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Thursday Thinking by YoTrip for July 7, 2011- A Real Lady in the Courtroom (Vol.7, Iss.1)

American jurist Sandra Day O'Connor (b. 1930),...

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A Real Lady in the Courtroom

It is a sad commentary that the world stage has become glued to IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF
DIVISION.STATE OF FLORIDA, In the Orange County Court House Courtroom 23A Orlando, Florida 32801 for the last 48 days.

I am still not ready to offer any extensive or expressions on this tragic case, so today I choose to take this edition of Thursday Thinking by YoTrip to a different place of significance for July 7th.

I would like to focus on A Real Lady in theCourtroom, who 30 years ago (July 7, 1981) became a first at the highest judicial level. Supreme Court Associate Justice Sandra Day O’Connor was nominated by President Ronald Regan to be the first woman to sit on United States Supreme Court. From her nomination, (a groundbreaking move) to her joining the other men on the high court, Associate Justice O’Connor changed the look and the feel of the elite judicial group. President Regan had to adhere to both a campaign pledge and the emerging feminist, who were gaining a voice and a voting bloc in his nomination of Judge Sandra Day O’Connor.

Sandra Day O’Connor, the woman who would go on to become commissioned and nominated as a Supreme Court Associate in September of
1981, was not a mere front person for the feminist movement. She received her bachelor’s and law degrees from Stanford University. She served as deputy
county attorney of San Mateo County, Calif., from 1952 to 1953 and as a civilian attorney for Quartermaster Market Center, Frankfurt,Germany, from 1954 to 1957. From 1958 to 1960, she practiced law in Maryvale, Ariz., and served as assistant attorney general of Arizona from 1965 to 1969.She was appointed to the Arizona State Senate in 1969 and was subsequently re-elected to two two-year terms. In 1975, she was elected judge of the Maricopa County Superior Court and served until 1979, when she was appointed to the Arizona Court of Appeals. www.abcnews.go.com/US/story?id=899446

Even with this impressive resume of knowledge and experience Associate Justice O’Connor found that she had to breakthrough  and keep on proving her worth as a brilliant judge who just happened to be a woman. After a few years on the court,Justice O’Connor took the time to respond to being overlooked as a member of
the SCOTUS (Supreme Court Of The United States), which was described as “nine old men “of the court.  The Justice with wit and humor let the editorial writer and readers know she is the FWOTSC (First Woman On The Supreme Court).Sandra D. O’Connor, Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, October 12, 1983, “HighCourt’s ‘9 Men’ Were a Surprise to One”, The New York Times, October 5, 1983 re: (First Woman On The Supreme Court); William
, “On Language; Potus and Flotus”, The New York Times, October 12, 1997.  Retrieved December 7, 2007Over the 23 years,prior to her retirement that Associate Justice O’Connor sat on the bench, she became known as the “swing vote” that joins with the conservative side of the court. Her voting record has been solid and controversial from upholding the tenets of Roe v. Wade and Abortion, Affirmative Action, and Terrorism. During the contentious Presidential elections of 2000, between George W. Bush and Al Gore Jr., Justice O’Connor became the deciding vote that sealed the history books and the endless counting of ballots here in the State of Florida.

Supreme Court Associate Justice Sandra Day O’Connor entered the courtroom as the first woman justice and set the course for the subsequent entries of Ruth Bader Ginsburg in 1993 and Elena Kagan in 2010. Today I salute Associate Justice O’Connor’s place in history, as the First Woman On The Supreme Court and call her “A Real Lady in the Courtroom”, for her poise,her presence and her purpose in the judicial system.

Thursday Thinking by YoTrip for May 26, 2011-What I Know For Sure (Vol.5, Iss.4)

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What I Know For Sure

What I know for sure is that a woman with a funny sounding name (Oprah Winfrey, “Oprah” or “O”) stepped on the national talk show scene 25 years ago and begin to leave the footprints of her legacy.  What I know for sure is that Oprah Winfrey, has found her way into the heads, hearts and households of  people all over the world. What I know for sure that if you do not recognize Oprah Winfrey or the numerous brands she has created, you have been hidden under a rock for the last quarter of  a century. What I know for sure is that Oprah has made an impact, impression, and influence on her viewers who checked in five days a week.

