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Because I am “Cavalier” About History

The Cavalier Hotel in Virginia Beach is about to reopen. (Pilot Online) February is the target date. If you lived in Virginia Beach for any period of time, you probably have a story to tell about the Cavalier.

But there is real attention-grabbing history there, that includes the suicide of Aldolph Coors. It falls under the category of “I bet you didn’t know that!”. Here is how the Virginian Pilot summarized it in 2006:

Aldoph Coors, the founder of the Coors Brewing Company was born Adolph Kurs in Germany in 1847. He trained as a brewer and immigrated to the US in 1868, reportedly as a stowaway. Kuhrs settled in Chicago, and worked a variety of low paying jobs before changing his name to the more easily pronounced Coors and buying a brewery. Coors was a successful businessman who skirted Prohibition by selling near beer and malted milk, but he was not a happy camper. On June 5, 1929 Adolph Coors leaped to his death from a window of the Cavalier Hotel in Virginia Beach for unknown reasons. Dan Baum, a writer for the Wall Street Journal who wrote a book about the Coors family called, “Citizen Coors: An American dynasty, says that the suicide was not surprising, seems the whole Coors Family is a little wacky. After Adolph’s death his son, Adolph, Jr was given the reins for awhile. Next in line was Adolph III, who was unfortunately murdered in a bizarre kidnapping event in 1960. Adolph III left his home and headed to his office one morning only to encounter a car on the side of the road. Apparently being the inquisitive type he stopped to help. Unfortunately, in the car was Joseph Corbett, an escaped convict from California. Corbett shot him. The rest of the craziness? You probably know most. There was the born again Coor’s heir who thought Elvira was Satanic, there was Joe Coors, what can we say about him? He divorced his wife of fifty years and married his mistress? Quit Coors to make wine?  And now that you know all that, you have another reason not to drink the beer besides the taste.

I enjoy blogging about history but when I heard this story, it always made me look at the Cavalier Hotel differently. And now, they reopen soon to continue making history.

 

For pic o’ day, here’s one that is also a grabber:

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And one to think about!

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The Eyesight of Columbus?

Isn’t life about routine. It was real easy to go a couple of days without blogging. Almost a routine. But I know that I have to get back to my daily blogging.  And then, I realized it was so cold. So cold.

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Right?

Today’s blog comes from History.com because it humors me. It also makes me wonder about Christopher Columbus’ eyesight. Perhaps he did not want to return to Spain after his trips, and be sentenced to the pit of misery…so he felt pressure to find!

In 1493, while sailing near the Dominican Republic, Columbus notes a curious observation. Maybe we should consider his diary entry, in the context of the knowledge that he had been at sea for six months.

One final note about Columbus. There were no known portraits painted of Columbus while he was alive. So history relies on the memories of painters in their portraits of Columbus.

An angry painter could have really impacted history by painting a portrait of Columbus with a hamburger. Then we would have thought that he always traveled with a hamburger. And that’s how history can become history!

And for pic o’ day; nowadays, it’s difficult to know whether you are looking at a “real” picture. Here’s an example of a cow that was photo-shopped on to a car. Because otherwise, why wouldn’t a cow be relaxing on a car hood? I wonder what Columbus would see?

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Facts and Caffeine Drink Lawsuits

There are two words in the English language that are spelled with all the vowels in order: abstemious and facetious. To this day, I am still trying to figure out why “and sometimes y was part of my education. Poor y!

John Montagu, the 4th Earl of Sandwich, had a habit of eating beef between two slices of toast, so he could eat without interruption of his card game. Hence… he is credited with “inventing” or naming the sandwich. Is that an example of necessity is the mother of invention?

It is reported that during the years that she was the First Lady, Jacqueline Kennedy smoked 3 packs of cigarettes a day. Which causes me to post this advertisement for cigarettes from the early 1960’s. You wouldn’t expect an NBA player today to be a spokesman, would you?

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These three random items all serve as a prelude to a tragic sequence of events that has now led to a lawsuit. An Idaho man was found dead, after regularly consuming at least four energy drinks a day. (IdahoStatesman.com) His family has now filed suit against the manufacturers of Red Bull, NOS and Monster beverages.

The lawsuit alleges that the 25-year-old man was unaware of the risks associated with these drinks. It goes on to state that the manufacturers should also warn consumers not to use their products with alcohol or while exercising. The family also believes that the manufacturers should also warn that four 16 ounce drinks per day are too many. I have attached the article, because I am interested as to whether you think that the manufacturers are at fault.

