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.

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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.

Paved Road, Coast to Coast, and The Lincoln Highway (1913.09.10)

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  The first paved coast-to-coast US highway, The Lincoln Highway, was opened on this date in 1913.  Your radio is all you need to join for the Lincoln Highway anniversary on Crosscurrents, 9/10 at 8 am.

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The notionof the Lincoln Highway came from Carl Fisher, responsible for the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Miami Beach. With help from fellow industrialists Frank Seiberling and Henry Joy, an improved, hard-surfaced road was envisioned that would extend almost 3400 miles coast to coast, New York to San Francisco, over the shortest practical route.

The Lincoln Highway Association was formed in 1913 to develope the road using private and corporate donations. The idea was taken up by an enthusiastic public, and many other named roads across the country followed.  American citizens’ desire for improved roads led to the action of the federal government in constucting roads and the creation of numbered U.S. routes in the 1920s.

Great Society, Vietnam War, and Lyndon B. Johnson (1908.08.27)

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The 36th President lauded for his progressive domestic policies and criticized for his foreign affairs, Lyndon B. Johnson was born on this date in 1908.  You are invited to join the LBJ birthday with a historical review and Texas tunes on Crosscurrents, 8/27 at 8 am.

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LBJ  QUOTATIONS:

“Yesterday is not ours to recover, but tomorrow is ours to win or lose.”

“Books and ideas are the most effective weapons against intolerance and ignorance.”

“If we stand passively by while the centre of each city becomes a hive of depravation, crime and hopelessness…if we become two people, the suburban af”fluent and the urban poor, each filled with mistrust and fear for the other…then we shall effectively cripple each generation to come.”

“There are no problems we cannot solve together, and very few we can solve by ourselves.”

“We can draw lessons from the past, but we cannot live in it.”

“A man without a vote is a man without protection.”

“Don’t Spit in the Soup, We All Gotta Eat”

“Democracy is a constant tension between truth and half-truth and, in the arsenal of truth, there is no greater weapon than fact.”

“Being president is like being a jackass in a hailstorm. There’s nothing to do but to stand there and take it.”

“Poverty must not be a bar to learning and learning must offer an escape from poverty.”

We have talked long enough in this country about equal rights. … It is time now to write the next chapter-and to write it in the books of law.

“Light at the end of the tunnel We don’t even have a tunnel we don’t even know where the tunnel is.”

“You know, doing what is right is easy. The problem is knowing what is right.”

Sharpshooter, Frontier Woman, and Annie Oakley (1860.08.13)

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A sure rifle shot who became a national celebrity, Annie Oakley was born on this date in 1860.  Take accurate aim at an adorably ambitious all around airplay archive about Annie activated anthology album and age anniversary on Crosscurrents, 8/13 at 8 am.

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TRIVIA:

Annie Oakley was not her real name. 

The fifth of seven surviving children, Oakley was born Phoebe Ann Moses on August 13, 1860, in rural Darke County, Ohio. Although she became a Wild West folk hero, the sharpshooter spent her entire childhood in the Buckeye State. Called “Annie” by her sisters, she reportedly chose Oakley as her professional surname after the name of an Ohio town near her home.

Oakley proved an expert shot at a young age.  

Annie tagged along with her father as he hunted and trapped in the woods. From an early age, Annie showed an extraordinary talent for marksmanship. “I was eight years old when I made my first shot,” she later recalled, “and I still consider it one of the best shots I ever made.” Steadying her father’s old muzzle-loading rifle on a porch rail, she picked off a i a local grocery store.

She outgunned a professional sharpshooter—and then married him. 

A Cincinnati hotelkeeper arranged a shooting contest between 15-year-old Annie and a traveling professional sharpshooter named Frank Butler who regularly challenged local marksmen as he toured the country. Butler, who reportedly chuckled when he first saw his opponent, hit 24 out of 25 targets. The teenager hit all 25. After winning the shooting match, Annie won Butler’s heart. The two married the following summer and remained wedded for 50 years.

Oakley offered to raise a shooting women to fight in the Spanish-American War. 

on April 5, 1898, Oakley penned a note to President William McKinley. The performer told the president that she felt confident that his good judgment would prevent war from breaking out between the United States and Spain before adding: “But in case of such an event I am ready to place a company of fifty lady sharpshooters at your disposal. Every one of them will be an American and as they will furnish their own arms and ammunition will be little if any expense to the government.” That offer and a similar one Oakley made during World War I were not accepted.

Her name is synonymous with free tickets.

In the late 1800s and early 1900s, ushers traditionally punched a hole or two in free tickets to the circus, theater or sporting events in order to differentiate them from those of paying customers when tabulating receipts. The pock-marked tickets resembled the playing cards that Oakley would shoot holes through during her performances, which led to free admissions being referred to as “Annie Oakleys.” According to the Dickson Baseball Dictionary, the term also became a part of baseball lingo to refer to a walk because it was a “free pass” to first base.

Thanks to Thomas Edison, she became a movie star.

In 1888, Oakley acted in Deadwood Dick, a financially unsuccessful play. At the Paris Exposition the next year, though, she met Buffalo Bill Cody’s friend Thomas Edison. In 1894, Oakley visited Edison in New Jersey and showed off her shooting skills for the inventor’s Kinetoscope. The resulting film, called The Little Sure Shot of the Wild West, featured Oakley shooting a rifle to break glass balls. Although she didn’t continue acting in film, she did act in The Western Girl, a play in which she portrayed a sharpshooter, in 1902 and 1903.

QUOTES:

         “Aim at a high mark and you’ll hit it. No, not the first time, nor the second time. Maybe not the third. But keep on aiming and keep on shooting for only practice will make you perfect.”

              “For me, sitting still is harder than any kind of work.”

            “I ain’t afraid to love a man. I ain’t afraid to shoot him either.”