Thursday, May 24, 2018

Fox Lake-Grant Township Area Historical Society Meeting, May 19, 2018-- Part 1

The meeting was called to order at 9:40 a.m., and President Kubalanza addressed the assemblage about the horrific school shootings in Texas yesterday.  This was supposed to be a short time of reflection, but ended up with a twenty minute discussion.

To say these school shootings are upsetting is an understatement.  Everyone has an opinion.  But, the general consensus was that banning guns was not the answer.  Those people will find a way to get guns if they want them.  Better to make it really hard to get them.

Most felt that the problem was a mental one, which it is.  But how do you come up with the money to treat all the many crazies we have today?

Also, a problem is that the media is playing the murders up way too much.  The names and photos of the murderers should never be seen or heard unless there is an active search for the murderer.


Wednesday, May 23, 2018

USS Detroit (C-10)-- Part 2: Spanish-American War

During the Spanish-American War, the Detroit was part of a squadron which shelled Fort San Cristobol and Castillo San Felipe del Morro in San Juan, Puerto Rico and several shore batteries 12 May 1898.

Later, the Detroit patrolled off Nicaragua and Venezuela during problems there.

The ship was decommissioned in May 1900 and recommissioned in 1902, seeing service in the Caribbean Sea.

It was decommissioned again in 1905 and sold for scrap in 1910.


Tuesday, May 22, 2018

USS Detroit (C-10): Fought in the Spanish-American War

From Wikipedia.

Unprotected cruiser of the Montgomery-class.  Commissioned 20 July 1893.  decommissioned 1 August 1905.  Sold for scrap 1910.

269 feet long, 37-foot beam..  Mounted two 6-inch and eight 5-inch guns in main armament.

Protected American citizens in Rio de Janeiro in 1893 and engaged a rebel cruiser and then sent to the Asiatic Station.

Overhauled in New York in 1897 then went to Key West as tensions between the U.S. and Spain mounted over Cuba.


Monday, May 21, 2018

Writing About the Other USS Detroit Ships In My Other Blogs

I am going into greater detail on the USS Detroit ships in my other blogs.

The first USS Detroit was a War of 1812 ship, originally of the British Navy, but captured at the Battle of Lake Erie.  I am writing about that one in my Not So Forgotten: The War of 1812 blog.

The second USS Detroit had the name only a few months and was a renamed Civil War ship, the USS Canandaigua.  I am writing about that one in my Running the Blockade:  Civil War Navy blog

The third USS Detroit fought in the Spanish-American War I will eventually write about it in this blog.

The fourth USS Detroit fought in World War II and I am writing about it in my Tattooed On Your Soul: World War II blog.

You can access these blogs at My Blog List to the right of this.


USS Detroit-- Part 3: Spanish-American War and WW II

**  The third USS Detroit (C-10) was a Montgomery-class cruiser that operated 1893-1904.  Its class was one of the poorest ever designed for the U.S. Navy.  It fought in the Spanish-American War and was scrapped after decommissioning in 1904.

**  The fourth USS Detroit (CL-8) was an Omaha-class light cruiser (1923-1946).  It was at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, and one of the few ships to get underway.  During World War II it earned six Battle Stars.

It was moored alongside the USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay when the Japanese surrendered in 1945.  So, it was one of the few ships that was present at the beginning of the war for the United States and the end.

**  The fifth USS Detroit (AOE-4) was a fast combat support ship (1970-2005).


Saturday, May 19, 2018

USS Detroit-- Part 2: War of 1812 and Civil War

The first two U.S. Navy ships named USS Detroit.

**  The first USS Detroit was a 12-gun ship built by the British during the War of 1812 in Malden, Canada.  It was carrying 19 guns when it was captured at the Battle of Lake Erie where it was the flagship of the Royal Navy.  It then became the USS Detroit and served the Americans until it was scrapped in 1815.

**  The second USS Detroit was that name for only a few months in 1869.  It was the USS Canandaigua before and after then.  This ship served during the Civil War.  The U.S. Navy had a massive renaming of ships around 1869.


Friday, May 18, 2018

USS Detroit-- Part 1: A Civil War Ship By That Name (Well, After the War)

In my Running the Blockade: Civil War Navy blog I have been writing about the USS Canandaigua which for a few months after the Civil War was named the USS Detroit.  I then found out that a couple years ago a new USS Detroit was launched, so looked into the ships by the name USS Detroit in the U.S. Navy.

