Petrichor: a distinctive, earthy, usually pleasant odor that is associated with rainfall especially when following a warm, dry period…


THANK you, again, to Kilgore Public Library’s staffers for putting so much effort into marking the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing.

KUDOS, too, to Vivian and Fred Gebhardt for keeping us guessing at what’s behind the papered windows of Kilgore Mercantile & Music. We’re eager for the grand opening.

FRIENDS recently mentioned how geeky this particular column has become in recent months.

YES. Yes, that’s true. But hear us out on this next one…

IT was 35 years ago that “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom” had its wide release in May 1984 – with a PG rating. Yet it had some extreme, dark content amid the wisecracking tomb raider’s adventures.

AT that time, however, there was nothing between PG and R, and you’ll find plenty of films before that wouldn’t classify as kid-friendly, even with Parental Guidance, but didn’t quite meet the threshold of Restricted. Director Steven Spielberg redirected the outcry from parents into developing a new rating with the Motion Picture Association of America. It became PG-13, “Red Dawn” bore it first in August 1983, and Hollywood has been celebrating since – six of the top 10 highest-grossing domestic films of all time are PG-13.

WHY the preamble?

NEXT week, we’re as excited as you that the City of Kilgore is sponsoring a free screening of Spielberg’s “Jaws” at Kilgore City Pool Thursday evening. The pool opens at 7:30 p.m. and showtime’s at 8:30 p.m.

THAT said, it’s rated PG – but from 1975 in the pre-PG-13 era. Shark attacks, gore, naughty language and some other content not kosher for kiddoes. Your call: the city’s not restricting attendance, but it’s not an all-ages event, targeted instead for teenagers and older.

MEANWHILE: “You’ll never go in the water again.”

ACCORDING to the dictionary, petrichor “arises from a combination of volatile plant oils and geosmin released from the soil into the air and by ozone carried by downdrafts … The word was introduced by the Australian mineral chemists Isabel Joy Bear (born 1927) and Richard Grenfell Thomas (†1974) in “Nature of argillaceous odour,” Nature, vol. 201, No. 4923 (March 7, 1964), pp. 993-95.

THE word was created from petr(o), i.e. related to stone, and ichor, the liquid (rather than blood) throws through the veins of the Greek gods.


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