Woody Herman - Thursday, July 30, 2015

A world without music is a world not worth listening to.  We here at the American Treasure Tour blog just made that up.  Maybe it'll show up on Brainy Quotes now!  There's some truth to the sentiment, anyway.  Without music, life would most assuredly be a little sadder.  Fortunately, there have always been talented performers out there to make sure there is always a song playing somewhere, and we do what we can to honor them here at the Tour.

Today, we would like to honor a great American clarinetist, saxophonist, singer and big band leader.  Woody Herman - born Woodrow Charles Thomas Herman in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 1913 - was one of the most popular band leaders of the 1930s and 1940s.  Herman's blending of jazz and blues appealed to many listeners of the time - and having the famed trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie write some songs for him definitely added to his appeal.  Herman and his band, "The Herd" continued to entertain well into the 1980s, taking European tours, and playing venues across the United States as well.  In fact, we are recognizing Mr. Herman and the Herd today for their appearance on May 24th at the Warwick High School Auditorium, as sponsored by the Lititz Springs V.F.W. Post number 1463. Herman played to the end of his life, as much because he found himself in trouble with the I.R.S. thanks to the dubious skills of his business manager as because of his genuine love of music.  He passed away in 1987.
QUESTION:  At which Super Bowl was Woody Herman the featured entertainer during halftime?
A)  Super Bowl I
B)  Super Bowl VII
C)  Super Bowl XX
D)  Super Bowl XXXV
ANSWER BELOW

MEDI-WHAT?  Medicare and Medicaid are in the news of late, as presidential hopefuls promise to disband this social program designed to assist the elderly and disadvantaged (of course, designs don't always meet reality, too).  Well, the controversy began on this day fifty years ago, when President Lyndon Johnson signed into law the Social Security Act of 1965.  One thing that can very safely be said is that our 36th president definitely stirred up controversy in his day!

BABY FORD.  A little boy was born on this day in the small rural farm Greenfield Township, Michigan in 1863.  His mom and dad could have never predicted he would do more to change the world than pretty much any of his contemporaries.  His name was, of course, Henry Ford, and through his development of the affordable automobile, he transformed the way the world traveled and, ultimately, the way people lived.  As he got older, he yearned for the days of old - before his automobile changed everything - and created his own Greenfield Village, an idyllic version of Main Street, USA that included the homes of famous American industrialists.  

QUOTE:  Quality means doing it right when no one is looking. - Henry Ford

ANSWER:  Super Bowl VII - Between the Miami Dolphins and the Washington Redskins in 1973. Miami won, 14 to 7.