Saturday, December 7, 2013
Today marks the 72nd anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor which plunged us into World War II. I have always been fascinated with Pearl Harbor. //// Today, each of my seven blogs will have the name of one American (all from Michigan's Upper Peninsula) who died that day. Each one had parents, brothers and sisters, relatives and friends that loved him. //// JOSEPH BARAYA, Channing, Michigan. USS Arizona. //// Never Forgetting.
I was sad to hear that this man died this past week. He is one of those rare politicians, especially in Africa, who put his people and country above himself at all times. He was a man who stood up for his convictions regardless of repercussions and even had to spend some 27 years in prison for opposing arpartheid in his native South Africa. //// Just to show what kind of man he was, I heard one journalist talking about him shortly after he was released from prison and having a top level meeting with his group at a hotel when a maid came into the room. He stopped what he was saying and stood up because that is what you do when a lady comes into the room. He was a gentleman as well. //// I admired him early on, but especially after reading a long article about him in Time Magazine a few years ago. //// The passing of a great one.
From the November 25, 2013, Channel 3000 "Coast Guard to lay wreath near sunken Christmas tree ship." //// The Coast Guard Cutter Mackinac is loaded with 1220 Christmas trees and then will cruise from its home port of Cheboygan to Chicago and have a ceremony today, December 7th, at Navy Pier to mark the 101st anniversary of the sinking of the Christmas Tree Ship, the Rouse Simmons, which sank in a storm on November 23, 1812. //// The wreath will be placed in the water near the shipwreck near Two Rivers and Kewaunee, Wisconsin. //// For more on the ship, click on the Christmas Tree Ship label. //// A Chicago Tradition. --Cooter
Back in the 70s and again in the 80s to 90s, I belonged to the Columbia House Record Club so I could get a lot of albums for the cheapest price possible. //// You'd join with at least 13 albums for free, just postage and handling, and then would have to agree to buy seven or more albums in the next 2-3 years at regular price (and, of course, always that pesky p&h, I really hated that). I also belonged to BMG Record Club. //// I wrote about this in one of today's posts to my Down Da Road Blog. //// But, Don't Forget That Reply Card. --DaCoot
From the Nov. 18, 2013, Yahoo! Finance "21 Awesome McDonald's Dishes You Can't Get in America" from Business Insider by Hayley Peterson. //// When I travel overseas, I do go to McDonald's, but you'd never catch me ordering a Big Mac or Quarterpounder. I'm checking out other items they have. In Hawaii, you can get pineapple and Vegemite. In New Zealand, I had one of the best burgers ever, called a Kiwi Burger. //// 1. EBI BURGER-- Japan, Singapore and other Asian countries. A whole shrimp embedded in a crispy patty with lettuce and spicy sauce. // 2. SHAKA SHAKA CHICKEN-- Singapore. deep-fried chicken patty served in a paper sleeve with packet of spice. // CROCK BRIE-- Italy. Deep-fried triangles of oozing brie cheese. //// The article has pictures of all these items. //// More Good Stuff to Come. --Cooter
Friday, December 6, 2013
From the April 2012 Mail Online "The donkey born in a First World War trench which became a mascot for British troops." //// ** Jimmy "The Sergeant" donkey was born at the Battle of the Somme in 1916. //// ** Wounded by shellfire three times in two years on the frontlines. //// ** Taught to raise a hoof in salute by the soldiers who raised him. //// ** After the war, he raised thousands of pounds for the RSPCA. //// ** Was weaned on cans of condensed milk. //// ** Carried equipment and soldiers. //// The Long-Eared, Braying Soldier. --DaCoot
From the March 30, 2012, Listverse: 10. Anaesthesia (1842) // 9. Penicillin (1928) // 8. Green Revolution (1940s to late 1980s) // 7. Steam engine (1750) // 6. Fossil Fuels (5,000 years ago) //// 5. Automobile (1885) // 4. Airplanes (1903) // 3. Telecommunication (1839) // Genetic Modification (1973) // 1. Computers (1936) //// Making Life Better, One Invention At a Time? --Cooter
Thursday, December 5, 2013
I was already going to be driving to North Carolina for Thanksgiving anyway and passing by Dayton, Ohio. I had just found out that the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force at Wright-Patterson AFB had the original JFK Air Force One. I figured that would be a great way to commemorate the event by visiting it and hopefully either seeing it or, even better, going on board. //// I met my buddy Denny at the museum and we were one of the last ones to get seats on the bus out to what they call the Presidential Hangar which has planes used by FDR, Truman and, of course, JFK's Air Force One. //// When we got to the hangar, everyone rushed AF1, so Denny and I took a walk around the research and development planes until the line went away at JFK's plane. Not only did we see the outside of the plane, but we also got to go on it. I went through twice, first taking video of it from my VHS-C camcorder and then a second time to take still pictures. //// We saw where the LBJ swearing in took place in that famous photo with Jackie Kennedy standing next to him and also saw the seats that were cut away to allow JFK's casket to be flown back to D.C.. Most caskets would have been relegated to the cargo hold but that wouldn't do for a presidential one. //// Sadly, though, plexi-glass lined the hallway and it was difficult to take pictures, but,I WAS THERE WHERE ALL THOSE EVENTS TOOK PLACE FIFTY YEARS AGO TO THE DAY. One man in the group was an expert on all things dealing with the assassination and he said that we weer on the plane at the same time JFK would have been on it when he took the short flight from Fort Worth to Dallas back on November 22, 1963. //// That Close to History!!
