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Mac McGarry: The Quintessential Quizmaster

Posted on 12/17/2013 by | Who's News | Comments

LegacyWashington, D.C., has more than its share of inquisitors. But perhaps the most renowned questioner of all was Maurice James “Mac” McGarry, the founding host of It’s Academic who died on Dec. 12 at age 87 in Potomac, Md. According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the televised test of wits for teenagers is the longest-running quiz show in the TV history. When It’s Academic premiered in October 1961, McGarry and the show’s creator, Washington lawyer-turned-TV producer Sophie Altman, had a noble …

Boomers Once Led the World in Education. What Happened?

Posted on 06/19/2013 by | Who's News | Comments

Bulletin TodayIn the 1960s and 1970s, the United States had the best-educated young people in the world, or pretty close to it. But a disturbing new report from the Council on Foreign Relations says that the generations who’ve followed the boomers haven’t been able to maintain that global edge — and that, as a result, America’s ability to compete economically is suffering as well. Related: Are We Teaching Our Next Generation the Right Stuff? The council, a nonpartisan think tank whose …