I started out this blog by reciting the invention of a sandwich, because these caffeine drinks are basically a way that people, including students and truck drivers, are trying to stay awake and alert. Remember, Necessity is the mother of invention. Should they believe that it could have impact on their health? Which is also why I threw in that last fact about Jackie Kennedy. Maybe in those days, they really believed that cigarettes were a way to relax. But three packs?

Why did I originally mention the two words and my fascination with vowel placement? Really nothing related to the blog, but it does prepare you for some holiday Trivial Pursuit!

 

And for pic o’ day, here is another of my “ole faithful” holiday pictures. A curious Nativity scene for sure!

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Humpty Dumpty and History

I want to start Our blog by posting a family picture. At the same, this is also a thank you to all our Veterans from Saturday’s Veterans Day. A picture that my parents forwarded to me. It’s my grandfather during World War II.

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He is here speaking to the troops in Belgium, as a military chaplain. Most were bomber pilots about to fly into Germany. One of many reasons that I am proud of him!

And now some war history. It’s the story of Humpty Dumpty. You know the rhyme:

Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall,
Humpty Dumpty had a great fall.
All the king’s horses and all the king’s men
Couldn’t put Humpty together again

No where in that rhyme does it say that he is an egg. But this is what he looks like to us. Right?

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 Humpty Dumpty did not start out as a nursery rhyme. The first theory of “his” origin relates to the English Civil War in 1648 when the town of Colchester was under attack.

As the story goes, a man named Jack Thompson was stationed on the walls of the church of the Tower of Saint Mary.  He was firing a cannon nicknamed “Humpty Dumpty.” Thompson and his one-eyed war machine managed to do a lot of damage to the advancing Parliamentarian troops.

Then… the cannon tumbled to the ground. Because of the size and weight of the cannon, the King’s calvary (horses) and the infantry (men) couldn’t put Humpty back together again. They were soon overrun by the Parliamentarians, led by Thomas Fairfax and his soldiers.

There is another theory that King Richard III, known as the “Humpbacked King”, was also nicknamed Humpty Dumpty. History really tells us that he actually suffered from scoliosis, which made his right shoulder higher than the left. So I don’t believe that story. Plus a cannon on a wall is much more exciting!

Although, a smiling egg on a wall is a bit unusual too.

And for our pic o’ day, this “hiding cat” makes me smile!

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Lincoln Media Versus Trump Media

Recently, I have seen messages on Facebook that are being passed around by Trump supporters, that basically say that never before has a President been so attacked by people and the liberal media. Then, they issue their “unbiased” request to “leave him alone and give him a chance“.

This isn’t a blog about whether to agree or disagree with how our President is being treated. Instead, I thought that a look back to Lincoln and the coverage of his Gettysburg Address speech might give you a smile.

First, just like many witnesses in car crashes, there was a difference of opinion about that day of November 19, 1863. Some memories in history:

One spectator noted that the weather was “bright and clear.” The Washington Chronicle reported rain showers.

Crowd estimates hearing the speech have ranged from 15,000 people crowding the town for the event. Others have recounted that there were over 100,000 people there.

Some went to their deaths insisting that Lincoln took a tour of the battlefield in the early morning hours on dedication day. Others swore that he stayed inside the Wills House until it was time to mount up for the procession to the ceremony (source)

Next is how the speech was reviewed by newspapers:

The Chicago Times reviewed the speech ,”The cheek of every American must tinge with shame as he reads the silly flat and dishwatery utterances of the man who has to be pointed out to intelligent foreigners as the President of the United States”. This was the same newspaper that had described Lincoln by asking, “Is Lincoln less refined than a savage?”.

On November 23, 1863, they continued their assault on Lincoln and his speech with descriptions of  “ignorant rudeness,” “boorishness” and “vulgarity“, because they claimed that he included “political partisanship”..

The Harrisburg, Pennsylvania newspaper known as The Patriot and Union, reviewed the speech and the President by saying that he, “acted without sense and without constraint in a panorama that was gotten up more for the benefit of his party than for the glory of the nation and the honor of the dead.” How about that meanness? 150 years later, they retracted their bad review of Lincoln’s speech. (Here at Time.com)

The London Times described the ceremony as “rendered ludicrous by some of the luckless sallies of that poor President Lincoln”. They were already known as a regular critic of Lincoln and his Presidency.

I could keep inserting more critical reviews of the speech, but I will end with one from his hometown paper. On November 24, 1863, The Illinois State Register gave this scathing review, “Nothing could have been more inappropriate than to have invited the prince of jokers, Old Abe, to be present at the consecration of the Gettysburg Cemetery,” the Register wrote on Nov. 24, 1863.

“But having been invited, it was hoped by his apologists that he would at least refrain from his clownish jokes about standing over the new-made graves of thousands who had been slain in the recent battle“.

