, 2022-04-13 02:00:00,
“The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle” is my favorite cartoon series. It was on network television from 1959 through 1964. Fortunately, it still lives on various television venues. R&B appeals to both kids and adults. Rocky is a flying squirrel, and Bullwinkle is a moose. Their nemeses are Boris Badenov and Natasha Fatale, spies for The Fearless Leader. The show also features the less-than-brilliant Dudley Do-Right of the Mounties and his archenemy Snidely Whiplash, and Fractured Fairy Tales, and Aesop & Son, both featuring alternate interpretations of those classics. Then there is Peabody’s Improbable History with a bespectacled, professorial, talking canine assisted by his pet boy, Sherman. The pair visit various famous past events and personages using the time-traveling device Peabody invented: the WABAC machine.
Another version of a WABAC machine was recently unveiled. Unlike Peabody’s, this one is real and anyone with an internet connection can use it. This is the 1950 U.S. Census released to the public on April 1, 2022, 72 years ago after it was completed. Why 72 years? Because Congress made that length of time law in 1978. Why 72? The answer is — no one really knows.
At any rate, 72 years ago this month, about 140,000 census takers, or, officially, enumerators (ordinary Americans who volunteered, were trained and got paid), fanned out across the country and began knocking on the doors of some 46 million American houses and apartments and personally contacted some 150.7 million people (including Native Americans, albeit on separate Indian Reservation schedules). It was the last house-to-house census. Subsequent ones have…
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