As a pop-culture-challenged individual, my interest is activated when I recognize a name in the entertainment news. The current paparazzi pole position is owned by 1976 Olympic gold-medalist, Bruce Jenner, or for those under 40, the reality TV-star and Vanity Fair cover girl, Caitlyn Jenner. The Jenner story is something that probably should be ignored but it's like walking past someone's laptop - you just can't help but look to see what's on the screen.
The 1976 Olympics in Montreal was a great show. It was a time when it seemed everyone was watching and talking about the competition. 1976 was in the thick of the first Cold War. Olympic Games, and not war games, were the preferred method of projecting strength for the super powers. Questions concerning gender involved the musclebound Bulgarian or the East German women's track and field teams. In Montreal, 26-year-old American Bruce Jenner, earned the title of “World's Greatest Athlete” winning the decathlon. I identified with him. It wasn't because I could run very fast or far or throw a javelin, but we both had the same haircut, which I still have.