Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Vietnam Medic Receives Medal of Honor-- Part 2: James McCloughan

James McCloughan was then a 23-year-old private first class who had been drafted the previous year after earning a degree in sociology from Olivet College.  He repeatedly entered the "Kill Zone" to rescue wounded comrades despite the flying shrapnel from rocket propelled grenades.

He "voluntarily risked his life on nine separate occasions to rescue wounded and disoriented comrades" said the White House.

McCloughan described the shrapnel as a "real bad sting."  In 2016, then Secretary of Defense Ash Carter recommended him for the honor which usually is supposed to be awarded within five years of the event, but Congress can waive that time limit which is what happened in McCloughan's case.

Congratulations Mr. McCloughan!!

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Vietnam Medic Receives Medal of Honor-- Part 1

From the June 14, 2017, Chicago Tribune "Medic 1st to get Medal of Honor from Trump" by Mike Householder, AP.

Members of Army medic James McCloughan's unit in Vietnam called him "Doc."

Now, these soldiers, several of whom McCloughan saved during the ferocious days-long Battle of Nui Yon Hill in 1969 will call him Medal of Honor Recipient.

James McCloughan, 71, of South Haven, Michigan will become the first to receive the nation's highest military honor from President Donald Trump.  "I feel honored to be able to accept this for the 89 men that fought that battle.  Those were the U.S. combatants, dozens of whom were killed, wounded or missing in the 48-hour battle fighting hundreds of North Vietnamese and Viet Cong.

The Bravest of Brave.

Monday, June 26, 2017

50th Anniversary "Summer Of Love"-- Part 5: "Turn On. Tune In. Drop Out"

Said Dennis McNally, longtime publicist of the Grateful Dead:  "Every fantasy about the summer of '67 that was ever created -- peace, joy, love, nonviolence, wear some flowers in your hair and fantastic music -- was real at Monterrey."  he has curated an exhibit at the California Historical Society on it which will run through September 10.

The exhibit, "On the Road to the Summer of Love" explains how the epic summer came about and why San Francisco became its home..

The national press paid little attention to what was going on in San Francisco until January 1967, when poets and bands joined together for the "Human-Be-In," a Golden Gate Park gathering that unexpectedly drew about 50,000 people.  It was there that LSD-advocate Timothy Leary said "Turn On.  Tune In. Drop Out."

But, that Summer of Love had its drawbacks.  Tens of thousands of youths looking for free love and drugs flooded to San Francisco, living in the streets and begging for food.  Parents journey to the city looking for their young runaways.  There was an epidemic of toxic psychedelics and harder drugs hit the streets.

Oh yes, And Peace Signs Too.  --FlowerCoot

Friday, June 23, 2017

50th Anniversary "Summer of Love"-- Part 4: All Those Great Bands

Jefferson Airplane eventually bought a house a few blocks away on Fulton Street, where they hosted legendary wild parties.

"The music is what everyone seems to remember, but it was a lot more than that," said David Freiberg, 75, bassist for the Quicksilver Messenger Service who later joined the Jefferson Airplane.  "It was artists, poets, musicians, all those beautiful shops of clothes and hippie food stores.  It was a whole community."  Counter-culture all the way.

The bands dropped by each other's houses and played music nearby, often in free outdoor concerts at Golden Gate Park and its eastward extension known as the Panhandle.

They developed an exciting new breed of folk jazz and blues-inspired electrical music which became known as the San Francisco Sound.  Several of its most influential local acts -- the Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, Big Brother and the Holding Company (which launched Janis Joplin's career) became famous during the summer of 1967's Monterrey Pop Festival.


Thursday, June 22, 2017

50th Anniversary "Summer of Love"-- Part 3: Too Expensive Today

One thing for sure, that "Summer of Love" could not happen in San Francisco today, simply because the struggling artists and hippies could not afford the city anymore.  In the Haight-Ashbury neighborhood, ground zero for the counterculture 50 years ago, a two-bedroom apartment now rents for $5,000 a month.

San Francisco does still remain a magnet for young people, but even those with six-figure salaries in Silicon Valley complain about costs.

In the mid-1960s, rent in the Haight-Ashbury was extremely cheap.

Bob Weir remembers that the Grateful Dead shared a spacious Victorian on Ashbury Street.  Janis HJoplin lived down the street.  Across from her was Joe McDonald, of the Country Joe and the Fish band.

--Psychedelic, Man.  --Coothip

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Grabbing That "Spilt" Coal in 1917

From the May 17, 2017, MidWeek (DeKalb County, Illinois)  "Looking Back."

1917, 100 Years Ago.

"A car of coal going through there sometime during the night sprung a leak somewhere along the line and there was a great quantity of fuel scattered along the railroad tracks through DeKalb.

"The train stopped here and at this place several hundred pounds were lost.  Some of the coal was picked up during the early morning hours when there were no railroad men around to stop such procedure."

Procedure Meaning Stealing Railroad Coal?  I Prefer Lost and Found.  --Cootcoal

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

11 Films To Watch On Father's Day-- Part 2: And 3 You Shouldn't

7.  FIDDLER ON THE ROOF--  Trying to keep tradition in trying times.

8.  JOHN Q--  This father will just about do anything to save his son.

9.  THE GODFATHER--  OK, really bad guys, but they took care of family.

10.  CROOKLYN--  Woody steps up to maintain a peaceful home.

11.  DESPICABLE ME--  Real big bad guy ends up adopting three girls.  Poor Gru.

Here are three not-so-good ones to watch:

THE SHINING--  Chasing son with an axe, not real Dad stuff is it?

THE LION KING--  Father gets killed and son has to cope.

STAR WARS EPISODE 4:  A NEW HOPE--  Originally just "Star Wars"--  "Luke, I am your father."

Poor Tevye.  Great Music.  --Cootler

Monday, June 19, 2017

11 Films to Watch on Father's Day-- Part 1

From the June 18, 2017, Chicago Tribune by Erin Ben-Moche.

1.  FATHER OF THE BRIDE--  either the original one or 1991 remake.

2.  FINDING NEMO--  Dad fights to bring his son home.

3.  THE PURSUIT OF HAPPYNESS--  Will Smith played the father and real-life son, Jaden, played the son.

4.  PARENTHOOD--  NBC had TV show based on it.

5.  BOYZ N THE HOOD--  What it means to be a good man to his son.

6.  TO KILL A  MOCKINGBIRD--  "walking in a person's shoes."


Saturday, June 17, 2017

50th Anniversary of "The Summer of Love"-- Part 2: I Was There For About An Hour

San Francisco is hoping to capitalize on its connection to that summer and get a new influx of tourism, both from those originals, those of us who might have wanted to be there as well as those too young or not born yet.

My parents took the family on a trip out to California that year and we drove through the Haight-Asbury area and it sure was all flower power.  But, since I was with my parents and only 16, there obviously wasn't much I did other than to observe.

The city is celebrating with museum exhibits, music and film festivals, Summer of Love-inspired dance parties and lecture panels.  Hotels are offering discount packages that include "psychedelic cocktails," "Love Bus" tours, tie-dyed tote bags and bubble wands.

Getting Psychedelicized.  --Tie-DyeCoot

Friday, June 16, 2017

50th Anniversary of the "Summer of Love" 1967-- Part 1

From the June 14, 2017, Chicago Tribune "Can 'Summer of Love' get its spring back?" by Jocelyn Gecker.

"They came for the music, the mind-bending drugs, to resist the Vietnam War and  1960s American orthodoxy, or simply to escape summer boredom.  And they left an enduring legacy.

"This season marks the 50th anniversary of that legendary 'Summer of Love,' when throngs of American youth descended on San Francisco to join a cultural revolution."

Said Bob Weir of the Grateful Dead, who had dropped out of high school and helped form the group in 1965:  "There was a spirit in the air.  We figured that if enough of us got together and put our hearts and minds to it, we could make it happen."


40th Anniversary of Janet Guthrie's Indy 500 Race-- Part 3

Continued from June 7.

At the time, Janet Guthrie had spent 13 years racing and had no money.

She and Rolla Vollstedt did not qualify for the Indy 500 in 1976, but made it in 1977.

She was not welcomed by the male racers  She recalls them saying, "Our blood is going to be on your hands if you don't keep her out of this."  People would yell from the grandstands "Get the (breasts) out of the pits!"  She was amazed at how much hostility there was toward her.

Racing legend Mario Andretti was one of the few who stuck up for her at the time.  he once said she had proved herself and had become "just another car in front of you that you wanted to pass."

Sadly, Janet Guthrie had to drop out of her first race as her engine failed after 10 laps.  She finished 29th.  The following year she finished in ninth place.

The Daytona 500 in 1980 was her last major race.  For the next three years, she tried to find sponsors, but ran out of money.

Pippa Mann was the only female driver in this year's 500.

Quite the Pioneer.  --Cooter

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Yesterday Was Flag Day-- Part 6: 50-Star Flag Is The Longest Official One

Eventually, after more and more states entered the Union, the stars on the flag got to 48 and stayed that way for about 47 years, the longest time it had stayed at a certain number up to that time.

On July 4, 1960 the U.S. flag hit 50 stars after Hawaii and Alaska were added.  Today we have had the 50-star flag for 57 years.  This it makes it the longest official flag to date.

The colors of the flag also have meaning.  The red stands for hardiness.  The white stands for purity and innocence, while the blue stands for vigilance, perseverance and justice.



Yesterday Was Flag Day-- Part 5: Addition of Stars

Stars and stripes were added to the U.S. flag each July 4th following the state's entry into the Union.  But once there were twenty states (20 stars and 20 stripes), designers got the notion to flag wasn't going to look good.

The Flag Act of 1818 returned the flag to its original 13 stripes, but allowed the stars in the union to increase for each new state.  Those thirteen stripes represent the original 13.  The arrangement of stars changes as their number increased.

Under president James Madison, the United States welcomed Illinois into the Union on December 3, 1818, and about seven months later, the flag had a new star update.


Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Today Is Flag Day-- Part 4: Got My Flags Flying

This morning, i went outside and put up several United States flags.

I already have one flying by the garage door, but I also put up one on the back deck and the mailbox.

I have a small yard flag flying and flag pennants on the porch columns.

I also have my pride and joy U.S. flag, the Bennington 76 hanging from the roof of the porch.  I bought this flag back in 1976, our nation's bicentennial, so it doesn't stay up for long each year because of its age.  It is 41 years old.

Flying My Flags.  --DaFlagger

Today Is Flag Day-- Part 3: That "Star-Spangled Banner"

The flag made by Betsy Ross depicted 13 red and white horizontal stripes in alternating colors, and a blue field with 13 stars arranged in a circle.  Other flags were created at the time with stars in a staggered pattern other than her circle.

The original 13 star flag remained the official flag of the United States until the addition of two more states, Vermont and Kentucky.  A fifteen star flag made its appearance in 1785, but this flag not only had 15 stars, but also the addition of two more stripes.  This new flag was the one that flew at Fort McHenry during the War of 1812, the "Star-Spangled Banner."

Francis Scott Key, a lawyer and amateur poet was aboard a British ship (where he had gone to negotiate the release of a friend) when the fort was bombarded.  This was the inspiration to pen the poem "The Star-Spangled Banner."

