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Page 4 February llth, 2010 • Valley News and Views GREAT BEGINNINGS 1189 "A batter'd, wreck'd old man, Thrown on this savage shore, far, far from home, Pent by sea and dark rebellious brows, twelve dreary months, Sore, stiffwith many toils, sicken'd and nigh to death, I take my way along the island's edge, Venting a heavy heart." (the beginning of "Prayer of Columbus," a poem by Walt Whitman) NOSTALGIA QUIZ TIME 619 (1919-1960) 1. On early TV Anne Jeffreys played a/an __ in "Love That Jill." (a. actress; b. model-agency owner; c. sports car driver) 2. On early radio __ was the program based on an original work by Earl Derr Biggers. (a. Charlie Chan; b. Mandrake the Magician; c. The Phantom) 3. A new three-cent purple stamp was issued on June 15, 1932, at Los Angeles to commemorate the (a. Dedication of Los Angeles Coliseum; b. Mt. Palomar Observatory; c. Olympics) 4. In 1943 Selman Waksman discovered (a. alpha particles; b. Pluto; c. streptomycin) 5. __ created the program "The Aldrich Family" on early radio. (a. Clifford Goldsmith; b. Harry Salter; c. Nelson Winthrop) (answers at the end of the Column) RADIO DAYS The following are important dates in old- time radio history: February 12, 1940--The Adventures of Superman premiered. February 13, 1947--Family Theatre debuted. February 14, 1894--comedian Jack Benny was born in Waukegan, IL February 15, 1932--Burns and Allen made their radio debut on the Guy Lombardo Show. February 15, 1943--My True Story made its first appearance. February 16, 1903--ventriloquist Edgar Bergen was born. ~ ~,, ~, ~., ~ BEST BOOKS Over the next three weeks I will list the top fifteen books I read in 2009. 15. "Call of Duty: My Life Before, Dining, and After the Band of Brothers" by Lt. Lynn "Buck" Compton, 2008 This is a memoir by a member of Easy Company, 506th Regiment, 101st Airborne, immortalized in the book "Band of Brothers" and the TV miniseries of the same name. Compton gives his views on some of the action Easy Company was involved in and gives a different view of the "shell shock" he was described as having suffered in the book and on TE. He also describes what his life was life before WorldWar II and after (district attorney in the Sirhan Sirhan murder case for the assassination of Robert E Kennedy) and as a judge. 14. "Brothers In Battle; Best of Friends" by W'dliam "Wild Bill" Guarner and Edward "Babe" Heffron, with Robin Post, 2007 "Wdd Bill" and "Babe" were two members of the famous "Band of Brothers." In this memoir they describe the actions of Easy Company from their points of view. A •section of great pictures is included. 13. "Extreme Measures" by Vince Flyrm, 2008 CIA agent Mitch Rapp has a prot6g6 in this Vince Flynn novel, Mike Nash, and the story is as much Nash's as it is Rapp's. Rapp has to use some extreme measures against a terrorist cell whose members have sneaked into the U.S., measures that are certainly not "politically correct." 12. "Protect and Defend" by Vince Flyrm, 2007 In Vince Flynn's eighth novel to feature CIA operative Mitch Rapp, the agent takes on the mission to destroy Iran's nuclear capabilities, something no one in real life has the inclination or perhaps the capability of doing. 11. "Tsar" by Ted Bell, 2008 Ted Bell's hero, Alexander Hawke, takes on a villain, Count Ivan Korsakov, who wants to return Russia to a position to overtake the U.S. as the world's dominant power• I enjoyed the various plot threads and the knowledge Bell has about "Mother Russia," but I had a struggle when Hawke saved the real-life former KGB chief, Vladimir Putin, from death in a political prison. A small portion of the novel is set in North Dakota, and I found that part unconvincing. A MESS OF POTTAGE 1246 This portion of my column describes the works of Libertarian philosopher and economist Murray Rothbard (1926-1995). In 1995 he published "Economic Thought Before Adam Smith." Chapter 6 is entitled 'Tkbsolutist thought in Italy and France." The Italian humanists glorified absolute rtfle, whether by republican oligarchs or by a despotic prince or king. The one thing that kept the power of the ruler from being absolute, however, was the idea of Christian virtue. Niccolo Machiavelli (1469-1527) then came along and broke the connection between virtue and power in "The Prince." POETIC FRAGMENTS Sir Walter Scott (1771-1832) is known for his novels, such as "Ivanhoe," but he also wrote Romantic poetry Here is a portion of his poem % Serenade": 'Tkh? County Guy, the hour is nigh The sun has left the lea, The orange-flower perfumes the bower, The breeze is on the sea." DHS, 1925 52 On June 10 Violet Ion (DHS 1921) and DHS principal Elmer S. Gilbert were married in Drayton. In the fall they would move to Pembina, where Gilbert