The best and worst of 2006!

Posted: December 31, 2006 in Reflections

 

The best and worst of 2006!

The Year of 2006 is coming to a close. Yes, this year was more of a roller coaster ride than a smooth ride. In such, the year had it challenges even more than 2005. Hopefully, 2007 could be a thing in which we could say that this is much better.  Well, enough dilly dattling! It’s time to unveil my best, worst and "should have nots" of 2006:

 The Best:

Technology 

Wii and PS3 – This is a tie among gamers because of the graphics, and controllers.

WiFi – I used it again this year. Now Milwaukee is ready for it. Hopefully.

Plasma TV’s – I think it’s time to get them!

IPODs – They turned 5 years old, and still useable. Dang, I should get one!

DVD Recorders – It is time to put away the VCR!

Video Games – The systems of Wii and PS3 have made headlines, but so far the Wii is good. Plus video games like Madden, Redsteel and Halo are getting reviews. Plus Need for Speed Carbon.

Sports  

Milwaukee Brewers – Not that good this year. But could a World Series MVP turn things around?

Winter Olympics- Shani Davis wins a silver medal, but also becoming the first black athlete to win gold in speedskating.

Tiger Woods – Still Dominant in the Golf Game and athlete of the year.

Wisconsin Badgers Football- 1st Year with Bret Bielema as the new head coach who took Badger Football to an 11-1 Record. Not bad. Previously, Barry Alvarez coached his final game at the Capital One Bowl which the Badgers won.

Marquette vs Wisconsin: The state rivals of basketball will never be the same, but it was cool to see 2 of the top schools in the state go head to head. Keep it going.

Milwaukee Bucks: Slow Start.

Green Bay Packers: New coach Mike McCarthy wanted to establish a winning attitude in the team. Plus Donald Driver and Aaron Kampman were voted in the 2007 Pro Bowl.

Kobe Bryant – Scored 82 points in a series when the LA Lakers defeated the Toronto Raptors 124-122 in January.

Dwanye Wade – DWade become the MVP in the NBA Finals when the Heat beat the Jazz 4-2.

St. Louis Cardinals/Pittsburgh Steelers/Miami Heat- Champs.

Music

Lil Kim – She was in prison, but trying to put her life back.  

Jay-Z- Didn’t he just retire? "Show me what you got" is a known hit from Kingdom Come.

Beyonce – B’day was good, even though "Deja Vu" was the most recognized single. Also her role in Dreamgirls, and her 2006 BET Awards Performance wasn’t bad either.

The Three-6-Mafia: "You know its hard out here for a pimp" – which won an oscar.

Janet Jackson – This year marked Janet’s 20th Anniversary in Music, but "20 Y.O." didn’t hardly make it, saleswise. And Jermaine Dupri quit Virgin Records’ Urban Department just to be with her after the sales didn’t make it well. 

Diddy – "Press Play" was cool, with Nicole of the PCD, Christina Aguleria and others.  The single "Come to Me" was the exposed single.

Ciara- The Evolution is a hot joint. "Promise" is by far the better single.

Brand New Heavies- "Get Used To It". It is good joint. Check "Sex God". No, really!

LL Cool J – His 12th Joint "Todd Smith" was cool. "Control Myself" was byfar the best song.

Busta Rhymes – First, the dreads were out and his new joint "The Big Bang" made you want to "Touch It". – The beats that is. Also his performance on the 2006 BET Awards was not bad, and the suprise Eminem was an impact.

Prince- "3121". All Good. Enough Said. Get on the Boat.

Nas – I find  his "Hip Hop is Dead" joint to be interesting, even though it was sampled from Bob Dylan, and "Where Are They Now" is a James Brown sample. (RIP)

The Roots – "Game Theory" was tight. My favorite joint is "Here I Come".

T.I. – "What You Know About That?" being that it was a hot joint.

Ice Cube – "Laugh Now, Cry Later" was a hot album that came out on guess what? 06-06-06.

Yung Joc – "It’s Goin’ Down"

Mary J. Blige – Last year, MJB had a breakthrough year but "Be Without You" is more good this year.

India.Arie – "Testimony: Vol. 1, Life & Relationship" A very inspirational CD that was a precise piece. "There’s Hope" is a good song to learn, also "I Am Not My Hair".

All is Fair in Love in War…………….

The Pussycat Dolls – They had a good year with the "Buttons" remix with Snoop Dogg and walking away with a MTV Moonman.

LeToya – "Torn" is good joint just as "She Don’t."

