Monday, August 3, 2015

President Wilson's United War Work Campaign-- Part 2

Seven organizations: YMCA, YWSA, American Library Association, War Camp Community Service, National catholic War Council (Knights of Columbus), Jewish Welfare Board and the Salvation Army set out to raise $170 million during one very intensive week in November 1918.

They had a nearly $1 million operating budget and used all forms of media: print, outdoor advertising, posters, leaflets, stickers, lapel pins, radio spots and motion picture shorts.  I didn't know we had radio back then.

Not only did they meet their goal of $170 million, they ended up raising $203 million which was hailed by the press at the time as the largest fundraising event in history.


President Wilson's United War Work Campaign-- Part 1

After writing about the August calendar poster on Saturday, I looked up the United War Work Campaign to find out more about it.  I was also confused about the dates it ran from November 11-18, 1918.  Wasn't the war over by then?  Why would they have a war campaign if the war was almost over?

From the Oct. 1, 2011, Duke Magazine.

On September 9, 1918, President Woodrow Wilson wrote to Raymond Fosdick, coordinator of the War department's Commission on Training Camp Activities.  The end of the war was in sight and demobilizing the nearly 4 million American troops was going to be a huge undertaking.  the president figured the process would take at least two years and require a staggering sum of money. for programs to maintain the troops' morale.

He requested that organizations pool their resources on a single massive campaign to raise money for these programs.


Saturday, August 1, 2015

World War I Poster: United War Work Campaign

From the Smithsonian Military Posters 2015 Calendar.

A young woman rowing in a small boat named "Victory."  Words on the poster: "EVERY GIRL PULLING FOR VICTORY."  Victory Girls United War Work Campaign."

Every Girl Pulling for Victory.  Created by Edward Penfield, United War Work Campaign, 1918.

With a goal of raising $170 million towards funding World War I, the United War Work Campaign ran from November 11, 1918 to November 18, 1918.  The nationwide campaign collected over $190 mill;ion dollars.


Famous Celebrity Recluses

From Yahoo! Today.

1.  BRIAN WILSON--  The creative force of the Beach Boys.

2. LAUREN HILL--  Of the Fugees and solo.

3.  AXL ROSE--  Guns N' Roses

4.  GRETA GARBO--  In the 1950s booked an apartment in New York City and rarely ventured out.

5.  AGNETHA FALTSSKOG--    Female singer with Abba.


Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Topsail Beach's Missiles and More Museum: Operation Bumblebee

From the July 23, 2015, Pender-Topsail Post & Voice "Backyard Adventures: Missiles and More Museum" by Tammy Proctor.

The museum is located on the south end of Topsail Island in the Town of Topsail Beach and it preserves the history of the town, island and Operation Bumblebee.  The museum is located atthe Assembly Building which is home to the Topsail Island Historical Society which operates it.

When I first saw the name Assembly Building, I figured this is where people assemble for activities, but it was actually where rockets were assembled and ramjet technology was developed after World War II.

The rockets were then taken across the island to the launch pad which is where the patio of the Jolly Roger Motel is located.  The rockets would then be launched and tracked for trajectory and speed by crews stationed at eight concrete towers along the beach, most of which are still standing.The Assembly Building and neighboring concrete Control Tower are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The museum not only covers Operation Bumblebee but the whole history of the island which was closed to civilian use until after the military was finished using it in the late 1940s.  That would include the Gold Hole, pirates and even a Civil War blockade-runner which was sunk nearby.

It is open everyday but Sunday from two to five p.m. from Memorial Day to Labor Day during the summer.  It has reduced days the rest of the year except by appointment.  Admission is free but donations really welcomed.


Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Shipwreck-hunting Company Sues North Carolina Over Blackbeard's Ship-- Part 2

North Carolina has created a tourist industry around Blackbeard and his ship including museum exhibits since the ship's discovery in 1996.

The state and Intersal went to mediation in 2013.  The Department of Cultural Resources denies any breach of contract.  Intersal claims that it searched for the Queen Anne's Revenge for twenty years before finding it.

The Queen Anne's Revenge was a French slave ship called La Concorde when Blackbeard captured it in the fall of 1717 in the Caribbean.  Blackbeard renamed the vessel and made it his flagship.  However, it sank just a few months later.


