Marvin Olasky

Marvin is editor in chief of WORLD and dean of World Journalism Institute. He joined WORLD in 1992 and has also been a university professor and provost. He has written more than 20 books, including Reforming Journalism. Marvin resides with his wife, Susan, in Austin, Texas. Follow him on Twitter @MarvinOlasky.

Gumption enough for two

| Grover Cleveland was double-numbered but not double-minded
by Marvin Olasky
Posted 3/22/97, 12:00 am

When one television talking head recently noted that Bill Clinton, by being elected to a second term as a Democrat, was following in the footsteps of Grover Cleveland, Woodrow Wilson, and Franklin Roosevelt, a colleague jocularly responded that Mr. Cleveland, at least, was not much of a role model.

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Evangelism or disaster

| Concerning China, our true defense is the offense of Christ
by Marvin Olasky
Posted 3/15/97, 12:00 am

Uninspired prophecies are notoriously unreliable. Yale University economics professor Irving Fisher said in 1929, "Stocks have reached what looks like a permanently high plateau." Two decades later, Popular Mechanics predicted that "Computers in the future may weigh no more than 1.5 tons." With similar foresight, the Decca Recording Co. in 1962 rejected the Beatles, explaining, "We don't like their sound, and guitar music is on the way out." Leading scholars scoffed at Ronald Reagan's contention during the 1980s that the evil Soviet empire would soon fall apart.

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Being all you can be

| Black History Month should emphasize success, not victimhood
by Marvin Olasky
Posted 2/22/97, 12:00 am

Black History Month in Austin, Texas, began terrifically with a Feb. 1 gospel concert at the University of Texas. The concert was a tribute to one man, Elmer Akins, who has set a record-50 years-for consecutive hosting of a gospel music show on one Austin radio station. It also highlighted the singing of a group that first became known four decades ago, The Mighty Clouds of Joy.

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