From the April 21, 2016, Detroit Unspun Blog  "Commissioning of the USS Detroit slated for September, crew visits Detroit" by Marge Stone.

The newest USS Detroit is planned to be commissioned in front of Detroit's Renaissance Center September 17.  It is a Littoral Combat Ship, (LCS-7) and the sixth to bear the name.  It was built by the Marinette Marine Shipyard in Marinette, Wisconsin.

Go to the site and see the ship being launched sideways.  It was a bit scary.

I will be writing about the other ships by the name.


Thursday, May 17, 2018

Fort Eustis, Va., in World War I: Artillery Training

I have been writing about this fort in Virginia in my Not So Forgotten War of 1812 blog because it was named after Abraham Eustis, a War of 1812 veteran who made the Army his career and eventually rose to the rank of brevet brigadier general and was the first commander of Fort Monroe, Virginia.

To see about its role in World War I, click on the blog site in the My Blog List section to the right of this and go to yesterday's post.


25 Things About "Laverne & Shirley"-- Part 7: What Does "Schmeill, Schmazell Mean?

22.  Penny Marshall and Cindy Williams presented the People's Choice award in 1977 to Henry Winkler and Ron Howard of "Happy Days."

23.  The famous "Schmeill, Schmazell, Hasenpfeffer Incorporated" that preceded Cyndi Grecio's classic theme song "Making Our Dreams Come True" in the opening montage came from Penny Marshall's childhood friends' song they used to sing walking to school.  According to The free Dictionary, Schmeill Schmazell means an unlucky person.

And, I always thought it had to do with the brewery where they worked.

24.  Cindy Williams left a couple episodes into the 8th and final season.  The reasons for her exit vary depending upon who gives it, but everyone agrees part of it was her demands about the show accommodating her pregnancy.  Feelings were hard and Penny and Cindy did not talk for several years.

25.  Cindy and Penny did reunite for a 2013 episode of "Sam & Cat" on Nickelodeon.


25 Things About "Laverne & Shirley"-- Part 6: Don't Steal My Boo Boo

18.  Shirley Feeney's beloved Boo Boo Kitty became an inanimate series regular.  It was pulled out from under a bed by Cindy Williams.  Shirley improvised Boo Boo from her mom's car's name.  It was one of a kind and there were no duplicate Boo Boos.  The propmaster had to lock it up after each show was filmed.

19.  There was a line of merchandise for the show, including dolls of Laverne, Shirley, Lenny and Sqiggy.  Also a board game and coloring book among others.

20.  The show was filmed on Paramount's Stage 20.  This stage was also where the original "The Odd Couple" (on which Penny Marsall co-starred), "My Three Sons,"  "Star Trek Voyager" and "Primal Fear."

21.  In Season 3's talent show episode, Frances Williams, Cindy's mother, played Mrs. Bellini and Penny's mother Marjorie Marshall played the dance teacher.


Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Measles Delays the Paper in DeKalb in 1918

From the May 2, 2018, MidWeek  "Looking Back."

1918, 100 Years Ago.

"The present extensive epidemic of measles is responsible for considerable trouble in delivery of The Chronicle.

"Last night one of the boys notified the office at four o'clock that he would be unable to carry his route on account of measles.  After calling some 15 or 20 boys, a lad was found who delivered the route, but of course, missed some of our customers."

Newspaper Boys?  Do we still have them?

"Boss, I'm Sick."  --Cooter

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

25 Things About "Laverne and Shirley"-- Part 5: The Big Ragu and Guest Stars

16.  Eddie Mekka played Carmine Raguso, aspiring actor and singer, Shirley's sometime boyfriend, was slated for a spinoff series, but it didn't happen after "Laverne and Shirley" was cancelled.  Remember him singing "Rags to Riches" or "I Left My Heart In San Francisco."

17.  Ted Danson, pre-"Cheers," was in one of the series' more serious episodes "Why Did the Fireman..."  Danson's fireman character, Randy Carpenter, was ready to propose but killed while on the job.

Other "Laverne and Shirley" guest stars:  Jay Leno, Mark Harmon, Carrie Fisher, Art Garfunkel (who dated Penny Marshall), Adam West, Eric Idle and Fred Dryer.