Shipwreck-hunting Company Sues North Carolina Over Blackbeard's Ship-- Part 1

From the July 28, 2015, Wilmington (NC) Star-News/AP by Martha Waggoner.

Florida-based Intersal, Inc., the shipwreck-hunting company that found Pirate Blackbeard's ship, the Queen Anne's Revenge which sank off the North Carolina coast nearly 300 years ago, is suing the state for more than $8 million saying that it violated a contract involving photos and videos of the wreck and artifact recovery.

The lawsuit also seeks a temporary order preventing the state from recovering any more objects.  the company says they really didn't want to do this but had no choice but to protect their rights.

Listed among the violations are the state display of more than 2,000 images and more than 200 minutes of video on websites other than the state's Department of Cultural Resources website.

No real loot was discovered on the Queen Anne's Revenge when Intersal found it 20 years ago, but the company agreed in 1994 to a 15-year contract for rights to photos and video of the wreck, the recovery and study of its historic  artifacts.

Avast There.  --Cootaye

Monday, July 27, 2015

"Family Guy" Celebrates its 250th Episode

From the May 18, 2015, Time Magazine.

The Griffins are now officially one of the longest-running TV families in history.

Here are some TV sitcoms that have run longer:  (episodes)

CHEERS--  (275) The Boston barfly comedy lasted 11 seasons, spinning off "Frasier." which had 264 episodes.

THE DANNY THOMAS SHOW--  (344)  Began as "Make Room for Daddy" in 1953.

MY THREE SONS--  (380)  A single dad raising sons ran 12 seasons and moved from ABC to CBS.

THE ADVENTURES OF OZZIE AND HARRIET--  (435)  Real-life married couple raising their real-life sons in the Eisenhower era.

THE SIMPSONS--  (574)  When this season ended, they were near 600 episodes and just got renewed for two more seasons.  Just keeps getting better.


Saturday, July 25, 2015

Hit the Beach: 50th Anniversary of "Beach Blanket Bingo"

From the June/July AARP Magazine by Bill Newcott.

This year marks the 50th anniversary of Annette Funicello and Frankie Avalon's beach romp.  Hard to believe that long ago.  And for all of us guys who really, really liked the former Mouseketeer, it was awesome.

I am at the beach right now here at Topsail each, North Carolina, but instead of finding a beach movie, wasting my time doing this.

Anyway, he came up with six other favorite beach flicks (with dates):

The Endless Summer, 1966.  Two surfers searching for the perfect wave.

Summer of '42, 1971.  

Back to the beach, 1987.  Annette and Frankie two decades later.

Beaches, 1988.  A  lifelong friemdship.

Nights in Rodanthe, 2008.  Nothing like North Carolina in Maine.

The Descendants, 2011.  Very Emotional.


Friday, July 24, 2015

100th Anniversary of Chicago's SS Eastland Tragedy Today

On July 24, 1915, the SS Eastland, a passenger ship carrying more than 2,500 people, rolled over onto its side while docked at the Clark Street Bridge on the Chicago River.

An estimated 844 died in the disaster.

Sadly, this is a largely forgotten event, but not in this blog.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Telephone Connections and T-Storms 100 Years Ago in DeKalb County, Illinois

From the July 15, 2015, Mid Week (DeKalb, Il.) "Looking Back.'

From July 1915.

The Inter-Township Telephone Company, which had headquarters at Hinckley and exchanges in Hinckley, Waterman, Shabbona, and Lee, has refused to make connections with the DeKalb County Telephone Company which operates in the northern 15 of 18 townships in DeKalb County.

They had damaging thunderstorms back then as well.  Much damage was done by one on Saturday night.  Telephone and electric wire service were put out of order.  Trees and buildings were struck by lightning, especially south of Sycamore.  A barn in Cortland was struck and caught fire, but was extinguished with minimal loss.  The steeple of the Methodist church in DeKalb was struck and the building badly torn and damaged by water.


Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Eradication of the Mexican Weed (Marijuana) in DeKalb County, Illinois

From the July 21, 2015, DeKalb (Il) Midweek "Looking Back"

JULY 1940, 75 years ago.

Two years more is the time limit set by Sheriff W.D. Runnels for thye first eradication of every stalk of tye Mexican weed, Marijuana.  He estimate results from a survey of patches and the progress that has been made in combatting the weed in the last two years.

