At times like this we take comfort in nostalgia, which when combined with a dearth of local news lead us to revisit the archives as a source of material. Nevertheless the topic we chose is very apropos for the current situation inasmuch as many things that were previously a given are being rethought. One of those, whether due to a change in zeitgeist or necessity, is materialism. So with that I bring you an LICtalk Classic from way back in 2013, which like most of our insights are ahead of their time and timeless all at once. Right Yogi?
“Now that the year is about to turn, the parents of LIC will be starting a whole new round of birthdays for their kids. In return for cake, pin-the-tail-on-the-donkey, and meet n’ greets with Eli Manning and Beyonce; young guests (or their custodians/handmaidens) are expected to bring a gift for the birthday child. While this is a time-honored tradition, I couldn’t help but wonder, having witnessed this orgiastic display firsthand(as a journalist), if maybe it hasn’t become a bit of an anachronism in the 21st century?”