It started as a poem, but music was added and it has been the National Anthem ever since, though not officially for many years.   Currently the Fort McHenry flag is at the Smithsonian Museum in Washington, D.C.


Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Tomorrow Is Flag Day-- Part 2: 13 Stripes and 13 Stars

The flag went from having 13 stars, representing the 13 colonies  to the 50 stars for the states we have today.  Most of the states are located between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, but today it also stretches across the Pacific to Hawaii and northward to Alaska.

Hawaii is the 50th and last state to join the Union.  It was a state when Pearl Harbor was attacked in 1941.  back then, the U.S. flag had 48 stars as Alaska was also not a state.

The Flag Resolution passed by the Second Continental Congress on June 4, 1777, said:  "Resolved, that the flag of the 13 United States be 13 stripes alternate red and white; that the Union be thirteen stars, white in a blue field, representing a new constellation."

Legend has it that Betsy Ross, a Philadelphia seamstress, designed and sewed the first flag.  Some sources say she was a friend of the Washington family.


Tomorrow Is Flag Day-- Part 1: Has Remained the Same Since 1960

From the June 7, 2017, Hi-Liter "A salute to the flag" by Sandra Machaj.

In 1949, President harry Truman declared June 14 as Flag Day.  United States flags should be flown from public buildings as well as private homes that day.

Sadly, many Americans don't fly their flags on June 14.

Most of the time, I do, unless it slips my mind.  And, I don't just fly one, I fly several for the day.

Most Americans, especially those born after 1960, consider the American flag to be a never-changing design as it hasn't changed since then, but such is not true of its over 200 year history.

The flag we have today is not the same flag as originally authorized by the Second Continental Congress in 1777.

Continued.  --Cooter

Monday, June 12, 2017

Carl Swanson's WWI Sopwith Camel-- Part 3: Another One In New Zealand Now

In Wikipedia's article on the Sopwith Camel, they listed yet another Carl Swanson plane.

It says it is unknown airworthy and is with the Vintage Aviator Collection in Masterton, New Zealand.

It was originally built by Carl Swanson for Gerry Thornhill.

Powered by a 160 hp Gnome Monogoupape rotary engine and is painted a 83889.

Carl Swanson, Builder of Camels.  --Cooter

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Carl Swanson's WWI Sopwith Camel Pup-- Part 2: German Fighter Pilots Tried To Avoid the Pups

Evidently, this Carl Swanson was very good at building World War I planes.

"A Pup could turn twice to an Albatros' once" and that was very important in a dogfight.  German flyers tried to avoid fighting a Pup.

The Museum of Flight's Sopwith Camel Pup was built by Carl Swanson of Darien, Wisconsin, and is considered a masterpiece of replication-- right down to the LePhone 9D, 80 horsepower rotary engine and .303 inch Vickers machine gun.

If I'm ever in the Seattle Area Again, I'll Have to Visit This Museum.  --DaCoot

Carl Swanson's WWI Sopwith Camel Pup-- Part 1: "A Tiny Little Thing"

From the Museum of Flight Museum in Seattle, Washington.

I was trying to find out if someone had the 2F1 Sopwith Camel plane that Carl Swanson has built.  I did not find it mentioned anywhere.

I did find Carl Swanson's name mentioned in connection with another Sopwith Camel British biplane.

It is in the collection of the Museum of Flight in Seattle.


Pilots called the Sopwith Camel Pup "the perfect plane, light, basic and simply simple.  A British pilot said, "They were tiny little things, just big enough for one man and a machine gun."

The gun was a Vickers machine gun with hydraulic synchronizing gear that allowed it to fire through the propeller without shooting it off.


Friday, June 9, 2017

World War I Plane Takes to the Sky in 1967

From the May 10, 2017, MidWeek "Looking Back."

1967, 50 Years Ago.

""'Hey!  Watch our Red Baron!'  Another World War One fighter plane has been restored by Carl R. Swanson, owner of the Sycamore Airport.

"The British made plane is a navy version 2F1 Sopwith Camel Bi-Plane, and there are only two like it still in existence.  It is called a Camel because of the hump it has on the front of the plane where one of its twin guns fit."

Sure Would Like To Have Seen It.  --DaCoot

Crime Spree in Sycamore in 1942: Police Suspect Thirst Led to It

From the May 10, 2017, MidWeek "Looking Back."

1942, 75 Years Ago.

"Sycamore's crime problems have been few and far between in recent years.  The latest episode on the blotter is a minor theft that must have been brought on by last week's heat wave.

"A case of pop was burglarized from the cooling machine in the George Miller gas station on DeKalb Avenue."

A Case of Drink and Relief.  --Coothirst

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Bad Boys Back in 1917: Gettin' In a "Peck of Trouble"

From the May 10, 2017, MidWeek (DeKalb County, Illinois) "Looking Back."

1917, 100 Years Ago.

"Unless some of the kids of DeKalb cease the practice of breaking the insulators on the Western Union telegraph company's property along the railroad, they are going to get into a peck of trouble.

"Of late several complaints have been made by linemen on the practice and unless it is stopped, some sleuth work will be done and the parents of the boys will be called in to donate a fine."

You know, though, it could have been girls who did it.  Why do boys always get the blame for such shenanigans?

I can almost hear the "Bad Boys" song from that TV show.

Juvenile Delinquents Even Back Then.  --Cooter

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

40th Anniversary of Janet Guthrie's Race at Indy 500-- Part 2

Janet Guthrie, 79, wanted to be an astronaut.  Both her parents were pilots and she learned to fly at age 16.  When she tried to become an astronaut, she was rejected in 1963 and then turned her attention to racing cars.

Unlike her male counterparts, she could get no sponsorships (and it is very expensive to race those cars)  She couldn't even get any funding.  She built her own engines, did her own body work.  She'd tow her Jaguar XK 140 behind an old station wagon (which she bought for $45) around the country.  At night, she'd sleep in the station wagon.

Racing has come a long way for women since then

Her career changed in 1976 when Rolla Volstedt called.  He was an innovative, low-budget team owner from Portland, Oregon, who wanted to take the first female driver to the Indy 500.  No woman had ever raced it before.


Tuesday, June 6, 2017

40th Anniversary of Janet Guthrie's Race at the Indy 500-- Part 1

From the May 27, 2017, Indianapolis Star "40 years ago, Janet Guthrie changed auto racing for women" by Laken Litman.

"Janet Guthrie used to sleep in her car.

"Long before Danica Patrick, Katherine Legge, Sarah Fisher or Pippa Mann were offered sponsorships in competitive racing, Guthrie funded herself and drove -- and slept in -- her own cars."

Forty years ago, Guthrie became a pioneer in motor sports as the first woman to race in the Indianapolis 500 and Daytona 500.

"It seems I was born adventurous and grew up insufficiently socialized," she says with a smile.  She wanted to be an astronaut.


Monday, June 5, 2017

World War I Chronology, June 1917-- Part 2: American Doughboys Arrive

JUNE 26--

A Naval convoy bringing the first United States troops to France successfully withstands submarine attacks.

JUNE 26--

First U.S. Ground Combat Troops Land at St. Nazaire, France.

13,000 members of the 1st Infantry Division (ID) and 2,759 men of the 5th Marine regiment arrive.

H Company, 28th Infantry lands first.

Doughboys must be a "distinct and separate component of the combined force, the identity of which must be preserved."

Our troops would operate on their own and not be added to British and French units.


Friday, June 2, 2017

World War I Chronology, June 1917-- Part 1: Americans Arriving in France

One Hundred Years Ago.

JUNE 5-6--  The Navy's 1st Aeronautical Detachment arrives in Pauillac, France, for training in Caudron aircraft.  Naval aviation eventually sends 18,000 men to 27 overseas air naval stations.

JUNE 13--  The first echelon --  177 staff members -- of the American Expeditionary Forces (AEF) lands on French soil.

Lafayette, We Are Here.  --Cooter

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Battle of Jutland May 31-June 1, 1916: Battle of the Battleships

Today marks the conclusion of one of the last major clashes between battleships, the Battle of Jutland, between the German and British Denmark.

The British had 151 combat ships, including 28 battleships and 9 battle cruisers fought the Germans who had 99 combat ships, including 16 battleships and 5 battle cruisers.  British losses included 3 battle cruisers and 6.094 killed and 624 wounded.  German losses were one battle cruiser and 2,551 killed.


Near Death Experience at Indy 500 in 1992-- Part 3: Steve Wissen's Other IMS Encounters

As horrible as was his experience, Steve Wissen remembers other:  "I was the first one to get to Gordon Smiley when he died  (in 1982).  I was with the first crew to reach Danny Ongais (1981) when he had his horrifying wreck.  Good grief, who can forget Jim Crawford (1990)?  We had already started to pull out, and the next thing we know, he's 10 feet above our heads, car and all."

But, he says, he has also had some great times with the friends he made.  He remembers A.J. Foyt telling stories during rain delays.

Buddy Lazier was the 1996 Indianapolis 500 Champion and made his 20th run in the storied race on Sunday (but didn't finish).

Wissen did not attend the 101st Running this past Sunday because of a family wedding.

We did have a terrifying wreck this past Sunday on the 52nd lap between Scott Dixon and Jay Howard.  How Dixon walked away from this is beyond me.


Near Death Experience At Indy 500 in 1992-- Part 2: Steve Wissen

"Disaster was avoided, but for Steve Wissen, scars remained.  He never worked at IMS again.  He quit after 16 years at IMS, including 13 years on the safety crew, and he was traumatized by the near-death experience.  He began having nightmares, haunted by visions of Lazier's race car getting closer and closer.

"Wissen went to Lazier's garage after the race to have a conversation, but was denied entrance.  He never got a chance to talk to Buddy lazier until This past Thursday.  You'd think that Lazier would have tried to contact Wissen, but that never happened.

But Buddy Lazier, now 49,  says, "There isn't a day that goes by that I don't thibnk about that when I'm here at the Speedway."

Steve Wissen has returned to IMS multiple times over the intervening years as a spectator, including last year's 100th running.


Indy 500 Safety Crew Member Almost Killed in Race 25 Years Ago-- Part 1

From the May 27, 2017,Indianapolis (Ind.) Star "Driver meets safety crew member he nearly killed during race 25 years ago" by Clifton Brown.

Buddy Lazier also cpmpeted in this year's 500.

"Steve Wissen was nearly killed by Buddy Lazier's race car 25 years ago.  The two men had never met until Thursday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

"In 1992, Lazier's race car streaked toward Wissen while he was doing his job on the track as chief of the IMS safety crew, cleaning up debris from Tom Sneva's wreck in Turn 4.  Lazier left the pits and re-entered the track after the accident, accelerating to catch the field that was under the yellow flag.

"Lazier didn't realize Wissen's crew was still on the track in Turn 4.  By the time Lazier saw Wissen, it was almost too late.  The race car moved toward Wissen at more than 200 mph like a guided missile.  Wissen raised his hands to his head.  He closed his eyes.  He prepared for the worst.

"'I was standing in the high-speed groove,' recalled Wissen, now 65 years old.  'It was like I watched it in slow motion.'

"Lazier missed Wissen by inches, deftly guiding the car between Wissen and the wall.  Wissen was so close to being hit that he was spun around and knocked to the ground by the backdraft from Lazier's car."


