Category Archives: Perspectives on History from Residents

Grant and Margaret Bagley Appearing in This Play about Teresa of Avila, Starting July 14 at Greenbelt Arts Center.

This folks, is your chance to see Grant Bagley as an Inquisitor and Margaret as a nun.  You have been warned!  (Review here.)


Opens July 14, Greenbelt Arts Center


by Anthony Ernest Gallo
Directed by Beatrix Whitehall
A guest production from Seventh Street PlayhouseAll Teresa of Avila wants is to open Carmelite convents and attain an elevated state with God. First, she has to deal with a nervous novice, two lusty friars, a nosy Royal mistress, the Church hierarchy, and the Spanish Inquisition. Will she survive?Featuring: Emily Canavan, Renate Wallenberg, Margaret Bagley, Hazel Thurston, George Spence, John Starrels, James McDaniel, Beatrix Whitehall, Grant Bagley, Steve Rosenthal, Sam Simon, and Rodney Ross.

July 15, 15, 21, & 22 at 8PM
July 16 & 23 at 2PM

Ticket prices: $22 General Admission, $20 Students/Seniors/Military, $12 Youth (12 and under with adult)
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Women’s History Videos

We can now post two videos of presentations given here during Women’s History month this year, arranged by Tucker Farley.

First, Clare Coss, discussing Political Theater, Women, Race, Class and Power.

Second, Eleanor Roosvelt Comes to Collington, with Blanche Cook, distinguished biographer.

Video of Our Reflections on the Women’s March of Jan 2017

Here it is:

Thanks to all who participated, organized, reflected, and edited.


There She Is . . . The Real Ms. America

The new issue of the Collingtonian, the monthly resident publication at our retirement community, Collington, includes a wonderful article about how the US got to its unmatched position in women’s sport.

It is an interview with Joan Hult, below, who played a pivotal role in making that happen, and her interview provides some powerful lessons about how societies change.  Read the whole article, and share with anyone who cares about any of these issues.


The article describes how it all got started:

Joan’s association with the U.S. Olympic Committee began in the 1960s, when “I went to them and I said, ‘You guys are never winning in women’s sports and that’s because we don’t teach women to play competitively.’ I said, ‘I can give you 10 women that are right now ready to win.’”

This was no idle boast. Since 1958, Joan had been at Concordia College in Moorhead, Minn., where she became chair of the women’s physical education department, coached
every women’s sport except gymnastics and founded the women’s intercollegiate sports program.

There was political savy too.

Working with Birch Bayh, a senator from her home state of Indiana, she helped bring about the passage of Title IX, an amendment to the Civil Rights Act.

Title IX is often described as promoting equality of men’s and women’s sports programs. But Joan pointed out that it wasn’t that simple. “We were smarter than that,” she said. Facing a predominantly male Congress and sports establishment, Title IX’s backers were careful to keep its language as neutral as possible. She recalled that she and Bayh “worked together quite well, although it’s really his wife that kind of talked him into taking this to Congress. He was smart enough to not have a bunch of women” as prominent advocates, so Joan and others worked behind the scenes.

The original Title IX never mentioned sports. It simply guaranteed equal access to educational opportunity. (Legislation in 1988 mandated gender equality in collegiate athletic scholarships.)

And so it gets to this (photos on google).

By the way, Joan’s book, A Century of Women’s Basketball: From Frailty to the Final Four, published in 1991, is on Amazon.

The Collington Olympic Medalist — Frederick Douglass Pollard Jr.

Someone recently asked if there was a Collington Olympian.  Turns out that there was one, of whom we can be proud in so many ways that go beyond and enhance the sport achievement itself.

As George Newman’s article in the February 2015 Collingtonian began:

The 1936 Berlin Olympics are justly famous for the four gold medals won by Jesse Owens, the African-American sprinter whose performance gave the lie to Adolf Hitler’s theory of a Nordic master race. But Owens was not the only African-American to win a medal in Berlin. As Collington celebrates Black History Month, it’s fitting to note that one of Owens’s team- mates, Frederick Douglass Pollard Jr., spent the last years of his life in our Creighton Center.

Pollard, who was known as Fritz, was fully Owens’s equal, said Pollard’s son, Fritz Pollard III, who lives in Germantown, Md., “My father said he used to beat Jesse in the 100 [meter sprint] but he thought the 100 was boring,” the son said in an interview. “He really liked the hurdles.”

Indeed, his history is recalled in a NYT article about a medalists Reunion in 1999.

They gathered on the steps of the Capitol, more than 100 American Olympians — from Fred Pollard, who has spent a lifetime describing how it felt to be a black man confronting Adolf Hitler at Berlin’s 1936 Games, to Beth Botsford, a 16-year-old double gold medal winner in 1996 who was late for today’s Olympic Day festivities because she would not miss her morning swim practice.

In the early afternoon, Pollard told Jesse Owens stories and Conner explained how he first got interested in the Olympics with an eighth-grade term paper on the 1936 Games. Botsford acknowledged it was humbling to be a part of such a group.

Do read the full Collingtonian article, and remember that we now have quite a Collingtonian archive here, going back to late 2001.  Thanks again to Bessie.

Here is the photo of Frederick Douglass Pollard Jr.  We honor him.  He earned his name.


By the way, his father was the first African American head coach in the NFL.