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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 Pr esi denc y…                                (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.) A French 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.”
                                                                                                             Additional evidence can be found in the Washington
                                                         how the National Institute of Health describes the latter: “Much     Library in Mt. Vernon that contends, conclusively that “George
                                                         like the menopause syndrome occurring among older women,
         Liverpool Live                                  a similar condition has been defined among men.” (What’s   Washington and Ford’s mother Venus, were not in the same
                                                         sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander.)
                                                                                                           place during the time Ford was conceived. West Ford was
         Presents A Tribute                                sometimes used to describe decreasing testosterone levels   born at Bushfield plantation between March 3, 1783 and June
                                                           As intimated above, the term “male menopause” is
                                                                                                           22, 1783. Since Washington was not in Virginia between
         To The Beatles As                               related to aging. Testosterone production increases rapidly at the   November 1781, following the victory at Yorktown, and his
                                                                                                           return to Mount Vernon on Christmas Eve of 1783 at the end
                                                         onset of puberty, then, dwindles quickly after age 50 to become
                                                         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
         Part Of Summer                                  after 30). Many men older than age 50 have experienced frailty   and did not father West Ford.”
                                                         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,
         In The City                                     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
                                                         include testosterone deficiency syndrome, androgen deficiency   write love letters to one Sally Fairfax, which might have
         By Hillary Reynolds                             of the aging male and late-onset male hypogonadism.  been OK except for the fact that at the time she was married
                                                            The key phrase above is “decrease of libido” which did not   to Washington’s good friend, William Fairfax, the largest
            The City of Boca Raton’s Summer in the City   seem to be a problem for several of our presidents. By my count,   landholder in Virginia. There was never any indication that
         continues with the popular Beatles tribute band,   since the days of our founding “fathers” (an ironically accurate   they were lovers, although they did write each other even after
         Liverpool Live, on Friday, July 13 at 8 p.m. at the   phrase in some cases), the testosterone levels of about one third   Sally moved to England. They still corresponded occasionally
         Mizner Park Amphitheater, 590 Plaza Real. The event   of our presidents were possibly excessively elevated. This can   until they both died.
         is FREE and open to the public.                 be verified by the seeming presidential propensity for out-of-  Thomas Jefferson
            Liverpool Live is one of the most sought after   wedlock affairs, in some cases with more than one woman (or      As far as I know, historically, it has never been pointed out
         Beatles tribute bands in Florida. The band uses authentic   man?), and with several other presidents, let’s call it (using   that like Washington, Jefferson’s wife was named Martha, and
         equipment, costumes and amplifiers that were once used   the goose metaphor) a gaggle of women. If you remember the   the woman he might have loved was also Sally. In Jefferson’s
         by the Fab Four.                                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
         July 13   8 p.m.   Liverpool Live – Beatles tribute  wives. This also calls to mind a traditional British Royal Navy   out-of-wedlock since it occurred after Martha had died. Yet
         July 20   7-10 p.m.  ’80s Throwback Game Night  toast that’s been called out in jest over wardroom dinners as   there was a curious relationship between the two women (as
            Grown-up game night fun with LED ping pong,   far back as the age of sail: “To Wives and Sweethearts! May   you will read below) even though Sally was a slave.
         mini golf, life-sized lawn games, food trucks and live   They Never Meet.” In 2013, this toast was banned because
         DJ spinning favorites from the 1980s.           there are now so many women in the Royal Navy.    JICYMI on page 5
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