Lincoln, Civil War, and the Gettysburg Address (1863.11.19)

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Lincoln had been invited on this date in 1863 to give a “few appropriate remarks” to dedicate a cemetery for Union soldiers killed at Gettysburg.  Despite its brevity and earning little attention at the time, the Gettysburg Address is one of Lincoln’s greatest speeches which you are invited to celebrate on Crosscurrents, 11/19 at 8 am.

GETTYSBURG ADDRESS ON KRNN, 11/19 at 8 am.  live on air link: http://www.krnn.org

 

Get Out to Vote and Susan B. Anthony (1872.11.05)

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 American civil rights activist Susan B. Anthony was later arrested for voting “illegally” in the presidential election on this date in 1872.   You are encouraged to vote on Tuesday after you listen to the suffragist song fest on Monday Crosscurrents 11/5 at 8 am.

SUSAN B. ANTHONY ON KRNN, 11/5: live onair link:  http://www.krnn.org

Quotes:

Nothing is hopeless that is right.

The older I get, the greater power I seem to have to help the world; I am like a snowball – the further I am rolled the more I gain.

We ask justice, we ask equality, we ask that all the civil and political rights that belong to citizens of the United States, be guaranteed to us and our daughters forever.

“I distrust those people who know so well what God wants them to do because I notice it always coincides with their own desires.”

Women should have equal pay for equal work and they should be considered equally eligible to the offices of principal and superintendent, professor and president. So you must insist that qualifications, not sex, shall govern appointments and salaries.

“Forget conventionalisms; forget what the world thinks of you stepping out of your place; think your best thoughts, speak your best words, work your best works, looking to your own conscience for approval.”

“No man is good enough to govern any woman without her consent.”

“Sooner or later we all discover that the important moments in life are not the advertised ones, not the birthdays, the graduations, the weddings, not the great goals achieved. The real milestones are less prepossessing. They come to the door of memory unannounced, stray dogs that amble in, sniff around a bit and simply never leave. Our lives are measured by these.”

Post script:

     She was fined $100 though she never paid it.

     The legal arguement on her behalf was based on the 14th and the 15th Amendment.

     She pledged her vote for U.S. Grant.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ask Jeeves, Edwardian England, and P.G. Wodehouse (1881.10.15)

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 English-born novelist, short-story writer, and playwright, best known as a satirist of the Edwardian British upper class, P.G. Wodehouse was born on this date in 1881.  You can ask your smart speaker or the butler Jeeves to tune into the Wodehouse birthday on Crosscurrents, 10/15 at 8 am.

P.G.WODEHOUSE ON KRNN, 10/15:  live on-air: http://www.krnn.org

P.G. Wodehouse quotes – – –

There is no surer foundation for a beautiful friendship than a mutual taste in literature.”

The voice of Love seemed to call to me, but it was a wrong number.”

He had the look of one who had drunk the cup of life and found a dead beetle at the bottom.”

I could see that, if not actually disgruntled, he was far from being gruntled.”

Everything in life that’s any fun, as somebody wisely observed, is either immoral, illegal or fattening.”

“I always advise people never to give advice.”

What’s the use of a great city having temptations if fellows don’t yield to them?”

Some minds are like soup in a poor restaurant—better left unstirred.”

An apple a day, if well aimed, keeps the doctor away.”

Every day you seem to know less and less about more and more”

Laurel and Hardy, silent movie, and “Second Hundred Years” (1927.10.08)

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 Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy first appeared together as convicts escaping from a penitentiary in the silent short-film “Second Hundred Years” released on this date in 1927.  Laurel and Hardy are perfect inspiration to the craziness to which you are invited on Crosscurrents, 10/8 at 8 am.  STAN AND OLLIE ON KRNN 10/8: live on-air link:  http://www.krnn.org

 

 

 

Roaring 1920’s, The Lost Generation, and F.Scott Fitzgerald (1896.09.24)

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 An author whose life was a tragic example of the 1920’s – the joys of love and success, and the pain of excess and failure, F. Scott Fitzgerald was born on this date in 1896.  Please bring your dancing shoes for an electric swing playlist and a Fitzgerald birthday party on Crosscurrents, 9/24 at 8 am.

F.SCOTT FITZGERALD ON KRNN, 9/24 live on air:  http://www.krnn.org

Fitzgerald quotes

So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.” ― F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

The loneliest moment in someones life is when they are watching their whole world fall apart, and all they can do is stare blankly.”― F. Scott Fitzgerald

Show me a hero, and I’ll write you a tragedy.” ― F. Scott Fitzgerald

I don’t want to repeat my innocence. I want the pleasure of losing it again.” ― F. Scott Fitzgerald, This Side of Paradise

And I like large parties. Theyre so intimate. At small parties there isnt any privacy.” ― F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

I was within and without, simultaneously enchanted and repelled by the inexhaustible variety of life.” ― Fitzgerald F. Scott, The Great Gatsby

