Here are some one liners...
A Little Short on Good Taste... the Washington Redskins -- During the Middle Ages dwarfs were mocked. I talk about labels such as "cretin", "colored" and "redskin".
Our Debt to Gutenberg and Gutenberg's Debt -- Gutenberg dies this year. I review the torment he went through as his partner sued him and put him out of business.
Making the Lawmakers Obey the Law -- Bottom line... you can't force restraint on lawmakers by simply passing a law.
A Little Short on Good Taste... the Washington RedskinsAs the curtain closes on the Middle Ages, one can see two forces at work: overwhelming compassion and unspeakable cruelty. Here is a quote from an early 20th century historian...
At the wedding-feasts of Charles the Bold, in 1468, Madame de Beaugrant, the female dwarf of Mademoiselle of Burgundy, enters dressed like a shepherdess, mounted on a golden lion, larger than a horse; she is presented to the young duchess and placed on the table. As to the fate of these small creatures, the account-books [...] tell us of a dwarf-girl whom a duchess caused to be fetched from her home, and how her parents came to visit her from time to time and receive a gratuity. [2 dollars and change] The poor fellow perhaps went home well pleased and much elated about the court function of his daughter.