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"1977. Living in high rise apartment buildings helps make men effeminate a York university psychiatrist and Professor of environmental studies set here yesterday. A man with no garden to dig or the opportunity to carry out masculine activities becomes passive and effeminate helping his wife with her chores. I like this one because it basically said men who don't garden are now feminine. Paul fairy. It's really very suggestive of the fact that these categories of masculine and feminine activities are essentially fictional and created. The redwood city tribune in California in 1950. We men are getting feminine. I can't entirely stomach the idea either, but it seems to be true. Some research guys looking into men's masculine feminine ratios tell us we're losing our masculinity and gaining in femininity. What a discovery. 1940, the daily news leader Virginia. At the meeting of the American medical association, a speaker maintained that the American people are getting less vigorous. The men more feminine and the women more masculine because we don't eat raw meat. The Associated Press 1925. Men becoming effeminate. New York physician says they are and cites lilac pajamas and embroidered bathrobes as proof. What is going on with a lot of these clippings is people will take any activity that they notice and say, okay, well, if I have this generalized panic about gender roles, I'm going to figure out a way to shoehorn in this example. And when you collect them, a lot of these arguments that you see repeated start to feel almost like a song book. So they sing this song again. Now we don't know who is who or even what they present trousers baggy and white. Nobody knows who's walking in time. Those masculine women and famines each article we just heard presented the fluidity of gender as a fresh force in our culture. Rather than a fixture of the human experience. That's how moral panics work. By definition, they're based on an overheated perception fueled by the media that certain behaviors or people are dangerously deviant and pose a threat to society. Much like how nowadays we hear that Americans have lost their sense of humor. Last night at Minneapolis club called first avenue, canceled the show by Dave Chappelle, citing public outcry, meaning they got a silly letter from some purple haired gnome with a BMI of one 5 8. The club cave to a change dot org petition demanding not to platform transphobe Dave Chappelle. Ranking news overnight comedian Dave Chappelle attacked on stage while performing at the Hollywood Bowl. The attack on Dave Chappelle is the beginning of the end of comedy. That's the message from Howie Mandel, who says he's afraid to perform on stage. Kids used to go to college and lose their virginity. Now they go to lose their sense of humor. As long as I can remember, stand up comedians have been saying people are too sensitive. Paul started combing newspaper archives and he found a familiar pattern, as in 1995, the Fresno beat. Nobody can take a joke anymore. Just ask poor old trice Harvey. All the assemblyman from Bakersfield tried to do was a little stand up. And the next thing he knew, he was up on sexual harassment charges. What did he do? What did he do? I'm looking this one up. In a secret settlement, the assembly paid $10,000 to a secretary who complained that over a two year period she was the target of vulgar sexual remarks made by her boss. Veteran assemblyman tries Harvey. The author of this article just unquestionably takes his side. That's journalism for you. 1980 four, the Des Moines register. I get depressed that the growing list of things Americans can't make jokes about anymore. At the ludicrously high damages awarded by your courts for trivial personal slights. At the clamor by moral majorities and liberal pressure groups to make everyone in the most diverse nation in the world has ever seen, conform to some theoretically beneficial norm. The Orlando sentinel in 1970. A nightclub operator has made the most significant forecast for the 1970s. Nobody laughs any more, he said seriously, humor is dead. In the 60s it was gone as dead, and the 30s it was vaudeville is dead, between then and now famous newspapers and magazines like the New York Herald tribune and the Saturday evening post have died, our morals seem to have died. Our self discipline seems to have died. For some, patriotism and the American Dream seem to have died. Our self confidence as a nation seems to have died. That is an over extrapolation if I've ever read one. Yeah, again, taps into that idea of there was this former time that was perfect in some sort of way, and in this example, it was everyone was apparently hilarious and everyone was always laughing at every joke. And now that has somehow disappeared. And what's interesting about that one too is that you have the receipts to prove that wasn't true. I mean, you could go back and see the same claim being used just 8 years earlier. The men who draw the nation's comic strips complain Monday that people were losing their sense of humor. That's from 1962, the Arizona daily star. Here's another from the stillwater news press in Oklahoma in 1949. The man on the street is losing his sense of humor and expert on laughs reported today. Here's a fascinating article from the South Bend tribune in 1927. Shortly before vaudeville was thinned out by the great depression and the film industry. It's about a traveling troupe that stopped staging an anti Irish routine. Here's a quote from Eddie Hester, a retired member of the company. I'm sorry to see them scrap that old streetcar gag. That old wheeze pulled me out of many a hole. All you had to do when you hit a new town was to find out about some particularly rotten street car line and then give them the works. It was always good for a laugh, and I never heard of anybody squawking about it. Of course, people were squawking about it. In his book, the Irish way, author James R Bennett documents a Manhattan protest in 1907. Remember, this was a period of intense anti Irish discrimination. The protest was led by hundreds of Irish American men who were enraged by an offensive stage act. The irony here is that Irish vaudeville actors routinely performed in blackface. Stoking street fights with African Americans. Also at that time, rabbis protested the stage Jew, vaudeville staple promoting the very anti semitic tropes we'd later see in Nazi propaganda. Paul fairy's research shows us that comedy has long thrived and evolved alongside a messy negotiation between entertainers and their audience. In other words, none of this is new. The current trend of labeling things woke and cancel culture suggests that we've just left behind a golden era, a time when bigoted jokes were never met with backlash. That is demonstrably false. This is an old tug of war, only now supercharged by social media. Whether they're moral panics or concerns about work ethic, gender roles and they might seem very current and very of this specific
"eddie hesters" Discussed on SOFREP Radio
