Sylvester the Cat - July 11, 2014

Over the past few days, we have discussed a few of the characters represented in the American Treasure Tour in the form of stuffed animals.  Big Bird, Gumby, Tigger - all important cultural icons who have given joy to children of all ages for decades.  There are, of course, many more.  Today, we are going to give a call out to a favorite personality from the Warner Brothers Studios' Looney Tunes: Sylvester the Cat.

Sylvester has the honor of having won three Academy Awards during his distinguished career in front of the camera.  The first time he appeared on screen was in 1945, in the Friz Freleng cartoon Life With Feathers.  Two years later, he would be paired up with Tweety Bird, and things went downhill for him from there.  The vocal wunderkind Mel Blanc emulated Donald Duck for his interpretation of Sylvester's voice, replete with lisp and spit, for 44 years, 

QUESTION:  What phrase did Sylvester famously use to exclaim his frustration?

A)  You're desthpicable!

B)  What's Up, Doc?

C)  Sufferin' Succotash!

D)  Holy frijoles!

Answer Below.

HISTORY TODAY:

Few events from the early days of the United States are considered as avoidable and tragic as one that happened on this day in 1804.  This was the day when, on a small patch of land in Weehawken, New Jersey, two prominent Americans faced each other in a duel.  Aaron Burr, the current Vice President of the United States, and Alexander Hamilton, former Secretary of the Treasury, faced each other.  Burr walked off the field.  Hamilton, mortally wounded, was carried off by his second.  It is a misnomer to describe Hamilton as an innocent victim and Burr an evil murderer.  Let's just say neither man was very smart, because they both showed up.

This was a very important day for former President William Howard Taft.  First off, the man never wanted to be president.  He wanted to be Supreme Court Chief Justice.  But he was basically told by his then-buddy Theodore Roosevelt he was going to succeed him, and Taft's wife was all about it.  So he went along with it, and became the prez in 1909, despite that his heart wasn't in it.  After four years, Roosevelt wanted him out, so he got out.  But today, in 1921, he reached his goal and became Chief Justice.  Yay, Taft!

BIRTHDAYS:

We have another presidential birthday this July!  John Quincy Adams, the sixth man to hold the highest office in the land, was born today in 1767.  He may not have been the most popular man to ever be president, but Adams was unquestionably devoted to his country. Adams devoted his entire life to ensuring the success of America, by participating in international affairs and as a member of Congress - the only former president to return to the House of Representatives after his term was up.  A special call-out to J.Q.!

Clearly, being born on July 11th does not inherently suggest that a person is noble.  In contrast to Mr. Adams, Theophilus Eugene Connor, famously known as "Bull," was born today in 1897.  The nickname is fitting, since this bull-headed man proved unwilling to abandon archaic and downright evil racist views.  As the Commissioner of Public Safety for Birmingham, Alabama, he devoted himself to suppressing the rights of African Americans.  Ultimately, his pro-segregationist views make him unworthy of recognition in this blog.  Sorry, blog readers.

QUOTE:  Patience and perseverance have a magical effect before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish. - John Quincy Adams.

ANSWER:  C)  Sufferin' Succotash!