History records that Lincoln faced harsh criticism. And the worst was yet to come.

So when I see people angered by the way that Trump is being criticized today, it fits in with seeing through personal opinion. That’s expected.  I don’t understand why they think that Trump is facing a liberal media like never before.

One thing for certain, it didn’t impact Lincoln’s Sense of humor. He had some great quotes. “If I were two-faced, would I be wearing this one?”. And he described tact as “the ability to describe others as they see themselves”. And finally, “If this is coffee, please bring me some tea; but if this is tea, please bring me some coffee.”  

See…some history and opinion.

I hope you have a great weekend. These are the good days!

And for our pic o’ day, sometimes I feel like this. Right?

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Stagecoach Mary in History

I wanted to write a blog today that was short, and had some history. So, I reached into my bag of “notes that might someday end up in Our Blog” and here is today’s blog.

Do you know the history of Stagecoach Mary. (Wikipedia)  I suspect that even a picture won’t be a reminder:

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She was from Cascade, Montana. In 1895, at the age of 60, she became the first African-American woman to work as a mail carrier for the U.S. and only the 2nd woman to do so at that time. She was also credited for never missing a day of work and for being the fastest applicant to hitch six horses.

Now that’s good employment history! And obviously, based on her photo, no one tried to take the mail from her! We remember you, Mary Fields, in Our Blog today!

And for pic o’ day, I thought I would post a reminder, in case you also forgot to do this on Saturday night

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Which would give an excuse for this!

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How About Some Politics

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Here’s the thing… I stayed up too late last night. I went to to the Washington Wizards game and then I watched the election returns unfold on my iPad, on the way home. (I wasn’t driving. I promise.) And I am going to do something that I rarely do in the blog. Talk politics!

I think election returns are like watching a sporting event. In the end, you feel true victory or loss. And every election, the candidates always say that “this is the most important election”. Is that possible?

All I know is that Democrats feel pretty happy about New Jersey and Virginia. Republicans in Virginia…not so much. (It is uncertain based on recounts, but Democrats may have erased a 16 delegate Rebublican majority in the house of delegates. Unexpected!) I think New Jersey republicans had already braced themselves for the outcome. The true test of an independent is whether last night caused mixed emotions.

But here is a reminder on how politics works. The Trump tax bill is a good example. In that bill, there is a tax credit for “unborn children” that applies under the college saver tax break. Do you see what that does? The bill summary specifically recognizes “a child in utero”. Abortion advocates are being impacted by a tax bill.

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Why would that be part of a tax bill? Because including that can motivate the base to support the tax bill, just to support an anti-abortion piece of legislation. And that’s how politics works! Legislation and laws determined the real wins and losses.

As application to the elections yesterday, what does it mean? Well, I personally don’t think it means anything to the national stage except that those two states did exactly what they wanted to do. No national message is being sent, despite what is being reported.  Just my thought.

Virginia had already previously voted for Hilary in the national election. Why is the election of a democrat for governor (Northam) all that telling? I think it’s just a reminder that Virginia is going to do what it wants to do. And the pendulum will swing back republican again soon. And that’s politics!

In the end, It kind of makes me miss the simplicity of Forrest Gump. In the movie, Forrest tells people, “My name is Forrest Gump. People call me Forrest Gump“. Wouldn’t life be simple if that’s how it really worked! I crave real!

 

And for pic o’ day, a reminder that no matter what happened in the elections, it’s no time to panic. Or maybe it is!

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A Bit of Confusing History?

It’s fair to wonder, “If they can give us an extra hour on Saturday night, why not an extra hour every night?”. I have no answer for that, but it certainly would give me an extra hour to be on my iPad each night. Right? And why wouldn’t I want to sleep more fitfully by looking at a lighted screen about 8 inches from my eyes before fading right off to sleep. But… I digress.

Which leads me to some “computer humor” that was posted by my friend, Ken Price. (must give him appropriate credit)

Boss: How good are you at PowerPoint?

Me: I Excel at it.

Boss: Was that a Microsoft Office pun?

Me: Word

As Larry the Cable Guy would say, “that’s funny right there“.

And now on to our blog about body parts. Let me post these three “thoughts” without initial comment, and then I will comment. I just couldn’t bring myself to title the blog Two Brains and a Body. The pictures/posts probably say and source it better than an attachment, so here goes:

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Next falls under once was a conspiracy but this is a real explanation on what happened that day. I can imagine that Bobby Kennedy thought that he was just looking out for his brother’s legacy:

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And finally, this is interesting history that also let’s us know what was a possible fear of George Washington, and how a friend looked out for him:

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I post these three “in death” facts without real answers as to why. They all fall under the category of the macabre. Partly because I have always wanted to use that word in Our Blog.

