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Twice-married lady writes blog

October 16, 2009 - Karin Elton
Oct. 24, 1901: Widow Anna Edson Taylor became the first person to go over Niagara Falls in a barrel, said the AP Today in History.

What does her marital status have to do with her feat? Why put widow in at all? She was a teacher. Why not say “Teacher Anna Edson Taylor... if identification is needed.

I’ve seen it in the paper many times — if the woman is older than 40 and does anything, she is described as a grandmother. Because that adds to the story, I guess. “Grandmother chases robber on foot.” Wow! She was sitting with six grandchildren on her knee, no doubt knitting booties for her seventh grandchild, when she got up off of her rocking chair, and chased a burglar.

If a 43-year-old man did anything, it would say “man chases robber on foot” I’ve never seen “Divorced guy Leroy Pumpernickel Wisenheimer chased after a would-be car thief.”


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