[JPL] Ignorance of past greatness not limited to jazz

EdBride at aol.com EdBride at aol.com
Wed Mar 14 18:29:32 EDT 2012

Although there might be exceptions, I wouldn't normally expect a coach  to 
teach baseball history to the athletes. So, it doesn't shock  me that 
today's 20-something baseball players, regardless of black, white,  yellow, red, 
blue or whatever, didn't know about JR. If they're brought up in  the right 
environment for that, they will retain the information; otherwise, as  Arturo 
points, out, today's youngsters and young adults tend to live in the  
However, Tom Reney was speaking to a music appreciation class; you'd think  
that the teacher of that class would have introduced Ellington into the  
curriculum. After all, he is arguably America's most significant composer, of  
any genre. And many of the students had played in high school jazz 
ensembles. No  band director of any of those students ever talked about Duke, no had 
his  ensembles play any of Duke's numbers? That's incredible.
In a message dated 3/14/2012 5:40:19 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time,  
arturo at kuvo.org writes:

This is  clearly a generational problem, most post Baby Boomers, Generation 
X, Y Z,  Millennials, whatever, tend to live in the moment with little 
regard to the  past  A few years ago when Major League Baseball decided to 
retire Jackie  Robinson's number on every team, one prominent African American 
player asked a  reporter, who's Jackie  Robinson?.

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