Shanice- Didn’t hear much from her this year, but it is nice to hear her music again.

DMC – "Checks Thugs and Rock N Roll" was fair.

Fergie – London Bridge and Fergicious. No comment.

Gnarls Barkley – Crazy. Just Crazy for "St. Elsewhere".

Public Enemy – "Rebirth of a Nation". New Joints but same bite for the Hip Hop Community.

 

 

 

 

 

 WWE

WWE- The WWE added ECW to the company as it’s third brand on SciFi. A new pay-per-view, December to Dismember was added, plus some new talent. Also there were exits from the company too. Plus the return of Saturday Night’s Main Event on NBC. It has been about 15 years since. Plus, Vince McMahon was nominated as SI’s Sportman of the Year, and was featured on the cover of Muscle and Fitness Magazine. And the wrestlers visted Iraq and the troops for Christmas for the fourth time.

WWE Hall of Fame: Sensational Sherri, Eddie Guererro, Bret Hart, Mean Gene, The Refrigerator,  Verne Gange, and The Blackjacks, all made it.

April of 2006. My First Raw Experience ever. Cool!

John Cena-Regained the Championship twice, stared in his debut flick, The Marine, and on the cover of several fitness magazines. Plus featured on 106 & Park.

Shawn Michaels/Triple H – D-Generation X is back!

Ric Flair – Still Going.

Kane/Big Show – Their first reign as world tag team champions have elevated their game plan for RAW. They reminded me of the Colossal Connection or the Natural Disasters. The duo broke up after May 19th, Kane was battling Umaga on Raw until he was traded to Smackdown! also Big Show left Raw for the ECW Brand, and won the ECW world Title, then lost it to Bobby Lashley.

Chris Masters – Who can still break the masterlock? a Army sergeant in Iraq did!

Carlito – Dating Torrie Wilson

Candice Michelle – Brewcity’s own is too hot, this time it was for Playboy.

Ashley – Had a good fanbase in the ’06 with London/Kendrick. 

Layla El – The new Diva will need a fanbase for ’07.

The Highlanders- Robbie and Rory had a match in dedicaiton to Roddy Piper.

Cryme Time- JTG and Shad were making ratings in the ’06. No doubt they would be a force against the World’s Greatest Tag Team in ’07.

Randy Orton/Edge- Edge won the Championship 2x this year and teaming up with RKO to form Rated RKO, and becoming tag team champions.

MNM – Only thing good is Melina, again!

 

Smackdown!

Batista: Back as the Champ.

The Undertaker- may I say, 14-0 at Wrestlemanias  by defeating Mark Henry in a Casket Match, surviving against The Great Khali,  and burying Mr. Kennedy in a Last Ride Match. Also reuniting with Kane for the first time since 2001.

JBL – Now a commentator.

Rey Mysterio-619 all the way to Wrestlemania 22 and a World Title.

The Boogeyman – He’s coming to get you, again!!!!!

Chavo Guerrerro-Still keeping the family name alive. Apparantly.

Krystal – Hanging with Miz, what’s up with that?

Booker T/Sharmell – All Hail King Booker! Not!

Chris Benoit – Solid year as the U.S. Champ.

 

ECW

RVD, Big Show, and Bobby Lashley – ECW Champion

Joey Styles – OH MY GOD! He left RAW for ECW

CM Punk – The Chicago native is making waves, which the manuver, the Anaconda Vice is a crowd pleaser.

Tazz – See Joey Styles, but also left Smackdown!

Trinty, Ariel, Kelly Kelly – New Divas, er vixens.

Hardcore Holly – One great match against RVD and had 20 stitches in his back.

 

Best WWE PPV Highlights

Wrestlemania – The showcase of the immortals had great matches and moments. Has to be the best PPV of the year. Taker’s 14-0 streak, 2nd Money In The Bank Ladder Match, WWE Championship, World Championship and, etc.

Survivor Series – The return of the Hardys, Batista winning gold again, and the DX Team pitching a shut out of beating the Rated RKO Team.

Summerslam – DX winning, Cena was booed in his hometown.

Royal Rumble – Cena regains the WWE Championship from Edge; Rey Mysterio winning the Rumble.

 
Raw

New Year’s Revoloution- Edge wins the title for the first time.

Backlash-Cena survives a triple threat match against Triple H and Edge.

Vengeance- The Return of DX

Unforgiven – Cena regains the title for the third time by defeating Edge in a TLC Match. Trish Stratus defeates Lita and retires the Women’s Championship.

