Calendar Corner


With each new month of 2017, we will highlight select artifacts that fit within that month’s context. For example, in January, this country celebrates the inauguration of the 45th President of the United States, Donald J. Trump. Fittingly, we display a Trump piñata as an example of the thousands created in protest to his offensive campaign comments about Mexicans.

To characterize outgoing President Barack Obama, we present “Dashboard Obama,” playing the ukulele, wearing shorts and flip-flops, stressing his Hawaiian birthplace. This is a sly dig at those “birthers” who refused to believe that Obama was an American citizen.

As we add more artifacts to this website, we will also insert them into the calendar. Of course, not all artifacts are calendar-related. Consequently, we will slot those others where we deem appropriate based on other criteria.

October is my favorite month. Not only is it my birthday month, but it’s the connection with Halloween that I love. On top of that is the Halloween/vampire association. These events give license to being silly, wearing costumes (releasing inhibitions), and having fun.

When my mother was pregnant with me, she saw “Dracula,” starring Bela Lugosi. The film frightened her so much she couldn’t sleep at night without the light on. Later, when my American Vampires book was published, she claimed that I had been marked by the movie.

Enjoy the Halloween/Vampire artifacts….BOO!