Fokker Airplane - 1-6

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The American Treasure Tour includes a stunningly rich array of artifacts.  We take great pride in our collection of rare and even one-of-a-kind nickelodeons and band organs, as well as classic automobiles.  If there is one thing the blog sets out to do, though, it's to show you the rich panoply (definition: a complete or impressive collection of things) of other cool "stuff" we have on display: posters, record albums, stuffed animals, and so on.  Today, we are going to talk about one of our over-200 model airplanes!  Specifically the German Fokker Dreidecker I (translation: triplane).

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The triplane dominated the skies over Germany during the latter years of World War I.  The most famous/infamous pilot of the Fokker was Baron Manfred von Richtofen, more familiarly known as the Red Baron to his western enemies.  Richtofen was piloting the triplane when he was shot down by the allies on April 21, 1918.  By that time, he had been accredited with eighty air combat victories and forever etched into aviation legend.  The Fokker on display at the Treasure Tour is just a model of the plane he flew, though.  People were not so small ninety-five years ago that they could fit in the plane we have on display.

QUESTION:

Although history cannot confirm the man who shot down the Red Baron in 1918, he did have one nemesis he simply could not beat in the air.  This enemy was not a person, it was Charlie Brown's pet dog, Snoopy.  Who sang the song that told the story of Snoopy's fights against the Red Baron?

a)  Paul Revere and the Raides

b) The Royal Guardsmen

c)  The Kingston Trio

d)  Bill Haley and the Comets

e)  Eric Burdon and the Animals

Answer Below

HISTORY TODAY:

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January 6th, 1912 was the day that New Mexico became the 47th state to enter the United States.  We here at the American Treasure Tour love acknowledging the anniversaries for statehood simply because there is truly nothing more American than our own states, and the Constitution that allows the country to evolve.  Acquisition of the land that has become New Mexico began in the 1840s with the annexation of Texas.  Then, the Mexican War and the 1854 Gadsden Purchase completed it.  Still, it took over sixty years after that before the U.S. Government deemed the territory worthy to attain statehood.  Now, New Mexico is a draw for people in part because of its dynamic climate, with desert conditions in the south of the state and mountains in the north.  It also has some of the oldest Native American sites in the country, namely the fascinating Chaco Culture National Historical Park, and Taos Pueblo.  Adventurers and artists alike continue to be drawn to this rugged state.

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If someone were to open a time capsule dedicated to January 6th, 1992, it would invariably include the news headliner of the day:  figure skating Olympic hopeful Nancy Kerrigan received an injury to the knee by compatriots of competing athlete Tonya Harding at the Cobo Arena in Detroit.  Although the attack ultimately made no impact on Kerrigan's ability to perform - she would win the silver medal in the competition - it made her an international star.  Harding, meanwhile, became something of a pariah in the figure skating world and she was banned for life from ever performing again.

BIRTHS:

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1880, one of the great early western movie stars was born in Mix Run, Pennsylvania, a small community in the middle of the state.  Tom Mix starred in almost three hundred movies between 1909 and 1935, all but nine of them silent.  His life was cut short when, at the age of sixty, he was in a fatal car accident while driving through Oklahoma.  Now barely remembered, the importance of Mix on the western genre of film cannot be overemphasized.  

QUOTE: I never was good at learning things. I did just enough work to pass. In my opinion it would have been wrong to do more than was just sufficient, so I worked as little as possible. - Mannfred von Richtofen

Answer:  b)  The Royal Guardsmen.  The bands' most popular song was "Snoopy vs. The Red Baron," released in 1966.  A year later, they made an endearing sequel, "Snoopy's Christmas."  The majority of their music has revolved around the canine hero and aviation.