Friday, September 19, 2008

At the Speed of Light...




The Mayer Lehman family, Tarrytown, New York, ca. 1888. Herbert and Irving Lehman are in the front row. Photo courtesy of the Herbert H. Lehman Papers, Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University, New York.

Man, it's a trip to think about how long history has taken and Lehman trades hands in like a day?!......O.K., whatever, where's Drexel Burnham? Dean Whitter? That's all lots of history book stuff made up of people and institutions, etc, etc... But wasn't there some deliberation before those things sunk, got absorbed or whatever?

Time is collapsing in upon us. What a thrilling time to be alive!

Thanks, Frances Dinkelspiel for prividing even more historical context in her piece in the L.A. Times -- kinda makes you feel like yesterday's today.

Frances is author of the forthcoming book Towers of Gold: How One Jewish Immigrant Named Isaias Hellman Created California.

Oh, and if you want to set up your own shrine to all this speed of light stuff, go see the The Atheon @magnes.org.

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