Saturday, January 3, 2015

Ridley's Believe It Or Not January 3 History Alaska Admission Day

Ridley's Believe It Or Not—January 3, 2015:    Let’s hear it for the PAC 12 and Oregon’s total destruction of the Seminole at the Rose Bowl and another exciting win for the Bruins against Kansas State decided in the last minute by a failed onside kick by Kansas State and kudos to those who are still after three days adhering to their New Year’s Resolutions. As always, I  hope you enjoy the holidays and observances, factoids and a relevant quote from Francis Ford Coppola,  with a smile on your face, savoring one or more chocolate covered cherries, 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 a memorable event, 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. The Professor Day—celebrating the birthday on this day in 1892 of one very creative author J.R.R. Tolkien whose books like the Hobbit and Lord of the Rings have enjoyed great success as movies; today is the day Tolkien fans are supposed to raise a glass and toast “The Professor.”
        2. National Straw Day—celebrating the patenting of modern drinking straw by Marvin C. Stone on this day in 1888—where would milk shakes be without it?
       3. 1973 Number One Song—celebrating the number one song on this day in 1973 You’re So Vain by Carly Simon (great song).
        4. Spaghetti Day—celebrating not the popular pasta but rather the birthday on this day in 1929 of the Italian born director Sergio Leone, master of the “Spaghetti Westerns” like The Good, The Bad And The Ugly starring Clint Eastwood.
         5. Chocolate Covered Cherry Day—a food holiday that should be celebrated only if one has worked out at the gym and burned up copious amounts of calories since it is hard to stop at only one.
On this day in
      a. 1938 The March of Dimes was established by Franklin Delano Roosevelt to raise money to find a cure for one very frightening disease polio.
      b. 1947 in a who is watching moment, proceedings of the U.S. Congress were televised for the first time.
       c. 1957 the Hamilton Watch Company introduced the first electric watch. 
      d. 1959 Alaska was admitted as the 49th state.
      e.  2009 The first block of the blockchain of the decentralized payment system Bitcoin called  the Genesis block, was established by the creator of the system, Satoshi Nakamoto.
Reflections on polio and how God works in mysterious ways: “When I was nine, I had polio, and people were very frightened for their children so you tended to be isolated. I was paralyzed for a while, so I watched television.” Francis Ford Coppola, noted director.  Being bedridden often as a child he let his imagination run wild with puppet theater which probably planted the seed for his fabulous career as a director.
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