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Welcome to the Round Table
for the Week of
December 26th, 2010 to January 1st, 2011



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This Week in History


December 26th

1939 - W.C. Handy of Memphis, TN one of the legendary blues composers of all time, recorded the classic "St. Louis Blues."



1947 - A monster snowstorm hit New York City, dumping up to 26 inches of snow on the Big Apple. It became the worst snowstorm in the city’s history, surpassing the 22 inch snowfall total from the Blizzard of 1888.

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December 27th

1845 - Dr. Crawford Williamson Long used anesthesia for childbirth for the first time, when he delivered his own child in Jefferson, Georgia.

1947 - “Hey kids... What time is it? It’s Howdy Doody time!” Buffalo Bob (Smith), Clarabelle the Clown (Bob Keeshan), Judy Canova and a host of others joined "Howdy Doody" on NBC-TV. The show stayed on the air for 13 years.



December 28th

1869 - William Finley Semple of Mt. Vernon, Ohio patented “the combination of rubber with other articles adapted to the formation of an acceptable chewing gum.”

1956 - After five years on television, the last "Ding Dong School" was seen on NBC-TV. Miss Frances (Dr. Frances Horwich) rang the bell for one last time this day.



December 29th

1848 - President James Polk turned on the first gas light at the White House.

1957 - Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme were married. They became popular singers on the "The Tonight Show" with Steve Allen, and as Las Vegas showroom regulars and recording artists. They are still together in one of Hollywood’s most enduring marriages.

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December 30th

1961 - Jack Nicklaus lost to Gary Player in an exhibition match in Miami, FL. It was Nicklaus’ first attempt at pro golf. The following year he entered the pro tour, winning $61,868.95, more than any other golf rookie in history.

1969 - Peter, Paul and Mary received a gold record for the single, "Leaving On a Jet Plane". The song had hit #1 on December 20.



December 31st

1879 - Thomas Edison delighted an audience in Menlo Park, New Jersey. He gave his first public demonstration of incandescent lighting with the words, “Now it’s on. Now it’s off.”

1929 - Guy Lombardo and his Royal Canadians played "Auld Lang Syne" as a New Year’s Eve song for the first time.




1967 - Playing in a wind chill of 40 degrees below zero, the Green Bay Packers won the National Football League championship game by defeating Tom Landry’s Dallas Cowboys, 21-17. The game, played at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisconsin was called the Ice Bowl. During the game, the whistles of the referees actually froze to their lips.



January 1st

1751 - The world’s most celebrated holiday, New Year’s Day, has been observed on this day in most English-speaking countries since 1751 when the British calendar act was passed. Before that, it was on March 25, to coincide, approximately, with the beginning of spring.

1764 - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart played for the Royal Family at Versailles in France. He was eight years old.

1890 - The very first Tournament of Roses Parade was staged in Pasadena, California. Horse-drawn carriages decorated in flowers made up the parade.

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1892 - Ellis Island opened this day to begin the processing of what would amount to more than 20 million immigrants to the United States. Ellis Island is now a museum.

1898 - The five boroughs of New York became the city of New York this day. It was called ‘the consolidation’ and the five boroughs were fused into a single city.


We'll Take a Cup o' Kindness Yet



A lovely opener Naomi! Full of rich textures and colors, music and memories. Perfect to ring in the new year!

And there's a hand my trusty fiere, And gie's a hand o thine, And we'll tak a right guid-willie waught, For auld lang syne

Rabbie Burns, at his best:>
AN~What a lovely opening to start off the New Year! Going to Disneyland today with some old high school friends. I am having a wonderful holiday! ThumbsUp
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Good to see/hear from our wandering women today.

Thank you, Phil.
That felt nice.

New Years resolution....try to come back around more.
Even though it's snowing (3 or 4 inches so far and still more? what?) I've feel a lift in my spirits looking forward to the spring.

Lovely, Naomi. I love the music.
Geez, Naomi, a great opening but this one might have gotten more notice:
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1845 - Dr. Crawford Williamson Long used anesthesia for childbirth for the first time, when he delivered his own child in Jefferson, Georgia.

To the best of my knowledge, it also was the first and only time a man actually gave birth!!! And yes, any man who delivered his own baby would have to be under a very strong anesthetic!
WARNING! WARNING! Danger, Will Robinson!!!

The brand of champagne pictured above will cause severe intestinal distress from January 3, 2011 forward.

Severe nausea and constipation will be frequent occurrences during the next two years.

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Oh, wow! Ding Dong School! I had two pictures that made it onto the show; my sister who majored in art got zero!!
When one gets bored this winter--I say head to Maui and do a little surfing:

For those who may care, I am taking a break from RR. It just isn't fun anymore and I have better things to do with my time than butt heads with one or two people here.

If anyone wants to reach me, try me on FaceBook or at philiphoskins@sbcglobal.net.

Thanks and carry on.
Ken, that's not "a little surfing".

This
is a "little" surfing.

Awesome surfing!
Oh I'm jealous. Ken, you're going to Hawaii for vacation in January. Oh to be warm again and even better on the beach.