Wednesday, May 31, 2017

New Hanover County (NC) in World War II-- Part 6: The Wilmington Memorial

Wilmington, North Carolina's Wold War I Memorial was originally in the middle of Market Street outside of New Hanover High School.  It stayed there until the 1970s when it was moved closer to the school.

In 2014, it was moved to the Wilmington Water front where it today is near the Coast Guard Cutter Diligence.


Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Memorial Day 2017: David M. Prince


A member of the Goldsboro Rifles, 30th Infantry Division, "Old Hickory Division."  Went to France with the AEF and fought in the trenches.  He was hurt by poison gas, but survived and returned home to Goldsboro, North Carolina.

He lost his life a short time later saving a child from a flooded river and received the Carnegie Medal.

David M. Prince was my great uncle.

Monday, May 29, 2017

Memorial Day 2017: Delbert Hatch

I am doing this in all seven of my blogs and featuring two World War I veterans and two World War Ii veterans.

Delbert Hatch was in the U.S. Army in World War II.  His unit was the 101st Airborne and he was at the Battle of the Bulge.

He was my uncle.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

New Hanover County in World War I-- Part 5: World War I Deaths

After the war, there were some homecoming parades for the veterans.  There were also reunions.  The Old Hickory Association of the 30th Division was one of these organizations.  (Old Hickory Division was the nickname of the division.)

A lot of artifacts from Wilmington's World War I soldiers were shown on a power point presentation.

During the fighting, 629 North Carolinians were killed and 37 of them were from Wilmington.  One of those was Arthur Blumenthal and the Cape Fear Museum has the telegram announcing his death.


Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Looking Back to 1917: Another Quarantine

From the January 18, 2017, Midweek (DeKalb County, Illinois) "Looking Back."

1917, 100 Years Ago.

"There is a slight case of chicken pox now at the Nashold home and for that reason the home on John Street has been placed in quarantine.  The afflicted person is not seriously sick and has but a slight case, but the quarantine law must be observed as a means of precaution.

"It  is not probable that the home will be under quarantine for long time."

Quarantined Homes, Something You Don't Hear Often Now.  --Cooter

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

New Hanover County's Role in World War II-- Part 4: The 30th Division

Many New Hanover County soldiers went into the 119th regiment, 30th Division of the U.S. Army.

Regiments were segregated and it was expected that Blacks would not have to fight.  Lt. Thomas J. Bulloch was a black officer.

One third of those drafted did not have to go into the military.

Flu killed a lot of the soldiers.

Two million American soldiers were sent overseas.

North Carolina whites served in the 30th Division. The division arrived in France in May 1918.  The commander of the U.S. forces, General Pershing did not want his soldiers serving under British or French officers.

The 30th was involved in the battle that led to the fall of the Hindenburg Line and the Meusse-Argonne.


Monday, May 22, 2017

NIU History: New Science Building in 1942

From the April 12, 2017, MidWeek (DeKalb County, Illinois)  "Looking Back."

1942, 75 Years Ago.

"Work has begun on the fourth and fifth floors of the new science building, being constructed on the southwestern portion of the State Teacher's College campus."

That would be Northern Illinois University today.


Friday, May 19, 2017

Quarantine Lifted in 1917 in Sycamore

From the April 12, 2017, MidWeek (DeKalb County, Illinois) "Looking Back."

1917, 100 Years Ago.

"Quarantine was lifted this morning from the home of Mason Hooker on Cross Street in Sycamore where Mrs. Hooker and children have been ill for several weeks with scarlet fever."

Something You Don't Hear Happening Much Anymore.  --DaCoot

About Those Model Battleships

From the April 25, 2017, Shorpy Photo site "Fireside Cats: 1955."

Columbus, Georgia, circa 1955.  A boy and girl are posing in front of the home's fireplace.  She is holding a car, but the boy is proudly holding a battleship model.

I couldn't tell what model battleship it was, but a comment said it was definitely an Iowa-class battleship and that these were very popular with American boys at the time.  He described these warships as the "last and best true battleships built by the U.S. Navy.  Everything about them is superlative."

I always remember seeing a picture of the hull of the Oklahoma after it was uprighted.  It was tied up next to the new USS Iowa, which dwarfed the older battleship.

As proud as the boy was, he had not done a perfect job putting it together.

I was just four at the time so would have been unable to build a battleship model, but model ships were my favorite things to build by far.  Other friends of mine liked to build model planes or cars, but my forte was ships.

I built models of the Arizona, North Carolina and several of the Missouri, including a huge one.

Give Me a Battleship Model Anytime.  --Cooter

Thursday, May 18, 2017

New Hanover County's Role in World War I-- Part 3: Camp Jackson, South Carolina

There were also many men drafted into military service from New Hanover County, North Carolina.  Robert Sanders, a black man, was one of them.

Cleveland Van Buren was sent to Camp Jackson, South Carolina.  My grandfather also was sent to this camp for training.

There were four classes of recruits.  Class 1 meant you were immediately available for service.  Only Class 1 was called up for service.

Blacks were also drafted.  More Blacks than Whites were drafted.

There were a total of 32 training camps for America's World War I servicemen.  Some existed before the war and others were built during it.


Wednesday, May 17, 2017

New Hanover County's Role in World War I-- Part 2: Women

There was shipbuilding going on in Wilmington during the war.  (I didn't know this, but sure knew about the North Carolina Shipbuilding Company during World War II.)

Wilmington women were mobilized into the work force.

Four Liberty Bonds were floated to finance the war.

Paul Cantwell enlisted in 1903 and served during the war.

Most men from Wilmington were volunteers.

Arthur Bluethenthal was an aviator.

Rachel Loman volunteered for nursing as did a lot of women.  She joined in 1918, one of 22,000 women who did so.  The Cape Fear Museum has a lot of items of hers.


Tuesday, May 16, 2017

New Hanover County's Role in World War I-- Part 1

As I mentioned in the last post, I was able to attend the Federal Point Preservation Society's January meeting in Carolina Beach, N.C., at their History Center.

Dr. Jan Davidson of the Cape Fear Museum in Wilmington, N.C., gave the presentation "Service, Sacrifice & Memorialization: New Hanover County Residents in World War I."

The Society plans to have an exhibit at the museum for the 100th anniversary of World War I and plan to have it up by April.  The group was looking for someone to make a presentation on the war and couldn't have done any better as Dr. Davidson got her PhD on World War I.

Fort Caswell, by Southport, near the mouth of the Cape Fear River, was actually an  military base in World War I.

There was a World War I Memorial honoring New Hanover High School students who fought in the war located in front of the high school which has now been moved to Wilmington's Riverfront.


Monday, May 15, 2017

World War I the Subject of the January Federal Point Historic Preservation Society

From the January Newsletter.

January Meeting, Monday, Jan. 16, 2017.

All meetings held at 7:30 p.m.., at the Federal Point History Center at 1121-A North Lake Park Boulevard, adjacent to the Carolina Beach, N.C., Town Hall.

The speaker was Jan Davidson, historian at the Cape Fear Museum of History and Science in Wilmington.  She discussed World War I and New Hanover County's role in the fight.  She concentrated on the impact on men and women and the items her museum has from them.

She has been at the Cape Fear Museum for 11 years and has been involved in a wide variety of research projects.  Lately she has been working on the history of World War I because of its upcoming centennial anniversary for the United States' involvement.

She has a PhD and has previously worked at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History.

I was lucky enough to attend this presentation.


Album With Rare Harriet Tubman Photograph Goes for $161,000

From the March 31, 2017, Chicago Tribune.

An album containing a rare photograph of 19th-century abolitionist and Underground Railroad heroine Harriet Tubman was sold March 30 in New York City at an auction for $161,000-- far exceeding presale estimates.

The Tubman photograph was taken in Auburn, New York, in 1868 or 1869.  She was in her late 40s at the time.  Most existing photos of her were taken much later in life.  She looks very young here.

The winning bid was made by Lion Heart Autographs, a Manhattan-based dealer.

The Maryland-born Tubman, an escaped slave, helped scores of other slaves escape the South by guiding them to the North.  She served as a spy during the Civil War.  Afterwards, she settled in Auburn, in the Finger Lakes region of New York.

I wonder who else was in the photo album?

If they have to put her on the twenty dollar bill, I nominate this picture.

Harriet Tubman Like You've Never Seen her Before.  --Cooter

Friday, May 12, 2017

The USS Simpson (FFG-56)-- Part 2

In 1988, the Simpson escorted oil tankers during the Iran-Iraq War.

On April 18, 1988 it participated in the destruction of Iranian naval and intelligence facilities on an oil platform in the Persian Gulf.  Later that day the Simpson, along with the USS Wainwright and USS Bagley encountered the Iranian missile patrol boat Joshan which fired a Harpoon missile at the American ships which returned missile fire and sank the Iranian ship.

The other two ships were decommissioned before the Simpson which makes it the last U.S. ship to sink an enemy ship in combat (other than the USS Constitution, of course).

In 1990 it rescued 22 crew members of the tanker Surf City after it exploded.

Captain Gerald F. DeConto commanded the Simpson from September 1998 to April 2000.  He was killed at the Pentagon on 9-11.

The Simpson was the last ship of its class in service.  I was unable to find out if a foreign country has bought the ship or not.


The USS Simpson (FFG-56)-- Part 1

From Wikipedia.

This is a follow up to the last post I did.

The USS Simpson, (FFG-56) was an Oliver Hazard Perry-class guided missile frigate named for Rear Admiral Rodger W. Simpson who fought in World War II.

It was commissioned 21 September 1985 and decommissioned 29 September 2015.  The ship was 453 feet long and had a 45-foot beam and crew of 205.

Soon after commissioning it took part in the search and rescue effort after the Space Shuttle Challenger explosion.


Thursday, May 11, 2017

Navy Retires Last Ship to Sink Enemy Ship in Action, the USS Simpson-- Part 2: Served in Waning years of the Cold War

Continued from May 4, 2017.

The USS Simpson was built and commissioned in the waning years of the Cold War

It searched for and escorted submarines and fought narcotics traffickers and pirates.  Its most recent security missions were in the Mediterranean Sea but were classified.

So, now it is for sale.  Pakistan, Bahrain, Egypt, Turkey and Poland have purchased the Navy's decommissioned frigates.

They aren't state-of-the-art technological wonders.  They had crews of 230.

The ship was named for Rear Admiral Rodger Whitten Simpson and several family members were at the decommissioning.


Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Then & Now-- Part 8: Talk It Over

What is the going rate for actors and actresses who breathe life into onscreen animated characters?


"Alladin"  (1992)

Robin Williams (Genie) received $75,000


"Toy Story 3"  (2010)

Tom hanks (Woody) received $15 million

Wow!  --Cooter

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Then & Now-- Part 7: Start Small, Think Big

Sequels often pay off.  Look at these numbers:


"Home Alone" (1990)  received $100,000.
"Home Alone 2"  (1992)  received $5 million plus 5% of the film profits.


"Twilight" (2008) received $2 million
"The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn--  Part 1" (2011) received $12.5 million
"The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn--  Part 2"  (2012)  received $12.5 million.


"The Hunger Games"  (2012) received $500,000.
"The Hunger Games: Catching Fire"  (2013)  received $10 million.

Good Work if You can Get It.  --DaCoot

Then & Now-- Part 6: The Blockbusters

Hollywood loves its "big" movies, especially when they provide big returns at the box office.  Here's what a "big" paycheck looked like then-- and now.



