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Page 6 POST-GAZETTE, NOVEMBER 6, 2015 ALL THAT ZAZZ by Mary N. DiZazzo The Beauty Shoppe THOUGHTS BY ABOUT THIS with DanieI A. DiCenso DAN LYNDON B. JOHNSON Ciao Belka I simply adore live theatre, I attend at every chance I get. Recently, I attended Saturday Night, Sunday Morning at The Lyric Stage here in Boston. The play was set in a beauty shop of all black women called Mary's Press and Curl. It was 1945, just before World War II ended. The woman, Mary, lost her husband early on in the war. She decided to turn her big house into a boarding house for women and turned another room into her beauty shop. The camaraderie of the women as they gathered together with their customers was very touching. Of course, each day was a different scenario, filled with compassion and understanding. They would console the gals who wondered ff their men were coming home to them, or ff they were even still alive, in many ways. Remember, it was World War II and letters, ff any, were far and few between. The men who did return presented another set of problems. The gossip of everyone's business held seat front and center as always in a gathering of women. Yet there was always a sympathetic ear. It was a place to vent and breakdown, reveal- ing their feelings. It was a place to fantasize and dream of what life would be like in their future, wishing for better days and perfect hair. Many experimental hair straightening solutions failed, leaving girls vulnerable to ridicule and running to Woolworth's wig department! The shop acted as a refuge to hide from the problems made by the war. It was a place of comfort and sharing. The memories of my Morn and Nana's Beauty Shoppe came flooding back as memories told by my Mom so long ago. The famil- iar "tools of the trade" from the era in the play were very much the same, as well, including the scenarios that women pull through by expressing their inner thoughts to hear advice or a kind word. It got me thinking -- the beauty shoppe was more than just a place to get your hair done. Beauty and wisdom all do lie in the menu of services in a Beauty Shoppe. Buona giornata and God bless the United States of America! -- Mary DiZazzo-Trumbull Read prior weeks' "All That Zazz" columns at ~ib~v.allthatzazz.eom. Mary is a third-generation cosmetologist and a Massachusetts distributor of Kosmeabrand rose hip oil products. She may be contacted at (978) 470-8183 or mary@mary4nails.eom. Fully Insured Lic #017936 Mechanical Heating & Air Conditioning Sales, Service & Installation Ken Shallow 617.593.6211 kenskjs Malt6o Gallo Appraisals Sales & Rentals Real Estate 376 North Street Boston, MA 02113 (617) 523-2100 * Fax (617) 523-3530 (August 27, 1908, Stonewall, Texas-January 22, 1973, Stonewall, Texas): Tragedy Blinds Victory Johnson largely shed the image of his Texas upbringing upon assuming the presidency. Lyndon B. Johnson deserves the credit for many of the things that John F. Kennedy is applauded for. Like Woodrow Wilson, Johnson found himself following a hard act. Kennedy was a beloved president and the youth, who were developing a stronger political pull in the early '60s than ever before, li- onized him as a champion of the growing civil rights struggle and (to his credit) de-escalating the Cuban crisis. True, Kennedy was a promising president with many great ambitions. Because his presidency was cut short by a tragedy; it remains unknown how many of those promises would come to be realized. Johnson inherited both the growing domestic and foreign conflicts and big shoes to fill. On a social level, Johnson followed in Kennedy's footsteps with little difficulty. From the start, Johnson told his eco- nomic advisor Walter Heller that abolishing poverty would be one of his first challenges, He would adapt Roosevelt's New Deal poli- cies, bending them into what would become Medicare and Medicaid. Indeed, Johnson got right to work on this promise. On the advice of United Auto- mobiles Workers President Walter Reuther, Johnson began what he would describe as a cost-effective, though "unconditional," war on poverty which would work more like a "hand up" than a "hand out." Aptly tiffed "War on Poverty," Johnson's program expanded public school funding, as wef as Head Start (an educational program for underprivileged children), legal services, and job training programs. Johnson was less successful, however, in actually creating jobs and developing a livable wage for workers, but his initiatives did reduce poverty. Economi- cally speaking, Johnson's greatest accomplishment was the development of Medicare and Medicaid, which went hand in hand with the creation of community-based hospitals. It was in advancing the civil rights struggle, however, where Johnson ultimately accomplished what Kennedy had set out to do. He did so by evok- ing the late president only four days after the assassination. "No memorial oration or eulogy could more eloquently honor President Kennedy's memory than the earliest pos- sible passage of the Civil Rights Bill for which he fought so long," Johnson said. He entered into a fragile but ultimately fruitful alliance with Dr. Martin Luther King and other leaders. Forward thinking was not immediate for President Johnson, who descended from a Confederate soldier and grew up in Texas with little exposure to the struggles of the urban black American. Indeed, one of the most discussed disputes be- tween the President and Dr. King came in February of 1965, when Johnson advised the civil rights leader to hold off marches in an effort to win over the more conservative wing of the party. King refused, some- what insulted, but Johnson understood his point and the two reached an agreement. Whatever his motivations, Johnson seemed committed to passing the Civil Rights Act, famously stating, "We shall overcome." As Bill Moyers said, "Lyndon Johnson was no rac- ist, but he had not been a civil rights hero, either. Now, as president, he came down on the side of civil disobedience, believ- ing it might quicken America's conscience until the cry for justice became irresistible, enabling him to turn Congress. So King marched, Johnson ma- neuvered and Congress folded." Johnson deserves a higher place in American history sim- ply for getting the Civil Rights Act passed in 1964, but he didn't stop there. Within a year, he had the Voting Rights Act passed, which removed road- blocks for many potential black voters, especially in the South. It's safe to say that economi- cally and socially, the legacy of Lyndon Johnson is secure. Where we get into murkier waters is with the escalation of the Vietnam War. Early on, Johnson took advice he would later regret. His advisors opted for a more aggressive approach to Vietnam, to strengthen the Southern Vietnamese Army. Johnson, an underrated president. Johnson was torn. He knew sending in troops would mean a serious drop in his approval rating, which he could not afford with the 1964 election coming. But he also wanted to reassure South Vietnam leader General Khanh that he would back him up. Pressure was coming in from the U.S. military, Con- gress, and South Vietnam for troops on the ground. In a way, the Vietnam issue did come back to haunt Johnson in the 1964 election when Barry Goldwater used it as a point to chide the president for his weak- nesses. Nonetheless, Johnson won the election by a landslide and, from there, wasted little time sending American troops into Vietnam. His first movewas 1965's Op- eration Rolling Thunder, a whole-scale bombing of North Vietnam. He originally intended it as a short-lived retaliation against NLF (National Liberation Front} forces. But it lasted three years and, once in, Johnson found he needed to continue sending in more troops to de- fend against enemy forces. 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