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#145320 - 04/03/10 03:15 AM Roundtable for Saturday April 3, 2010
olyve Offline

Registered: 08/02/06
Posts: 7504
Loc: Athens, Ga.

Rainer Mirau

We'll start with blueberry oatmeal cakes...
Logan, says they are good!


1513 - Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de Leon landed in Florida. He had sighted the land the day before.

1776 - Harvard College conferred the first honorary Doctor of Laws degree to George Washington.

1829 - James Carrington patented the coffee mill.

1860 - The Pony Express connected St. Joseph, MO and Sacramento, CA. The Pony Express only lasted about a year and a half.
Pony Express mail service began this day in St. Joseph, Missouri. The year was 1860 and the first Pony Express rider was heading for California. The next day, another rider left Sacramento, California heading east for Missouri.
Each rider had a 75 to 100 mile run before a switch was made with another rider. The switch was made at one of 190 way stations along the route; each way station being about ten to fifteen miles apart.
The Pony Express riders delivered the mail within ten days (similar to our current snail mail) for postage paid of $5 per ounce.

1862 - Slavery was abolished in Washington, DC.

1865 - Union forces occupy Confederate capital of Richmond, Virginia.

1882 - The American outlaw Jesse James was shot in the back and killed by Robert Ford for a $5,000 reward. There was later controversy over whether it was actually Jesse James that had been killed.

1910 - Alaska's Mt. McKinley, the highest mountain in North America was climbed.

1933 - First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt informed newspaper reporters that beer would be served at the White House. This followed the March 22 legislation that legalized "3.2" beer.

1936 - Richard Bruno Hauptmann was executed for the kidnapping and death of the son of Charles and Anne Lindbergh.

1942 - The Japanese began their all-out assault on the U.S. and Filipino troops at Bataan.

1946 - Lt. General Masaharu Homma, the Japanese commander responsible for the Bataan Death March, was executed in the Philippines.

1948 - U.S. President Harry Truman signed the Marshall Plan to revive war-torn Europe. It was $5 billion in aid for 16 countries.

1953 - "TV Guide" was published for the first time.

1967 - The U.S. State Department said that Hanoi might be brainwashing American prisoners.

1968 - Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his "mountaintop" speech just 24 hours before he was assassinated.
Worth a listen... the night before he died.

1968 - North Vietnam agreed to meet with U.S. representatives to set up preliminary peace talks.

1972 - Charlie Chaplin returned to the U.S. after a twenty-year absence.

1979 - Jane Byrne became the first female mayor in Chicago.

1985 - The U.S. charged that Israel violated the Geneva Convention by deporting Shiite prisoners.

1993 - The Norman Rockwell Museum opened in Stockbridge, MA.

1996 - An Air Force jetliner carrying Commerce Secretary Ron Brown crashed in Croatia, killing all 35 people aboard.

1996 - Unabomber suspect Theodore Kaczynski was arrested. He pled guilty in January 1998 to five Unabomber attacks in exchange for a life sentence without chance for parole.

1998 - The Dow Jones industrial average climbed above 9,000 for the first time.

2000 - A U.S. federal judge ruled that Microsoft had violated U.S. antitrust laws by keeping "an oppressive thumb" on its competitors. Microsoft said that they would appeal the ruling.

2000 - The Nasdaq set a one-day record when it lost 349.15 points to close at 4,233.68.


1783 - Washington Irving
author: Rip Van Winkle, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, A History of the Life and Voyages of Christopher Columbus, Life of Washington; died Nov 28, 1859

How sweet a life was his; how sweet a death!
Living, to wing with mirth the weary hours,
Or with romantic tales the heart to cheer;
Dying, to leave a memory like the breath
Of summers full of sunshine and of showers,
A grief and gladness in the atmosphere

commemoration by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow of Irving

In memory of my mother who passed away last July. I'll always remember her singing this song. She had a beautiful voice.

1922 - Doris Day (Doris Mary Ann Von Kappelhoff)
singer: Whatever Will Be, Will Be, Everybody Loves a Lover, Sentimental Journey; actress: Young at Heart, Pillow Talk, April in Paris, Lullaby of Broadway

1924 - Marlon Brando
Academy Award-winning actor: On the Waterfront [1954], The Godfather [1972]; Apocalypse Now, Last Tango in Paris, One-eyed Jacks; Emmy Award: Roots: Next Generation; died July 1, 2004

1928 - Don Gibson
songwriter: I Canít Stop Loving You, Sweet Dreams, Too Soon To Know, Guess Away the Blues, Country Green; singer: Oh Lonesome Me, Blue Blue Day, Just One Time, Sea of Heartbreak; died Nov 17, 2003

1934 - Jane Goodall
anthropologist: studied chimpanzees; author: In the Shadow of Man

Click it

1941 - Jan Berry
songwriter, singer: group: Jan and Dean: The Little Old Lady from Pasadena, Dead Manís Curve, Heart and Soul, Linda, Baby Talk, Surf City; died Mar 26, 2004

1942 - Marsha Mason
actress: The Goodbye Girl, Cinderella Liberty, Blume in Love, Chapter Two, Heartbreak Ridge

1942 - (Carson) Wayne Newton
singer: Danke Shoen, Red Roses for a Blue Lady, Daddy Donít You Walk So Fast

1944 - Tony Orlando (Michael Anthony Orlando Cassavitis)
singer: Halfway to Paradise, Bless You; group: Tony Orlando and Dawn: Knock Three Times, Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree, Candida

1958 - Alec Baldwin (Alexander Rae Baldwin III)
actor: Pearl Harbor, The Hunt for Red October, Beetlejuice, The Getaway, Married to the Mob, Talk Radio, Working Girl, Miami Blues, Knots Landing

1961 - Eddie Murphy
comedian: Saturday Night Live; actor: 48 Hrs., Beverly Hills Cop series, Trading Places, Coming to America, The Nutty Professor, Nutty Professor II: The Klumps, Doctor Dolittle

Water Drop Collision
Burt Johnson
(click it for relaxing water song


"Life is not about waiting for the storms to's about learning how to dance in the rain."