Clark Gable (Rhett Butler) $117,917 ($2,066,542 today)
Vivien Leigh (Scarlett O'Hara)  $30,851  ($540,676 today)



Robert Downey, Jr received $40 million


Actors who made less than you might think.

MATTHEW McCONAUGHEY:  "Dallas Buyers Club" (2013)  received $200,000.

SEAN ASTIN:  "The Lord of the Rings Trilogy (2001-2003)  $250,000 for three films.


Monday, May 8, 2017

Then & Now-- Part 5: "Star Wars": May the Fourth be With You

Since May 4th just passed us by  (May the Fourth Be With You).

During the almost 40 years between the first "Star Wars" movie (1977's "A New Hope") and 2015's "The Force Awakens" the salaries of some of the original stars really shot up.  here's how the salaries of the two casts stack up:



Harrison Ford (Han Solo), Carrie Fisher  (Princess Leia Organa), Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker).

They were each paid $1,000 a week  ($4,020 today)

Alec Guinness (Obi-Wan Kenobi) $150,000 ($602,978 today) plus 2.25 percent of the profits.

Ford, Fisher and Hamill also received 0.25 percent of the profits.



Harrison Ford (Han Solo) $10 million- $20 million

Carrie Fisher (General Leia Organa), Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker)  $1 million- $3 million

Daisy Ridley (Rey), John Boyega (Finn) $100,000 - $300,000

Adam Driver (Kylo Ren), Oscar Isaac (Poe Dameron)  $600,000 - $900,000.

May the Force ....  --Cooter

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Then & Now-- Part 4: The Prime-Time Soap Opera Salaries



In 1980, "Dallas" was a worldwide megahit and Larry Hagman was its biggest star  After the "Who Shot J.R." episode that year, Hagman asked for, and got, a raise from $15,000 to $100,000 per episode ($297,635 today).

Patrick Duffy (Bobby Ewing) $10,000 per episode in 1978 ($29,563 today).
Victoria Principal (Pamela Ewing) $25,000 an episode in 1978 ($73,909 today).



Reese Witherspoon (Madeline MacKenzie) and Nicole Kidman (Cleste Wright)  $350,000 per episode  

I Don't Watch Prime-Time Soap Operas For the Most Part (But Did Watch "Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman."  --Cooter

Friday, May 5, 2017

Then & Now-- Part 3: Salaries on Sitcoms: Dick Van Dyke Show and The Big Bang Theory



Dick Van Dyke (Rob Petrie) was paid $1,500 an episode ($12,221 today)  He also received ownership hares in the series.


Tom Wopat (Luke) John Schneider (Bo)

$30,000 an episode ($100,662 today)



Johnny Galecki (Leonard Hofstadter), Jim Parsons (Sheldon Cooper), kaley Cuoco (Penny Hofstadter), Simon Helberg (Howard Wolowitz) and Kunal Nayyar (Raj Koothrappali)

$900,000 an episode.

Mayim Bialik (Amy Farrah Fowler) and Melissa Rauch (Bernadette Rostenkowski) $425,000 an episode.

Real Funny Folks.  --DaCoot

Then & Now-- Part 2: Saturday Night Live

Over the past four decades "Saturday Night Live" has gone from must-watch to that still on?

Back then, the original Not Ready For Prime Time Players in 1975 included Loraine Newman, John Belushi, Jane Curtin, Gilda Radner, Dan Aykroyd, Garrett Morris and Chevy Chase.

What they earned:

FIRST SEASON:  $750 an episode (today $3,396)
SECOND SEASON:  $2,000 a show ($8,563 today)
FOURTH SEASON:  $4,000 a show  ($14,945 today)


Estimates say that cast members make up to $24,000 a show based on seniority.

$1,400--  How much Alec Baldwin is paid every time he appears on SNL impersonating President Donald Trump.

Cheezborger, No Cheeps.  --Cooter

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Then and Now-- Part 1: Who Earns/Earned More?

From the April 30, 2017, Parade magazine."Then & Now" by Kathleen McCleary.

How to celeb salaries today stack up against the stars of previous generations?


Year, amount paid,  Amount in today's money:

SHIRLEY TEMPLE--  actress    1937,  $300,000  ($5,075,063 today)

S.E. HINTON--  writer  1967,  $1,000 advance for "The Outsiders"  ($7,294 today)

WOLFMAN JACK--  KDAY Los Angeles disc jockey  1972, $18,000   ($104,901 today)

BABE RUTH  (Baseball)  1930,  $80,000, ($1,166,960 today)


TAYLOR SWIFT--  Singer  $170 million

JAMES PATTERSON--  writer   $95 million

ELLEN DeGENERES--  Actress/TV host   $75 million

MIGUEL CABRERA--  Detroit Tigers 1st baseman   $28 million

Good Money if You Can Get It.  Cooter

ROSANNA PANSINO--  You Tuber (Nerdy Nummies)  $6 million

The Navy Retires Its Last Modern Vessel To Sink An Enemy Vessel in 2015-- Part 1: The USS Simpson

From the October 12, 2015, Navy Times by Andrew Pantazi.

"The United States Navy decommissioned its last Perry-class frigate, reducing the Navy's number of ships that have sunk an enemy vessel to just one.  (More on the last remaining U.S. navy ship to have sunk an enemy ship in battle later.)

"The end of the Navy's frigates marks a new era of naval warfare where ships are less likely to go to battle in the open sea.

"The frigate Simpson removed its weapons, covered its windows, and, on September 29, it lowered its flags.  Now the ship will travel to Philadelphia until a foreign nation buys it.

"After 30 years of service -- including an April 1988 battle where it fired missiles at and sank an Iranian oil platform and an Iranian navy vessel -- the ship's service came to an end with a ceremony at Mayport Naval Station.

Now, the only Navy ship that has sunk an enemy is the USS Constitution, which did so during the War of 1812.


Wednesday, May 3, 2017

A Fitting 9-11 Memorial

I saw a piece of the World Trade Center ruins, a piece of twisted metal girder, at the Lincoln College College Museum in Lincoln, Illinois.  That really took me to the that unforgettable site.  I think it is too bad that similar pieces or artifacts weren't sent to each of the fifty states.

I am impressed with what they have done in New York City to memorialize the site of the WTC, but I would also have liked a part of that 6-7 story exterior that was still standing after the attack.  To me, that summed up the event as well as anything.

Spies, Traitors, Saboteurs-- Part 3: 9/11 and KKK

The exhibit doesn't have much more to add on  9/11, but the twisted piece of an airplane said to be from the World Trade Centers packs a punch.  The show is stronger when it goes back farther in time.  It tells about the Ku Klux Klan marching in Washington, D.C. and even KKK business cards.

They also have a bulletin board to address current day events with articles about "Trump's border wall" and the racist Charleston killer, whose name I won't mention..

Some more photos accompanying the article:

**  The robes worn by the KKK, including a red one and, even sadder, a kid's robe.

**  A pike

**  Equipment worn by an emergency services worker at the Oklahoma City bombing site.

The exhibit goes through October 1 and is included with the $16 general admission price  The Chicago History Museum is at 1601 N. Clark Street


Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Spies, Traitors, Saboteurs Exhibit Opens in Chicago-- Part 2: Oklahoma City Bombing

One of the reasons for the massive public reaction against Japanese-Americans after Pearl Harbor took place because during the attack, a Japanese plane crash landed on a Hawaiian island.  The pilot was initially captured by citizens, but was freed and rearmed by a Japanese-American.

There were also German bombing campaigns within the United States prior to our entry into World War I.  In Mosinee, Wisconsin, on May Day 1950 the local American Legion staged a day-long mock Communist coup to dramatize what life would be like under Soviet rule.

Other items in the exhibit are about Timothy McVeigh (Oklahoma City Bombing), Chicagoan Bernardine Dohern and the Weather Underground, Joseph McCarthy and intercepted mail bombs to important people.

The exhibit was put together as a reaction to the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks and debuted in 2004 at the International Spy Museum in Washington, D.C.  It has traveled extensively ever since and Chicago will be its final stop.


Spies, Traitors, Saboteurs Exhibit Opens in Chicago-- Part 1: A Piece of a 9/11 Plane

From the April 20, 2017, Chicago Tribune "Espionage exhibit features intrigue" by Steve Johnson.

"Spies, Traitors, Saboteurs" is a new exhibit at the Chicago History Museum.  It's subtitle is "Fear and Freedom in America."  It looks back into America's past and highlights moments when peace was threatened from within and the nation debated questions of safety and the sacrifice of public liberties.

Some of the events are well-known: the Communist scare of the 1950s, the internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II and the nationwide labor rights struggle that included the Haymarket bombing.

Three items in the exhibit:

**  A piece from a plane involved in the 9/11 attacks.

**  A vest packed with explosives.

**  An ammunition cartridge and weapon linked to the assassination of President William McKinley.


Monday, May 1, 2017

World War I Chronology, May 1917: Selective Service Act Passed

From the VFW April 2017 magazine.

MAY 4--  The first U.S. warships-- Destroyer Squadron 8 --reached Queenstown, Ireland, to aid the blockade of Germany.

MAY 19--  The Selective Service Act is passed.


Rosa Parks House Alive and Well in Berlin

From the April 13, 2017, Chicago Tribune by Stephanie Kirchner, Washington Post.

And, that is Berlin, as in Germany.  Definitely one of the last places I'd expect to find her house.

"To save the house of civil rights icon Rosa Parks from the wrecking ball, American artist Ryan M

Mendoza shipped it half way across the world.  Now it's on display in the German capital.  When he learned the house she lived in during the late 1950s was to be demolished by Detroit as part of its anti-blight campaign, he launched a rescue plan.

A team of local volunteers took the house apart piece by piece and re-erected it in Berlin a few weeks later.

Between 1957 and 1959, the house was Rosa Parks' temporary shelter from after her refusal to give up her seat to a white passenger.

Well-Worth Saving.

Sticker Shock at Wrigley Field, Bleacher Seat Prices Over the Years-- Part 2

Year  // Price  //  Price in Today's Dollars

1945    60 cents    $8.12

1953    60 cents    $5.47

1962    75 cents    $$6.05

1969    $1    $6.64

1976    $1.25    $5.35

1984    $3    $7.03

1989    $5    $9.82

2003    $24    $31.77

2016    $200  Price paid for Game 5 of World Series

2017    $139  Price paid for the home opener.  Prices in the bleachers range from $23-$139 during the season.  And You Thought the Bleachers Were a Cheap Way to See a Game.  --Cooter

Friday, April 28, 2017

Sticker Shock At Wrigley Field: Bleacher Ticket Prices

From the April 9, 2017, Chicago Tribune "Cubs fans facing sticker shock" by Kathy Bergen and Patrick O'Connell.

As the Chicago Cubs fans streamed back to Wrigley Field earlier this month, they met with the veritable sticker shock at ticket prices, especially for those prized seats out in the bleachers.


"The price to be a bleacher bum was only a few bucks a game through the 1980s.  Prices, as well as amenities and options, have skyrocketed with the renovation of Wrigley Field and team's success.

"Since 1922, bleacher tickets have varied from a mere flat rate depending on game time, opponent, seat location and other factors.  Cub historian Ed Hartig provided the prices for notable years of Cubs history."

