Teletubbies - Monday, June 8, 2015

Happy Monday!  The American Treasure Tour blog is happy to honor ALL of the members of our large, eclectic family.  From the creators of classic cars, to the stylistic beauty of the nickelodeons, to the neon signs, to the celebrity photos, to the characters presented in the stuffed animals!  So much to talk about, so little space.  Well, today is pretty special because it's Teletubby time!

In 1997, the leaders of Ragdoll Productions, a British television programming outfit, came up with the idea for a television program designed for young'uns between the ages of one and four.  The BBC aired them first, and they were in production for only four years.  365 episodes were created through 2001 in Teletubbyland, which was located at the Wimpstone Farm in Warwickshire (before the owner of the land replaced it with a large pond to discourage trespassing fans).  The show garnered many awards, international acclaim, and some criticism.  Famously, American televangelist Jerry Falwell claimed in 1999 that the show was advocating homosexuality.  In fact, the bright colors, simple storylines, and odd characters were embraced not only by little children but also by college-aged youths who saw it as a psychedelic experience.  Sounds like they should have spent more time studying.

The Teletubby we have in the included picture is Po, one of two female characters in the show. She is relaxing in a circus ride car designed for extremely young human people.  She looks very happy.
QUESTION:  Who is the other female Teletubby besides Po?
A)  Tinky Winky
B)  Dipsy
C)  Laa Laa
D)  Noo-Noo

THE BILL!  It was on this very day - today!  - in 1789 that future president James Madison handed over to Congress a Bill of Rights, twelve amendments written to placate concerned citizens that the new government of the United States would have their basic rights protected. Madison thought it was unnecessary, since he knew that the people would be the ones running their own country - why create protections from yourself? - but of course they became a pivotal element of our Constitution.  Well, ten of them did, anyway.  Two were rejected, including one dealing with congressional salaries that would be adopted a century or two later.

91!  We can only guess that, when Barbara Pierce was born in Queens, New York in 1925, her parents were excited to know she would be able to vote when she reached adulthood.  But back then, women rarely were able to make a name for themselves due to an inherent sexism in American culture.  They could not have known she would become one of the most famous women in the world.  Between 1989 and 1993, she would be First Lady of the United States, standing alongside her husband George H.W. Bush, the 41st president.  She's still keeping her husband in line during their retirement years in Texas.

QUOTE:  I married the first man I ever kissed.  When I tell my kids this, they just about throw up. - Barbara Bush

ANSWER:  C)  Laa Laa.  Remember that.  It will come up again, we're pretty sure.