Jaclyn Smith - January 15, 2014

If you think of the American Treasure Tour as a great place to see band organs, nickelodeons and classic cars, you are right to do so.  But, did you know you could also come to the ATT if you want to be reminded of American actors, athletes, and rock stars?  Yes, there are pictures of scores of iconic Americans all over the walls in both the Music Room and the Toy Box.  Welcome to a new series in the blog that honors these people!

In our first installment, we think it is fitting to begin with an angel.  We refer, of course, to the beautiful Jaclyn Smith, the most enduring of Charlie's Angels - the only one of the original angels to stay with the television program from its first airing in 1976 to its final show in 1981, or to appear in either of the movies from the early 2000s.  

Born in Houston, TX in 1946, she moved to New York City where she made a living as a model and commercial television actor.  She remained in the medium for her acting career, starring in Charlie's Angels and a series of made-for-tv movies, while starting her own fashion line for Kmart in 1985.  Six years prior to that, McCall's magazine rated hers as the woman "Whose Face Most Women Would Like to Have."

QUESTION:  What was the name of the angel played by Jaclyn Smith in Charlie's Angels?

a)  Sabrina Duncan

b)  Jill Munroe

c)  Kris Munroe

d)  Kelly Garrett

e)  Tiffany Welles

Answer Below

HISTORY TODAY:

1777 - On this day, a declaration of independence led to the complete separation of the region now known as Vermont from the states of New York and New Hampshire, both of which claimed right to the land.  The Vermont Republic abolished slavery within its borders and, although its population participated in the American Revolution, it was not officially recognized by the new federal government.  It was not until 1791 when the issues with its neighboring states were completely ironed out and Vermont was admitted to the union as the 14th state.

Creating substantially more of an impact internationally than the Vermont declaration of independence, the Coca-Cola Company was established on this day in 1889 out of the Pemberton Medicine Company in Atlanta, Georgia (no offense intended towards Vermonters).  Coca-Cola has become one of the most identifiable commercial products in the world since then, simply because they have spread their sweet and bubbly beverages over two hundred countries and in over five hundred brands.  

BIRTHS:

It can be argued that few Americans have had a greater impact on this country's modern culture than Martin Luther King, Jr.  The spokesman for the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s, this Atlanta, Georgia-born son of a Baptist minister sought to create a nation of equal rights regardless of race or gender.  Because of his achievements, this day is federally recognized as a day to honor the great man.  And who could have known that Coca-Cola would be celebrating its very own birthday on the same day!

QUOTE:

I always tell my children, 'You have to face your fear. If not, it's like running from a dog that will bite you in the back.' - Jaclyn Smith
 

Answer:  d)  Kelly Garrett