Photographer's Note


At the outset, I admit that this is a highly unusual post for me. On March 14, 2008 the Jonas Brothers performed at George Mason Universitys Patriot Center. The wholesome young singers are heartthrobs of the tweens and teenyboppers, and although it is an understatement that I qualify for neither group, the event offered the opportunity to try out my Nikon Coolpix S600, a small pocket camera that has a 10.2 MP capability. The effective lighting and other pyrotechnics augmented the musical program immensely, making this photograph possible.

On a personal note, I decided to do a few minutes of research on the Jonas Brothers. The trio of talented young entertainers the oldest born in 1987, the youngest in 1992 are genuinely good people, their philanthropy matching their impressive talent. Each year they donate 10% of their immense earnings to charitable organizations. Google, that ubiquitous search engine, yielded 43,300,000 citations for the group. But, I found it fascinating that another Jonas Jonas Salk (1914-1995), who in 1955 discovered the polio vaccine had only 233,000 hits. The physician and epidemiologist, son of uneducated Jewish immigrant parents, helped eradicate the dreaded disease that caused the paralysis and death of millions of young people. He won the Nobel Prize, and founded the Salk Institute, which also made significant contributions to medical science and presently numbers three Nobel Prize Winners on its staff. Perhaps it is appropriate that the date the photograph was taken, March 14, coincided with the birthday of another gifted scientist, Albert Einstein.

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