What I know for sure is that on Wednesday, May 25, 2011 the final chapter for Oprah as the Queen of Daytime came to a close. What I know for sure is that Oprah used her last hour to tell her viewing audience, THANK YOU for allowing her into their lives. What I know for sure is that Oprah realized that  she was where she was supposed to be everyday as she stood on the stage. What I know for sure is that Oprah realized her calling and she embraced it. What I know for sure is Oprah wants everyone to find their calling and to live it out and move forward. What I know for sure is that Oprah saw that all people want to be validated. You validate people by telling them I see you, I hear you and what you say matters.

What I know for sure is that Oprah shared that she recognizes who God is in her life. What I know for sure, Oprah found that  she had to learn to wait and listen for that voice that is bigger than hers when making decisions and seeking guidance. What I know for sure is that Oprah wonders what are the whispers in your life and what are they saying to you? Lastly what I know for sure is that Oprah has made me glad she shared her calling, her purpose and life with us. ~~YoTrip 

Here is a look back at some numbers that represent Winfrey’s impact on the TV and cultural landscape —

Jan. 2, 1984: Oprah Winfrey debuted as host of “AM Chicago,” a morning talk show produced by WLS-TV. It is the third rated talk show when Winfrey is hired in 1983 to take over hosting duties. Within just a few months, it jumped to first place in the ratings.

Sept. 8, 1986: WLS TV relaunched “AM Chicago” under the name “The Oprah Winfrey Show” and syndicated it nationally through King World Productions.

25: The number of years Winfrey’s talk show stayed on the air. Winfrey quickly laid claim to hosting the no. 1 talk show after knocking Phil Donahue from the top spot within a short time.

40 million: Average number of Americans who tuned in to view Winfrey’s show each week. 212 TV stations in the United States carry Winfrey’s show each week.

150: At the conclusion of the show’s 25-year run, it was broadcast in 150 countries worldwide.

28,000: Since 1986, Winfrey has had 28,000 guests on her show.

62 million: A 90-minute interview between Winfrey and pop icon Michael Jackson aired in February 1993 drew 62 million viewers. It was the highest-rated non-Super Bowl prime time telecast aired up to that point in time.

283: Winfrey gave away approximately 283 different items to members of her studio audience during annual installments of her favorite things episodes. Giveaways occurred in other episodes too. During the 2004 season premiere, for example, every member of the studio audience received a new car.

365: The maximum number of people who could fit in the studio audience for a taping of Winfrey’s show. In some cases, special groups of people filled out the studio audience in connection with a cause or issue Oprah focused on for that particular episode.

70: Books selected by Winfrey for her book club. The selections had an immediate effect of boosting sales for the author and driving the book to the top of many bestseller lists. It is estimated that these 70 selections combined to sell 55 million copies after Winfrey selected them.

$51 million: Winfrey has raised more than $51 million for charitable causes through her show. Notable causes include relief for victims of Hurricane Katrina and providing education for impoverished girls in South Africa.

5: The number of former or current U.S. presidents who have been interviewed on “The Oprah Winfrey Show” during its run. Jimmy Carter, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush all appeared on the show after leaving the Oval Office. Barack Obama became the first sitting president to appear on the show when he was a guest in May 2011.

4: Winfrey’s influence on daytime television is evidenced by the number of shows spun off of her own. Dr. Phil McGraw, Rachael Ray, Nate Berkus and Dr. Mehmet Oz all got their starts for their current talk shows by making regular appearances with Winfrey on her program.


“Oprah Winfrey, by the Numbers,” Los Angeles Times, May 22, 2011.

“Oprah Winfrey Biography (1954 -),” Biography.com.

Bob Minzesheimer: “How the Oprah Effect changed publishing,” USA Today, May 22, 2011.


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