Dolly Parton - February 4, 2014

"Faces of the Tour" collects information about actors, athletes and musicians whose images adorn the walls of the Toy Box here at the American Treasure Tour, and no tour or wall is complete without mention of the inestimable Dolly Parton.  We are glad to share our affection for the singer-songwriter, actor, author, philanthropist, and amusement park owner for you, the loyal readers of our ATT blog, while also acknowledging her place on our wall!

Dolly Parton was one of twelve brothers and sisters who experienced abject poverty at their home in Sevierville, Tennessee, where she was born in 1946.  Talented and ambitious from an early age, Dolly started performing before she reached her teens, and recorded her first single at the age of 13.  She has not stopped recording yet, in a career that has spanned seven decades!  She has also starred in a number of popular films and television shows, including 9 to 5, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, and as a recurring character on Disney's Hannah Montana.  In 1986, Dolly also purchased a small amusement park in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, changed its name to Dollyworld, and transformed it into an incredibly popular tourist destination in the center of the country.  An icon of country music, Dolly is known and respected both within and outside of the United States for her many diverse achievements.

QUESTION:  In 1983, Dolly Parton sang a chart-topping duet with the popular country music singer/restauranteur Kenny Rogers.  What was the name of their song?

a)  "Take This Job and Shove It"

b)  ""The Last Thing On My MInd"

c)  "I Will Always Love You"

d)  "Islands In The Stream"

e)  "Coat of Many Colors"

Answer Below

HISTORY TODAY:

As you may know, the United States did not officially declare war on Japan until December 8th, 1941, a day after the attack on Pearl Harbor.  The war against Germany began three days later.  But the American military had begun a slow mobilization long before that.  On this day in 1941, the USO, or United Service Organization, was established with the encouragement of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt.  It was created to offer entertainment and programs to assist in maintaining good morale in the American military.  They provided an invaluable service during World War II - and during conflicts since the Great War - to help bring levity to the soldiers while they were in impossibly stressful environments, often in close proximity to the front lines.  Considered a home away from home for on-duty soldiers, the USO provides an extremely valuable service for those who preserve the security of our country.

Everything has a beginning, and the popular on-line social networking outlet Facebook is no exception.  It was ten years ago today that Mark Zuckerberg, a student at Harvard University, along with some friends, created this internet powerhouse.  It was initially intended to provide social connections solely within the Harvard campus, but quickly stretched out to the entire Boston area.  Before long, the entire on-line world began to dabble in Facebook.  Still going strong, there are over one billion Facebook browsers, and likely many more to come....

BIRTHDAYS:

Andrzej Tadeusz Bonawentura Kosciuszko was born on February 4th, 1746 (although he may have actually been born on the 12th.  We're not 100% sure.).  A native of Poland, he was the son of a Polish nobleman, and he died in Poland.  So, why would the American Treasure Tour blog choose to celebrate him, you ask?  Because of his great contribution to the American Revolutionary War!  Kosciuszko was a military engineer who traveled to the American colonies to assist in their efforts to fight an effective fight and sever their ties to the British motherland.  His service to our cause was inestimable, and he was regarded as a hero by his American compatriots when he returned to Poland determined to help achieve independence for his countrymen from Russia.  Things did not work out too well for Kosciuzko at home, unfortunately, and Poland would not become an independent country during his lifetime.  Or, for all intents and purposes, until the 1990s when the Soviet Union was dismantled.  

Our other birthday today is a man actually born in the United States.  Vincent Damon Furnier was born in Detroit, Michigan, in 1948.  As a teenager, Furnier and some friends won a talent show in school by mimicking the Beatles on-stage.  Loving the experience, they all decided to  learn how to actually play instruments, and they created their own band.  They incorporated many theatrics to often loud and chaotic performances, and selected the name Alice Cooper for their band.  Eventually, Furnier adopted the name as his own and incorporated boa constrictors, electric chairs, and other outlandish props into live stage shows.  The "shock rock" performers  Alice Cooper became popular during the 1970s and, when Furnier released "Welcome to My Nightmare" as a soloist, he continued on his own.  Happy birthday, Vincent - or should we call you Alice?

QUOTE:

I'm not offended by all the dumb blonde jokes because I know I'm not dumb...  and I also know that I'm not blonde.  - Dolly Parton

Answer:  d)  "Islands In The Stream"