump in Mar-A-Lago.  However, it appears no significant steps are being taken since by China to build trusting relationships with the West, specifically with the United States.  The health and the economies of the world have become so intertwined that when China or the United States sneezes, the rest of the world catches a cold.  Now China has sneezed, we had best take steps to protect the uninfected from catching their ‘gift’ to the world: The COVID-19 coronavirus.


Coronavirus quarantine survivor from Taiwan encourages Americans: It will get better
An interview with Juanita Ingram