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Old 07-15-2017, 11:06 AM
 
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I saw "Hidden Figures" in April when visiting family. I thought the movie was very well done.
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Old 08-12-2017, 01:00 AM
 
Location: SC
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Found it in Wal-Mart in the $5 bin. Snatched it up because although I wanted to see it in the theater, for some reason I didn't.

Loved it.

I especially liked that they emphasized the positives and down played the negatives. But even with the deemphasis of most of the negatives of that period, I think the bathroom scenes were a great example of how roadblocks are put in place by those in power and then never thought of as a reason for the supposed failures of those who are forced to live around those block; thank "god" that so many of the oppressed like these ladies still managed to succeed!

I see the some of those same oppressions today, and it angers me that most of these issues will never be admitted to by those who are selectively blind to social injustice. But that's OK, I can deal; I am no different from the multitudes who have been obliged to swallow most of their slights and insults. I think it is funny and sad that the majority of this country have no idea how much righteous indignation is being carried around, bottled up.

The only thing I wish - as a retired FORTRAN programmer - is that I could have had a chance to meet and speak to these pioneers, they are my spiritual mothers and my heros, that I didn't even know existed.

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Old 08-12-2017, 05:59 AM
 
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Found it in Wal-Mart in the $5 bin. Snatched it up because although I wanted to see it in the theater, for some reason I didn't.

Loved it.

I especially liked that they emphasized the positives and down played the negatives. But even with the deemphasis of most of the negatives of that period, I think the bathroom scenes were a great example of how roadblocks are put in place by those in power and then never thought of as a reason for the supposed failures of those who are forced to live around those block; thank "god" that so many of the oppressed like these ladies still managed to succeed!

I see the some of those same oppressions today, and it angers me that most of these issues will never be admitted to by those who are selectively blind to social injustice. But that's OK, I can deal; I am no different from the multitudes who have been obliged to swallow most of their slights and insults. I think it is funny and sad that the majority of this country have no idea how much righteous indignation is being carried around, bottled up.

The only thing I wish - as a retired FORTRAN programmer - is that I could have had a chance to meet and speak to these pioneers, they are my spiritual mothers and my heros, that I didn't even know existed.
Some of the women who lived that story are still alive...
I imagine they would love to hear your comments about their importance to you...
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Old 08-12-2017, 08:46 AM
 
Location: La Costa, California
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And thanks for your post blktoptrvl. It's nice to be read some positive thoughts on CD. You reminded me why I still read here. Dave
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Old 08-12-2017, 09:51 AM
 
Location: SC
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Some of the women who lived that story are still alive...
I imagine they would love to hear your comments about their importance to you...
That is a good idea. However, finding a person's email address is sometimes difficult. But I have sent a message to NASA asking if it is possible to transmit a message of appreciation via NASA email. If I get a positive response, I will post that email address or link.
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And thanks for your post blktoptrvl. It's nice to be read some positive thoughts on CD. You reminded me why I still read here. Dave
Yes, CD has the possibility and potential to be a VERY positive place; as long as we can keep the politics to a dull roar. That is something I myself have to try harder to do. Thanks for that reminder.
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Old 08-12-2017, 11:27 AM
 
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Found it in Wal-Mart in the $5 bin. Snatched it up because although I wanted to see it in the theater, for some reason I didn't.

Loved it.

I especially liked that they emphasized the positives and down played the negatives. But even with the deemphasis of most of the negatives of that period, I think the bathroom scenes were a great example of how roadblocks are put in place by those in power and then never thought of as a reason for the supposed failures of those who are forced to live around those block; thank "god" that so many of the oppressed like these ladies still managed to succeed!

I see the some of those same oppressions today, and it angers me that most of these issues will never be admitted to by those who are selectively blind to social injustice. But that's OK, I can deal; I am no different from the multitudes who have been obliged to swallow most of their slights and insults. I think it is funny and sad that the majority of this country have no idea how much righteous indignation is being carried around, bottled up.

The only thing I wish - as a retired FORTRAN programmer - is that I could have had a chance to meet and speak to these pioneers, they are my spiritual mothers and my heros, that I didn't even know existed.
I didn't know about such ladies until the 90s, when I saw old pictures of similar groups of women who did artillery ballistics calculations for the Army and Navy during WWII. And there were black women in those groups, too.
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Old 11-07-2017, 09:53 PM
 
Location: Western Colorado
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Just watched this tonight, what a great film and those ladies are true heroes.
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Old Yesterday, 12:22 AM
 
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It was interesting to see what could be accomplished w/o protests--
Not that I don't respect the power of mass protests
But those women wanted good jobs and they did good work
The one who wanted to be an engineer and had to go to court to get special permission to attend night classes at the high school was so smart--she gave that judge personal incentive to do what he never would have done with a strident protest about what she was owed...
I wonder if any buildings are named after the Caucasian women who worked there???
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