Editor’s Note: This is the second part of a multi-part series on the history of Marshall’s musical history, and the Black residents who created the legacy of music we know today.
Marshall’s musical legacy as the birthplace of boogie woogie is a legacy that goes back to the 1800’s, but for a lot of local residents it was an unknown legacy until just a decade ago.
It was January 2010 when Dr. John Tennison first came to Marshall, bringing with him his gathered knowledge of the history of boogie woogie and East Texas that would change the way residents thought about their small town.
Tennison said that he grew up in Texarkana and heard the sounds of boogie woogie for the first time around first grade, becoming captivated with the sound ever since.
“I was always interested in the music and the sounds of Boogie Woogie, but my interest in the history of it was really reinvigorated when I was in medical school,” Tennison said.
Through around 33 years of researching the subject on and off, Tennison said that he was able to determine that Marshall was the closest municipality to what could be best determined as the originating location for the musical sound we know now as boogie woogie.
“Really by birthplace we mean the closest city or municipality at the time to the area that historians have determined that particular sound originated from,” Tennison said, “Many other cities have similar history, like New Orleans which is the birthplace of jazz.”
(J. Harris: This is another good reason young women SHOULD get vaccinated — even more so if they might get pregnant. Good summary article that is easy to understand.)
Among pregnant women, the coronavirus can severely damage the placenta, leading to fetal asphyxiation and stillbirth, according to research published Feb. 10 in the Archives of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine.….The findings underscore the importance of vaccination among pregnant women, according to health experts.
(J. Harris: This is a readable, referenced letter regarding Omicron in S. Africa. It points out that there’s still a lot we don’t know about the Omicron Variants.
”… caution is warranted when it comes to making inferences about omicron’s intrinsic traits, particularly its severity, on the basis of population-level observations…On the contrary, omicron’s immune-evasion capability has enabled it to infect many people who wouldn’t have been infected by previous variants, which has fueled its rapid spread and allowed it to more quickly infect nonimmune people, thereby offsetting what appears to be a moderately lower intrinsic severity and exacerbating overcrowding of hospital systems and demands on caregivers…More time and careful comparisons controlling for age, preexisting immunity, detection bias, lag time, hospital capacity, and other factors will be required to determine omicron’s intrinsic virulence…”
”…These exercise-induced problems are not, however, merely the byproduct of becoming out of shape. The effects “are very, very different from normal and simple detraining… They also don’t seem to be the result of lung or heart injury…Yet when the long Covid patients exercised on a stationary bicycle, Dr. Systrom found that some veins and arteries were not working properly, preventing oxygen from being delivered efficiently to their muscles…Nobody knows why these blood vessel problems occur… but another …recent studies suggested that long Covid patients experience damage to a certain kind of nerve fiber involved in how organs and blood vessel function.
A FOOTBALL ARTICLED BY MARSHALL’S FAVORITE NEW YORK TIMES WRITER, KEN BELSON
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