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www.cloverdaJereveUle.com February 7, 2019 The Cloverdale Reveille Page 5 EDiTORiAL Happy birthday, Facebook This week marks the 15th birthday of Facebook. If you don't think that's a local event, think again. As many as two- thirds of us use the social media app every day. Some people even keep it open all day and the average use is one hour daily. Keep in mind lots of these same people also use Instagram, which happens to be owned by Facebook. So, happy birthday Facebook. It was "born" on Feb. 4, 2004 in Mark Zuckerberg's Harvard University dormitory room. The social-networking computer program was created to help stu- dents find dates, share calendars and maybe cheat on exams. Since then Facebook hasn't done much else except changed how we communicate, sacrificed our privacy, hacked our elections, altered the experience of growing up and, quite possibly, rede- fined humanness. And to all that, do we really want to send out our best wishes? People are admitting they are addicted to it and the Facebook company lately has suffered lots of backlash for violating privacy promises and for enabling Russian hackers. Scan Parker, Facebook's first president has said, "it literally changes your relationship with society, with each other It probably interferes with productivity in weird ways. God knows what it's doing to our children's brains." As you might guess, Parker is no longer with the company. Like man-made inventions and machines before it, Facebook and other computer-controlled mass communication programs possess powers and controls that are truly life-altering. These unprecedented powers can work for both good and evil. Unfortunately, these powers can even overpower their maker and even all of mankind. The inventions of dynamite and electricity changed society and the world. The splitting of the atom was a moment when man unleashed unimaginable powers that could either modernize elec- tric utilities or be used to blow up the world. Now we are splitting human genes to create laboratory-defined babies. These are all examples, including Facebook, when man's inventions grow beyond his control. Whether it be a wheel, a carved hand tool or a computer-based network, these all change US. Studies now show that episodes of anxiety, depression, insecu- rity and suicide increase among our youth the more they dwell on social media. Our children prefer texting to face-to-face interac- tion, according to another study. Can we blame them? We now have pocket devices to talk to a million people at once (Twitter.) We can call for a ride (Uber) or order food. We always know where to find our friends and they know how to find us. Privacy doesn't matter anymore, we guess. It's funny. We outlawed telemarketers but we invite Facebook and Google to follow us everywhere and tell us what to believe or buy. Now 15 years old, can we expect Facebook to ever grow up and act more responsibly? So long as the $600 billion corporation exists to make a profit by manipulating us and selling our profiles to advertisers, we doubt it. If we called television a "boob tube," what should we call social network platforms like Facebook, Instagram, Google and Snapchat? How about "portable cages?" Wouldn't it be great to wake up in the morning and not get push alerts, pop-ups, spare messages, "friend" requests from strangers, fake news, Amazon teasers or a Trump tweet? Will Facebook last as long as television or get replaced like the telegraph? Remember MySpace? Will Facebook outlast newspa- pers or help kill them? There are early calls in Congress and elsewhere to add govern- ment regulations over Facebook. That hasn't worked for other electronic media where a few giant corporations (FOX, Disney, AT&T, Alphabet, Viacom and Comcast) control our cable, satel- lite and TV content, internet access and monthly rates. Instead of blowing out Facebook's birthday candles, maybe we should just blow it off and delet~ o~ccounts. Fat chance. -- Rollie Atkinson HISTORY Through the Years in the Reveille rr~he following items are selected from " I "archived issues of the Cloverdale .i Reveille. February 10, 1906- 112 years ago Joyce Mann The work of building the large addition to the Citrus Fair Pavilion is now almost completed. The entire building has been thrown into one making it an ideal pavilion for fair purposes or for holding conventions. The inside measurements of the building are approximately 80-by-200 feet. In or near the cen- ter will be located the bandstand and that part of the pavilion to the rear of the stand will be devoted to displays of various kinds and refreshment booths. The art gallery will be given ample space on the north side. All available space in the new addition to the pavilion has already been taken. The stockmen and railroads have a powerful lobby in Washington endeavoring to pass a bill extending the time that cattle may be held on cars without food or water from 