Year /  Price  /  In Current Dollars

1918      30 cents    $4.84

1932       55 cents    $9.78

1938        60 cents    $8.12

More On Monday.  --CootBucks

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Looking Back to 1916: Peeping Toms on NIU Campus

From the December 28, 2016, MidWeek (Dekalb County, Ill) "Looking Back."

Well, actually the school's name back then was Northern Illinois Normal School.

1916, 100 Years Ago.

"For some time past there has been a complaint from the Normal school officials that someone has been attempting to peek into the windows of the dormitory.  The action in the past of those guilty has caused the girls at Williston Hall no end of worry, and police have been working on the matter for some days past, and now have the offending where they can be reached in a few moments.

"One of the young men is about 22 years old, is old enough to know better, and should be at work more profitable to him than that of climbing onto window sills and peaking into windows."

A "Peeking Tom" even back then.  And, it was Bluto!!


Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Roanoke, Va. Looking Back to WWI: Preparing for War

From the March 20, 2017, Roanoke Times (Va) "Looking Back."

1917, 100 Years Ago.

"Every male resident of Roanoke between 18 and 35 years of age, it is urged, should avail himself of the opportunity to learn at least the rudiments of military discipline and drill."

After all, you never know when you might be called to war.


Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Let's Go Ahead With a National Mall World War I Monument

The Liberty Memorial tower and World War I museum in Kansas City is all well and done.  However, it is time to press ahead with what our last surviving serviceman of the war, Frank Buckles, wanted done before his death.

And, that would be to erect a monument to our World War I veterans on the National Mall in Washington, D.C..

It's About Time

Monday, April 24, 2017

Looking Back to 1917: Remembering the Indian Wars and Buffalo Bill

From the January 18, 2017, MidWeek (DeKalb County, Illinois) "Looking Back."

1917, 100 Years Ago.

"Mrs. Matilda Ambrosia, living on South Forth Street, told an interesting story to the Chronicle reporter yesterday.  It seems that in the early days Mrs. Ambrosia was an army nurse during the early Indian trouble and lived in Minnesota.

"She recalled vividly scenes of her early life when she came into contact with Buffalo Bill, William F. Cody, and that world renowned personage protected her on many occasions."

Indians and Buffalo Bill, Too!  --Cooter

Friday, April 21, 2017

From Slave Cabin to Museum Piece

April 13, 2017, Chicago Tribune by Jesse J. Holland. AP.

Isabell Meggett Lucas, 86, had not been in the tiny house she was born in, a former slave cabin where her ancestors lived in South Carolina.  Today, that tiny two-room house will be viewed by millions inside the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture.

The cabin was used during slavery at the Point of Pines Plantation on Edisto Island, S.C..

The new museum has been open for just over six months.  Officials scoured the South looking for former slave quarters for years before finally choosing this one.

It is believed to be one of the oldest preserved slave cabins in the United States.  The oral history of the cabin is being collected as well.


Thursday, April 20, 2017

Roanoke Times "Looking Back to WWI": No Col. Theodore Roosevelt

From the March 20, 2017, Roanoke (Va) Times  "Looking Back"

1917, 100 Years Ago.

"Keen disappointment is felt by every member of the Chamber of Commerce over the note received by Secretary John Wood yesterday from Colonel Theodore Roosevelt, stating that he would be unable to speak to the Chamber of Commerce at their meeting on April 15th."

Was this the ex-president Col. Roosevelt?  Or his son?


Roanoke Times "Looking Back, World War I": Roanoke Besieged

From the March 13, 2017, Roanoke Times (Va.) "Looking Back."

I came across this excellent look back into history put out by the Roanoke Times.  I also follow one in the weekly MidWeek for DeKalb County, Illinois.  During the course of the World War I  (or do you say First World War, I?") I will be writing what these two publications say about the war.

All dates are 1917, 100 years ago.

"  Roanoke is being besieged by recruiting offers and officers from all branches of Uncle Sam's fighting forces, and through their efforts many are answering the call to the colors."

This was just under a month before the official U.S. Declaration of War against Germany.


Wednesday, April 19, 2017

April 1917, World War I, 100 Years Ago

From the April 2017 VFW Magazine "World War I Combat Chronology 1917-1918"  compiled by Richard C. Kolb.

During the course of the anniversary months of the U.S. involvement in World War I, I will begin each month with some events that took pl;ace that month 100 years ago.

I already wrote about the first two in earlier posts.


APRIL 1--  First U.S serviceman to die in the war.  Navy Armed Guard Chief Boatswain's Mate John Eopolucci perishes in a lifeboat after the steamer Aztec is torpedoed off France.

APRIL 6--  U.S. declares war on Germany.

APRIL 7--  First U.S. shot of WWI:  A Marine aboard the USS Supply fires across the bow of a German motorboat from the Comoran in Apia Harbor, Guam.

APRIL 28--  First U.S. Navy KIAs:  Five sailors of the Armed Guard are killed when the oil carrier Vacuum is sunk by a German sub off Scotland.


Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Roanoke Times "Looking Back to WWI": Company F Returns From the Mexican Front

From March 6, 2017 Roanoke Times (Va) "Looking Back."

1917, 100 Years Ago.

"Celebrating the return of Company F, Second Virginia Infantry, which was ordered to report to the Mexican border last summer, ... hundreds of patriotic citizens of Roanoke assembled at the City Auditorium last night to give the soldiers one of the most loyal receptions in the annals of the city."

And to Think, Their Next Stop Would Be Europe.  --Cooter

Looking Back to 1966: NIU's Stevenson Towers Named

From the November 23, 2016, MidWeek (DeKalb County, Illinois)  "Looking Back."

1966, 50 Years Ago.

"A well-kept pre-election 'secret' can now be told.  Last August, Northern Illinois University's governing body approved the name Adlai E. Stevenson Towers for their new residence hall going up on NIU's West Campus.

"However, because the late Mr. Stevenson's son, Adlai E. Stevenson III, was a candidate for Illinois State Treasurer, the Board of Governors of State Colleges and Universities, in its impartial wisdom, requested that the announcement of the naming be delayed until after the November election."

But, I Lived in Lincoln Hall at NIU.  --Cooter

Monday, April 17, 2017

Looking Back to 1916: It's a Garbage Thing

From the September 7, 2016, MidWeek (DeKalb County, Illinois) "Looking Back."

1916, 100 Years Ago.

"Wanted:  Between 300 and 500 DeKalb families to have their garbage collected by the city wagon.  This service is free.  All you have to do is register at the city clerk's office."

Really.  Free Garbage Pickup?  --Cooter

Looking Back to 1967: Huge Jump In Hospital Stay Prices

From the March 29, 2017, MidWeek "Looking Back."

1967, 50 Years Ago.

"The cost of hospital care is expected to soar to at least $57.93 a day per patient by September.  The American Hospital Association, which compiles cost records, disclosed that hospital expenses are increasing faster than previously reported."

That would just about cover the cost of an aspirin now.


Friday, April 14, 2017

The Name Tarheel Has A Connection to the American Revolution

Today, I wrote about the American Revolution connection to the name of the University of North Carolina's Tarheels name in my Down Da Road I Go Blog.

To see what it was, click on the Down Da Road I Go site on the Blogs I Follow area to the right.


Thousands Observe U.S. Entrance to WWI-- Part 4

When the monument was completed five years later, more than 150,000 attended to hear President Calvin Coolidge dedicate it.  (Again, one has to wonder why our current president was not there last week).

The museum's CEO, Matt Naylor, said' "For the past 91 years, people from across the globe have come to learn and remember."

Missouri Governor Eric Greitens lauded the fact that Missouri was the birthplace of Frank Buckles, who, until his death in 2011 was the war's last surviving U.S. veteran.

Across the Atlantic on Thursday, France staged its own centennial observance of the American entrance.  the French Defense Minister urged everyone to remember "the courage of America and the millions of soldiers that came to fight on our side."


Thursday, April 13, 2017

Thousands Observe U.S. Entrance To World War I-- Part 3

Kansas City's selection as the host to Thursday's hourslong event came about because of its 217-foot-tall Liberty Memorial tower and the huge World War I museum below it.

The monument was built after a burst of post-war patriotism that over the period of ten days in 1919 raised $2.5 million, the equivalent of more than $30 million today.

Allied commanders from Belgium, Great Britain, Italy, France and the United States gathered in 1921 to dedicate the site which is located across the street from the Kansas City train station through which more than half of U.S. troops passed through before being shipped off overseas to Europe.

Something I'll need to See This Year.  --DaCoot

Thousands Observe Centennial of U.S. Entrance Into World War I-- Part 2

Several short films were shown, one narrated by Kevin Costner and another one by Gary Sinise were displayed on 25-foot tall screens.  Ragtime music (popular back in 1917) was played plus there was military pomp and recitations as well as speeches by politicians.

Many who spoke talked about American sacrifice.  By the end of the war in 1918, more than 9 million lives were lost in combat and Americans accounted for 116,000 of them in the short time we were involved.

Retired Army Col. Ribert Dalesandro, chairman of the U.S. World War I Centennial Commission told the crowd:  "America entered the war to bring liberty, democracy and peace to the world after almost three years of unprecedented hardship, strife and horror.  We still live in the long shadow of World War I in every aspect of our lives."


Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Thousands At Liberty Memorial Tower for Centennial Observance-- Part 1

From the April 7, 2017, Chicago Tribune "Thousands at U.S. monument pause for WWI observance" by Jim Suhr, AP.

A flyover by eight planes trailing colored smoke and thousands of attendees paused to remember that day 100 years ago, April 6, 1917, when the United States entered the war that had been going on since 1914.   That was a good day for the Allies like Britain and France and a bad one for Germany.

The commemoration, titles "In Sacrifice For Liberty and Peace" was essentially a multimedia time warp back 100 years ago.

A dew thousand ticket holders and dozens of foreign ambassadors (evidently no President Trump) were in attendance as a color guard dressed as WWI "Doughboys" presented the colors and and short films were shown.


Tuesday, April 11, 2017

What's In a Name: WWI, WWII-- Part 3: What Do You Call It?

In 1942, FDR was not happy with the name Second World War and asked the public for new names.  The War department received 15,000 submissions ranging from "The War for Civilization" to "The War Against Enslavement."  FDR wanted "The Survival War."

None of these names stayed.  "World War II" and "Second World War" finally were the acceptable names.  As for the first one, it became "World War I" and the "First World War."

Usually, the British calls them the First World War and Second World War.  The United States goes with World War I and World War II.


World War I? Back Then-- Part 2: Churchill and FDR

Still wondering about when it came to be called World War I, First World War.

Winston Churchill referred to World War I as "The World War" in a 1927 book.

The term World War II first appeared in print in February 1917 in the Manchester guardian in a piece about the future.

In 1941, FDR called the war going on at the time as the Second World War and that started the trend toward that name.  The British continued calling it "The War" until the late 1940s.


Monday, April 10, 2017

Were They Always Called World War I and World War II?-- Part 1

From Ask history.

World War II began 21 years after World War I.  It is hard to pinpoint when the terms World War I and World War II or First World War and Second World War came into large use.

Of course, during World War I, no one knew there would be a second World War.  As such, there was no need for a numerical designation.  U.S. newspapers originally referred to the 1914-1918 war as "The European War."  They adopted the "World War" name after the United States entered it in 1917.