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Geez, Naomi, a great opening but this one might have gotten more notice:
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1845 - Dr. Crawford Williamson Long used anesthesia for childbirth for the first time, when he delivered his own child in Jefferson, Georgia.

To the best of my knowledge, it also was the first and only time a man actually gave birth!!! And yes, any man who delivered his own baby would have to be under a very strong anesthetic!
I missed the fact first time around.
I was born in Crawford Long Hospital in Atlanta. Dr Crawford is one we claim as our own here even though he was born one county over. He lived most of his life here and attended UGA.

Phil, sorry to hear that.
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For those who may care, I am taking a break from RR. It just isn't fun anymore and I have better things to do with my time than butt heads with one or two people here.
I care! I enjoyed your butting heads with the one or two people here. It was entertaining! I also enjoyed the musical videos that you posted, especially Cher's Turn Back Time. Whoa, she's managed to do it. Hope that the hiatus isn't too long.
I too was gone for Christmas and visited my Daughter in Palm Springs where they bought me a lovely mobile home in Suncrest Country Club. I needed to go back to California and will make the move on the 20th of January. There seems less anger in California. I hadn't been back to Palm Springs since the late 50s and the growth was amazing. The airport went from am hangar and quonset hut to an "International Airport" and everyone still smiles. I came home in time to see the football game and it was cancelled! That's snow!!!

Sandy
Congratulations Sandy! I'm glad to hear you're getting back to California.
Phil--I am sure you need a break. But do come back. Although I especially loved that post you deleted. I was ready for the rumble in the jungle.

And olyve--I do surf. But more like in the greger post (a little bigger) but not like the mountain surfing I posted. That's reserved for an insane few.

And Sandy. You apostatized from the Mormon faith? Wow-that is a revelation. I don't remember you posting that before. I am sure that is a long convoluted tale of woe you suffered by following through with that. But it corresponds with you distaste for authority in general, so it does make absolute sense that you did that.

And speaking of hospitals and doctors, I too was born in the same hospital as was President Obama. Ya'll never knew I too am a Kenyan. Hmm

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...Going to Disneyland today with some old high school friends...
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High school friends = old
Attended high school with these "friends"...

...that would mean that Scout is...oh never mind!

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Originally Posted by Ken Hill
...I do surf. But more like in the greger post (a little bigger)...
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That's not surfing - those"waves" are ankle busters.
You've out-done yourself, Ms. Naomi!

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Wasilly Hillbilly Clan moving to Arizona.



So alphabetically she skipped Alabama? Does that mean Arkansas is next? There's no Change in Arizona, but there definitely IS Hope in Arkansas.
Yes, Ken Hill, I came from the original founding of the LSD. At the age of nine, the church asks for a life commitment to the church (not Jesus, but the church) and I could not do it. My grandfather was the Bishop of our ward and was shocked at my words....I think I said "hell no." I was a typical Santa Monica beach bum and could read the tide charts (and racing form) but little else. I was sent to an all-girl's private boarding school where I learned the art of reading. That wonderful library allowed me to read Darwin's "Origin of the Species" and that was the end of superstition for me.

Sandy

Much to my surprise, I discovered a site with well over 1000 smiles whilst perusing the internet last night. I added at least sixty new smileys to my collection which now totals four hundred sixty-eight!

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Federal Judge rules against Miller; Murkowski to be seated next week

What's so laughable is that a supposed 'states rights' champion turns to the federal courts to make a ruling on the Alaska election - you can't make this stuff up!

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Just dropping in to say Happy New Year.
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Thought for today:

"Political correctness is a doctrine, fostered by
a delusional, illogical minority and rabidly promoted by
an unscrupulous mainstream media, which holds forth
the proposition that it is entirely possible
to pick up a turd by the clean end."
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Happy New Year! -- though one suspects that it will not be so happy on the large scale.

The Roman New Year originally began in March, on the spring equinox. The month was called "March" to honor the God of War, Mars, since in spring the hearts of young men and old politicians turned lightly to thoughts of killing, raping and looting--at least, in the ancient world.

As the Roman dominions got larger, the armies had to march farther to find places to loot, rather than tax, and spring was too late in the year to set out from Rome. So two new months were created, January and February, so that armies could set out earlier. (Ever wonder why December is the twelfth month?)

The first month was appropriately named after the god Janus, the god of doorways (Eng. janitor), archways, and beginnings in general. His temples, called iani, were glorified archways through which people passed when they began a journey or new enterprise. The most famous one was the Ianus Geminus in the Forum, close to the well of the Comitia. It was through this Ianus that armies passed through at the outset of a campaign, to ensure a successful outcome.

So it was quite natural that the doors of the Ianus Geminus always remained open whilst Rome was at war, and were closed only when Rome was completely at peace. If you know anything about Rome, you will not be surprised that the doors were almost never closed.

I think that we could learn from the Romans. If the outside doors of the Oval Office were always open during wartime, and Congress similarly exposed to the elements, the US would have fewer wars, and they would be quickly ended---especially at this time of year!
Happy New Year, y'all!
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