From the Nov. 20, 2013, Mail Online (UK) "What if they had lived to fade away? Rock and roll legends who died young imagined in old age with help of photo technology." My wife sent me this and was it ever interesting to see what what these guys and gals would probably look today had they lived: Jim Morrison, Bob Marley, Mama Cass, Curt Cobain, Bobby Darrin, Karen Carpenter, John Lennon, Keith Moon, Janis Joplin, Elvis Presley, Jimi Hendrix and Dennis Wilson. //// Check It Out. --Cooter
Wednesday, December 4, 2013
From the March 24, 2012, Listverse. //// Again, text and pictures at the site. //// 10. Logical Thought-- millions of years ago // 9. Stone Tools-- 2.6 million years ago // 8. Fire-- one million years ago // 7. Domestication-- 10,000 years ago // 6. Wheeel-- 6,000 years ago //// 5. Mathematics-- 20,000 (How about history?) 4. Metalworking-- 10,000 // 3. Paper-- 100 BC // 2. Printing Press-- 1440 // Vaccination-- 1724. //// Another list. I Don't Remember. --Cooter
Saturday, November 30, 2013
From the July/August 2013 DAR American Spirit Magazine by Jamie Roberts. //// Yes, we have a drive-in theater near us in Spring Grove, Illinois, but open only during the summer and fall and the first show not starting until 9 or 9:30 and that's too late for these old bones. //// Richard M. Hollinshead opened the first drive-in movie theater in Camden, New Jersey in the summer of 1933. He figured to marry two American loves-- automobiles and movies. //// His first effort essentially was just a 1928 Kodak projector showing a picture on a bedsheet nailed to two trees. He then experimented with projection techniques, sound amplification and ramps for cars until he figured he'd had enough to go full-scale. //// He drew a huge crowd for the grand opening of his Park-in Theater on June 6, 1933, charging 25 cents per car and 25 cents per person to see the British comedy "Wife Beware." //// It took off and by the mid-1960s, there were more than 4,000 in the country. //// Too Late for Me. --Cooter
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
I'll be on the road this Friday, November 22nd, and not sure if I'll have internet access. I do hope to be at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force at Wright-Patterson AFB, northeast of Dayton, Ohio, where I hope to see and go in to Kennedy's Air Force One, which was very much a part of that day. //// But, back to my memories of the day and days afterwards. I was a seventh grader in Mrs. Banie's social studies class when the principal came in and told us. Some of the girls started crying, but I just sat there, along with most of the boys, with no expression. Mrs. Banie talked about it some then went on with our lesson. I know we were quite excited when we were told there would be no school for some of next week (I think three days). //// Once home, all you saw on our five TV stations was news about the assassination. I was kind of disappointed that nothing else was on. But, watched a lot of it. //// The only thing that really got me was the funeral procession and those muffled drums and that cadence they beat out. Even today, when I hear it, I tear up.
Looking back into my journal from 1983, I see that Sunday, November 20th was the showing of the much talked about "The Day After" on TV. There was a lot of hype and how people would be affected by it. We were even told at school that it was to be policy not to discuss orhave anything to do with it before it was shown. //// Here is what I wrote: "I watched 'The Day After' the movie about nuclear holocaust. I did not find it nearly as shocking as the psychiatrists and psychologists would have us believe." -- Cooter
From Yahoo! News. //// A half-century ago "grief and hope were made tangible in the glow of a flame" lighted by Jackie Kennedy in her final official act as Firts Lady. The Eternal Flame was her idea. //// Section 45 is on a steep hillside leading up to Robert E. Lee's Arlington House and not the spot you'd necessarily think would be right for a president to be buried. But, just eight months before the sad event in Dallas, President Kennedy visited Arlington National Cemetery, one of his favorite spots, and taking in the view from the house said, "I could stay here forever." His wife remembered his words and decided to have him buried there so he can belong to the people. //// Just 24-hours before the burial, Jackie Kennedy decided she wanted an eternal flame. Most didn't even know what she was talking about at the time, but making one was turned over to Army Col. Clayton Lyle and Lt. Col. Bernard Carroll, who decided to model it after a Hawaiian tiki torch. To light it, they had a piece of wire with a big wad of cloth dipped in kerosene. It worked on the day of the funeral and burial on November 25th. //// Those assigned to stand by the grave also had to always have a book of matches on them as the wind often extinguished the flame as did a nun once while blessing it with too much Holy Water. //// Huge crowds attended the burial ceremony that day. //// The Flame underwent its first major renovation just a few years ago and still operates on the same principle. I always thought they had put in a gas pipe to the grave. ////