Wednesday, March 27, 2013

The man who does not read has no advantage over the man who cannot read.” 
― Mark Twain

Today is a full moon called “Worm Moon” by Native Americans of New England and the Great Lakes. The reason they call it this is because this is the time of year there are signs of earthworms as the ground thaws in preparation for Spring.

March 27th is National “Joe” Day. This is a chance to change your name, if only for a day. Many people do not like their given name and wish to change it. Few actually do. On National Joe Day, it is perfectly okay to have everyone call you “Joe”.

Today is National Exchange Day, celebrating Exchange‘s 102nd birthday. According to their website:

Founded March 27, 1911, in Detroit, Michigan, by businessmen who wanted to “exchange” ideas, Exchange had its beginnings as a luncheon gathering of businessmen known as the Boosters’ Club. Desiring to “exchange” ideas, the members shared stories, provided business advice to one another and began to dream about what they might accomplish with their collective talents and mutual interests.

For the past 100 years, the volunteer efforts of Exchange Club members have supported the needs of the country and of local communities. With 700 clubs and over 21,000 members throughout the United States and Puerto Rico, Exchange is the country’s oldest service organization operating exclusively in the United States.

Exchange sponsors activities designed to benefit, award and develop our nation’s youth, promote crime prevention, serve senior citizens and recognize military and public safety service providers. Exchange also promotes Americanism programs, and its national project is the prevention of child abuse.

Today is Quirky Country Music Song Titles Day. Johnny Cash has a song “Flushed From The Bathroom Of Your Heart”. Glen Campbell has “Everytime I Itch I Wind Up Scratching You”. Kenny Chesney has “Being Drunk’s a Lot Like Loving You and It’s Sending Me Straight to Rehab!”. Deana Carter has “Did I Shave My Legs For This?”. Cledus T Judd has “Did I Shave My Back For This!”. Tim McGraw has “Do You Want Fries With That?” Kenny Chesney has “She Thinks My Tractor‘s Sexy”. What other quirky country music titles can you think of? Share them with us.

Every year March 27 is celebrated as World Theatre Day. It was established in 1961 by the International Theatre Institute.

Some of the writers born March 27th include:

Francesco Antonio Zaccaria (1714), Thomas Tyrwhitt (1730), Michael Bruce (1746), Franz Xaver von Baader (1765), Alexander Csoma de Kőrös (1784), Alfred de Vigny (1797), William Hepworth Thompson (1810), Frank Frost Abbott (1860), Heinrich Mann (1871), Marie Under (1883), Karl Mannheim (1893), Roland Leighton (1895), Kenneth Slessor (1901), Xavier Villaurrutia (1904), Golo Mann (1909), Budd Schulberg (1914), Hélène Berr (1921), Barnaby Conrad (1922), Dick King-Smith (1922), Stefan Wul (1922), Endo Shusaku (1923), Louis Simpson (1923), Frank O’Hara (1926), Anthony Lewis (1927), Bob den Uyl (1930), Roberto Farias (1932), Robert Castel (1933), Abelardo Castillo (1935), Michael Jackson (1942), Michael Aris (1946), Andy Bown (1946), Oliver Friggieri (1947), Walt Mossberg (1947), Dubravka Ugrešić (1949), Richard Séguin (1952), Dana Stabenow (1952), Patrick McCabe (1955), Renato Russo (1960), Jann Arden (1962), John O’Farrell (1962), Bedabrata Pain (1963), Quentin Tarantino (1963), Pauley Perrette (1969), Lee Ji-hoon (1979), Cesare Cremonini (1980), Laura Critchley (1984), and Kimbra Johnson (1990).

William Flackton is said to have been born on March 27, 1709. He was an 18th century bookseller, publisher, amateur organist, viola player and composer. He is best known today for his compositions for the viola. He demonstrated a talent for music from an early age and at the age of nine was admitted as a chorister at Canterbury Cathedral. He was apprenticed to the Canterbury bookseller Edward Burges until 1730 when he set up his own business as a stationer and bookseller specialising in second-hand and antiquarian book trade. He was in partnership with his brother John from 1738 and later traded in partnership with two of his former apprentices, first as Flackton and Marrable from 1774 and as Flackton, Marrable and Claris from 1784. The English Short Title Catalogue Database records over 60 books published by the firm.

Patty Smith Hill was born March 27, 1868. She is best known for co-writing, with her sister Mildred Hill, the tune which later became popular as “Happy Birthday to You“. She was an American nursery school, kindergarten teacher, and key founder of the National Association Nursery Education (NANE) which now exists as the National Association For the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).

