Tin Cup - 11-4

If you haven't figured it out yet, the American Treasure Tour blog LOVES to talk about the movie posters in our collection.  Hopefully, you enjoy listening, because the discussion continues today with Rene Russo and Kevin Costner in the golf film Tin Cup.   Released in 1996, the film tells the story of former golf prodigy Roy "Tin Cup" McAvoy, who has to overcome personal issues to embrace his talents.  Having received overall positive reviews upon its initial release, the film enjoyed a debut at number one during its run in the theater.

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QUESTION:  Rene Russo has been starring in films since the late-1980s. What was the first sports-themed film in which she had a role?  (It was also the first time she appeared in a theatrical film.)

a)  A League of Our Own

b)  Field of Dreams

c)  Eight Men Out

d)  Major League

e)  Bull Durham

Answer Below

HISTORY TODAY:  

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Nellie Tayloe Ross made a dent in male-dominated politics on this day in 1924.  She was the first woman ever elected as governor of one of the United States of America, taking the top position in Wyoming only four years after the amendment for women's suffrage was ratified by the Constitution.  

Wyoming was a progressive state from the beginning, and one of the very first to permit women to vote on a state level.  When she won her single term in office, it was in the wake of her husband's death.  William Ross died in office, and she handily won the vote to replace him, following many of his policies which included restrictions on child labor and the promotion of alcohol restrictions.  She narrowly lost her bid for re-election in part because of her refusal to campaign for herself.

The ATT blog invites you to jump back in time, to five years ago today.  It was November 4th, 2008, when Barack Obama became the first African-American man elected President of the United States.  Four years later, he was re-elected in that position.  It is this blog's hope to help inspire a love of history in its readers, and an effort to trigger in those old enough to recall them moments in time long past.  If you can't recall the election of President Obama, the blog hopes you can at least recall Governor Ross's historic election.

BIRTHS: 

Walter Cronkite, one of the most trusted men to ever sit behind a newscasters' desk, would have turned 97 today.  As it was, his full life ended four years ago with a legacy of reporting the news for over forty years, from the Nuremburg Trials held at the end of World War 2, through the Vietnam War, Watergate, and the assassinations of many prominent Americans, including John F. Kennedy, Bobby Kennedy, Martin Luther King, and John Lennon.  His voice proved a great comfort to Americans during such trying times, and his prestige such that he remains the only non-NASA employee to receive his very own sample of rock brought back to Earth from the Moon. 

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The 43rd woman in the United States to have the honor of holding the title of First Lady was born on this day in 1946.  Laura Lane Welch was born in Midland, Texas, where she met George W. Bush in July of 1977 and married him four months later.  The couple had twin daughters in 1981 and traveled with Jenna and Barbara to Austin, to the Governor's Mansion, fourteen years later.  As First Lady, Laura concentrated on education and women's issues as two of her most important concentrations.  With her husband's retirement from political office, Laura has also backed away from the spotlight. 

QUOTE:   

A love of books, of holding a book, turning its pages, looking at its pictures, and living its fascinating stories goes hand-in-hand with a love of learning. - Laura Bush

Answer:  d)  Major League