"And one of my friends in that was a member of the hundred and first in one hundred and seventy thirty airborne did a couple of tours in vietnam talked about When he came home from last tour they told them when they were going into l. A. not to wear the uniforms and he was like the hell with ad. Excuse my language. But he's like i'm gonna wear my uniform paratrooper and he said he got spit on in l. a. x. so i'm sure At home to of our little town in massachusetts the they told him. Hey make sure you take off uniform even around here you know. Even though this year back home in the hometown you know people are very upset with the way the war's going in they ended up blaming the guys who had no blame that They weren't making any of the decisions zip to get us in or out of vietnam. They just answered their countries call. And it's it's interesting because the vietnam vets they had. They never got that. Welcome home parade and and to get back to your earlier. Point is probably what the best twenty twenty five years. That's kinda changed. Yeah i it's been very slow to change for sure. Because even when i know when when you and i were in the military in the eighties i- stove. I still felt like there was some animosity out. There towards people in in uniform certainly certain parts of the country Yohan we were. I i went through. Rotc before i i did my you know the big green machine actual trainy and we were discouraged from wearing our uniforms off off campus. And then when. I was a four door california. I mean this is in the mid eighties. you are discouraged from wearing your uniform off base because people didn't appreciate the military in your likely to get some attention drawn to that that you didn't want and it's not just the you mentioned your guy Wearing a uniform through lax then There was a very easy way to tell who was on one sardi argument who is on the other if you're man and that is that if you are in the military recently in the military your hair was cut very short and everyone else made a point to where there are harry. Their hair very long and so it was very easy to spot vets or soldiers whether they are in uniform or not. That was kind of the purpose. Because they knew that you had to keep your hair short if you're in the military and so if you if you didn't wanna be thought of as being the military you you grew your hair on and and that's what happened eddie. Hester when he walked through the airport in. Lax he was not in uniform. It says he had short hair and so they made that assumption. But as speaking. Eddie a stephen just i kinda figured you know when you mentioned that you are in the The walk training at fort rucker alabama head. He's the one who who had the story about the candidate frog. And i'm sure you looked at that story and thought i completely get that. I completely understand how all that happened. I'm just guessing role. Yes I could tell you. I went through Worn officer candidate training with one of my best friends from special forces and this guy. His name was weighed. he was a total character in. He took great delight in pushing back against attack officers. Like in your book. There's a lot of stories about the tax officers. How nasty they are in which they are. I mean i guess that's part of the deal you getting these kids straight from high school that that's probably needed with a bunch of ten twelve year vets In special forces. You know we don't wanna hear that. So my buddy. Wade was always pushing back in him in this other. Sf guy named brian. They decided when we put on punishment. Because we weren't scared enough of the tax offices They said you have to clean all the tax officers Offices so. Brian went down to the px. Magma you remember those old kodak slash falls those little square. You've you'd put on the camera to take so. Brian was a he was a. He was a demolitions expert so he wired all the tax officers desk draws with these little flash cubes were when they opened it. it would just pop the flash. I mean nothing's going to happen to him but it would just startled so. He wired all their desks. Says the next morning you know. They come in about four o'clock in the morning 'cause they would get us up about four fifteen. We're already all dressed. We went to the empty building next to us. It was straight across the tac officers. So we're all got faces planted. There are watching him in. They all command. They're shooting the breeze and then the one guy sit his desk opens it in that thing pops he sees this flash any jumped out of his tests in you could hear him constant so then he's like pulls next door open it goes off and then they're all sitting there. They're all laughing about it where we were shocked. We thought they'd be angry. They're all laughing and they're like oh your desk in watching it. They're open. It is something flashes and then one of the last deaths and they had a fake rat-trap with the big rat in a guy that everyone hated the most and they were all up a rolling on the floor so we you know like okay comes formation time for pt. We all walked outside in that night. Just sat there for like five minutes not saying a word just staring at all of us because we always in the same spot in the formation. No they never argued a word about it like you know if they just sit that Staring at us and then as we are going to. Pt one of the officers. I was one of the road godsey. He comes running up beside me and he said y'all think you're really fm smarter. Don't you sir. Because you know what i'm talking about he goes. Don't worry we got something planned for you guys when we came back. They had filled up drainage ditches with sandbags filled it up with muddy water and they made us all jump in so like the kids. Rav murray did a money. Water will like just died in so as we're diving in were splashing border all over. They knew they didn't get no traction soleil. Let us go to breakfast. But yeah they every day. It was something with them and we didn't have a pet frog but it was like every day was something and yet when i when i read that chapter i got a big chuckle out of it because i think my friend wade. Who every day did something in. We were walking Punishment walks at night. We have to put your trust uniform on in march around the compound in square or something. I forget what they call that. But yeah yeah. We did lots of hours of that but so Is there any thought of maybe expanding to a second book with some of the other guys that you interviewed. you know. that's a good question. I don't know steve I like. I said i had to break john. D. kinda. Write this book and so in this one doing very well mended wings is is selling well. It's one of the. By the way. I think that one of the highest compliments that i receive on this book is when the guys who flew aircraft and vietnam or read it and they'll email me or call me whatever and they and they say call in. I don't know how you did this because you aren't there. But this is the most accurate portrayal. I've ever read of flying helicopters in vietnam when i read minute wings and that is extremely high res so i i'm very pleased with the way this book came out. Where do i. Where do i go from here. I am not sure. Because i do have my first. Two books were intended as a trilogy. I need to go back and finish those and then do i come back with another genre similar to this..
