Here’s the book cover for those who are curious:
Jefferson Davis is last because he doesn’t fit chronologically in the list of Presidents of the United States. In the book itself, I think I put Davis’s chapter last, after Obama’s, for the very same reason.
Obama’s silhouette is white because that’s the design we went with. They are silhouettes, not accurate representations of the Presidents with historically-correct facial or racial features. They don’t even have mouths or noses.
This is Brian Doyle-Murray’s tribute to John Belushi. This originally aired on the first new SNL episode two weeks after John’s tragic death (it aired on March 20th). For some strange reason, this tribute was removed in the reruns though it was restored on the Netflix version
Like millions, I remember the moment. It was Offutt AFB and I was in the dayroom with other young airmen shooting the breeze. Someone came in and dropped it on us like a bomb. Aside the expected expletives, it was quiet.
For us, this was a time defined by violence. John Lennon’s assassination and Ronald Reagan’s near assassination were not that far in the past. And as military members, we were hypersensitive to the reality of war.
Did I admire John Belushi? It’s heretical to say this as a member of my generation, but I did not admire him then or now. He was, however, a fair representation of my generation: loud, profane, and talented. He conveyed more emotion with an eyebrow twitch than most of us could do in a day. Musically, he and partner Dan Ackroyd introduced me to new genres for which I am grateful.
But I do not admire him. That’s not needed when you recognize a bright light is darkened forever by one’s inner demons.
But I do miss him.