More guest stars:  Vickie Lawrence, Richard Moll, Jim Belushi, Jeff Goldblum, Hugh Heffner, Laraine Newman,Harold Dean Stanton, Howard Hesseman,  and Louis Lasser.

"And Though My Pocket May Be Empty, I'd Be a Millionaire."  --CootRagu

Monday, May 14, 2018

25 Things About "Laverne and Shirley"-- Part 4: Milk and Pepsi Drink?

12.  Laverne's favorite beverage on the show was milk and Pepsi.

13.  Penny Marshall made her directorial debut in the Season 4 episode  "Squiggy In Love."  She later went on to direct the movie "Big," becoming the first female director to do over $100 million at the box office.  later, she directed "A League of Their Own" and "Awakenings."

14.  Producers planned to end "Laverne & Shirley" after Season 5 when they moved to New York City, but Penny Marshall and Cindy Williams protested and remained in Milwaukee before moving to Hollywood for three more seasons.

15.  In 1981, a spinoff cartoon  "Laverne and Shirley in the Army" aired for one season on ABC's Saturday Morning cartoon lineup.


25 Things About 'LaVerne and Shirley'-- Part 3: What About Laverne's Famous "L" Monogram

8.  Lenny and Squiggy were originally hired on to the "Laverne & Shirley" show as writers, but wrote themselves into the story line  The network even considered having them get a spin-off of their own.

9.  Squiggy regularly tried to get Laverne to go out with him.  Cindy Williams and David Lander actually dated during the early seasons.

10.  Laverne and Shirley was a Marshall family affair.  Penny Marshall starred in it.  Gary Marshall created, produced, wrote and directed.  Their sister Ronny Hallin was casting director.  Their father Anthony Marshall was producer.  Once Anthony Marshall thought Penny had talked rudely to him and refused to sign her weekly $75,000 check until she apologized.

11.  Laverne's famous ubiquitous "L" monogram came about so viewers would remember her name. on the new show.


Friday, May 11, 2018

25 Things You Didn't Know About 'Laverne & Shirley'-- Part 2

4.  Cindy Willaims and Penny Marshall were working on a movie, "My Country Tis of Thee" for Francis Ford Coppola when they were cast as Laverne & Shirley.

5.  The show debuted January 27, 1976 and was the #1 TV show for that week.  The #1 TV show that year  was "All in the Family" starring Penny Marshall's then husband, Rob Reiner.

6.  The show was an immediate hit and the duo were asked to record an album "Laverne & Shirley Sing" in 1976.  One person tried to turn them into a girl group called "The Rosebuds."

7.  Michael McKean and David Lander, aka Lenny and Squiggy, also released an album called "Lenny & Squiggy Present Lenny and the Squigtones" singing in character.  They even performed the song "King of the Cars" on American Bandstand.

Hello!!  --DaCootSquig

25 Things You Didn't Know About 'Laverne & Shirley'-- Part 1

From the June 16, 2015, Yahoo! TV  "Schlemiel, Schimazel: 25 Things You Never Knew About 'Lavern & Shirley'" by Kimberly Potts.

The sitcom ran from 1976-1983 and was a favorite of mine.

1.  It was a "Happy Days" spinoff.  Penny Marshall and Cindy Williams were guests on the Season 3 of it as Laverne DeFazio and Shirley Feeny.  The episode was "A Date With Fonzie."  They had a double date with Fonzie and Richie.  It was popular with viewers.  Cindy Williams briefly dated Henry Winkler but on the episode, Laverne was Fonzie's date.

2.  They appeared to be having fun on the episode, but off camera there was a lot of cursing going on during "Lavern & Shirley."

3.  There was almost a war going on between the writers and actors during Laverne & Shirley."

Heeeyyyyyy!   --CootFonz

Thursday, May 10, 2018

DeKalb Township (Illinois) Meets Minimum Quota for WW I's Third Liberty Loan

From the May 2, 2018, MidWeek (DeKalb County, Illinois)  "Looking Back."

1918, 100 Years Ago.

"DeKalb Township has subscribed to the minimum quota for the Third Liberty Loan and has received the honor liberty flag allotted to every township subscribing the minimum quota.The flag arrived last night, and at present time no plans have been made for the unfurling of the liberty flag.  It is probable that the ceremony attendant upon such will be deferred until DeKalb township has subscribed the maximum quota which will be within the next few days."

Hand the Flag.  --Cooter