Ridley's Believe It Or Not—October 8, 2014: Trust your Wednesday proving to be a great day and that you enjoy the slim pickings of holidays and factoids and quote from Dan Quayle with a smile especially today on your sunscreened face, with a delicious pierogi near, blessed with a positive attitude, and secure in the knowledge that if you want to find a gift for a memorable event, you know that the Alaskanpoet can provide you with a unique customized poem tailored to the event and the recipient. Tough loss for the Cardinal in South Bend. One can only hope they rally against the Cougars at Stanford this Friday.
1. National Pierogi day—celebrating that tasty treat originating from Eastern Europe in the early 1900s---the pockets - stuffed with sauerkraut, cheese, mashed potatoes, cabbage, onion, meat and any combination thereof .
2. Alvin C. York Day—honoring the feats of Sgt. Alvin C. York who on this day in 1918 single handily killed 20 Germans, captured another 132 and 35 machine guns, being rewarded with the Congressional Medal of Honor—not a bad day’s work for a man whose draft exemption request to be classified as a conscientious objector was turned down by his local draft board.
3. National Gossip Is Your Friend Day— celebrating the birthday on this day in 1036 of Rona Barrett, noted gossip columnist.
4. Caddy’s Day—celebrating not those purveyors of golf club selection choices, but rather the birthday on this day in 1943 of one of the iconic comic actors best known for the movie Caddyshack—hence the holiday.
On this day in
a. 1921 radio station KDKA broadcasted the first football game from Forbes Field in Pittsburgh.
b. 1956 New York Yankees Don Larsen became the first and only pitcher to pitch a perfect game in a World Series.
c. 1974 Franklin National Bank collapsed due to fraud and mismanagement; at the time it was the largest bank failure in U.S. History.
d. 1982 in a real cats’ meow the play Cats opened on Broadway and performances continued for almost 18 years.
From a former Vice President whose choice of words often made him the template for some of the gaffes of the current holder of the office:”Bank failures are caused by depositors who do not deposit enough money to cover losses caused by mismanagement.” Dan Quayle Why George H.W. Bush picked him is beyond me.
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