Posts Tagged: Polio

Fly Danger poster

Flies- The Fear Factor

  “Listen…..Do you hear it?” “Bzzzzzzz……It’s coming back……a buzzing creeping crawling nightmare of terror…..the return of the fly” That may have been the opening trailer in the 1959 Vincent Price movie Return of the Fly but it was a real-life

Fly Danger poster

Flies- The Fear Factor

  “Listen…..Do you hear it?” “Bzzzzzzz……It’s coming back……a buzzing creeping crawling nightmare of terror…..the return of the fly” That may have been the opening trailer in the 1959 Vincent Price movie Return of the Fly but it was a real-life

March of Dimes Polio and Innoculation

Lessons From Polio in the Age of COVID

The coronavirus is still on the march. Somehow amidst all the protests filled with wall to wall people, that concern has receded in folks consciousness. We are still far from a vaccine, the only thing that will be a game

March of Dimes Polio and Innoculation

Lessons From Polio in the Age of COVID

The coronavirus is still on the march. Somehow amidst all the protests filled with wall to wall people, that concern has receded in folks consciousness. We are still far from a vaccine, the only thing that will be a game

Measles illustration

The Validity of Vaccines

Voluntary vaccinations …really? The reality of vaccines is clear. They are safe. They are lifesaving. Those who are  venomously opposed to vaccines are clearly relying on Mickey Mouse science. How else to explain the current outbreak of measles – that

Measles illustration

The Validity of Vaccines

Voluntary vaccinations …really? The reality of vaccines is clear. They are safe. They are lifesaving. Those who are  venomously opposed to vaccines are clearly relying on Mickey Mouse science. How else to explain the current outbreak of measles – that

vintage travel sign polio epidemic 1916

Panic and Prejudice Go Viral Pt III

Americans are suffering from a serious panic attack, as panic itself has gone viral. Ebola hysteria is spreading faster than the virus itself, creating a climate of fear mongering, misinformation and intolerance. Along with frantic calls for travel restrictions and

vintage travel sign polio epidemic 1916

Panic and Prejudice Go Viral Pt III

Americans are suffering from a serious panic attack, as panic itself has gone viral. Ebola hysteria is spreading faster than the virus itself, creating a climate of fear mongering, misinformation and intolerance. Along with frantic calls for travel restrictions and

Man expressing fear

Panic Gone Viral

Scarier by far than any Grimm’s Brothers fairy tale, or even an episode of the Twilight Zone, were the stories my grandmother would tell about the time a virulent polio epidemic swept through NYC in 1916. While  war raged over

Man expressing fear

Panic Gone Viral

Scarier by far than any Grimm’s Brothers fairy tale, or even an episode of the Twilight Zone, were the stories my grandmother would tell about the time a virulent polio epidemic swept through NYC in 1916. While  war raged over

vintage photo of people No One is Safe

A Paralyzing Fear

  A pandemic of panic seems to have swept the nation. Ebola fear has gone viral, spreading faster than the virus itself. Fear-mongering in the face of an unknown epidemic is nothing new. The panic and the rampant distrust, the

vintage photo of people No One is Safe

A Paralyzing Fear

  A pandemic of panic seems to have swept the nation. Ebola fear has gone viral, spreading faster than the virus itself. Fear-mongering in the face of an unknown epidemic is nothing new. The panic and the rampant distrust, the

Pools, Polio and a Mid-Century Miracle

Against the carefree fun of a 1960 summer lingered not-so-old fears of Polio. I would have been very happy spending all day in the turquoise tiled pool at my grandmothers suburban beach club  splashing about till all my digits puckered.

Pools, Polio and a Mid-Century Miracle

Against the carefree fun of a 1960 summer lingered not-so-old fears of Polio. I would have been very happy spending all day in the turquoise tiled pool at my grandmothers suburban beach club  splashing about till all my digits puckered.