(by Carlyle Harry)
Readers, the past few weeks continued to be marked by significant deaths—We lost(for example)- Queen Elizabeth, Mikhail Gorbachev, and George Bernard Shaw.
—Then we had Dr.Anthony Fauci announcing his resignation; and Serena Williams in a verbal twist, disclosing that she “was evolving from Tennis.
Journalist Dave Goldiner wrote Dr.Anthony Fauci-the world famous Doctor who led the Nation’s fight against the COVID pandemic, will step down from his post as President Biden’s Health Adviser in December (this year.)
After two and a half years as the face of the pandemic response, Dr. Fauci stated that he would resign as Head of the National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases and end fifty years of (Government) public service…Eighty-one years old, Dr.Fauci observed,” it has been the honor of a lifetime to have led the NIAID-an extraordinary Institution, for so many years as well as through so many scientific and public health challenges… I am very proud of our many accomplishments.”…He was labeled as America’s foremost infectious-disease expert.
—Dr. Fauci was the most recognized face of the American fight against COVID-19, which everyone called coronavirus, when it first struck the U.S. in 2020.
—Dr. Fauci has led the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases since 1984.
—He was a regular at daily briefings that the Trump White House held…He became the foremost advocate for lockdowns as the first wave of (COVID) infections hit the U.S…Dr. Fauci contended,” without the lockdowns, the insidious nature of the spread of COVID in the community would have been much more of an alarm.”
(i).. President Joe Biden, who talked Dr.Fauci into staying on after he took office, paid tribute to the man who helped the country battle COVID, even as it had killed more than one million Americans…President Biden noted,” he has touched all Americans’ lives with his work…The United States of America is more robust, resilient, and healthier because of him.”
Oren Speglick noted, “this selfless man has devoted decades of his life to protecting the American people from illness and disease…Tragically, conspiracy theorists sought to make Fauci’s life miserable, that he and his family had to endure death threats which required that he be provided a security detail.”
** Republicans are threatening that if they regain control of the House and Senate after this year’s mid-term elections, investigate Dr.Fauci’s handling of COVID-19…Let me remind you that as the pandemic progressed, Dr.Fauci had become a hated target of some prominent Republicans.
In conclusion, Dr.Fauci insisted that he was not retiring but was considering future career moves…adding,” while I am moving on from my current positions, I am not retiring; I plan to pursue the next phase of my career while I have so much energy and passion for my field.”
He has been a path-breaking researcher, battling HIV, swine flu, Ebola, and sars.
* Journalist-Flip Bondy described Serena as the most incredible woman tennis player who ever lived…It is a sporting life filled with both triumph and controversy.
* Sportswriter Larry Brooks commented, “The Queen of Queens” will move on to the second round of the U.S. Open…Serena will turn 41 on the 26th of this month; her professional career commenced at 16….She noted,” this sport has given me a platform I never thought I’d have.”
—Speaking about her initial wins and the welcome that she received at the Flushing MeadowsStadium, Serena said,” the tumultuous ovation was overwhelming, it was so loud that I could feel it in my chest, and it was a feeling that I shall never forget; I kept asking myself—Is this for real?”
—Serena has won the U.S. Open six times, and this is where she won her first Grand Slam title in 1999 as an 18-year-old….Asked what she hopes to be most remembered for, Serena cited her fight, intensity, and passion.”
* Brooks concluded,” Serena, in tandem with her older sister Venus revolutionized the sport of Tennis, opening a new demographic of non-white female players.”
* Mollie Walker wrote, “the curtains eventually had to close on Serena Williams’ illustrious career; it unfolded under the bright lights at Arthur Ashe stadium.”
* Ajla Tomlijanovic, who might have ended Serena’s playing career —23-time major Champion defeating her 7-5, 6-7, 6- 1 in front of a sold-out crowd, said she felt like a villain…It was the most conflicted I have ever felt after a win. “I felt extremely emotional when Serena spoke about the support she got from her family members because I believe everything depends on strong family bonds.”
** Lastly, Active player-Jessica Pegula. “I cannot believe that the era of Serena on the tennis court is over; it is just hard to picture tennis without her.”
We witnessed Medical History
through the contributions of Dr.Fauci.
We shall honor the memories of Serena
that she provided at Universal arenas.
We keep these two great personalities
—Serena and Dr.Fauci.