Stand in the lobby of Walt Disney Concert Hall — the Los Angeles Philharmonic's home — and poll the folks streaming by you. So many will tell you this is their first time in the hall. Why'd they come? "To see Gustavo."
Is it the hair? The musicians who play their hearts out for him? Or is it watching Leno chatting him up on the Tonight Show? How about the energy he throws off like a Fourth of July sparkler? Whatever. Gustavo Dudamel, the Philharmonic's music director, is still just about the hottest thing in classical music.
Ken Harbaugh is a former Navy pilot and co-founder of The Mission Continues, a nonprofit organization that works with military veterans. He currently serves as a business consultant in Cleveland, Ohio.
In his State of the Union address Tuesday, President Obama called on "all our college campuses to open their doors to our military recruiters and ROTC."
Many Americans might be surprised to learn that the biggest obstacle to making this happen may well come from the military itself.