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It makes all the sense in the world for employers to do some research on job applicants before hiring them. One way to do this, of course, is to talk to people who know the applicants. Some employers...

 

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One thing I like about the internet is that it allows me to waste countless hours in the mindless pursuit of absolutely nothing! And I’m getting pretty good at it. Whenever I decide to retire, I...

 

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As we saw earlier, some advertisers create fictional characters and use them over and over in a series of television ads to help get their messages across to viewers. The familiarity of these...

 

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The primary purpose of advertising is, of course, to sell the products being touted. The first objective of the advertiser, therefore, is to get our attention. Advertisers utilize various methods to...

 

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I remember once when I was in high school one of my teachers asked my classmates and me if television was primarily an entertainment medium or an advertisement medium. I was surprised when she said...

 

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Every year as the Super Bowl approaches, my thoughts turn to television ads. I (and everyone else who watches the professional football championship game) enjoy seeing the advertisements that...

 

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After hurting my left knee last summer, I rode in an ambulance to a hospital emergency room in Enid. I hadn’t been there long when they wheeled me down the hall to their Magnetic Resonance Imaging...

 

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As I noted last week, in July I fell out of the back of a moving van. Thankfully, it wasn’t moving at the time! But, nevertheless, I hurt myself when I hit the pavement. I opened my eyes to see my...

 

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Lately, I’ve been having mixed feelings about hospital emergency rooms. On the one hand, I am grateful that they are around when a crisis arises. On the other hand, I wish I’d quit needing them!...

 

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According to several studies of American spending habits, many people in the United States are drowning in debt. They apparently don’t need any encouragement from the government to spend money they...

 

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As we saw last week, sometimes the government takes actions designed to encourage consumer spending. Apparently, money (rather than love) is what makes the world go round! But I thought the U.S....

 

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A few years ago, my employer (Northwestern Oklahoma State University) started depositing our income automatically into our bank accounts rather than giving us paychecks. I did not like it, but I had...

 

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Sports fans often refer to the Rose Bowl game as “the granddaddy of them all.” This is so because it is the oldest of all football bowl games played in the United States. Back in 1934 it was also...

 

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On January 1, 1934, the Columbia University Lions and the Stanford University Indians met on the gridiron in Pasadena, California, playing the annual Rose Bowl game. Game day found the football field...

 

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As another football season winds down, we can take this opportunity to look at another game that has become part of United States sports lore. That confrontation was the Rose Bowl game played on Jan....

 

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As we saw last week, the 27th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified by the requisite number of states in 1992 – 203 years after Congress had approved it in 1789. That first session of...

 

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As we noted last week, ten amendments were added to the U.S. Constitution in 1791. These additional provisions put limits on what the national government could do. For example, the first amendment...

 

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The United States Constitution went into effect in 1789. It had been written several months earlier – in the summer of 1787 – and had been ratified by the states only after a vigorous campaign by...

 

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On Sept. 8, Serena Williams and Naomi Osaka met in the final match of the U.S. Open tennis tournament held in New York City. Their confrontation marked the second year in a row that two athletes of...

 

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Sloane Stephens won the 2017 U.S. Open she became the fourth African American female to win a “major” tennis tournament. Her opponent in the final match, Madison Keys, became only the second...

 

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Last year I wrote an article about the women’s final match at tennis’s U.S. Open. That tournament is the most important played in the United States. This year, for example, the winner took home a...

 

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As we have seen, the 11 states of the Old Confederacy were staunch supporters of the Democratic Party for years until some Democrats began to advocate civil rights legislation. Democratic...

 

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After Congress passed civil rights legislation in 1964 and 1965, the number of African American voters in the states of the old Confederacy increased dramatically. And while the majority of these new...

 

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As we saw last week, Democrat Harry Truman won the presidential election of 1948 even though he failed to carry four states in the South. In the 11 former Confederate states, Truman garnered 87...

 

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The 1948 presidential election was one of the most dramatic in U.S. history. Incumbent Harry Truman (who had assumed the office when President Franklin D. Roosevelt died on April 12, 1945) won in a...

 

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