News that Vexes

News that Vexes

It's so tiresome to read 'new studies' that reveal Smoking, Stress or Obesity are Bad for you. Yet these studies appear all the time. It's time to take back the newswire from so-called Scientists!

Tuesday, May 04, 2004

So there's this story on the Brown Family (the "Five Browns" is how they're being marketed). They're a nice family of 5 kids who all go or went to Juilliard for piano.

A few things vex me. First here's some hype from the record company: Gilbert Hetherwick, vice president and general manger of BMG Classics, called their repertory "real, honest classical music without any frills." Yeah, right, just real honest pieces arranged for FIVE PIANOS.

Then the other spin of the article is how they're Mormon (who cares?). Well they're very proud of their Mormon-ism. So it seems Nineteen-year-old Mormon men are generally expected to leave on two-year proselytizing missions. ... Gregory went through a period of tortured reasoning before deciding that he would leave for his mission this summer. ... Then the BMG offer came through! Hurray, well in this one case we can make an exception!

How nice that rigid religious beliefs can be set aside when large sums of money are involved.

GULP: Almost 15 years later here's an update.  The Browns were victims of abuse by their father.  A sad situation:


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