Alfred E. Neuman - 11 - 7

Hello everyone, and welcome back to the American Treasure Tour blog!  We are always interested in showing the variety in our collection, as well as offering an array of historical facts, novelties, and tidbits.  Today, we are going to highlight a fictional personality who makes an appearance in the Toy Box.  His name is Alfred E. Neuman. 

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Alfred has been the animated mascot for Mad  magazine for decades now, having made his first appearance in 1954.  Showing up as their cover boy on the majority of their five hundred magazine covers, Since that time, he has also mocked numerous presidential candidates - a tradition we hope he will continue for many years to come.  Posters similar to the one to our right adorn the walls of the American Treasure Tour, reminding us that it is always best to maintain a sense of humor, especially when politics is involved.


An offshoot of Mad magazine, Mad TV  was a sketch television program that aired on Saturday nights, as competition to Saturday Night Live.  What year did it first air?

a)  1954

b)  1975

c)  1986

d)  1995

e)  2006

Answer Below. 



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Considered the first use of the elephant in connection to the Republican Party, this image was printed for the November 7, 1874 edition of Harper's Weekly magazine.  The elephant has long been considered a symbol of strength, and Thomas Nast chose it to represent his political party for this very reason.  The animal's great size, intelligence, strength and dignity made it the obvious choice for him.  When Nast published his cartoon, it was during fears that U.S. Grant might run for a third term as president.


On this day in 1916, Jeanette Rankin, representing the State of Montana, became the first woman elected to the United States House of Representatives.  She actually held the post for only two terms.  During her first, between 1916 and 1918, she was one of fifty representatives to vote against entering what would be known as the Great War, or World War I.  Her second term came between 1941 and 1943.  That time, she was the only representative to vote against a declaration of war against Japan in World War II. 


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Today, we celebrate the birth and mourn the early death of child star Dana Plato.  She became a mainstay of American homes for eight seasons, as Kimberly Drummond on the popular situation comedy Diff'rent Strokes , costarring with Gary Coleman and Todd Bridges as a mismatched family in middle America.  Her television show had ended its run in 1986 and she found little success in the thirteen years after that.  She proved unable to acclimate well to life after Diff'rent Strokes, and her story ended in tragedy in 1999 when, at the age of 34, she consumed a fatal amount of painkillers.  


I've learned through experience that life is never that bad. The secret is just paying attention to how you feel and not letting anyone else dictate what in your heart you know is right. - Dana Plato

Answer:  d) 1995.