Cyber Sunday – Champion of Champions Match and why is K-Fed on the show?

ECW

ECW One Night Stand – A reunion of the company, plus some raw/smackdown detractors. JBL decided to quit wrestling and commentate on SmackDown!

December to Dismember-  In the Extreme Elmination Chamber, Bobby Lashley defeates the Big Show, Finally!

 
Smackdown!

No Mercy –  By far a better pay per view, the main event of the fatal 4 way featuring King Booker/Batista/Lashley/Finlay  was good.

No Way Out – Former WWE Star Kurt Angle and the Undertaker had a great match in which Kurt pinning the Deadman.

Great American Bash – Undertaker vs Big Show in a Punjabi Prision Match in which was supposed to be orginally involved the The Great Khali.  Anyway, Taker won.

Judgment Day – The Great Khahi beating Undertaker, what?

Armageddon – Kane defeated MVP in an Inferno Match, The Undertaker winning the Last Ride Match over Mr. Kennedy, Batista/Cena defeated King Booker and Finlay.

 Television/Movies

Again, Televison has had its good points this year as well. – Desparate Housewives, Pimp My Ride, The Simpsons, UPN and the WB have merged into the CW which rescued Everybody Hates Chris, and the new featured MyNetwork TV which had telenovelas of Desire and Fashion House.

Dancing With The Stars: Emmitt Smith won? That’s interesting.

Desire/Fashion House – New shows, no repeats, not bad.

"The Departed" – A police movie starred Jack Nicholson, and Leonardo DiCaprio. Not Bad.

World Trade Center/MI:3 – Action and Terrorism still stand one by one.

The DaVinci Code: Tom Hanks’ joint I think had made a hit more than a controversial turn.

Crash – The movie of the year.

Divorce Court: The change of the judges: Judge Mabeline is out and Judge Lynn Toler is in.

Dr. Keith Ablow: A Psychiarist of 15 years has a talk show that is interesting.

Dick Clark – Despite of his effect from the stroke that occured, he is still strong for his "New Year’s Rockin’ Eve" special.

Colin Farrell/Jaime Foxx – "Miami Vice" was not bad.

Brandon Routh – "Superman Returns" was phenonomal that it will make Christopher Reeve smile.

Talledega Nights/Ricky Bobby – Will Ferrell was just flat out funny in this joint. Shake and Bake!

Slyvester Stallone – One more time for Rocky. Not bad!

Tyler Perry – Once again, his character, Madea was funny in "Madea’s Family Reunion" But it did have some life lessons of family.

Jerry Springer – Is he still on, after 16 years, and doing "Dancing with the stars?"

Will Smith – "The Pursuit of Happyness" is positive and has ties with Milwaukee.

In the world this year….

Saddam Hussein –  Hanged for his crimes in Iraq during his reign. Execution Date: 12/29/2006.

You Tube is invented as to have self made videos viewable online.

Iran – Still developing nuke programs.

North Korea – Possess and conducting Nuclear Weapons testing?

U.S. Government – The U.S. Army is looking for those up to 42 Years old. And the yelling is gone.

Rocking the Vote: The voters decided that the Democrats should control the Congress. 

NASA launched the Space Shuttle Discovery into space on the 4th of July, and in December, two African Americans, Joan Higginbotham and Robert Curbeam served as Astronauts for spacewalks.

MLK Memorial– A Memorial of Martin Luther King Jr. is in the process of building in Washington DC.

Same Sex Marriages: Still legal & Illegal, depends on where you live. Unfortunately, not Wisconsin.

Wisconsin Votes – Jim Doyle rules again as Govenor.

 

Those who hung it up and or moved on….

Andre Agassi/Dan Rather/Donald Rumsfeld/Sarah Hoye/E Michael McCain/Mike Gousha/Tammy Elliott/Jermaine Dupri/Kurt Angle/Trish Stratus/Barry Alvarez/-All retired  for their families, careers,  and/or left favorable activites or explored new expeditions.

WB 18 news at Nine, I thought it would last, but then again maybe not.

