Saturday, March 5, 2016

Ridley's Believe It Or Not For March 5, 2016 Iditarod Start

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For March 5, 2016. Unfortunately, still 321 days to go in President Obama’s pathetic lame duck term but fortunately thanks to trainloads of snow from the the Fairbanks area, the Iditarod, the Last Great Race on Earth, kicks off today in Anchorage for its ceremonial start, albeit abbreviated to only three miles. I trust your weekend is off to a great start and as always, I hope  you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to Celine Dion, factoids of interest, a relevant quote by Robert Gottlieb looking forward to enjoying a glass of absinthe, blessed with a positive attitude and  secure in  the knowledge that if you want to find a gift for any memorable events 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. Multiple Personalities Day—why be a boring personality when you can have multiple roles fulfilling Shakespeare’s adage that all the world is a stage.    
2. Start of the Iditarod, the Last Great Race on Earth—held on the first Saturday in  March since 1973 to commemorate the Serum Run of 1925 that saved the town of Nome, Alaska from a diphtheria epidemic.                                     
3. 1994 Number One Song—celebrating the number one song in 1994 on a run of four weeks in that position The Power of Love by Celine Dion. Here is a link to Celine Dion performing The Power of Love:    
4. National Absinthe Day—celebrating another great after dinner drink.  
5. “L” Is For Luxury—celebrating the birthday on this day in 1949 of entrepreneur and CEO of LVMH, the largest luxury brand manufacturer of consumer products like Luis Vuitton, Christian Dior and Fendi.
On this day in:                                                                                                   
a. 1770 British troops killed 5 unarmed Americans in what would later be known as the “Boston Massacre” which started this nation on the path toward the Revolutionary War.  
b. 1933 President Roosevelt declared a bank holiday and temporarily closed all banks as the Great Depression gathered steam. 
c. 1948 Winston Churchill in a speech at Westminster College in Missouri used the phrase “Iron Curtain” to describe the Soviet Union’s actions in Eastern Europe.  
d. 1975 the first meeting of the Home Brewing Club occurred at Sunnyvale, CA.  
e. 2012 invisible Children  released the movie Stop Kony 2012 to pressure the international community to arrest Joseph Kony, an Ugandan guerrilla leader notorious for using children as warrior in terrorist acts.                                                              
Reflections on Russia and the Iron Curtain: “The Iron Curtain may be gone, but Mother Russia is as mysterious as always.” Robert Gottlieb, noted American writer and editor of the New Yorker.                                   
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