Urban Cowboy - 12-12

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The American Treasure Tour blog continues its look at some of the soundtrack records on display in our Music Room.  Today, we will discuss "Urban Cowboy,"  The 1980 movie stars John Travolta, fresh off his double successes in Saturday Night Fever and Grease, as a blue collar worker who aspires to become a farmer.  He meets feminist Debra Winger at a bar and dancing ensues.  As do fights, nights of hard drinking, and some quality pop-country music, which all contributed to making it a number-one album on the U.S. Billboard Top Country Album charts.


What Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania native starred opposite Travolta and Winger in the film, only two years before his career rocketed into space?

a)  Mickey Gilley

b)  Scott Glenn

c)  Barry Corbin

d)  Buzz Aldrin

e)  Cooper Huckabee

Answer Below



1787 was kind of an important year for the United States for many reasons.  The fact that the new Constitution was written that year, and its ratification process begun stands out as the most important reason.  On this day, Pennsylvania became the second state to confirm the document's legitimacy, only five days after Delaware.  Eleven states were required to ratify it for the Constitution to become official, which would occur when New York approved it in July of the next year.  The last two hold outs - North Carolina and Rhode Island - would take their sweet time after that, the latter waiting until after George Washington became the first president under the constitution in 1789.


In more recent history, the year was 2000, and on this date the contentious election between Vice President Al Gore and Texas Governor George W. Bush was finally resolved by the United States Supreme Court.  Although we now know that Bush would become president, there were five long weeks after election day when the results were definitively up in the air.  The decision in Bush's favor ended the suspense and led to two terms for the son of former President George H.W. Bush


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Talking about the formation of the new United States, we would be remiss to overlook the birthday of one of the most important, while lesser known, Founding Fathers:  John Jay!  Born in 1745, Jay did many things for the foundling country.  The highlights of his illustrious career include:  he participated in the signing of the Treaty of Paris that ended the Revolutionary War and he was the first Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.  He resigned this post to become Governor of New York, during which time he signed into law a gradual abolition law that would free all slaves in the state by 1829.


Those who own the country ought to govern it. -- John Jay

Answer:  b)  Scott Glenn.  He would go on to star in The Right Stuff in 1982.  Glenn's acting career has spanned five decades, and continues to go on strong.