Britons referred to it as "The Great War" into the 1940s.


Friday, April 7, 2017

What Did They Call World War I Back Then?

Obviously, they wouldn't know there would be a World War II.  So what would they call it.

I've seen the name "Great War" used on many occasions.  I've also seen it called "The War to End All Wars,"  but that is a bit too long of a name.

Doing research, this war that went from 1914 to 1918, is usually referred to as World War I in the United States.  Britain tends to refer to it as the First World War.

I'll do some more research on it.

--The Really Big and Nasty War.  --Cooter

Looking Back to 1916: Women Voting for the First Time

From the November 23, 2016, MidWeek "Looking Back."

1916, 100 Years Ago.

"Two prominent Elva women cast their first votes and both are at an advanced age.  One was Mrs. Susan Ward, aunt of Judge Harry McEwen who came to Elva in a taxi to take her to the polls.

"Mr. and Mrs. J.O. Agnew took Mrs. Helen Rollins who is seventy-five years of age to the polls.

"Both women are well and greatly interested in present day affairs.

Finally, the Right to Vote.  --Cooter

Thursday, April 6, 2017

April 6, 1917: U.S. Declaration of War on Germany

On this date, President Woodrow Wilson signed the declaration of war.

On April 2, 1917, he had gone before a Joint session of Congress and asked for a declaration of war on Germany.  An overwhelming majority of Congress voted to accept it, with just 50 opposing it.

It read "that a state of war exists between the Imperial German Government and the Government and People of the United States."

War had been declared on Germany, but none of the other Central Powers.  War was declared on the Austro-Hungarian Empire on December 7, 1917, but never declared against Bulgaria or the Ottoman Empire.

Of interest, Jeannette Rankin of Montana, a lifelong pacifist, was one of the 50 voting against the declaration in 1917 and she was the only member of Congress voting against the declaration of war against Japan on December 8, 1941.

Today Marks the 100th Anniversary of That Declaration.  The Centennial.

The Sinking of the SS Aztec Before U.S. Entry Into World War I

Yesterday,  I wrote about the death of the first U.S. serviceman to die in the war, John Eopolucci who perished in a lifeboat from the steamer of the SS Aztec after it was torpedoed on April 1, 1917.

A little more information on it:

The Aztec was sunk by the German submarine U-46 off western France with a loss of 26 lives out of a crew of 49.  The Aztec was an armed steamship with two 3-inch guns manned by 12 U.S. Navy gunners.

This Even Though We Weren't Officially At War Yet.  --Cooter

Shorpy Looks at World War I

The Shorpy Photo site has been running photographs from World War I the last month.  Most of these are in its aftermath and involving the nature of the horrors of war.

March 13, 2017:  DRESSING THE WOUND: 1918--  June 12, 1918.  "Dressing the wound.  American Military Hospital  No. 1 at Neuilly, France (Dr. Johnson)  By Lewis Wickes Hine, National American Red Cross.

March 14, 2017:  NICOTINE ANGEL: 1918--  June 24, 1918.  Representative if American Red cross Communication Service distributing cigarettes in hospital at Contrexeville, France."  Lewis Hine, American National Red Cross.

War Is About This.  Not All Glory.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

There Will Be No World War I Blog Starting Tomorrow

Believe me, I would really love to start a World War I blog tomorrow.

I seriously considered starting one back in August 2014, when World War I actually started, but decided against it.  I even thought about doing it tomorrow, but, again, I am not.

The seven blogs I have already keep me way too busy as it is.

However, I will be writing about the war here in this blog for the duration of it from here on out to the end.


Looking Back to 1917. U.S. Orders Dismantling of All Amateur Wireless Stations In case of War

From the March 29, 2017, MidWeek (DeKalb County, Illinois)  "Looking Back."

1917, 100 Years Ago.

"Local wireless telegraph enthusiasts, of which there are a number, will be greatly interested to learn of the coming order of the war department.  It is announced that in case war is declared between Germany and the United States, the first order issued by the government will be for the dismantling of every amateur wireless station.

"This is to be done for the lessening of likelihood of activities of spies in this country."

Just About War Time.  --DaCoot

First U.S. Serviceman to Die in World War I

During the course of the next two years I will be writing down some of the events happening during the United States' participation in World War I.  I will be getting the information from the April issue of the VFW magazine.

APRIL 1, 1917

Navy Armed Guard Chief Boatswain's Mate John Eopolucci perishes in a lifeboat after the steamer Aztec is torpedoed off France.

This was five days before the U.S. Declaration of War against Germany, which took place on April 6.


Looking Back to 1967: Down Come the Elms

From the March 29, 2017, MidWeek (DeKalb County, Illinois) "Looking Back."

1967, 50 Years Ago.

"Four elms to go and the DeKalb city's street department will have culminated a project which began five years ago.  The project, to cut down all the old elms in the city, was a slow and tiresome assignment.

"Working at times when duties did not call them elsewhere, the street department cut down between 5,000 and 6,000 elm trees in the city over the five-year period.  One elm remains to be cut at the corner of Seventh and State and three in the 200 block of West Lincoln."

Mean old Dutch elm disease.

That's West Lincoln As In Lincoln Highway.  --Cooter

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Some Chicago Cubs Salaries in 1969

Kind of interesting, especially in light of all the money current players get.  But, remember, these are in 1969 money.

Ron Santo:  $85,000

Billy Williams:  $75,000

Ernie Banks:  $60,000

Bill Hands:  $30,000

Joe Niekro:  $19,000

Oh Well.  --Cooter

Death of Cubs Pitcher Bill Hands-- Part 4: A Cubs Fan to the End

Bill Hands won 18 games in 1970, but the Cubs didn't contend.  In 1972, they traded him to the Minnesota Twins, but their owner, Calvin Griffith cut his pay by $4,500.  hands asked for a trade and he was.

He retired in 1975 and lived in Orient, New York, where he owned a gas station that became a favorite hangout for locals

A Cub fan to the end, he often wore a Cubs hat at the gas station.  It was so great that he finally got to see the Cubs win it all in 2016.

The 1969 Cubs team have lost Ernie Banks, Ron Santo and Jim Hickman in recent years.

Death of Cubs Pitcher Bill Hands-- Part 3: What a Year in 1969 (Well, Till the End)

Durocher's Rebuilding Program.

Hall of Fame pitcher Fergie Jenkins said:  "At the end of the '66 season, when we'd just lost 103 ballgames, Leo took Bill Hands, Joe Niekro, Rich Nye, Kenny Holtzman and myself, and he told us, 'You five young guys will battle for four spots in the rotation starting in '67.'"

Hands started and relieved in 1967, when the Cubs won 87 games and started their turnaround.  He went 16-10 in 1968, establishing himself and setting the stage for 1969.

The next year he was part of one of the best rotations in baseball with Jenkins (21-15, 3.21 ERA), Holtzman (17-13, 3.59) and Hands at 20-14, 2.49 ERA.

Fergie Jenkins continued:  "He was the third pitcher.  I opened, Kenny was second and he was third.  He was a hell of a pitcher.  ...Froggy was a good teammate."

In 1968, the Cubs were in first place in mid-August before blowing a 9 1/2 game lead to eventual champion New York Mets.


Monday, April 3, 2017

Death of Cubs Pitcher Bill Hands-- Part 2: Part of Youth Movement

This trade was the Cubs' first one after Leo Durocher came over to manage the club.

Don Landrum was with the Cubs from 1962-1965 and compiles a career batting average of .234 and 12 home runs.  He played center field for the Cubs in 1965 and batted .226, with 6 home runs and 34 rbis.  Lindy McDaniel had a career record of 114-119 and 3.45 ERA.

Leo Durocher said:  "We're looking to rebuild and the only way to do that is with young.  Hundley is only 23 and Hands 25."

Hands and Hundley became part of a core of young Cubs who turned the franchise from a laughingstock into a contender in just a few seasons.  They broke a million hearts in 1969, but remain one of the Cubs' mist-loved teams.

Oh yes.  That '69 Season.  --Cooter

Death of Cub Pitcher Bill Hands-- Part1: 20-Game Winner for the ''69 Cubs

From the March 10, 2017, Chicago Tribune  "Hands gave '60s Cubs reliable arm in rotation" by Paul Sullivan.

BILL HANDS (1940-March 9, 2017)

"Froggy" won 20 games as the No. 3 starter in '69"

"Former pitcher Bill Hands, a 20-game winner for the 1969 Chicago Cubs, died Thursday in an Orlando, Florida, hospital after a brief illness.  He was 76.  "He won 111 games over 11 seasons in the majors, including a 92-86 record and 3.18 ERA with the Cubs.  Overall, he had a 3.35 ERA and struck out 1,128.

Signed by the Giants as an amateur free agent out of New Jersey in 1959 he had the nickname "Froggy" and came to the Cubs in one of the best deals they ever made.  (Until recently, the club has been notorious for their bad trades.)  He came over after the 1965 season with catcher Randy Hundley for outfielder Don Landrum and reliever Lindy McDaniel.

These are all names I am very familiar with as I am a big fan of the Cubs (when they are not playing my White Sox).

Saturday, April 1, 2017

DAR's Monument Dedication to Nancy Hart-- Part 4

It has been stated that she was cross-eyed and masculine."  Then the speaker explained this.

From the notes of Barbara Johnson who transcribed the remarks:  "The Hart Graveyard today is called Book Cemetery.  Nancy's son, John HART, a Henderson County resident, is also buried in Book Cemetery.

"He served in the Revolutionary War with his father Benjamin, brothers Morgan and Thomas, and is listed as one of the Soldiers of Kettle Creek, Wilke's Dragoons.

"There is no substantial proof of kin to Boone or Daniel Morgan."


D.A.R.'s Monument Dedication for Nancy Hart-- Part 3

"Nancy Hart was first cousin of Daniel Boone, and was possessed with the same indomitable pioneer spirit.  She was also of the same family as Gen. Daniel Morgan of New Jersey, being an own cousin of his.  Gen. Morgan, with his militia, served through the Revolution, all through the history of the war was read:

"Washington sent for Gen. Morgan and his militia."

"Gen. Morgan received the thanks of the Nation and Congress awarded him a gold medal for his brilliant victory at Cowpens, in which the British were completely routed and pursued for twenty miles.

"No doubt had  Nancy Morgan Hart been a man, she would have been in the front of  battle. leading her men to victory or death, but being a woman she did 'her bit' in a different way."


The DAR's Monument Dedication for Nancy Hart-- Part 2: Her Descendants Still Living

"Her last years were spent in the home of her son, John Hart, on this very farm, in a stone's throw of where she so peacefully slept for over one hundred years.

"Her descendants in the Gen. Samuel Hopkins Chapter D.A.R. have the unique distinction of being descended, lineally, from a woman patriot; all others in our chapter are descended from men who performed some patriotic duty during the Revolution."

A great granddaughter, Mrs. Mary Dixon, 94, is still alive in Henderson.

A list was then read of 13 women who are or have been members of the D.A.R. chapter, including two members still living in Henderson and five others living in Kentucky.  Others lived in Louisiana, Nevada, Nebraska, Chicago, Texas and California.

Friday, March 31, 2017

The DAR's Nancy Hart Marker Dedication-- Part 1

From the Daughters of the American Revolution's rootsweb.ancestry site.

