Candy is Dandy but ...

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On this date in History:  1888
Emile Berliner demonstrated the flat disc record player for the first time.

Born on this Date:  1919

Liberace's father played an instrument in the Milwaukee symphony.  Which instrument did he play?
a.  bass clarinet
b.  violin
c.  french horn
*answer at bottom of post

Died on this Date:  1999
Sammy Davis, Jr.

Song for the Day:

Cliche for the Day:
"Candy is dandy but liquor is quicker."  Ogden Nash

Have a sweet day!

*c. french horn

First Robin of Spring ...

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On this date in History:  1797
Nathaniel Briggs patented a washing machine.
From what state did Mr. Briggs hail?
a. New Hampshire
b. New York
c. New Jersey
*answer at bottom of post

Birthday Pick:  1955

Reba McEntire
Did you know?  Seven members of Reba's band along with her road manager and two pilots died in a plane crash in 1991.

Died on this Date:  1953
American Athlete Jim Thorpe

Did You Know?
Soldiers from every country salute with their right hand.

Today's Song: #1 on this date in ....J

a.  1985
b.  1990
c.  1993

**answer at bottom of post


*a. New Hampshire

John Steinbeck

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Birthday Pick:
American Writer John Steinbeck 1902

According to Wikipedia, which of the following works did Steinbeck consider his best?
a.  East of Eden
b.  Of Mice and Men
c.  The Grapes of Wrath
*answer at bottom of post

Died on this Date:  2008 Boyd Coddington ~ American Hot Rod Designer
Coddington's CadZZilla at the 2005 Hot Rod Show Austin TX  source Wikipedia

Today's Song: Hot Rod Lincoln

Today's Quote:  
The world runs on individuals pursuing their self interests. The great achievements of civilization have not come from government bureaus. Einstein didn't construct his theory under order from a, from a bureaucrat. Henry Ford didn't revolutionize the automobile industry that way. 
Milton Friedman 
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On This Date in History:  1951 ~ Twenty-second Amendment to the Constitution was ratified limiting Presidents to two terms.

Today's Trivia Brought to you by:
The American Treasure Tour's radio controlled model airplane collection ~ over 200 in all!

a.  East of Eden

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On This Date in History:  1901
J.P. Morgan incorporates The United States Steel Corporation.

On that same date, February 25, 1901 ~ Zeppo Marx was born.
What was Zeppo's birth name?
a. Herbert Manfred Marx
b. Abraham Levi Marx
c. Rapha Elam Marx
*answer at bottom of post

Died on this Date:  1999 ~ Glenn T. Seaborg
Who was Glenn T. Seaborg?
a. First NFL Commissioner
b. Inventor of Tupperware
c. Nobel prize winning chemist
**answer at bottom of post

QUOTE for the DAY:
Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better. ~Albert Einstein 

Today's Song:  Grazing in the Grass is a Gas ~ Friends of Distinction

Today's Cliche:
The grass is always greener on the other side.

Today the American Treasure Tour Trivia page was brought to you by:
Alfred E. Neuman ~ the poster ~  somewhere in one of our hallways ...

*a. Herbert Manfred Marx
**c. Nobel prize winning chemist

Better Late than ....

Oh the day went by fast!

Today's American Treasure Trivia Blog is brought to you by our cliche for the day:

On this date in History:

Penn State University was founded.  Guess what year?
a. 1855
b. 1879
c. 1901
*answer at bottom of post

Birthday Pick:  1975  Actress Drew Barrymore

Died on this Date: 1981
Michael Maltese
Who was Michael Maltese?
a. a cartoonist
b. a hot air balloonist
c. an oil tycoonist

Today's Top Song on the Billboard Chart in 1975 was ...
Pick Up the Pieces ... Average White Band

Quote for the Day:
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“Winning is great, sure, but if you are really going to do something in life, the secret is learning how to lose. Nobody goes undefeated all the time. If you can pick up after a crushing defeat, and go on to win again, you are going to be a champion someday.” Wilma Rudolph


a. 1855
a. cartoonist

Who is Homer Hickam?

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Birthday Pick: 1943 Homer Hickam, Jr.
Who is Homer Hickam?
a. author and engineer
b. author and guitarist
c.  author and chess player
*answer at bottom of post

Died on this Date:  2001 Stanley Kramer
Kramer directed many wonderful films including this American Treasure:

Did you know?  Katharine Hepburn is the only movie star to win four Academy Awards (2009) for her leading roles in Morning GloryGuess Who's Coming to DinnerThe Lion in Winter, andOn Golden Pond.   From IMDB

On this Date in History:
NASA's Mars Odyssey space probe begins to map the surface of Mars.

Today's Cliche:  Horse Sense

Today's American Treasure Tour Trivia was brought to you by:
Our wonderful Wurlitzer Pianorchestra.

*a. Author and engineer, Homer Hickam worked for NASA and wrote Rocket Boys, among other books.  Hickam is from West Virginia

Check out our Word for the Day ...

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On this Date in History: 

What did Elsworth W. Bunce do on this date in history in 1930?

a. was the first man to milk a cow on a plane

b. was the first man recorded to survive a jump from a plane whose parachute did not open
c.  was the first man to pilot a plane that used aerial refueling
*answer at bottom of post

1976 ~ Birthday of race car driver ~ Leilani Munter
Vrrooom Vrrooooom!

