In July of 1989, The University of Chicago hosted Spike Lee for a preview of his film Do The Right Thing. The film’s acclaim renewed interest in his earlier work, including Joe’s Bed-Stuy Barbershop: We Cut Heads, which he made as a student at NYU.
Even before the pandemic forced us into isolation, some worried we faced a loneliness epidemic. Surveys have shown we have fewer close confidants, and some scholars argue that new media technology limits our ability to connect. Other research has challenged the handwringing about isolation and suggested the impact of social media is more complicated.
In 1989, only one in four U.S. households owned an answering machine. A decade later, Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me! began offer a prize of Carl Kasell’s voice on contestants’ answering machines.
In 1975 The Foundation for the Community of Artists published a Health Hazards Manual, an early effort to warn painters about the risks of poor ventilation. Another risk involved being stranded somewhere in Chicago after midnight without a ride home.