Tjhese were remarks made at the unveiling of to monument to Nancy Morgan Hart on October 12, 1930.  Remarks made by Louise Rucker Trafton, Chapter Committee for Marking Historic Spots, General Samuel Hopkins Chapter DAR.

"Georgia, where she lived, in Elbert County, during the Revolution, and where her brave, patriotic deeds were performed, has honored her in many ways, by naming a D.A.R. Chapter for her, a State Highway and other memorials.  Her name in that State is synonymous for patriotism and courage."


Thursday, March 30, 2017

Nancy Hart, Revolution Heroine-- Part 9: Locating Her Grave

Nancy Hart is buried in the Book Cemetery, sometimes called Hart-Book Cemetery, on Frog Island Road, south of Henderson, Kentucky.

It is south of Kentucky Highway 425 (Henderson Bypass).  From 425, turn south on State Route 1299 and east on Schuette Lane.

Frog Island Road runs south from Schuette Lane to State Route 1299.

If on I-69 or US-41, you get off on the Kentucky-425 interchange.

For Nancy.  --Cooter

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Nancy Hart, American Revolution Heroine-- Part 8: Another Famous Hart in Kentucky

More On her:

**  Hart Graveyard on Frog Island Road, is ten miles south of Henderson, Kentucky.  We just drove through there earlier this month coming back from Panama City Beach, Florida.  Wish I'd known about her as I might just have taken a detour and looked for her grave.

**  There is also a Hart County in Kentucky, which I thought might have been named for her, but it wasn't.  It was named for Captain Nathaniel G.S. hart, a Kentucky militia officer in the War of 1812.  he was wounded at the Battle of Frenchtown and died at the Massacre of the River Raisin in 1812.

I'll write about him more in my War of 1812 blog, Not So Forgotten.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Let's Dance-- Part 11: 30-Minute Dance Explosion

Songs to get Ya' Movin'.

THE TWIST--  Chubby Checker

RESPECT--  Aretha Franklin


OYE COMO VA--  Santana

DANCE TO THE MUSIC--  Sly & the Family Stone


BOOGIE WONDERLAND--  Earth, Wind & Fire

THRILLER--  Michael Jackson  (Dance like a Zombie)

UPTOWN FUNK--  Mark Ronson & Bruno Mars

Those Who Will Not dance Might be Zombies.  --CootMove

Monday, March 27, 2017

Let's Dance-- Part 10: Give Me Good Old Frat/Soul Dancing Anytime

My idea of fun dancing is what you saw on "Animal House" at the Delta Tau Delta toga party.  That and any type of soul dancing.

We used to do a lot of dancing at our Delta Sigma Phi parties at NIU.  We generally played just four albums (yes, albums as that is what we had back 1969-1973).  They were:  Green River by CCR (our fraternity song was "The Buffalo Song" to the tune of "Lodi"), Sly & the Family Stone's Greatest Hits, Four Tops Greatest Hits and Temptations Greatest Hits.

Play one side of all four, flip them over and do the other side.  Repeat as needed.

I dance where the music takes me.

Give Me a Beat That Can't Be Beat.  --CootFrat

Friday, March 24, 2017

Let's Dance-- Part 9: The Times of Our Lives, Learning a Country Line Dance

What They Had to Say:

POPE FRANCIS:  I love tango, and I used to dance when I was young."  I've never seen a Pope dance.

JAMES BROWN:  "Any problem in the world can be solved by dancing."  Now, That Man Could Move.

ANONYMOUS:  "If every time you take one step forward you take two steps backward, don't be discouraged.  You just learned how to country line dance."  Good Old "Boot Scootin' Boogie" and "Achy Breaky Heart."

EMMA STONE:  "Once you've learned to ballroom dance with someone, you've learned everything you need to know."  Don't Know How to Do It, But My Brother Does.

Stand Up Sit Down.  Fight, Fight, Fight.  --Cooter

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Let's Dance-- Part 8: They Made Us Feel Like Dancing

5.  MADONNA--  Before she sang, she sought a dance career.  And, she sure did some dancin' while she was singin'.

6.  PAULA ABDUL--  The '80s MTV star was also a top choreographer.  And she could sing too.

7.  JANET JACKSON--  As good as her brother?  Absolutely, say dance experts and her many fans.  And, you never know when she will have problem with her clothes.

8.  MICHAEL JACKSON--  The King of Pop changed modern dance.  Can you say "Moonwalk"?  Hurt myself bad trying that.  Won't do it again.

9.  MIKHAIL BARYSHNIKOV--  He made ballet fresh, exciting and even sexy for millions of Americans.  Well, not me.

Of course, I sure loved Toni Basil in her "Mickey" video.  I guess you'd call that cheerleader dancing.  Plus, the moves the Motown groups had just blew me away.

Then, there was Tina Turner and her Ikettes.  How those short dresses stayed on during those moves was beyond me.

Moving Soul.  --Cooter

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Let's Dance-- Part 7: They Made Us Feel Like Dancing


His fast feet and awesome splits defined funkiness.


He gyrated on TV -- and sixty years later, we still haven't caught our balance.  Remember, no filming below the hips, Ed.


The Twist became a worldwide dance sensation after he stole it from Hank Ballard.


From Sesame Street to Broadway, he keeps tap dance alive and well.


Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Let's Dance-- Part 6: The 2000s


The Harlem Shake


The Dougie

The Whip/ Nae Nae

The Dab


Monday, March 20, 2017

Nancy Hart, American Revolution Heroine-- Part 7: Some Confusion About Burial


She is buried in what is now called the Book Cemetery near Henderson, Kentucky.  There are 82 internments listed there.  She is not mentioned as an important person buried there, which is surprising.

I've also seen it called the Hart-Book Cemetery.

A lot of people with the Book family name (26 of them) are buried there.  This land was probably initially owned by the Hart family and then the Book family took it over.

From Saving Graves site.

The Book Cemetery is privately owned by Steve Reed and neglected and overgrown.  It is located near US Highway 60 on Frog Island Road.

Under a Hart Brook Cemetery in Henderson, Ky., I the oldest grave was that of Nancy Hart, died 1837, DAR.  It also says this one is owned by Steve Reed and neglected with overgrown trees, ground cover and vines.

Another source mentioned that the Hart Graveyard is on Frog Island Road, ten miles from Henderson.


Nancy Hart, American Revolution Heroine-- Part 6: Georgia. Historical Marker



1 1/2 mile.

"On Wahatche (WarWoman) Creek, in Revolutionary times lived Nancy Morgan Hart, her husband,  Benjamin, and their children.  Six feet tall, masculine in strength and courage, Nancy Hart was a staunch patriot, a deadly shot, a skilled doctor, and good neighbor.

"A spy for the colonists, she is credited with capturing several Tories.  Later, her son, John, and her family, she joined a wagon train to Henderson County, Kentucky, where she is buried.

"Hart County, the Nancy Hart Highway, and schools in Elbert and Hart Counties are named for her.  A replica of her log home, with chimney stones from the original, is in Nancy Hart Park, 1 1/2 miles from here."


Friday, March 17, 2017

Nancy Hart, American Revolution Heroine-- Part 5

From Find-A-Grave.



One of 4 Harts buried in the Book Cemetery.

Her son, John Hart is buried there as well.

Her son Mark is buried in Mount Juliet Cemetery in Tennessee.

There is the Nancy Hart Highway established in 1928 through the efforts of the Georgia DAR.  A marker stone was erected by the Stephen Heard Chapter DAR.


Nancy Hart, American Revolution Heroine-- Part 4

She is buried at the Hart Family Cemetery, near Henderson, Kentucky.

On the approximate site of the Hart cabin in Elbert County, the DAR has erected a replica cabin, its chimney using the stones from the original.


Thursday, March 16, 2017

Nancy Hart, American Revolution Heroine-- Part 3


**  Hart County, Georgia named for her.

**  Hart County's county seat is named Hartwell

**  During the Civil War, a group of women called themselves the Nancy Harts after organizing a military group to defend selves after their men had gone off to war.  This was in LaGrange, Georgia.

**  Lake Hartwell and Hartwell Dam in Georgia.

**  The Milledgeville, Georgia, chapter of the DAR is named after her.

**  Nancy Hart Highway in Georgia.  As of 1950, reportedly the only highway in the U.S. named after a woman.  Georgia State Highway 77.


Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Nancy Hart, American Revolution Heroine-- Part 2: Killing Tories

It is believed she was born in North Carolina.

It is difficult to prove or disprove the accomplishments credited to her, however.

One of those accounts had 5 or 6 Tories coming to her house and demanding that she cook one of her turkeys for them.  They placed their guns by the door and sat down and began drinking heavily and eating.  While they were distracted, she pushed their guns out a hole and then grabbed one and confronted them.

One came at her and she shot him dead.  She grabbed another gun and when a second one came at her, killed him as well.  She held the remainder captive until her husband and neighbors arrived. Her husband wanted to kill them on the spot, but Nancy demanded that they be taken outside and hanged.  They were hanged.

There are many other stories about her.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Nancy Hart, American Revolution Heroine-- Part 1

From Wikipedia.

I have been writing about a group of women from LaGrange, Georgia, called the Nancy harts during the Civil War who organized a military unit to defend their town while the men were away fighting.  This has been in my Saw the Elephant Civil War Blog this past week.

I'd never heard of Nancy Hart, so good old Wikipedia to the rescue.


Rebel heroine of the American Revolution, noted for her exploits against Loyalists in the northeast Georgia backwoods.  Reputedly outwitted Tory soldiers and killed some of them.

--More to Come.  --Cooter

Let's Dance-- Part 5: Decades of Dance, the 1980s


The Electric Slide

The Cabbage Patch

The Robot

Break Dancing

The Moonwalk


The MC Hammer

The Achy Breaky Heart


The Jiggy

The Macarena

The Running Man

That Michael Walking Forwards, Backwards Across the Stage.  --CootDance

Monday, March 13, 2017

Let's Dance-- Part 4: Decades of Dance 1960s-1970s

These are some popular dances from past decades:


The Mashed Potato

The Twist

The Monkey

The Watusi

The Jerk


The Bump



Le Freak

The Hustle

The Two Left Feet.  --DaCootFlop

Let's Dance-- Part 3: Our Most-Beloved Song-and-Dance Men

Fred Astaire

Sammy Davis Jr.

Neil Patrick Harris

Hugh Jackman

Gene Kelly

Lin-Manuel Miranda

Channing Tatum


Friday, March 10, 2017

Let's Dance-- Part 2: TV Shows That Danced Us Up


These were TV shows featuring dancing from the past:

American Bandstand--  1957

Shindig--  1964

Soul Train-- 1971

Solid Gold--  1980

So You Think You Can Dance--  2005

I sure liked to watch the first three shows.  It was our MTV, or at least what MTV was in its early days.

I'll Give It a Seven, It's Easy to Dance To and Has a Good Beat.  --CootDance

Let's Dance-- Part 1: Got the Steps?

From the Oct.-Nov. 2016 AARP Magazine.

Even though it is not my favorite TV show and I rarely watch it unless it happens to be on in some bar I'm in, ABC's "Dancing With the Stars" is in its 23rd season and is a ratings juggernaut.  It is considered a reality show, and I don't like those, but at least this one takes some ability.