"eddie hesters" Discussed on SOFREP Radio
"Our chapter to vet my baumgart. Who by the way. I got to meet in person three weeks ago. Down at hp. He's eighty years old and he still he go. He walked seventy eight miles a day. Sharp sharp is attack even though when he was injured. A he had brain injury You know they removed part of his exceptional low and He's historic of course is very unique because he had some odd out of body experiences During the whole thing so it it It turned out to be a really a very amazing experience for me writing the book. And i'm delighted that i was able to put this book together mended wayne's as a tribute to the guys that as i said at the beginning of the show were really kind of my heroes and and i'm glad that i was able to do this. Yeah another interesting character in. The book was As you put it broke lied. He was the only They they treated him like african american but he really wasn't. He was like latin american. The military as african-american he had a whole different I guess experience because he was dealing with other things. Besides you know being a helicopter pilot numb yeah vibe. Romero was grew up as basic basically a puerto rican from the bronx and So like you say when when he gets into the army he's basically told in some some words that That i did use in the book because he insisted. But i'm not gonna use on your podcast but they pretty much just told him it you. You're europe a black guy whether you like it or not. And so he sort of adopted that and so he became a black guy and as we relate in the book there. There weren't lot of weren't a lot of blacks in a flight program for whatever reasons at the time and so that put him in in kind of a unique situation and we talk about the things that he experienced and He's he's a very interesting character is well. I just i love him to death and All these all the black guys that that that we talk about including broke line are clyde mirror. They all served with tremendous pride for the united states. I mean they. I think their attitude was Yeah i might. I might be black. May be different. You might treat me a little bit differently. But when the chips are down by god it doesn't matter who you are who i am I'm there we're on the same team and and i. I think that that was true. By and large in the aviation units. I don't really have much experience. Outside of that. But i think they maintained their their racial cohesion a lot. More than some of the ground units Where some of the tensions got a little bit higher towards the end. That's that's my understanding again. I don't have a lot of experience with that. Yeah and In dealing with these you're interviewing them obviously many years after the fact but they all seem through their words that they're all pretty humble guys. Yes an this is an. I've been asked this before about the difference between vietnam vets and say the previous generation. And i think that that's a really interesting distinction to make. Because i know just from social settings primarily a lot of world war two vets and they rightfully are very proud of what they did They will tell you about the things. They went through You know it's maybe not a marine. Who is unworkable canal or something. But by and large these guys will will tell you about their military experiences and to this day those that are still with us are are proud about it and rightfully so and they came back from overseas with a swagger to them And i think that's all good and that's right and they may be called the greatest generation but I i like well. My phrase for the vietnam generation is forgotten generation because they came home to a totally different experience and as we mentioned in Eddie hesters chapter when he comes back from vietnam He's seen some terrible things and we won't go into those details but he's walking through. Lax and a guy walks up and spits on him. And i don't think that was a unique experience and so as a result our vietnam vets is. They are a much more humble group. And i think that for years and years and years not only did they feel like that they they. They weren't welcome to talk about their experiences. They felt like if in to anybody. But maybe their deepest darkest confidence they they would get abused for bringing up their vietnam experiences and so they i think they hit them away. They tuck them away. And it's only now that the within the art. I don't know what would you say steve. Maybe the last ten years that we finally accepted them. We're finally starting to say welcome home or finally starting to say thank you for your service and we're saying we don't blame you no matter how we felt about the war We don't blame you. You did your you did your service to your country. And that's another thing that that i wanted to accomplish. When i set out riding mended wings was this is really my My homage to to these guys to this generation pilots. It's a way for me to introduce them to people who did understand what they went through. And that was one of the things i set out to do. So that So that everybody can start to have a better appreciation of just what they went through what. They sacrificed what their families sacrificed. Because there's some of that in the book as well and So the weekend turned out to be an on bet and tell that that. welcome home. good job you know. Thank you for your service. Yeah it's funny. You mentioned that. Cause i you know when i was living up north along the local veterans council and we had the vfw american legion guys..