    

 

My Best:

  • The ultimate highlight, graduating from UW-Stout. I told you so!!!
  • For the first time since 2001, I returned to the Lindesy Family Reunion, in Detroit.
  • Classmates.com – 100+ hits and the hits just kept coming.
  • City of Milwaukee – Working on election day was more of community service.
  • Worked and volunteered at my church- approximately 4x’s this year!
  • Summerfest. Finally! there were urban acts. It’s about time!
  • MLK All-A-Thon Scholarship – I got six on them.
  • For the church: 2nd Veterans Day Celebration, Anniversary, and a tryout of using technological advances. Could there be a website on the bubble?
  • The 80’s are still back! He-Man, Thundercats and Voltron – Back on DVD!
  • UPS – The package handling job was not easy! and I got injured. No more of that!  But the Driver Helper job was fair and joined up with the Teamsters.
  • Brett Favre – Is the end is here for one more run?
  • Joyce Garbaciack  – She’s Baaaaack! This time, on Channel 12.  
  • Barack Obama/Sen. Hillary Clinton/Sen. John Edwards/Sen. John McCain – Could there be a presidential run?

 

 

and now, The (Absolute) Worst: Things also should not have happened in 2006!

U.S. Government – US Troops body count reaches past 2,000 and Rep. Charles Rengal is talking about resurrecting the Draft again. Even Bush opinionated about war progress. Sen. John Kerry sends the wrong message about serving the country and going to school.

President Hugo Chavez of Venezuela disses Bush.

Hip Hop/R&B – Eminem and Whitney Houston had one thing in common that they split from their significant others. For Em, a second time, for Whitney, about time.

Mike Tyson – In jail again?, what is he doing?!

2006 MTV VMA’s – bringing back the thunder was more like bringing back the thuds.

The attack on Christmas. Here we go again.

Star Jones Reynolds – No View.

Box Office Movies –   Summer blockbusters were not pushing it well. But I think Superman Returns stands alone along with the Pirates of the Carribean.

Ronald Isley – Tax problems = three years in the jail. Dang Mr. Biggs!

NFL: Packers picked up Koren Robinson, but is now suspendened from the league due to his DUI charge. T.O. is fined 35,000 for spitting, Not Cool! Mike Sherman is fired from the Packers.

NBA – The brawl between the Denver Nuggets and New York Knicks. When is the NBA going to learn?

Ald. Mike McGee, Jr. –  About the crusing at Miller Park, No comment.

Miss USA/Mel Gibson/James Frey/VP Dick Cheney/Sacha Boran Cohen/Nicole Ritchie/President Bush/Dallas Austin/OJ Simpson/C-Murder/Mark Foley/Lindesy Lohan/- Note to self. Watch yourselves because there are consequences.

Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker and Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett: These guys stopped the Milwaukee Connector project in fearing that it would irrate tax payers. Should have thought about jobs, folks!  For Walker, he also wanted to cut more bus lines, raise bus fares, cut some of the programs that some middle class citizens, and the poor would have access to. Not cool! 

Michael Jordan- He and his wife of 17 years files for Divorce.

Donald Trump vs Rosie O’ Donnell – Why are these folks at each others throats? Because of their fame and passion? Now they are going to court to sue each other. For Rosie, she was bashing Star Jones Reynolds of her true weight loss.

Dave Chappelle – Where is the money from the show?

Gas Prices – still, no comment.

Blacks and Unemployment in Wisconsin. –  More jobs are needed here. Come on!

Milwaukee Public Museum – There must be a budget setup to keep it open.

Milwaukee in General – There were talks about race relations. Specifically among Blacks, Whites and Latinos. The talking is continuing, but the doing is the hard part. – See Frank Jude, Jr. and John Bartlett.

UPS – The package handling job was not easy! and I got injured.

Chase Bank – Financially, they suck. I will dump them in 2007.

Steven Avery and his Nephew- When will they learn?

Evel Kneivel vs Kanye West – This is upsurd, knowing that Kayne was using his "Touch the Sky" Video to pay homage to him.

Britney/K-Fed – no longer together.

Paris Hilton – Oh no she did not put out an album this year!?!

Brooke Hogan – See Paris Hilton.

School Closings – MPS had some schools that were shutting doors this year, some like North Division, Malcolm X Academy and my Alma Mater, Marshall is downsizing to three different schools, and the band is phased out.