In 2010, 23-three years after she did some mighty food dancing in "Dirty Dancing," Jennifer Grey was named "Dancing With the Stars champion with Derek Hough.

Gotta Do My Own Kind of Dance.  --Cooter

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Big Mac Creator Dies-- Part 2: Who Named It?

Mr. Delligatti had a franchise in Uniontown, near Pittsburgh, when he invented the Big Mac in 1967 after deciding his customers wanted a bigger sandwich than a regular hamburger.  Demand for it exploded and soon spread to all of his 47 McDonald's in Pennsylvania.  It was added to the chain's national menu in 1968.

When asked why he named it Big Mac, he would say that the Big Mc sounded too funny.

However, McDonald's awarded the naming honor to Esther Glickstein Rose.  The true origin of the name has often been argued.  Mr. Delligatti never received any payment or royalties for coming up with the Big Mac.

Two All-Beef.  --DaMack

Big Mac Creator Died in December: Michael "Jim" Delligatti-- Part 1

From the December 1, 2016, Northwest Herald (Illinois) "McDonald's Big Mac creator dies" by Joe Mandax, AP.

"You probably don't know his name, but you've almost certainly devoured his creation: two all-beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions, on a sesame seed bun.

"Michael James "Jim" Delligatti, the McDonald's franchisee, who created the Big Mac nearly 50 years ago and saw it become perhaps the best-known fast-food sandwich in the world, died Monday (Nov. 28) at his home in Pittsburgh.  Delligatti, who his son said ate at least one 540-calorie Big Mac a week for decades, was 98."

Good Eating.  --CootMac

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Mary Tyler Moore: TV Icon, Symbol of Modern Woman

That sure caught me by surprise when I learned of her death back in January.  She was definitely one of my favorite actresses on TVfor those two shows.

In the 1960s, she was Laura Petrie on "The Dick Van Dyke Show" and in the 1970s it was her own comedy as Mary Richards in "The Mary Tyler Moore Show."

She began her career as Happy Hotpoint, the dancing pixie on Hotpoint appliance commercials and was on "The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet" in 1955.

"The Dick Van Dyke Show" ran from 1961 to 1966.  "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" ran for seven seasons, premiering in 1970.  Also on CBS and part of that great 70s CBS Saturday night lineup:  "MASH," "The Bob Newhart Show," "All in the Family" and "The Carol Burnett Show."  Our partying on Saturdays did not begin until after these three hours of shows.

I Wonder What Happened to Saturday Night Entertainment?  --Cooter

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Looking Back to 1941: Construction of NIU's Science Building

From the October 19, 2016, MidWeek "Looking Back.

1941, 75 Years Ago.

"Despite some slight delays in the arrival of materials, good progress is being made on the construction of the new science building at the State Teachers College (Northern Illinois University today).  All the cement for the first floor has been laid and at the present time there is a delay due to the non-arrival of steel for the framework for the upper stories.

"In the meantime work on the installation of some of the plumbing has started and the basement floor is being graded so that work on the floor can be started."

Another Building for NIU.  --Cooter

Looking Back to 1941: Chief Shabbona Painting Comes to DeKalb Public Library

From the October 12, 2016, MidWeek "Looking Back."

1941, 75 Years Ago.

"The DeKalb Public Library has a new picture of the famous Indian Chief Shabbona, the gift of Claus Collins, DeKalb township supervisor.  The picture is of Chief Shabbona and his first wife, Spotka.

"It is understood that the picture is somewhat rare; Mr. Collins has become greatly interested in the famous Indian chief and has engaged in considerable research.  It is learned that he has been able  to secure much new information about Shabbona, which has resulted in several controversial matters having been solved to great extent."

Probably in regards to the Chief's land claims.


Monday, March 6, 2017

Girding for War in 1917

From the September 19, 2016, Shorpy Photo Site.  DO SPOONS COME NEXT: 1917  A shop at the Washington Navy Yard where the workers are constructing torpedo tubes to be used on surface ships.


North Carolina's Order of the Long Leaf Pine

From Wikipedia.

I mentioned this group in my post.from Friday, March 3.

This honor was created in 1964 and recipients have given extraordinary service to the State of North Carolina.

There is a long list of recipients.

Some of the names I recognize:

Dale Earnhardt
Danny Glover
Jeff Gordon
Billy Graham
Andy Griffith
Charles Kuralt
Richard Petty
Oprah Winfrey
James Worthy


Saturday, March 4, 2017

More USS Maine Artifacts

The last two entries have been about the USS Maine's bathtub.  Very few U.S. navy vessels are equipped with bathtubs.

Here is a list of other USS Maine artifacts:

The main mast is at Arlington National Cemetery.

The foremast is at the U.S. naval Academy.

The anchors are at Arlington National Cemetery and Reading, Pennsylvania.

The bow scroll is at Bangor, Maine.

The stern scrollwork nameplate is at the Smithsonian.

The ship had ten-inch guns in its main battery.  I didn't see what happened to them.  Its six-inch guns were the secondary battery and there were six of them.

A gun from the Maine is at Fort Allen Park in Portland, Maine.  (Fort Allen was built in the War of 1812.  It also has two Civil War cannons.)

--All Over the Place.  --Cooter

Captain Sigsbee's Bathtub-- Part 2: Here, There, Everywhere

In 1929, the bathtub was placed along the wall of the courthouse rotunda and remained there for the next 30 years.  When the courthouse was renovated in 1960 it was removed and shipped to the Findlay College Museum.

They stored it in an old cigar factory.  In 1974 it was turned over to the Hancock Historical Museum who put it in their basement.  It was recently retrieved and now can once again be viewed by visitors, though much of the enamel is gone.

It is currently not on display and probably won't be until 2015.

A Real Clean History.  --Cooter

Friday, March 3, 2017

Captain Sigsbee's Bathtub-- Part 1: Ugly and Ignored

From Roadside America.

Continued from September 10, 2016.

Captain Charles Sigsbee's bathtub from the USS Maine which had been blown up in Havana Harbor, arrived in Findlay, Ohio, on March 3, 1913, rusted and ugly after having been under water for 14 years.  Findlay was embarrassed and stored it in a municipal building.  A year later it was being used as the Findlay City hall's coal bin.

The city of Lima, Ohio, demanded it.  When local Spanish-American War veterans learned that Lima wanted it, they promised that they would bronze it and have it displayed at a local park.  Lima lost interest in it and so did the veterans.  The rusted relic was stuck in a display case in a little-used hallway of the Findlay courthouse.

It sat there for 15 years.  A janitor eventually put a "USS Maine Bathtub" sign on it so he wouldn't have to answer so many questions about it.

March 3, 1913, was 104 years ago today.


Beyond the Sticky Stuff-- Part 2: Bluegrass and Murrow


Sometimes the pines inspire the pitch. too.  Earl Scruggs sang "In the Pines,"  a haunting Southern Appalachian folk song, which he picked up from Bill Monroe when they played together as the groundbreaking group The Bluegrass Boys.


Edward R. Murrow knew all about pitches and pine.  The North Carolina boy pitched his way to stardom as a television journalist.

And, his namesake park --  Edward R. Murrow Park in Washington, D.C. -- is home to Scotch and white pines.  But somehow, he was never inducted into the Order of the Long Leaf Pine.

Order of the Long Leaf Pine?


Beyond the Sticky Stuff-- Part 1: Baseball and Spirituals

From the March 2015 Our State magazine, North Carolina by Andrew Kenney.

BATTER UP:  Baseball has pitch and tar alike.  Some batters think tar helps hit a pitch and apply pine tar, which is more viscous than pine pitch, on their bat to improve grip.

Some pitchers use it on their hands, too (retired major league pitcher Gaylord Perry, a Williamston, N.C., native, is said to have kept some under his cap, but that is not against the rules).

SHAPES FOR SINGING:  Up among the pines of Haywood County, they are focused on a different sort of pitch: the musical kind.

Lake Junalaska is the site of one of the largest annual gatherings of shape-note singers --  a variety of white spiritual written so that shapes replace the heads of musical notes, making it easier to read the scale.


Thursday, March 2, 2017

Longleaf Legacy-- Part 2: Country's Naval Stores Leader in the 1800s

Throughout the 1800s, North Carolina accounted for up to 96 percent of the nation's "naval stores."    And, that was not to mention the lumber used to build ships and factories.

But, because of overharvesting and changes in the ecosystem, that is mostly gone now.  The area covered by longleaf pines shrank from 90 million acres in the southeast to less than 2 million by 2000.

Of this, perhaps 500 acres in North Carolina is still considered virgin.


Longleaf Legacy-- Part 1: North Carolina's Longleaf Pines

From the March 2015 Our State magazine by Andrew Kenney.

When the first European explorers arrived on North Carolina's shores, they found towering longleaf pine trees standing at more than 100 feet tall and promising a plentiful resource in the wooden ship seafaring age.

Two captains told Sir Walter Raleigh in 1584 that these trees "could supply the English Navy with enough tar and pitch to make our Queen the ruler of the seas."  This was a big reason he went ahead with what would become his famous "Lost Colony."

 They were referring to pine tar, the viscous fluid that leaks from heated pine, used to secure masts and sails.  They also were talking about pitch, the boiled tar which could be heated and painted on the bottom of boats for waterproofing.

Along with the wood of these trees, it helped foster a backwoods industry and turned North Carolina into the home of the Tar Heels.

And, that nickname stuck, just as it did on the shoes and feet of poor workers who "stepped" in it.

Tar Me Up, Scottie.  --Cooter

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Looking Back to 1916: A War Tax on Telephone Calls and Telegrams

From the October 12, 2016, MidWeek (DeKalb County, Illinois) "Looking Back."

1916, 100 Years Ago.

"You will notice on your telephone and telegraph bills nowadays that an extra penny is not added, and although a penny is the smallest denomination of American money, with some business concerns that added penny for war tax amounted to considerable in a month.

"Telephone calls that went over a fifteen cent charge were taxed a penny, while telegrams of all kinds, way bills, etc., were also taxed.  The penny can now go towards the high cost of living instead of the war fund."

And, We Weren't Even At War Then.  --Cooter

Monday, February 27, 2017

Fargo Theaters in Illinois

From Cinema site.

FARGO THEATRE.  Opened in DeKalb on December 7, 1929 on Lincoln Highway on east side of town.  Closed in 1952.  After that became a skating rink.  Today is a retail store, auditorium and warehouse at 621-649 East Lincoln Highway.

It had sister theater in Geneva, Illinois, called the Fargo Theatre, now the Geneva Theater.

Both were built and owned by Judge Fargo.


Friday, February 24, 2017

Looking Back to 1941: A New Theater for DeKalb

From the October 19, 2016, MidWeek (DeKalb County, Illinois) "Looking Back."

1941, 75 Years Ago.

"Plans for the erection of a new motion picture theatre in this city, to be located on North Third Street, are being completed by Fred Anderson of Morris, operator of the DeKalb Egyptian and DeKalb Fargo Theatres.

"It is understood that Mr. Anderson plans to bring an architect to DeKalb next week to go over the site and prepare the plans for the movie house."

I imagine the DeKalb Fargo Theatre was the one in Sycamore.  The Egyptian Theatre is in DeKalb and the one planned would have been the DeKalb Theatre.

Pass the Popcorn.  --Cooter