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Just In Case You Missed It                                     pauein from which the word “pause” is derived actually does                George Washington
                                                               mean to stop rather than pause.                                            	 So let’s start with the curious tale of our first, and probably
By Bob Kronish                                                 	 Earliest known references to menopause have been very                    most eminent president, George Washington. In 1999, the
                                                               scarce. Aristotle referred to age at menopause being 40 years.             following article appeared in the New York Times: “Did George
The Presidency…                                                (In those days the average life span for women was 34 years, so            Washington father a son with Venus, a young slave who lived
Testosterone Follies                                           few reached the age of menopause.)AFrench physician coined                 on the estate of his half brother John Augustine Washington?
	 Did you ever wonder why                                      the term menopause in 1821. Medical interest in menopause                  Three descendants of Venus’s son, who was called West Ford,
they call it MENopause when                                    increased considerably in mid 19th century. In 1930s people                say that according to a family tradition two centuries old,
it’s a WOmen’s issue? The                                      started describing it as a deficiency disease. Consequently,               George Washington was West Ford’s father. They hope to
#Me Too movement should                                        various replenishment therapies were advocated e.g. testicular             develop DNA evidence from descendants of the Washington
do something about that, but                                   juice, crushed ovaries of animals. In 1970s medicalization                 family and Washington’s hair samples to bolster their case.
it seems that there is historical                              of menopause was complete. Menopausal symptoms were                        	 Historians are skeptical, saying there is no documentary
and medical justification. The                                 ascribed to estrogen deficiency and estrogen (hormone)                     evidence to suggest that Washington ever met Venus, whose
ancient world is where we                                      replacement therapy was exhorted as the ultimate liberation                son was born four or five years before Washington became
can find the origin of the word menopause. To give a brief     of middle aged women.                                                      President, and several reasons to consider any such liaison
summary from the article “the ancient Greek roots of the term  	 There is an old adage that goes back to 1678 that suggests,              improbable. In addition, Washington, 26 when he married
menopause are: “men” + “pauein.” The word “men” means          “What’s sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander”. What                 Martha Custis, then 27, had no children with her. But Martha
month, which is closely related to the word for moon “mene”    is ironic is the relevance of not only that proverb but the                bore four children in her first marriage, suggesting that
because the months were measured by the moon. The word         word sauce to the subject at hand. Women have age related                  Washington may have been sterile. Yet there is reason to believe
“pauein” means to cause to cease or stop. So the Greek term    menopause based on hormonal changes, and men have “male                    that if the child’s father was not Washington, it might have been
                                                               menopause” based on age related hormonal changes. This is                  someone closely related to him.”
Liverpool Live                                                 how the National Institute of Health describes the latter: “Much           	 Additional evidence can be found in the Washington
Presents A Tribute                                             like the menopause syndrome occurring among older women,                   Library in Mt. Vernon that contends, conclusively that “George
To The Beatles As                                              a similar condition has been defined among men.” (What’s                   Washington and Ford’s mother Venus, were not in the same
Part Of Summer                                                 sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander.)                              place during the time Ford was conceived. West Ford was
In The City                                                    	 As intimated above, the term “male menopause” is                         born at Bushfield plantation between March 3, 1783 and June
                                                               sometimes used to describe decreasing testosterone levels                  22, 1783. Since Washington was not in Virginia between
By Hillary Reynolds                                            related to aging. Testosterone production increases rapidly at the         November 1781, following the victory at Yorktown, and his
                                                               onset of puberty, then, dwindles quickly after age 50 to become            return to Mount Vernon on Christmas Eve of 1783 at the end
	 The City of Boca Raton’s Summer in the City                  20 to 50% of the peak level by age 80 (about 1 percent a year              of the American Revolution, he was not in proximity to Venus
                                                               after 30). Many men older than age 50 have experienced frailty             and did not father West Ford.”
continues with the popular Beatles tribute band,               syndrome, which includes decrease of libido, easy fatigue,                 	 I included Washington in this missive only because of
                                                               mood disturbance, accelerated osteoporosis, and decreased                  the rumors that have persisted over a period of many years,
Liverpool Live, on Friday, July 13 at 8 p.m. at the            muscle strength. Many doctors use the term “andropause” to                 however the facts above seem to absolutely absolve him.
                                                               describe aging-related hormone changes in men. Other terms                 Nevertheless, just prior to his marriage to Martha, he did
Mizner Park Amphitheater, 590 Plaza Real. The event            include testosterone deficiency syndrome, androgen deficiency              write love letters to one Sally Fairfax, which might have
                                                               of the aging male and late-onset male hypogonadism.                        been OK except for the fact that at the time she was married
is FREE and open to the public.                                	 The key phrase above is “decrease of libido” which did not               to Washington’s good friend, William Fairfax, the largest
                                                               seem to be a problem for several of our presidents. By my count,           landholder in Virginia. There was never any indication that
	 Liverpool Live is one of the most sought after               since the days of our founding “fathers” (an ironically accurate           they were lovers, although they did write each other even after
                                                               phrase in some cases), the testosterone levels of about one third          Sally moved to England. They still corresponded occasionally
Beatles tribute bands in Florida. The band uses authentic      of our presidents were possibly excessively elevated. This can             until they both died.
                                                               be verified by the seeming presidential propensity for out-of-             Thomas Jefferson
equipment, costumes and amplifiers that were once used         wedlock affairs, in some cases with more than one woman (or                	 As far as I know, historically, it has never been pointed out
                                                               man?), and with several other presidents, let’s call it (using             that like Washington, Jefferson’s wife was named Martha, and
by the Fab Four.                                               the goose metaphor) a gaggle of women. If you remember the                 the woman he might have loved was also Sally. In Jefferson’s
                                                               book and movie All the President’s Men, what follows may be                life however, unlike Washington’s, there was a sexual liaison
Summer in the City Series Schedule:                            called All The Presidents’ Women, and that does not refer to               that ultimately produced six children. But this affair was not
                                                               wives. This also calls to mind a traditional British Royal Navy            out-of-wedlock since it occurred after Martha had died. Yet
July 13	 8 p.m.	 Liverpool Live – Beatles tribute              toast that’s been called out in jest over wardroom dinners as              there was a curious relationship between the two women (as
                                                               far back as the age of sail: “To Wives and Sweethearts! May                you will read below) even though Sally was a slave.
July 20	 7-10 p.m.	 ’80s Throwback Game Night                  They Never Meet.” In 2013, this toast was banned because
                                                               there are now so many women in the Royal Navy.                             JICYMI on page 5
	 Grown-up game night fun with LED ping pong,

mini golf, life-sized lawn games, food trucks and live

DJ spinning favorites from the 1980s.

July 27	 8 p.m.	 Dreams: Crystal Visions –

			                    Fleetwood Mac tribute

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