What do you think about this history?  I started this blog with the thought of picking up an extra hour every night. Then somehow, I managed to focus on odd things after death. I guess it’s the subconscious saying “More Time”. Or maybe I am just fascinated with it all… and I don’t really understand why we moved our clocks back.

And for our pic o’ day, after those pictures I needed something that makes me laugh.

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History, Lies and a Liar

How about this as a starter for Our Monday blog? Did you refuse to turn back your clock? Not so much?

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I did learn on the internet this weekend that February 22, 2022 (2/22/22) falls on a Tuesday. We will be able to truly call it 2’sday. How about that! And you have to believe it because it was on the internet. Right?

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Which brings me to what is truth? It’s hard to know. Watching any TV right now pretty much guarantees a political ad. Right? I mean, come on!

That led me to wonder how often one politician calls another politician a liar. In the courtroom, that is a “no no”. Although, I have heard liar used. Usually, someone says of another lawyer, “You are practicing sharp practice” or “you are misrepresenting facts”. I have referenced Roger Clemens before, when he came up with a new word for liar during the Congressional steroid hearings. In discussing Andy Pettitte’s assertion that Clemens had injected steroids, Clemens simply dismissed the claim by saying that Pettitte just “misremembered“. A new word for liar.

That brings me to a portion of a transcript from a now deceased, Washington DC, defense lawyer. He also once owned the Baltimore Orioles. (Edward Bennett Williams, also known as EBW)

This transcript of his cross examination occurred during the time of the Watergate Scandal and subsequent hearings. John Connolly had served as Secretary of the Treasury under President Nixon and was charged with taking a bribe. Williams was defending Connolly.

As background, this is the same Connolly who had been Governor of Texas and had been seriously injured while riding in President Kennedy’s car, on the day that Kennedy was assassinated.

I could write a long blog, just about stories of Connolly. He was known as a master manipulator who would do things like instruct his aides to call airports where he was just arriving. The aides would ask airport announcers to page “John Connolly, you have an urgent call“. He wanted those at the airport to know that he was there, and also make him sound important.

That background also provides context to the following transcripts of EBW’s cross examination of Jake Jacobson. Jacobson was the principal bribery testimony witness against Connolly.  Jacobson was also a disbarred Texas lawyer.

In defending Connolly against these bribery charges, Williams obviously wanted to discredit Jacobson and destroy his credibility. This is how Williams (EBW) began Jacobson’s cross examination:

Q: Mr. Jacobson, you’re a liar, aren’t you, sir?

A: No, I’m not!

Q: Take a look at this document. It says “Statement of Jacob Jacobson” on the top. That’s you, isn’t it?

A: Yes.

Q: And that’s your signature on the bottom?

A: Yes.

Q: And the first sentence says, “I lied when I testified before the grand jury,” doesn’t it?

A: Yes.

Q: So you are a liar, aren’t you?

BOOM!

I guess Al Gore had not yet “invented the internet” (I love that whopper of a lie)… and Benjamin Franklin had not discovered electricity. So may it was hard to find the truth!

 

And finally for our pic o’ day!

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It’s Just Words

I just decided to start out the Friday blog with some furry pups, because how can you be angry!

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And now on to our words. This one could be categorized as “What is in a name?”. Because the Dodgers lost to the Astros in the World Series, how about some thoughts on the words of Los Angeles?  The original name of Los Angeles was El Pueblo de Nuestra Senora la Reina de los Angeles del rio Porciuncula. That translates into The Village of our Lady the Queen of the Angels of the Porciuncula River. I think Dodgers is a much easier name for a team.

The most used words in a movie?  “Let’s get out of here.” (Yes, the Honeymoon Salad is Lettuce Alone)

How about the word Hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia?. It is the fear of big words. Scares me!

The longest name of a place?  Taumatawhakatangihangakoauauotamateaturipuakapikimaungahoronukupokaiwhenuakitanatahu. It is a name of a hill in New Zealand. The name literally means “The place where Tamatea, the man with the big knees, who slid, climbed, and swallowed mountains, known as land-eater, played on the flute to his loved one. It seems to me that it would just be easier to say that I live over that hill… or turn left where you hear the flute.

Those are words, just words for our Friday blog.

I hope you have a great weekend. And don’t forget to turn back your clock(s) on Saturday night. You deserve an extra hour of sleep!

And for pic o’ day, I have seen this Kermit picture with many different captions, but this one goes with our theme of words! Not fun size!

 

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