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September 3, 2015
★~ Today’s Quote: “A great many people think they are thinking when they are merely rearranging their prejudices…” William James
★~ Skyscraper Day:
Look Up! It’s a Skyscraper. Today we celebrate tall buildings. How tall? Since the term skyscraper was first used in the late 19th century, buildings of 12 stories or more have been considered skyscrapers. The Home Insurance Building constructed in Chicago in 1885 is considered the “the father of the skyscraper.” It was 138 feet tall and 10 stories. It was the first building to effectively employ a supporting skeleton of steel beams and columns, allowing it to have many more windows than traditional masonry structures. The building was demolished in 1931 because of safety concerns.
Burj Dubai is currently the world’s tallest at 2,717 feet– almost twice the height of the Empire State Building.
Celebrate today by Walking TALL.
★~Welsh Rarebit Day:
Famous all over Europe, Welsh Rarebit is made with a cheese and ale sauce : served over toast.. Nobody’s quite sure of the origin of the name, but it’s generally believed to be a jest at the expense of the poor people of Wales, who dined on a lot of rabbit and drank a lot of ale. It has been prepared in British homes as a special supper dish and in taverns since at least the 18th century, and is considered by some to be a uniquely British variation on fondue.
★~ Today in History:
♥~1189 – England’s King Richard the 1st, the Lionheart, was crowned. Ironically, Richard primarily spoke French, and spent little time in England during his 10 years on the throne.
♥~ 1833 – The first successful one-cent (or penny) newspaper was published. Benjamin H. Day issued the first copy of The New York Sun. By 1836, The Sun had the largest circulation in the U.S.: 30,000.
♥~1947, the classic children’s bedtime story Goodnight, Moon was published. Margaret Wise Brown had already published several children’s books when she woke up one morning and began listing the items in her house, and saying goodnight to each of them. She thought the poem-like list might make a good story, and she sent it to her editor. The tale of a little rabbit who wanders about his room, saying goodnight to, among other things, his comb, his brush, and his bowl full of mush, is now a soothing bedtime anthem for millions of children worldwide. Life magazine once asked Brown, known as “Brownie” to her friends, about her penchant for hunting rabbits. Brownie answered, “Well, I don’t especially like children, either. At least not as a group. I won’t let anybody get away with anything just because he is little.” Very interesting….
♥~ 1951 – Search for Tomorrow (longest running television series) debuted on CBS-TV
♥~ 1973 – George Gately’s Heathcliff debuted. The comic strip, about a stylish cat in leather jacket and sunglasses, soon appeared in newspapers all over the world.
♥~ 1989 – Karen and Stan Sutton sailed back into San Francisco harbor 8½ years after leaving on their trip around the world. They made it in a 43-foot ship they built themselves, despite Karen’s chronic sea sickness. Along the way, the couple had two children.
★~ Famous Birthdays:
♥~ 1856 – Louis Henry Sullivan: American architect who decreed “Form follows function.” Sullivan worked in Chicago in the 1880s and ’90s, when the city was teeming with immigrants, grain trading, and railroads. Sullivan designed more than 100 buildings for the city, including its early steel-frame skyscrapers – innovations in their day for using a kind of experimental skeleton construction on the inside and intricate, subtle ornamentation outside.
♥~ 1913 – Alan (Walbridge) Ladd actor: The Carpetbaggers, Citizen Kane, Shane, Star Spangled Rhythm, This Gun for Hire; actress Cheryl Ladd’s father-in-law [she married Alan’s son David]; died Jan 29, 1964
♥~Alison Lurie, American novelist: born in Chicago (1926). She is the author of The Truth About Lorin Jones (1989) and Foreign Affairs (1984), which won the Pulitzer Prize (1985). About her characters, Lurie said: “I want them all to have happy endings although I do realize this is not true to life. But I get attached to my characters and I don’t really want to do them in. And I think it is significant that the only book of mine that got a big literary award [the Pulitzer for Foreign Affairs] was the only one in which I’ve killed off a major character. Somehow tragedy attracts awards and comedy doesn’t.”
♥~ 1942 – Al Jardine, guitar, vocals, The Beach Boys
♥~ 1965 – Charlie Sheen (Carlos Irwin Estevez) actor: Two and a Half Men, Wall Street, Platoon, Hot Shots, The Chase, Men at Work, Young Guns, Major League, Major League II, Being John Malkovich, Spin City; brother of actor Emilio Estevez, son of actor Marti
★~ Parallel Gallimaufry:
In Chicago you parallel park, perish, or pay $10.00 a minute to park (almost). However, one might wonder – Why aren’t cars made with easy parallel parking in mind? This film, from the Pathé News archive, shows an exciting invention on display in Paris in the early 20th century. The car’s front wheels turn sideways, allowing it to swing out like a door. Suddenly, getting into that tight spot is easy: just back in, then pivot the front end into place.
On Thursday’s we head out to Prairie Wolf. Our day campers will spend the majority of their time in the water. This hot streak is suppose to break net Tuesday. I am counting the moments!
Q: What does a bee do when it is hot?
A: He takes off his yellow jacket!
Q: How do you make holy water?
A: Boil the hell out of it!
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