28 hours, as under the present law, to 36. Protests are pouring in from all parts of the United States against the passage of the bill. January 23, 1969 - 50 years ago Pfc. Terrill L. Stringfellow of Fort Hood, Texas takes his art and the Cloverdale Citrus Fair Art Show seriously. Artist Stringfellow has exhibited at the Cloverdale Show for the past four years, but this year finds himseff stationed with an armored division at a Texas military installation, which poses some real problems for him in terms of distance. Not to be deterred, Stringfeilow, with the cooperation of the military powers, has arranged to return to his home in Healdsburg in February in time to meet the deadline for entry applications for the Citrus Fair Art Show. The Cloverdale City Council discussed the proposed hotel room occupancy tax tor Cloverdale at its recent meeting. The tax will be five percent to be collected quarterly with the City providing the necessary forms. Under the ordinance the motel owners records would be open to audit ffnecessary. The monies collected from the tax will be used for community pro- motion and public relations. February 9, 1994 - 25 years ago Cloverdale's 30-year wait is finally coming to an end. Wednesday, March 2 at 10 a.m. a ribbon cutting ceremony will take place officially opening the Cloverdale 101 Bypass. For this momentous occasion, there is a chance that Governor Wilson will attend. Immediately following the Ribbon Cutting there will be a Grand Opening Parade with only official vehi- cles allowed. However, bicyclists, walkers, runners and skaters will be welcome. "Take Back the Street" Celebration is to be held in conjunction with Black Bart Days in mid-May. LETTERS Huge thank you to the Cloverdale community EDITOR: A heartfelt "thanks" to the community of Cloverdale who generously donated to two very important causes: the Camp Fire Relief Fund and the Wreaths Across American program. It is with your assistance that the Cloverdale American Legion Post 293 sent over $1,000 to the victims of the Camp Fire, to provide relief of immediate needs. In addition, with your generosity, the Sons of the American Legion placed wreaths on all of the Cloverdale veterans' graves in the Cloverdale Cemetery. We could not do our work, supporting veterans, without your help. A peaceful 2019 to the community. Sandy Kelly, Commander American Legion Post 293 Cloverdale Why so happy? EDITOR: Would like to know why as a newspaper you only allow letters to the editor or opinions to be happy and noncontroversial letters. Unfortunately this is not always a happy, carefree world we live in today and the City of Cloverdate certainly has its share. Let's start with the big shake up of the police department a few years back, when nobody including the city council knew why -- that's a complete fabrication. I'm sure even the Cloverdale Reveille knew that several officers were under federal indictment for not arresting or even filing charges against the body shop owner for severely beating a man to the point of surgery for allegedly robbing them, and he didn't. What's wrong with your so-called paper? Brenda Wirtz Healdsburg OPINION But l Digress The song is over (or is it?) f all the great imponderables of life, } one keeps retuning to my thoughts Steven David like a poorly digested burrito. I speak Martin not of the cosmic why of our existence, nor of the vastness of space and what lies beyond our increasingly expanding hori, zons. No, I refer to something far weightier: why do some pop songs have a definitive ending and some just fade out? I will give you moment to catch your collective breath as you let that query sink in. You know what I mean. "Revolution" has a nice sharp strong ending whilst "Hey Jude" na na na na na nas into for- ever. "Bohemian Rhapsody" (the song and the movie) stops definitively, while "Crazy Little Thing Called Love" fades out. There's a distinct end to "Brown Sugar" yet the great "Sympathy for the Devil" just fades and fades. I know what you're thinking: why on Earth is he wasting valuable brain matter and my time on this nonsense? My answer is that I am really not a deep thinker, as you have no doubt noticed, and these are the types of things I find intrigu- ing. Before I go on, I'm sure someone has already come up with this idea, but wouldn't it be cool to have an in-car karaoke machine that projects the lyrics on your windshield as the song is playing on your radio or streaming device? It would work like a:teteprompter so you could still see the road and sing along using the correct lyrics. we could finally put an end (not a fade out) to belting out these misheard lyrics: "Like a virgin, touched for the 33rd time" "You make me feel like a rash on a woman" "These ants are my friends, they're blowing in the wind" "'Scuse me while I kiss this guy" But I digress. When they are being recorded, songs must end, unless I am completely misunderstanding the laws of physics, time and