#145324 - 04/03/10 04:00 AM Re: Roundtable for Saturday April 3, 2010 [Re: olyve]
olyve Offline

Registered: 08/02/06
Posts: 7504
Loc: Athens, Ga.
And the music for the day was...

The mural in the background was designed by my daughter's 5th grade teacher, Ms. Chapman and her class at the time.
It is a wall in the hallway of her school.

I had to miss the party. I had to work. frown
But that's ok. I think the world of these guys anyway.


"Life is not about waiting for the storms to's about learning how to dance in the rain."

#145330 - 04/03/10 11:49 AM Re: Roundtable for Saturday April 3, 2010 [Re: olyve]
Joe Keegan Offline

Registered: 12/25/05
Posts: 8707
REM's "Shiny Happy People" is a great song to kick off the day! The Yoshino cherry trees- as are the Wisteria- are in full bloom here- gorgeous. The azaleas are about to pop. Because of the unusually cold spring, they're running about 2-3 weeks late. Fresh collards are available locally. You can't beat Fall and apple cider in New England or Spring and greens in the Southeast.

#145331 - 04/03/10 12:18 PM Re: Roundtable for Saturday April 3, 2010 [Re: olyve]
Almost Naomi Offline

Registered: 01/02/06
Posts: 2378
Loc: Vermont
Love it, Olyve!! Thanks!!

Great music...and the opening and closing photos are gorgeous!

Marlon Brando has always been one of my favorites. Watched Streetcar recently and it was interesting to see him as a young actor. I've watched the film a number of times, but this last was the first time I could see why he didn't win an Oscar for his portrayal of Stanley. He was good, but still needed to get more experience under his belt (so to speak ).

Gonna be at least 80 here today and sunny. Yee-hah! Will go out and rake the straw off the garden. At this age, that's my idea of fun...
"Until he extends his circle of compassion to include all living things, man will not himself find peace." ...Albert Schweitzer

#145332 - 04/03/10 12:31 PM Re: Roundtable for Saturday April 3, 2010 [Re: Almost Naomi]
olyve Offline

Registered: 08/02/06
Posts: 7504
Loc: Athens, Ga.
Thanks, y'all.
Morning to you too.

I agree with every word Joe. It's beautiful here too.
It's finally finally WARM!
In fact it was 85 yesterday and I sat out in the sun for an hour and got sun kissed!

Fresh collards and lettuce and cabbage here Joe.

The ground cover the yard people weedeated and made me cry is coming back.
All my other outside growing things are poking out and more.
So it's all good this morning.

Have a great day, everybody.

"Life is not about waiting for the storms to's about learning how to dance in the rain."

#145335 - 04/03/10 03:41 PM Re: Roundtable for Saturday April 3, 2010 [Re: olyve]
Scoutgal Offline
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Registered: 01/23/01
Posts: 27583
What a great intro, Olyve~I love R.E M. and that video is so good! That mural is lovely, too. It's beautiful outside here today, too. Warm, sunny and the mountains in the backround are still snowcapped. cool
milk and Girl Scout cookies ;-)

Save your breath-You may need it to blow up your date.

#145339 - 04/03/10 03:57 PM Re: Roundtable for Saturday April 3, 2010 [Re: Scoutgal]
pdx rick Offline
Ink Stained

Registered: 05/09/05
Posts: 41348
Loc: Puget Sound, WA
Good job Olyve - thanks for kicking our Saturday off with some good vibes! smile
Contrarian, extraordinaire

#145362 - 04/03/10 06:56 PM Re: Roundtable for Saturday April 3, 2010 [Re: pdx rick]
Greger Offline

Carpal Tunnel

Registered: 11/24/06
Posts: 15115
Loc: Florida
A wonderful opener Olyve!

1967 - The U.S. State Department said that Hanoi might be brainwashing American prisoners.

And so we learn from our enemies. Torture them to get false confessions then brainwash them into hating America.
"Be yourself; everyone else is already taken."ó Oscar Wilde

#145364 - 04/03/10 07:15 PM Re: Roundtable for Saturday April 3, 2010 [Re: Greger]
Phil Hoskins Offline
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Registered: 06/07/04
Posts: 21134
Loc: West Hollywood, CA
Life is a banquet -- and most poor suckers are starving to death -- Auntie Mame
You are born naked and everything else is drag - RuPaul

#145365 - 04/03/10 07:16 PM Re: Roundtable for Saturday April 3, 2010 [Re: Greger]
Greger Offline

Carpal Tunnel

Registered: 11/24/06
Posts: 15115
Loc: Florida
The opening photo of the Burj Al Arab Hotel in Dubai is stunning.
For what I spent on a single night at the local hospital here I could have flown to Dubai and stayed there and saved money.

This is the tennis court/helipad at the to of the hotel:
"Be yourself; everyone else is already taken."ó Oscar Wilde

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