Mark Loehrer, a graduate student at the University of Missouri St. Louis, is producing an online archive of selected papers of Charles L. Klotzer, founder of FOCUS/Midwest and the St. Louis Journalism Review. Here’s a link: https://archive.org/details/charlesklotzerpapers
The collection includes unusual and obscure records and images, such as this wartime portrait of a Jesuit in Shanghai.
Loehrer also has scanned and archived copies of the original magazine. The archive will be available at focusmidwest.org
“The world goes on with what it has. Its reasoned, right and only code. Coaxing, with military faith, the tilt and jangle of this death.”
“Let us hope that we will grow up at last, that we will find more enduring values to admire than the profit motive. Let us recall ideals such as service, and values such as patience, kindness, the pursuit of truth.”
Charles L. Klotzer is the founder and publisher of FOCUS/Midwest. This 16-page special edition was published in 1963. Here is a link to the special edition: Vol. 2 No. 9
Original copies of the magazine, published from 1962 until 1983, are still available. For information, write SJR, P.O. Box 12474, St. Louis, MO 63132.
Journalist Peter Downs, a contributor to FOCUS/midwest, is out with a new book on education reform, “Schoolhouse Shams: Myths and Misinformation in School Reform.” The book examines the turmoil that hit St. Louis beginning in 2003; the lessons likely apply to any major public school system facing calls for change.
Here’s the summary of “Schoohouse Shams” taken from the publisher’s website: “Written by a parent and school board member, who first embraced many of the ideas of the modern school reform movement, Schoolhouse Shams lays bare much of the mythology and misinformation that underpin many of the failed Read the rest of this entry »
AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka has recently said that “nostalgia for organized labor’s past is no strategy for our future.”
As a historian, however, I do think that the past can continue to instruct us.
Let me bring you back to the year 1935 and the founding of the CIO, or Congress of Industrial Organizations. The CIO existed as a separate organization between that year and 1955 when it merged with the AFL to form the AFL-CIO. Many historians see the formation and struggles of the CIO to build industrial unions as the single most important episode in the history of American labor. Read the rest of this entry »
The St. Louis Journalism Review, younger sibling of FOCUS/midwest, celebrated its 40th anniversary last year and a move to Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. The publication marks the occasion at an event on Sept. 15, from 6-9 p.m., at the Edward Jones Building in Des Peres. Russ Mitchell of CBS is emcee; Bob Woodward of The Washington Post joins via satellite. For information http://gatewayjr.org/2011/08/26/celebration/
The first volume of Jacqueline Dougan Jackson’s The Round Barn will be released this October by Beloit College Press. It’s an engaging, inspiring and amazingly detailed look at the rise and fall of a family-owned dairy farm in Wisconsin. Some of Jackson’s work has been featured by FOCUS/midwest. Look for ordering information and other details at http://roundbarnstories.com/
For four years, beginning in 1971, Barbara Olson kept a detailed journal of her family’s time in Ethiopia, telling stories of people whose lives would soon be upended by war, revolution, drought and famine. Excerpts were published by FOCUS/midwest; the book, Gondar, Ethiopia, is now available. To order a copy, go here: http://gondarstories.com/book_236.html.
— Will Gardner, writing for Education Week, recently looked at private management of public schools, referencing Peter Downs’ study, published by FOCUS/midwest. Find Gardner’s “Are public schools supermarkets? at blogs.edweek.org. Read the rest of this entry »
When Lawrence Criscione asked a Nuclear Regulatory Commission review board last week to reopen an investigation of an incident at AmerenUE’s Callaway nuclear power plant in Missouri, the nuclear engineer expressed no hope that the federal agency would honor his request.
“I believe the decision has already been made that this petition will be bureaucratically [limited] to the investigations already performed … in spite of the fact that significant questions concerning the honesty and integrity of the uppermost management of a commercial nuclear power plant are still unanswered.” Criscione said. Read the rest of this entry »
The Midwest has become a cold place for African-Americans.
A new study from the Federal Reserve Bank, St. Louis District, finds that the earnings gap between white and black men in the Midwest has been getting progressively bigger for over a generation.
And the earnings gap keeps growing despite the huge strides that black men made in closing the education and academic performance gaps with white men. Read the rest of this entry »