union lunch breaks. So why, in the final production, are some songs given a nice sharp finale while others are allowed to meander off into infinity? Other things in life are like this; they either fade out or just stop: Sudden death games (stop) TV shows (stop, unless they are X-Files reboots) Relationships (both, sometimes simultaneously) And yes, life itself can stop or fade out. "Hope I die before I get old," is the iconic lyric from "My Generation" (which has a definite ending by the way). Does Roger Daltrey still believe that? If he does, it's irrelevant as he is already old and not dead, last I looked. We ponder what might have been of those cut down in the prime of life" James Dean, Elvis, John Lennon, Joplin, Hendrix, Morrison -while we experience the slow fade of oth- ers before our eyes - Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, the Rolling Stones (except Keith Richards who I am convinced actually passed away in the '80s but has been pickled by alcohol), not to mention the aforementioned Daltrey and Pete Townshend. Then you have Kirk Douglas who recently turned 102. One hundred and two years old! He hasn't performed in years but every time I see his photo I must admit, it kind of reassures me (just think how Michael Douglas feels). He is basically the "Hey Jude" of celebrities, gracefully refraining into the sun- set. When you next have nothing much to do, compare and con- trast these: "Born to Run" and "Born in the USA" "Space Oddity" and "Suffragette City" "Light My Fire" and "L.A. Woman" "Whole Lotta Love" and "Stairway to Heaven" Interestingly I believe pretty much all Hall and Oates songs fade. As do most Dave Matthews songs, but with Dave I get the feeling the band is still jamming away somewhere. Most ironi- cally, of course, is the fade away to the Crickets' brilliant "Not Fade Away." "A Day in the Life" may be the one song in the pop lexicon that got it both ways, ending its majestic 5:34 minutes with a sustained chord of 40 seconds that, incredibly, at once fades the song and brings it to a chillingly conclusive end. By the way, this would make a great subject for a graduate thesis. You're welcome. Returning to my earlier shallow analogy of life and pop songs, if life is indeed sometimes an abrupt finale, sometimes a long fade, I hope don't die until I get old. Really, really old. Steven welcomes your comments. You can reach him at stevenda vidmartin@gmail, com. HISTORY Cloverdale Pioneers Isaac E. Shaw By Kay Wells This is the second in a series about the men and women who developed and built our town into what it is today. Isaac E. Shaw co4ounded the first banking institution in Cloverdale in 1884, known as the Cloverdale Banking and Commercial Co. Shaw later served until 1894 as president of what became, in 1884, the Bank of Cloverdale. He and his partner, J.R. Bowman, constructed the brick building known as the Odd Fellows Block at the corner of Second Street and what is now Cloverdale Boulevard. Shaw was born in 1828 in New York. In 1852, after a career in teaching, he came west by emigrant train to Hangtown, where he worked as a miner, and later to Humboldt County where he worked in a sawmill. In 1872, he and his first wife, Ella, and two children moved south to Cloverdale where he soon became the town's fore- most merchant and business man. After Ella died, Shaw mar- ried Minerva McCray, by whom two more children were born, Frank and Gertrude. After retiring from the bank, Isaac Shaw was appointed :t town postmaster by President Ulysses S. Grant, serving eight "~ years. In 1892 he assisted in organizing the Citrus Fair and, -~ again a merchant, was one of the first exhibitors. :: In 1874, the Shaw family became the third owners of what is :~ now known as the Gould-Shaw house, purchased by the Cloverdale Museum in1983 and now located in the front of the Cloverdale Museum property. Originally built by a blacksmith :~ named Gould, the house was gradually remodeled to accom-. modate larger families. The fanciful decorative faqade in Gothic Revival style, popular in Victorian times, was made possible by the invention of the scroll saw. Visit the Gould-Shaw house to learn more about this '- unique beautifully restored home. Isaac Shaw died in 1905 and is buried in Riverside ": Cemetery. The family remained in town until the early 1940s. Kay Wells is a board member of the Cloverdale Historical Society and works in the research library. Read the CLOVERDALE REVEILLE Anytime. Anywhere. For the most up-to-date news and events read the online version of Cloverdale Reveille. Our new mobile-friend- ly website will look great on your tablet, phone or home computer. You can view recent stories, search for articles from past issues, and see all four of our weekly newspapers (Cloverdale Reveille, The Windsor Times, The Heal&burg Tribune, Sonoma West Times & News). Want your own print copy mailed to you every week? 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