Site ColumnsBy Michelle
May 26, 2006 - 9:41 PM
We went last Sunday to Arlington National Cemetery, where we had intended to make a brief stop en route to the Smithsonian, but ended up spending the entire afternoon. It was a perfect day to be outdoors at Arlington and at the Marine Corps War Memorial (better known as the Iwo Jima Memorial), slightly overcast and not very crowded - it will be very different this upcoming weekend, with Memorial Day on Monday here in the US, when there will be an American flag on every soldier's grave.
I hadn't been to the cemetery in easily 25 years; I was trying to guess the last time by remembering dates, but all I can say for sure is that it was before the Challenger exploded and long before Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis was buried next to JFK. I'd never been inside Arlington House, Robert E. Lee and Mary Custis' home originally built as a memorial to her ancestor George Washington, which stands on the hill overlooking the cemetery facing the Lincoln Memorial with Memorial Bridge a literal bridge between North and South. Nor did I have any memory of previously noting the mast and anchor of the USS Maine, though I must have passed them on the way to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, where we watched the changing of the guard and two wreath-laying ceremonies.
I've always felt a personal connection to the shuttle crews; I was one of those Trekkies who wrote to ask Congress to name the first orbiter Enterprise, and I have visited it at the National Air and Space Museum's Udvar-Hazy Center. To see the Challenger and Columbia memorials is particularly painful, though I'm told that it's still the Kennedy graves that attract the most attention and grief from tourists.
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These were some of the major news items from the end of May 2004:
- 'Zero Hour' Launches To Stable Numbers
Star Trek: Enterprise finished its third season on a positive note as its overnight ratings tied te show's highest levels in 2004. It was the last episode to air on a Wednesday night; the show moved to Fridays for its fourth season.
- UPN Wraps Up Dismal May Sweeps
None of the broadcast networks had particularly strong May sweeps ratings, but at UPN the picture was particularly bleak, as the network finished a distant sixth and last in all major demographic categories. While CBS and NBC's ratings remained close to their May 2003 sweeps numbers, UPN and the WB's ratings dropped dramatically - each down more than 20% - while ABC and FOX experienced drops closer to 10%. Enterprise finished in 151st place, behind five other UPN shows.
- Finale Leaves Reviewers Wondering 'What The...?'
The final moments of Enterprise's third season left online critics completely flummoxed as evil alien Nazis appeared at the end of the Xindi arc. "If this is the best they can do after a roller-coaster year promising of a bad-ass payoff, then Enterprise should be cancelled," wrote one critic.
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Tuesday, May 30th is the birthday of Colm Meaney, who plays Miles O'Brien on The Next Generation and Deep Space Nine, and was also the birthday of the late executive producer Michael Piller. Thursday, June 1st is the birthday of two more Deep Space Nine actors: Rene Auberjonis, who plays Odo, and Nicole deBoer, who plays Ezri Dax.