Died on this Date:  Richard Bright 2006  
What was Richard Bright best know for?
a.  Astrophysics
b.  Architect
c. Actor
**answer at the bottom of the post

WORD for the DAY:
abacinate:  to blind by putting a red hot metal plate near someone's eyes.
(cause you know that happens every day)

which brings us to Today's Song by 
By The Way 

Today's Cliche: strike while the iron is hot.

have a great day.....

*a. was the first man to milk a cow on a plane
**c. actor (Godfather films played Al Neri)

American Treasure: Walter Lippmann

Walter Lippmann was a New Yorker, a writer, reporter and political commentator in the early to mid 20th century. He pointed out inaccuracies in the news reporting and spoke out against censorship. Lippmann's articles and books often touched on tensions of modern America, between politics, liberty, and news.

Lippmann was the first to use the term "Cold War," and later coined the word "stereotype" as it is used today. His Catchphrase "Manufacture of Consent." has been used over again in literary works by great thinkers of the next generation. He published several books in addition to writing his syndicated newspaper column, "Today and Tomorrow," for which he was twice awarded the Pulitzer Prize (1958 and 1962). 

Influential American: Samuel Goldwyn

Famed for his relentless ambition, bad temper and genius for publicity, Samuel Goldwyn became Hollywood's leading "independent" producer. Goldwyn was an American emigrant from Warsaw who found his way from New York's Garment district to Hollywood California. 
He produced 193 films, and was best known for his films, Guys and Dolls, Wurthering Heights, and The Best Years of Our Lives. Here is the full list of titles. 
Goldwyn died in 1974 at the age of 94.

Young American Treasure: Vinnie Ream

Vinnie Ream was the first woman, and the youngest artist ever to receive a commission from the United States Government. At the age of 18 in 1866, she was awarded the commission of a full size marble statue of President Lincoln which still stands in the Capitol Building.
Vinnie was from a Pennsylvania Dutch family who emigrated from Germany to central Pennsylvania in 1717.
She worked in the United States Post office during the Civil War and later a stamp was created in her honor.
A talented writer and singer as well, Vinnie Ream gave concerts in Civil war hospitals and helped wounded soldiers write letters. 

Young American Hero: Mary Jane Dilworth

Mary Jane Dilworth was among a group of pioneers travelling west through the un-searched United States in the early 1800's There were many children in the caravan of wagons headed west, and they proved difficult to wrangle. Mary Jane decided to organize a school like atmosphere for the youngsters. She was so successful at keeping their attention that she was asked by Joseph Smith to open a schoolhouse when the group arrived at their destination. At the age of 16, Mary Jane Dilworth opened the first school in Utah. The year was 1847.

Americna Treasure: Frederick Douglass

Great American Orator Frederick Douglass was born into slavery in Talbot county Maryland circa 1818. After a handful of unsuccessful attempts to escape from slavery, Douglass succeeded on Sept. 3, 1838. He had met and fallen in love with a free African American woman in Baltimore who helped him get identification and a sailor's uniform. He boarded a train for Havre De Grace, MD. as a free sailor, and continued on to a safe house in New York run by David Ruggles

Douglass married the woman who aided his escape, and they participated in the abolitionist movement together. Douglass spoke at meeting halls across the Eastern and Mid-west states. His speeches were powerful, and he was frequently accosted by those who were opposed to his passion for freedom.

The achievements of this man are too many to number, he joined the fight for women's suffrage as well. He wrote autobiographies about his life in slavery and subsequent escape. He became the most famous black man in America before the civil war and conferred with Presidents Lincoln and Johnson on the topic of African American suffrage.

Later in life, Douglass was appointed United States Marshall. At the 1888 Republican National Convention, Douglass became the first African American to receive a vote for President of the United States in a major party's roll call vote

What an amazing American! 

Real American Treasure: Washington Irving

Washington Irving was born in 1783 in New York City. He was an author, biographer, essayist and editor. After his initial works, written under different pseudonyms like Jonathan Oldstyle and Diedrich Knickerbocker, Irving became editor of Analectic Magazine, and became one of the first editors to publish Francis Scott Key's poem "Defense of Fort McHenry," later dubbed, "The Star Spangled Banner."

Irving is best known for his short stories, "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow,"  and "Rip Van Winkle."
Legendary Characters like these are a great part of the American Story that we love to share at the American Treasure Tour

American Treasure: Ray Kroc

Ray Kroc (1902-1984) has an inspiring story. He worked as a paper cup salesman for restaurants. He then began selling special milkshake machines across the US. He had an idea about how to streamline food production in a restaurant inspired by one of the restaurants he did business with-- it was owned by the McDonald brothers.

Ray convinced the brothers to franchise their business through him. Ray opened his first McDonalds in 1955. The rest is history. From selling paper cups, through his innovative thinking, Ray's business was worth 500 million dollars by the time of his death in 1984!

American Treasure: Larry Bird

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Larry Bird (born 1956) joined the Boston Celtics in 1979 with the largest contract in basketball history at that time. He won the NBA's rookie of the year award and later won three consecutive most valuable player awards. 

After he ended his career as a basketball player, Bird coached the Indiana Pacers, and later became the President of Basketball Relations for the NBA. 

The American Treasure Tour salutes you, Larry Bird!

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Real American Treasure: John Phillip Sousa

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John Phillip Sousa (1854-1932) is best known for composing the famous patriotic tune, "Stars and Stripes Forever." Shortly after he wrote the song, the phonograph was introduced to American Homes. Sousa's work quickly became very famous. 

He was later asked to train musicians for the US Navy band. During his work in the Navy he achieved the rank of Lieutenant Commander. Sousa's famous compositions have played on hundreds of mechanical music machines like the ones you can see at the American Treasure Tour.