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May they forever, Rest In Peace

Never forget the names of:

  1. Ed Bradley
  2. Don Knotts
  3. Wilson Pickett
  4. James Brown
  5. James Yancey, aka J Dilla
  6. Marty Stein
  7. Jack Palance
  8. Frank Zeidler
  9. DeShaun Dupree Holton (Proof)
  10. John Tenta "Earthquake"
  11. Joe Barbera
  12. Red Auerbach
  13. Lou Rawls
  14. Al Lewis (Grandpa Munster)
  15. Dana Reeve
  16. Gordon Parks
  17. Aaron Spelling
  18. Patsy Ramsey
  19. Gerald Levert
  20. Martin Nodell (Creator of the Green Lantern)
  21. 2000+ of the US Servicemen in Iraq
  22. Lynching Survivor James Cameron
  23. Tamara Dobson
  24. Kirby Puckett
  25. June Pointer (The Pointer Sisters)
  26. Professor X (X-Clan)
  27. Earl Woods (Father of Tiger Woods)
  28. Billy Preston
  29. President Gerald Ford

 

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Adiliah Gillmore

Ben Ford

Ruth Turner

100+ Homicides victims in Milwaukee

Quadrevion Henning

Purvis Parker

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My Memorable Quotes of 2006:

"You want to apologize? Like nothing happened. Like you didn’t knock me on my a** in front of millions of people worldwide, and I’m gonna come down there and work with you. I’m not coming back, and now thanks to the magic of live television I’m gonna show the whole world, why for seven years in ECW I was the unscripted, uncensored, loose cannon of commentary. Six months ago, WWE called me, I didn’t call this company because I was looking for a job. I didn’t need a job. WWE called me because they had humiliated and fired…again, Jim Ross. So I get JR’s spot, and from week one, week after week I’ve got an ongoing lecture about the differences in professional wrestling and sports entertainment. I’m not allowed to say ‘pro wrestling’, I’m not allowed to say ‘wrestler’. I have to say ‘sports entertainment’ and refer to the wrestlers as ‘superstars’. I’m told to deliberant ignore the moves and the holds during the matches so I can tell stories. Well ignoring the moves and the holds is damn insulting to the athletes, the ‘wrestlers’, not the entertainers who leave their families three hundred days a year to ply their craft in that ring. Here’s the best part, because I’m not a sports entertainment storyteller I get pulled from Wrestlemania, and the reason I’m given is, is because I don’t sound like Jim Ross who’s the guy they fired in the first place. That makes sense, right? So I swallow the bitter pill, I’m a company guy. I get bumped from Wrestlemania. Then I get bumped from Backlash? I’m not good enough to call Backlash!? In ECW, I called live pay-per-views on my own, solo, no color commentators dragging me down. Wasn’t done before me, hasn’t been done since. But I’m not good enough to call Backlash because I’m not a sports entertainment storyteller. Well you know what? I am sick of sports entertainment. I am sick of male cheerleaders. I am sick of boogers and bathroom humor and semen and I am sick of our chairman. Who likes to talk about his own semen, he mocks God… he mocks God!!!!! And makes out with the divas all to feed his own insatiable ego. I am sick of sports entertainment, and most of all I am sick of you fans who actually buy into that crap! This sports entertainment circus! I never needed this job, and I don’t want this job anymore." 

[At this point Joey pulls the WWE collar off the microphone and tosses it away.]

"I quit!"  – Joey Styles on leaving RAW for ECW, May, 2006

"The Bus is in the Garage". Jerome Bettis from Superbowl 40, February, 2006 on winning the Superbowl and retiring from football.

 

"My friends, we are on a course for disaster. We as a Nation will not be better without significant change. This Nation will disintegrate from within. In time the majority of our population will be illiterate and unprepared to be contributing members of our society. Jackson, Franklin and Jefferson had a vision for this great Nation and some of us are enjoying it. However, the current trend is down, and we need to change it now!! The answer is EDUCATION and a conscientious effort to change the environment for our children. We need to value each child as our own –– to motivate, inspire and mentor them to believe that they can be whoever they want to be –– doctors, plumbers, professors, lawyers, pharmacists, etc. –– and we need to do it now. In this effort, time is not our friend. I implore you, not for me but for all of our greatgrandchildren –– get involved in a child’s life! Help them to see the opportunities, enable them to be all they can be."   Marty Stein – Founder of Stein Optical (1938-2006)

"We know now there were no weapons of mass destruction over there."  "But Coretta knew and we know that there are weapons of misdirection right down here — millions without health insurance, poverty abounds. For war, billions more, but no more for the poor."- Rev. Joseph Lowery, Speaking at Coretta Scott King’s Funeral- 2006

"What really matters if you believe all this stuff we’ve been saying is, what are we going to do with the rest of our lives?" – Former President Bill Clinton, speaking at Coretta Scott King’s Funeral-2006,

"Thank you, mother, for your incredible example of Christ-like love and obedience. We’re going to miss you" – Rev. Bernince King,  on the death of her mother, Coretta Scott King, 2006.

