What's in a date?

I was coming downtown yesterday and saw an ad on top of a taxi for the new show, Men of a Certain Age, with Ray Romano, Scott Bakula, and Andre Braugher (who was just so good on House — you wish he could be a regular). Let’s put aside for the moment that my son has no memory of Quantum Leap….makes sense but still you forget how fleeting pop cultural is from generation to generation.

The date for the show is December 7th. So?  You know,  the date that “will live in infamy”.

Of course this is the day that our nation was brought into World War II with the attack on Pearl Harbor…but the meaning of that date seems to have been lost. It certainly wasn’t in the discussion at the marketing department at TNT.

Can you imagine a big show being launched on September 11th?

Even though I was an American History major–I didn’t understand the extreme upset when I told my parents and in-laws that my older son’s due date was going to be December 7th.  “Change it!” they all shouted at once.  It wasn’t until we lived through the horror of 9/11 in the nyc that I really understood their collective upset.  December 7th was a day that forever changed their childhoods.

I wonder how long it will be before September 11th fades as a “date” that makes us all sigh and remember where we were.


0 thoughts on “What's in a date?

  1. Eh. It doesn’t bother me to have a show start on Dec. 7th. I’ve already known babies born on Sept 11th and folk married on Sept 11th. Remember Dec 7th, sure. But don’t stop living.

  2. Many dates can be associated with horror in our world. These dates should be cherished and held to a honor in each ones mind. Give thought and peace to the memories, but life needs to continue. Each of these dates can not be stopped in order to continue on with life, but each day that because a moment in history should be marked.
    Where I live there is a certain event held during the Halloween season. This event incorporated a horror from the days of persecuting Jews. The person involved saw no harm in what they did. Of course they didn’t – why – because they were not brought up to cherish the meaningful events in life that caused great horror, pain, suffering.
    From the movie “Pay It Forward,” we should all learn to pass it on. The dates, the events, the occurrences – that brought our world to where it is so far.

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