Thursday, January 15, 2015

The greatest challenge of being a part of the American Treasure Tour is focusing.  There are so many cool, amazing, weird and unique things throughout the collection that it is truly difficult to know where to stop.  The blog, when used as a power for good, helps us talk about the littler treasures we simply don't have time to discuss when people visit us.  Today and tomorrow, we are going to devote ourselves to one relatively small item:  a press kit image advertising two movies.  Today's movie is called Nancy Steele Is Missing.  We hate to confess our ignorance, but we may never have heard of this film were it not for the ad.

Nancy Steele Is Missing was released in 1942, and directed by George Marshall (not the highly decorated General and Nobel Prize winner).  It is an odd story following the life of Danny O'Neill, played by Victor McLaglen, a petty criminal who spent seventeen years behind bars.  June Lang portrays the young woman who claims he is her real father, not Michael Steele (Walter Connelly). Danny's efforts to go straight are thwarted by the likes of Peter Lorre in this crime drama.  

QUESTION:  Why did the "other" George Marshall win a Nobel Peace Prize?
A)  Single-handedly starting World War II
B)  Ending the fighting in the Middle East 
C)  Aiding war-ravaged Europe after WWII
D)  Teaching children to sing in Paraguay

Answer Below

POP SATISFACTION:  Sometimes, history is made in ways that appear insignificant during the event, but only later can be recognized as something monumental.  So was the case on this day in 1889, when the Pemberton Medicine Company was incorporated in Atlanta, Georgia. PMC's name is unfamiliar now to all but the most die-hard fans of their primary product, but they soon became better known as the Coca-Cola Company.  127 years later, Coke is one of the most familiar brands in the entire world.

QUOTE:  I love to go to a movie, get a Diet Coke and a barrel of popcorn, and sit there with my kids and watch a film.  - William Shatner

ANSWER:  C)  Aiding war-ravaged Europe after WWII in what is known as the Marshall Plan, named after him.