Genoa Township to have a 4.6 acre park at tye site of the old Chamberlain homestead on the southeast corner of Derby Line and Route 23.  It is at the bequeath in the will of the late Miss Lila Chamberlain.

A survey was made on the courthouse grounds in Sycamore for new sidewalks to be built on the grounds by the WPA.

Marijuana in 1940?  --Cooter

Monday, July 20, 2015

10 Ridiculous Myths From Famous Historical Wars

From the June 20, 2015, Listvers by Gregory Myers.

10.  World War I started because of a sandwich.

9.  The U.S. saved the day in World War II.

8.  The American soldiers in the Revolutionary War were highly motivated.

7.  General Hannibal's elephant cavalry turned the tide against the Romans.

6.  Napoleon would have won the Battle of Waterloo if only he had....

5.  The harshness of the Treaty of Versailles led to World War II.

4.  The Tet Offensive determined the Vietnam War.

3.  The U.S. entered World War II after Pearl Harbor.

2.  The Scottish wore kilts while fighting the English.

1.  The bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki was unprecedented.

As usual,. pictures and more information at the site.


Sunday, July 19, 2015

The Five Deadliest Train Derailments in U.S. History

From the Dec. 2, 2013, Daily Beast.

What brought this article about was the Metro-North accident on Sunday back then in the Bronx which killed four and injured more than 60.

The first train derailment took place in 1833 with President John Quincy Adams on board.  He was not hurt.

1.  August 7, 1904--  96 dead, Eden, Colorado

2.  November 1, 1918--  102 dead, Brooklyn, New York

3.  September 6, 1943--  79 dead, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania   I wrote about this one today in my World War II blog.

4.  December 16, 1943--  72 dead, Rennert, North Carolina.  I wrote about this one, coming just months after the one in Philadelphia, yesterday in my World War II blog, "Tattooed On Your Soul."

5.  February 6, 1951--  85 dead, Woodbridge, New Jersey.

The article has more information about each one.

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Seinfeld Cast Made the Big Bucks

From the May 31, 2015, Yahoo! Finance/CNBC"'Seinfeld cast members made money hand over fist."

Jerry Seinfeld reportedly turned down a $100 million contract, $5 million per episode, to make one more season of his highly acclaimed series.

By the ninth and final season, he was making one million dollars an episode.  His three co-stars were making around $600,000 a show.  these contracts were the record at NBC until the six cast members of "Friends" made $1 million each per episode.

Starting with the very first "Seinfeld" episode, CNBC did an analysis to determine who played the biggest roles.  Jerry Seinfeld was the most talkative, but his lines declined as the series continued.

Cosmo Kramer played a bigger role as the series went on and George Costanza and Elaine Benes stayed about the same.

Good Money If You Can Get It.  --DaCoot

Sunken Vessels of Epic World War I Naval Battle Revealed

From the June 16, 2015, Yahoo! News/Sky News.

3D scans have revealed the wrecks of several of the 25 warships (14 British) sunk during the huge naval action at the Battle of Jutland on 31 May 1916.One is of the HMS Invincible in which 1,000 sailors lost their lives.  The other two are the HMS Defence and HMS Queen Mary.  All three have been scanned.

The HMS had been described at the time as being "reduced to atoms" when it sank, but has been found to be complete and sitting upright.

The HMS Echo used information from previous expeditions as well as eyewitness accounts to visit 21 of the 25 shipwreck sites where they are expected to be.

In the battle, the British Navy had 6,094 killed and the Germans lost 2,551.  Both sides claimed victory.


Friday, July 17, 2015

Countdown of the 40 Biggest Movies By Year the Past 40 Years-- Part 2

1995--  Batman Forever
1996--  Independence Day
1997--  Men in Black
1998--  Saving Private Ryan
1999--  Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace

2000--  Mission Impossible
2001--  Shrek
2002--  Spider-Man
2003--  Finding Nemo
2004--  Shrek 2

2005=--  Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith
2006--  Pirates of the Caribbean: Deadman's Chest
2007--  Spider-Man 3
2008--  The Dark Knight
2009--  Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen

2010--  Toy Story 3
2011--  Harry Potter: The Deathly hallows, Pt. 2
2012--  The Avengers
2013--  Iron Man 3
2014--  Guardians of the Galaxy
2015--  So Far (Before Jurassic World)--  Avengers: Age of Ultron

I've Seen 'Em All.  --DaCoot