File puptcrit/puptcrit.0811, message 320

Date: Wed, 19 Nov 2008 11:46:12 -0600
Subject: Re: [Puptcrit] Gift Economy

On Nov 19, 2008, at 8:12 AM, William E. Elston wrote:

> Also, I thought that the Germans and the Japanese started WWII. I've
> heard economists facetiously say that WWII was the WPA that followed
> the 1937 recession, but I sincerely doubt that FDR urged us into the
> war to save the economy.

This thread may be getting a bit out of hand for this list.
Our wonderful and generous moderator seem especially annoyed by my  
I apologize in advance.
Pupptcrit is a lifeline for me, now more than ever.

My own daughter has been put out of a job she loved by the economic  
One theatre company in Milwaukee suddenly closed after 9 years.  
Another one that focuses on teaching at risk teens to create theatre  
is in serious trouble. The only surviving puppet company in Milwaukee  
is kept afloat by a millionaire who learned puppetry in Bread & Puppet.

My intention was to share what I loved about THE GIFT book with this  
list during our shared economic difficult times. To suggest that we  
can learn from history and that as storytellers we are in a unique  
position to tell mostly ignored stories and facts.

I spent my life, before a disability put an end to my work, creating  
shows using music, puppets, masks and actors, that told just such,  
sometimes controversial, stories.
After this I will post my research/opinions on a blog or web page and  
just share the url.

In regard to the WWII, the facts do not support Mr. Elson's thoughts.
My thoughts:

- michael john moynihan
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA

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