Let us learn to show our friendship for a man when he is alive and not after he is dead.” ― F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

Whenever you feel like criticizing any one…just remember that all the people in this world haven’t had the advantages that you’ve had.” ― F. Scott Fitzgerald

Reserving judgements is a matter of infinite hope.” ― F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

Cut out all these exclamation points. An exclamation point is like laughing at your own joke.” ― F. Scott Fitzgerald

Here’s to alcohol, the rose colored glasses of life.” ― F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Beautiful and Damned

Never confuse a single defeat with a final defeat.” ― F. Scott Fitzgerald

It’s a great advantage not to drink among hard drinking people.” ― F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

First you take a drink, then the drink takes a drink, then the drink takes you.” ― F. Scott Fitzgerald

It takes two to make an accident.” ― F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

There is no confusion like the confusion of a simple mind…” ― F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

I’m a cynical idealist.” ― F. Scott Fitzgerald, This Side of Paradise

I’ve been drunk for about a week now, and I thought it might sober me up to sit in a library.” ― F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

It is not life that’s complicated, it’s the struggle to guide and control life.” ― F. Scott Fitzgerald, This Side of Paradise

Experience is the name so many people give to their mistakes.” ― Francis Scott Fitzgerald, This Side of Paradise

In any case you mustn’t confuse a single failure with a final defeat.” ― F. Scott Fitzgerald, Tender Is the Night

What people are ashamed of usually makes a good story.” ― F Scott Fitzgerald

My God,’ he gasped, ‘you’re fun to kiss.” ― Fitzgerald, Tender Is the Night

I am tired of knowing nothing and being reminded of it all the time.” ― F. Scott Fitzgerald, Tender Is the Night

One should . . . be able to see things as hopeless and yet be determined to make them otherwise.” ― F. Scott Fitzgerald

Vitality shows not only in the ability to persist, but in the ability to start over.” ― F. Scott Fitzgerald

Sometimes I don’t know whether I’m real or whether I’m a character in one of my novels.” ― F. Scott Fitzgerald

Everybody’s youth is a dream, a form of chemical madness.’

‘How pleasant then to be insane!” ― F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Diamond as Big as the Ritz, and Other Stories

Very well then, better a sane crook than a mad puritan.” ― F. Scott Fitzgerald, Tender Is the Night

Ours was a generation grown up to find all gods dead, all wars fought, all faiths in man shaken” —” ― F.Scott Fitzgerald

Continental Congress, Founding Fathers, and Constitution (1787.09.17)

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The product of four months of secret debate, convention delegates signed the final draft of the Constitution on this date in 1787.  You are invited to convene for a unconventional Constitutional celebration on Crosscurrents, 9/17 at 8 am.

CONSTITUTIION DAY ON KRNN, 9/17 http://www.krnn.org

I.  On September 17, 1787, only 39 of the 55 delegates to the Constitutional Convention signed the document.

II.  The original Constitution signed on September 17th and ratified June 21, 1788 is only five pages long.

III. Three Latin phrases appear in the Constitution: pro tempore, ex post facto, and habeas corpus.

IV.  James Madison is viewed as the “Father of the Constitution” despite his misgivings towards some of its content.

V.  The 85 articles of The Federalist were instrumental in getting the Constitution ratified and were written by Madison, Alexander Hamilton, and John Jay.

VI.  The Constitutional Convention lasted from May 25, 1787 through September 17, 1787. George Washington served as president of the Constitutional Convention, but did not speak during any of the proceedings until the Convention’s final day.

VII. During the Convention, George Washington sat in a chair that had a representation of half a sun on the top, which Benjamin Franklin regularly gazed at during troublesome moments of the proceedings. Asked why, he said he was unable to decide if the sun was rising or setting. Only when the Constitution was signed did Franklin decide the sun was rising.

VIII. Franklin, at age 81, was the oldest delegate, and had to be helped to sign his name.

IX.  John Shallus, a clerk for the Pennsylvania General Assembly, physically wrote the Constitution down on parchment paper. The Convention paid him $30 for his services, which is worth about $800 today.

X.  Rhode Island was the only state that refused to send delegates to the Constitutional Convention and was the last state to ratify the Constitution (May 29, 1790).

XI.  One of the Constitutional Convention’s debates was the title of the nation’s Chief Executive. One possible idea: “His Highness the President of the United States of America and Protector of their Liberties.” Eventually everyone settled on “The President of the United States.”

XII. The U.S. Constitution is the shortest governing document of any nation today, and contains only 7 articles and 27 amendments. It is also the oldest; Norway’s comes in second and was codified in 1814.

XIII. Giving comfort to grammar errants everywhere, the official copy of the Constitution contains an incorrect word — Article 1, Section 10 uses “it’s” when it should be “its,” even in 18th-century usage. However, the word “chuse” as used in the Constitution was acceptable at the time. So was the alternative spelling of Pennsylvania, Pensylvania; the Constitution actually uses both spellings.