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Little Women, Big Brains

An unrecognized minority is standing tall in the U.S. with the nomination of Elana Kagan

I find it interesting that a heretofore unrecognized minority has been afforded an opportunity to use brain power in service to the United States of America by being nominated by President Obama to the Supreme Court. 

Elena Kagen is a short woman with a big brain. President Obama and Vice President Biden walked forward to present the nominee. 

The President spoke in glowing praise of the woman who came, not from monied privilege, but rather from a hardworking, middle class family. So it was with some regret I noticed when it was time for Ms. Kagen to step forward to speak behind the podium, they had to pull out a box for her to stand on so she could be seen and reach the microphone.

This was an important occasion for women. Ms. Kagen was, after all, the first woman Solicitor General before being nominated to the highest court in the land. 

My heart sank when she had to stand on a box — though she showed good-natured humor at the situation. 

I’m a person of somewhat short stature (5’ 1” and seeming to shrink with age). I’ve found that when in group pictures with casts of movies or TV shows, I appear to be a disembodied head. 

While Ms. Kagen is diminutive, she most certainly is not dim. I’m just sorry she had to appear “less than” because of her short stature on a day when she should have been on “top of the world”.   

NOTE: I bet you thought I was going to talk about whether she is a lesbian or not. That’s nobody’s business but her own.

For more than 30 years, Edie McClurg has been an industry staple who has woven herself into our cultural lexicon with her work as an actress, improvisational comedian, writer, radio operations manager and teacher. She currently co-stars as Helen on HBO's animated series "The Life and Times of Tim." She also voices Fran the Squirrel on children's series "Higglytown Heroes," Mom on the Disney Channel's "Fish Hooks" and Pinnacle Foods Group's iconic talking syrup bottle Mrs. Butterworth. She also is known for her roles in some of John Hughes' most popular films, including Grace the Secretary in "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" and the car rental clerk in "Planes, Trains, and Automobiles." She played moms in both Oliver Stone's "Natural Born Killers" and Robert Redford's "A River Runs Through It." Some of her more noteworthy TV roles include her stint as Mrs. Herb Tarlek on "WKRP in Cincinnati" and the unforgettable Mrs. Poole on "Valerie/The Hogan Family."