An English novelist most known for his satirical works “Animal Farm” and “1984”, George Orwell was born on this date in 1903. You will find no “doublethink” and that “all animals are equal” on the KRNN farm to which you are invited for an Orwellian birthday playlist on Crosscurrents, 6/25 at 8am. ORWELL ON CROSSCURRENTS, 6/25: stream live via the web: http://www.krnn.org
“All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.”
― George Orwell, Animal Farm
“In a time of deceit telling the truth is a revolutionary act.”
― George Orwell, 1984
MALLORY ON CROSSCURRENTS, 6/18: Renowned mountaineer leading three British expeditions to Mount Everest, George Mallory was born on this date in 1886. You can be your own mountain by joining our Mallory radio party on Crosscurrents, 6/18 at 8 am.
Playlist to include: Aint No Mountain High Enough; A Higher Place; Hold On I’m Coming; I Can’t Help Myself; Hang On Sloopy; You’ll Be Coming Down; Come Together; Let’s Stay Together; Reach Out I’ll Be There; and… Stand By Me.
The oceanographer, inventor, photographer, explorer, Jacques Cousteau was born on this date in 1910. Gavin and Wyatt are on the Calypso, John will be on the microphone, and you are invited to join us for songs of the sea, sailors, and ships on Crosscurrents 6/11 at 8 am.
KING GEORGE III ON CROSSCURRENTS, 6/4: The British monarch presiding over the loss of the American Revolution, King George III was born on this day in 1738. Including a playlist of some of unusual British 60’s mod musicians, America’s last monarch has a birthday party to which you are welcome is celebrated on Crosscurrents, 6/4 at 8 am.
HOME GROWN: George III became heir to the throne on the death of his father in 1751, succeeding his grandfather, George II, in 1760. He was the third Hanoverian monarch and the first one to be born in England and to use English as his first language.
BUSY MAN: George III was devoted to his wife, Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz. They had 15 children, 13 of whom reached adulthood.
GEORGE, THE SCIENCE GUY: George III was the first king to study science as part of his education (he had his own astronomical observatory), and examples of his collection of scientific instruments can now be seen in the Science Museum.
WIN SOME, LOSE SOME: The American War of Independence ran from 1775 to 1783 and resulted in Britain’s loss of many its colonies in North America. France was eager to retaliate against Great Britain following their defeat during the Seven Years’ War.
HE LIKED A GOOD RIDE: In 1760 George III commissioned the Gold State Coach is an enclosed, eight horse-drawn carriage still used by the British Royal Family today.
FOLLOW THE MONEY: George III’s accession in 1760 marked a significant change in royal finances. In 1760, it was decided that the whole cost of the Civil List (judges and embassadors etc.) should be provided by Parliament, in return for the surrender of the hereditary revenues by the King from the Crown Estate for the duration of his reign.
ROYAL REAL ESTATE KING: George III bought Buckingham House (now known as Buckingham Palace) in 1761 for his wife Queen Charlotte to use as a comfortable family home close to St James’s Palace, where many court functions were held. Buckingham House became known as the Queen’s House.
PAPER BACK WRITER: One of the most cultured of monarchs, George III started a new royal collection of books (65,000 of his books were later given to the British Museum, as the nucleus of a national library) and opened his library to scholars.
DUKE OF DIRT: During his reign, George III acquired the nickname ‘Farmer George’, in part due to his agricultural interests and in part as a playful pun.
HOSPITALIZATION; After serious bouts of illness in 1788-89 and again in 1801, George became permanently deranged in 1810. He was mentally unfit to rule in the last decade of his reign; his eldest son – the later George IV – acted as Prince Regent from 1811. Some medical historians have said that George III’s mental instability was caused by a hereditary physical disorder called porphyria.
By the flow of the inland river,
Whence the fleets of iron have fled,
Where the blades of the grave-grass quiver,
Asleep are the ranks of the dead:
Under the sod and the dew,
Waiting the judgment-day;
Under the one, the Blue,
Under the other, the Gray….
….No more shall the war cry sever,
Or the winding rivers be red;
They banish our anger forever
When they laurel the graves of our dead!
Under the sod and the dew,
Waiting the judgment-day,
Love and tears for the Blue,
Tears and love for the Gray.
The creator of James Bond, 007, of the British Secret Service, a series of spy novels, Ian Fleming was born on the date in 1908. There is no need for espionage as you are invited to the Fleming birthday bash on Crosscurrents, 5/28 at 8 am.
PLATO ON CROSSCURRENTS, 5/21: Founder of the institute of higher learning, The Academy, a writer on politics, metaphysics, and epistemology, the ancient Greek philosopher, Plato was born around about, according to some historical calculations, on this date in the year 428. The philosophy of our show will be musicology as we celebrate Plato’s scholarship on Crosscurrents, 5/21 at 8 am.
Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a harder battle.” ― Plato
“Every heart sings a song, incomplete, until another heart whispers back. Those who wish to sing always find a song. At the touch of a lover, everyone becomes a poet.” ― Plato
“Wise men speak because they have something to say; fools because they have to say something.” ― Plato
“We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light.” ― Plato
“The price good men pay for indifference to public affairs is to be ruled by evil men.”― Plato
“Do not train a child to learn by force or harshness; but direct them to it by what amuses their minds, so that you may be better able to discover with accuracy the peculiar bent of the genius of each.” ― Plato
“The heaviest penalty for declining to rule is to be ruled by someone inferior to yourself.” ― Plato, The Republic
The epic tales of ‘Star Wars,’ ‘Indiana Jones,’ and ‘American Graffiti,’ were created by producer, director, and writer, George Lucas who was born on this date in 1944. It will not be a command for “lights, camera, action,” but rather a call for “audio, microphone, music” on Crosscurrents, 5/14 at 8 am. ( http://www.krnn.org )
Founded by the French Mississippi Company in honor of Philippe II, France’s Duke of Orléans, the city of New Orleans was established on this date in 1718. Let the good times roll with music by artists from NOLA on Crosscurrents, 5/7 at 8 am.