Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Ridley's Believe It Or Not March 25 History Tolkien Reading Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not—March 25, 2015 Trust your Wednesday is proving to be a great one. Great win for the Stanford men last night in the NIT against Vanderbilt; Stanford heads off to New York City to play on Tuesday the winner of Old Dominion and Murray State. As always, I  hope you enjoy the holidays and observances, factoids of interest, music video, and a relevant quote by Dick Butkus,  enjoying a plate of lobster newberg while watching your favorite team play in the NIT or the NCAA Tournaments (both men and women), blessed  with a positive attitude even though you know you will have to wade through tons of spam in your inbox, and secure in the knowledge that if you want to find a gift for any memorable event like birthdays, weddings, or anniversaries, you know that the Alaskanpoet can provide you with a unique customized poem at a great price tailored to the event and the recipient. You need only contact me for details.
       1. Tolkien Reading Day—an observance created by The Tolkien Society to encourage the reading of works of J.R.R.Tolkien.
       2. Manatee Appreciation Day—celebrating the need to protect this endangered marine mammal species which is facing a loss of habitat and with no natural enemies if not run over by a boat can live upwards of 60 years.
1.         3. 1992 Number One Song—celebrating the number one song on this day in 1992, as part of a 5 week run, Save the Best for Last by Vanessa Williams, multifaceted singer, song writer, actress and the first Afro American Miss America. After putting up with an ad for the series Silicon Valley, here  is a link to the song being performed by Vanessa
      4. National Lobster Newberg Day—great way to increase your cholesterol and waistline with this dish made with lobster, butter, cream, Cayenne pepper, eggs, cognac, and sherry invented by Ben Wenberg and first placed on a menu at Delmonico’s Restaurant in New York City in 1876.
      5. No Moonwalking Day--celebrating not the moonwalk of Michael Jackson but the birthday of James Lowell on this day in 1928, the only man to fly to the moon twice (Apollo 8 and the ill fated Apollo 13) without landing there.
On this day in
     a. 1688 the first event held in America of the sport of kings, horse racing, took place on Salisbury Plain on Long Island, New York. No wonder New York is often referred to as the cradle of racing.
     b. 1807 Britain bans the trading of slaves throughout the British; we had to endure almost 60 more years of this stain on humanity and the bloodiest war in our history before we abolished slavery.
     c. 1954 RCA commenced production of color TVs with a 15 inch diagonal screen retailing for $1000 ($8,729 in 2015 dollars) which would have been half the price of many new cars which explained why it did not sell well.
     d. 1965 after four days of marching from Selma, Alabama along the Jefferson Davis Highway  Martin Luther King, Jr. and his supporters reached Montgomery to deliver a petition demanding the right to register and vote for all citizens regardless of color.
     e.1995 WikiWikiWeb the world’s first wiki was made public by programmer Ward Cunningham.
     Reflections on race horses: “If I were young, fast, healthy, and had a lot of money and my whole sex life ahead of me, I'd retire - like Secretariat” Dick Butkus, all pro middle linebacker for the Chicago Bears 1965-1973 and one of the most fear tacklers of all time.
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