A man who appeared at least once-a-month for four years as Logan Mayor on KVNU’s For the People program is now the former mayor. Craig Petersen chose to serve for just one term and former city council member Holly Daines was elected mayor in November and has been serving in that capacity since earlier this month. But Petersen is still going to be on For the People about once-a-month in another capacity – as a guest discussing a variety of topics from the arts or even a book he’s been reading.
The flu has been on everyone’s mind as a particular nasty flu virus is making the rounds. This is also the 100-year anniversary of the Spanish Flu which followed on the heels of the end of World War I.
Petersen has been reading a book entitled “Pale Rider-the Spanish Flu of 1918-How it changed the world.” He talked about what he learned about that flu on Thursday’s program. He noted the Spanish Flu took an estimated 100 million lives.
“Just to put that in context, in World War I, there were 14,000,000 deaths. In World War II, there were about 37,000,000 deaths. And so combining the two great world wars, that’s about 50,000,000 people over a period of, World War I about four years (and) World War II about five years.
“The Spanish Flu pandemic killed twice that many people in nine months,” he said.
Petersen said Spain got “a bad rap” with the term Spanish Flu. Spain was a neutral country during the first world war. As a consequence they had an uncensored press, their king got the flu and many reports of this going on in Spain were well publicized, whereas the reports were not in other countries such as Germany, France and, to a lesser extent, the U.S. The fact that all the public information was coming out of Spain caused it to be labeled the Spanish Flu.