Ridley's Believe It Or Not—October 18, 2014: Trust your weekend is off to a good start and that you enjoy the holidays and observances, factoids and quotes from a note African American poet Maya Angelou, with a smile on your sunscreened face, looking forward to a chocolate cupcake as a treat, blessed with a positive attitude, and secure in the knowledge that if you want to find a gift for a memorable event or the coming Christmas, you know that the Alaskanpoet can provide you with a unique customized poem at a great price tailored to the event and the recipient.
1. Alaska Day—celebrating one of the great coups of American diplomacy; this day in 1867 that Russia transferred Alaska to the United States for the paltry sum of $7.2 million (about $114 million in today’s dollars or about a day and a half of the value of the oil pumped through TAPS; if you see an Alaskan today hug that person (today the Alaskanpoet will be wearing a red Stanford polo and hugs are always welcome).
2. Persons Day—observed in Canada to commemorate the decision in Edwards v. Canada by the Canadian equivalent of our Supreme Court that ruled on October 18, 1929 that women were eligible to sit in Canada’s Senate.
3. National No Beard Day—celebrating the excuse to shave off one’s beard which if one is getting up in years has a tendency to come in gray anyway—a holiday not celebrated in Iraq or among the fanatics of ISIS.
4. Great Scott Day—celebrating the birthday on this day in 1927 of the Academy Award winning actor George C. Scott of Patton and Dr. Strangelove fame.
5. National Chocolate Cupcake Day—celebrating a great way to blow your diet with this tasty treat.
On this day in
a. 1775 Phyllis Wheatley the second published African-American poet and first woman was freed from slavery. After great fame, like most poets she died penniless.
b. 1851 to the bane and woe of future high school students Herman Melville’s turgid novel The Whale (later renamed Moby Dick) was published.
c. 1922 the British Broadcasting Company (BBC) was founded to create a nationwide network of radio transmitters to provide for a national broadcasting service.
d. 1954 Texas Instruments announced the first transistor radio.
Reflections on why we need more poets and fewer lawyers: “There is nothing so pitiful as a young cynic because he has gone from knowing nothing to believing nothing. The main thing in one's own private world is to try to laugh as much as you cry. Bitterness is like cancer. It eats upon the host. But anger is like fire. It burns all clean. Self-pity in its early stages is as snug as a feather mattress. Only when it hardens does it become uncomfortable.” Maya Angelou noted African American poet who recited a poem at Bill Clinton’s inauguration in 1993
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