Today we remember Paul Zindel Jr. on the tenth anniversary of his passing.  He was an American playwight, novelist, and educator. Through his teen years he wrote plays. He trained as a chemist at Wagner College and spent six months working at Allied Chemical as a chemical writer after graduating. Zindel took a creative writing course with the playwright Edward Albee while he was an undergraduate. He later worked as a high school science teacher on Staten Island. In 1964, he wrote The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds, his first and most successful play. The play ran off-Broadway in 1970, and on Broadway in 1971, and he received the 1971 Pulitzer Prize for Drama for the work. It was also made into a 1972 move by 20th Century Fox. Soon thereafter, Charlotte Zolotow, a vice-president at Harper & Row, contacted him about writing for her book label. Zindel wrote a total of 39 books, all of them aimed at children or young adults. They tended to be semi-autobiographical, focusing on teenage misfits with abusive or neglectful parents. Despite the often dark subject matter of his books, which deal with loneliness, loss, and the effects of abuse, they are also filled with humor. Many of his novels have wacky titles. The Pigman first published in 1968, is widely taught in American schools, and also made it on to the list of most frequently banned books in America in the 1990s, because of what some deem offensive language.


We also remember Adrienne Rich who left this world one year ago today.

On March 27, 1329, Pope John XXII issued his In Agro Dominico which condemned some writings of Meister Eckhard as heretical.

The United States Government established a permanent navy and authorized the building of six frigates on March 27, 1794.

On March 27, 1812, Hugh McGary Jr. established what is now Evansville, Indiana on a bend in the Ohio River.

Rioting took place on this day in 1881 in Basingstoke in protest against the daily vociferous promotion of Teetotalism by the Salvation Army. Teetotalism refers to either the practice of or the promotion of complete abstinence from alcoholic beverages. A person who practices (and possibly advocates) teetotalism is called a teetotaler (also spelled teetotaller; plural teetotalers or teetotallers) or is simply said to be teetotal. The teetotalism movement was first started in Preston, England in the early 19th century.

A mob in Cincinnati, Ohio attacked members of a jury on this day in 1884 who had returned a verdict of manslaughter in a clear case of murder, and then over the next few days rioted and destroyed the courthouse.

On March 27, 1886 the famous Apache warrior, Geronimo, surrendered to the U.S. Army, ending the main phase of the Apache Wars.

Mary Mallon, more commonly known as Typhoid Mary, was put into quarantine on March 27, 1915 where she would remain for the rest of her life. She was the first person in the United States identified as an asymptomatic carrier of the pathogen associated with typhoid fever. She was presumed to have infected some 51 people, three of whom died, over the course of her career as a cook. She was forcibly isolated twice by public health authorities and died after a total of nearly three decades in isolation.

The Good Friday Earthquake hit South Central Alaska on March 27, 1964. This was the most powerful earthquake in U.S. history at a magnitude of 9.2. It killed 125 paeople and inflicted massive damage to the city of Anchorage.

The first 4.6 miles of the Washington Metro subway system opened on this day in 1976. Since opening in 1976, the network has grown to include five lines, 86 stations, and 106.3 miles (171.1 km) of track. Metro is the second-busiest rapid transit system in the United States in number of passenger trips, after the New York City Subway.

The worst aviation accident in history was the Tenerife airport disaster which occurred on March 27, 1977. Two Boeing 747 airliners collided on a foggy runway on Tenerife in the Canary Islands. All 248 on KLM and 335 of those on Pan Am were killled. Sixty-one survived on the Pan Am flight.

March 27, 1980 is referred to as Silver Thursday because a steep fall in silver prices resulted from the Hunt Brothers attempt to corner the market in silver. This led to panic on commodity and futures exchanges.

The Solidarity movement in Poland staged a warning strike, in which at least 12 million Poles walked off their jobs for four hours.

The United States began broadcasting TV Martí on March 27, 1990 to Cuba. This was an anti-Castro propaganda network.

Fifteen years ago today the Food and Drug Administration approved Viagra for use as a treatment for male impotence. This was the first pill to be approved for that condition in the United States.
On March 27, 2000 a Phillips Petroleum plant explosion in Pasadena, Texas killed one person and left 71 others injured.

An artificial lake in Indonesia called Situ Gintung failed on March 27, 2009. At least 99 people were killed.

short change

Today’s highlighted title is Short Change by Patricia Smiley. He have new hardcover copies in stock. Amazon gives the following description:

L.A.-based Tucker Sinclair has her hands full trying to get her consulting business off the ground. But it won’t be easy: with her clients’ businesses threatened-and then their lives-the stakes are deadly high.
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Disclaimer: Much of the information in this blog is taken directly from Wikipedia and Amazon.   Images have been taken from various sources around the World Wide Web.

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