"He was an innovator, he was an emancipator, he was an originator. Rap music, all that stuff came from James Brown." – Little Richard on Remembering James Brown, Dec. 2006.

"What James Brown was to music in terms of soul and hip-hop, rap, all of that, is what Bach was to classical music. This is a guy who literally changed the music industry. He put everybody on a different beat, a different style of music. He pioneered it." Rev. Al Sharpton on remembering James Brown, Dec. 2006.

"He was dramatic to the end — dying on Christmas Day," Rev. Jesse Jackson, on remembering James Brown, Dec. 2006

“You mad, Johnny Nitro? You don’t have the nuts to hit me. And if K-Fed wasn’t around, I’d be the one spearin’ Britney.” – WWE Champion John Cena on WWE RAW, October 16, 2006.

"I got closer to killing him than anybody has gotten since. And if I were still president, we’d have more than 20,000 troops there trying to kill him."  "I tried and I failed to get bin Laden. I regret it, but I did try and I did everything I thought I responsibly could." – Former President Bill Clinton on Fox News Sunday, Sept. 24th, 2006

 

"James Brown is my greatest inspiration…..When I saw him move, I was mesmerized. I knew that’s what I wanted to do for the rest of my life because of James Brown." Michael Jackson at James Brown’s Funeral, Dec. 30th, 2006

 

“See the irony is that what they need to do is get Syria to get Hezbollah to stop doing this s— and it’s over.” – President George Bush in Russia, July 17th, 2006

"Parents, It’s 10:00pm/11:00pm. Do you know where your children are?" – City of Milwaukee Curfew Law, September 2006

 

"There’s no question in my mind that this president and this administration would never have invaded Iraq, especially on the flimsy evidence that was presented to the Congress, if indeed we had a draft and members of Congress and the administration thought that their kids from their communities would be placed in harm’s way," Rep. Charles Rangel, D-N.Y. on reinstating the Military Draft, November, 2006.

 

"It’s time for us to come together. It’s time for us to rebuild New Orleans — the one that should be a chocolate New Orleans. This city will be a majority African American city. It’s the way God wants it to be. You can’t have New Orleans no other way. It wouldn’t be New Orleans." —Ray Nagin, Jan. 16, on the rebuilding of New Orleans.

"You know, education, if you make the most of it, you study hard, you do your homework and you make an effort to be smart, you can do well. If you don’t, you get stuck in Iraq." —John Kerry during an Oct. 30 address before Pasadena City College students at a rally for California gubernatorial candidate Phil Angelides.

 

"I probably did take my new found [sic] freedom a little too far. Anyway, thank God for Victoria’s Secrets’ [sic] new underwear line." —Britney Spears on Dec. 7, responding to pantyless photographs of herself.

 

Chancellor addresses May graduates

University of Wisconsin-Stout Chancellor Charles W. Sorensen addressed graduates of the May 2006 class Saturday morning, telling them that “you have done a fine job and this is a day of celebration.”

Approximately 840 graduates received degrees during the ceremony at Johnson Fieldhouse, with 120 of those earning advanced degrees.

Sorensen talked briefly about three people – Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King and John Hope Franklin – that influenced not only his life, but in many ways shaped the forces of the 20th century.

“They speak to us in different ways today, but their lives and their belief systems are linked by powerful ideas and beliefs central to our history; central to our lives and your lives,” Sorensen told the graduates. “As you leave UW-Stout as new, well-educated professionals, assuming new roles as responsible citizens, I want you to think seriously about the lessons these people give us.”

In speaking of Gandhi, Sorensen mentioned how the “power of this one man’s ideas led to Indian independence and inspired a people and the world.”

On King, Sorensen talked about how the civil rights leader knew “ideas had to be transformed into action, into seeking the truth, challenging injustice, addressing poverty and all other forces that stood in the way to creating a just society.”

When discussing Franklin, Sorensen told of Franklin being “a voice and an activist for social justice; he became and remains the critic asking why America cannot do an effective job in ending racial discrimination and providing all Americans of all races the chance to live the American dream.”

Tying all three men together, Sorensen told the commencement gathering “they all committed their lives to the highest level of moral and ethical values, something we should all strive to do. They stayed true to those ideals, became living role models for all, even those that sought to destroy their character or even end their lives. Finally, they committed to apply those ideals in practical ways to work for a just society.

“That is a good charge for you and every American.”

Classes at UW-Stout ended Tuesday, May 9. An evaluation week began Thursday, May 11 and ends Wednesday, May 17.

Source: University of Wisconsin-Stout

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