had been hired as principal. BILLBOARD'S TOP TEN 1970 February 7 1. Venus (Shocking Blue) 2. I Want You Back (Jackson 5) 3. Raindrops Keep Dropping On My Head (B.J. Thomas) 4. Thank You Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin (Sly/Family Stone) 5. Without Love (Tom Jones) 6. I'll Never Fall In Love Again (Dionne Warwick) 7. Hey There Lonely Girl (Eddie Holman)* 8. Whole Lotta Love (Led Zepplin) 9. No Time (Guess Who)* 10. Jingle Jangle (Archies)* Eddie Holman had five songs on the Hot 100 from 1966 to 1977, but only one, "Hey There Lonely Girl," made it into the Top Ten. It peaked at #2 and was on the charts for 14 weeks. NUMBER 1 SONGS February 11 1895--The Sidewalks Of New York (Dan Quinn) 1900-- Mandy Lee (Arthur Collins) 1905--Come Take A Trip In My Air-Ship (Billy Murray) 1910--Put On Your Old Gray Bonnet (Haydn Quartet) 1915--It's A Long, LongWay To Tipperary (John McCormack) 1920--Dardanella (Ben Selvin's Novelty i Orchestra) 1925--A11 Alone (PauIWhitman) 1930--Happy Days Are Here Again (Benny Meroff) 1935--Isle Of Capri (Ray Noble); Blue Moon (Glen Gray) 1940--In The Mood (Glenn Miller); Careless (Glenn Miller) 1945--Rum And Coca Cola (Andrews Sisters) 1950--I Can Dream, Can't I? (Andrews Sisters); Chattanooga Shoe Shine Boy (Red Foley) 1955--Hearts Of Stone (Fontane Sisters) 1960--Teen Angel (Mark Denning) 1965--You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling (Righteous Brothers) 1970--Venus (Shocking Blue) 1975--Fire (Ohio Players) 1980--RockWithYou (Michael Jackson) 1985--I Want To Know What Love Is (Foreigner) 1990--Opposites Attract (Paula Abdul/ Wild Pair) 1995--Creep (TLC) 2000--I Knew I Loved You (Savage Garden) 2005--Let Me Love You (Mario) (Source- -Joel Whitburn, "Record Research") 15 YEARS AGO On February 11, 1995, at the Pembina County C Squad Tournament in Pembina Drayton defeated St. Thomas 41-34. Kenny Elliott had 11 pts. On February 13, 1995, the Drayton team took the championship of the Pembina County C Squad Tournament in Pembina with a 38-21 win over Valley. Kenny Elliott scored 14 pts. On February 14, 1995, the Pembina County MathCounts competition was held at Cavalier. Kent Kliniske and Jeremy Pollestad represented DHS. Kent took2nd place and advanced to the State event. Jeremy took 3rd and was named as the alternate. On February 15 and February 23, 1995, Parent-Teacher Conferences were held. NOTABLE QUOTES "Yesterday the bird of night did sit Even at noon-day, upon the market-place, Hooting and shrieking." (from Shakespeare's tragedy, "Julius Caesar," Act I. Sc. 3) STUDENT OF THE WEEK KC's Student of the week for Feb. 1-5 is Paige Emanuelson, seventh grade daughter of Mike and Tracy Emanuelson. Paige was on the 'W' Honor Roll for the Second Nine Weeks and on the "B" Honor Roll for the First Nine Weeks. She was on the junior high Blue Knights volleyball team and is on the junior high North Border Eagles gifts' basketball team. Nostalgia Quiz Answers (1. b; 2. a; 3. c; 4. c; 5. a) !!ii the Wa and Light "Accept the things to which fate binds you, and love the people with whom fate brings you together, but do so with all your heart." - Marcus Aurelius It was another eventful weekend as I spent time with several lia sophia managers in Las Vegas. Our up line managers set aside celebration dollars for us to enjoy a weekend together in commemoration of our successes. It's amazing to see the bright lights oftheVegas strip and take in some of the many sights• Millions of people make the trip to Vegas to enjoy Super Bowl festivities so it was entertaining to see such a variety and visit with many who live all around the country and beyond• It seems the more I travel the more I appreciate my small town atmosphere and the wide open spaces of our country surroundings• It's fun to go away but so nice to come home again to smiling faces and those who know my name• Don't get me wrong I love meeting new people and experiencing different places but I have come to understand how content I am in the safety and security of a small town. I feel blessed to live in an environment where people are kind and accepting. Before I left on my short excursion a friend of mine who also writes a column for one of the local papers sent out an email about Valentine's Day, she asked the question, "What was your favorite Valentine's Day gift." Her inquiries triggered my memory of some of the most, memorable gj~s. !'re received from my husband• One such present was a pair of white doves who stayed in our lives for many years and even created a family of their own. But one ofmymost beloved gifts was the one I received when we were living in Fargo and didn't have much money to indulge. Tracy made me a tape of all my favorite songs and picked a bouquet of wildflowers to accompany the music. I loved listening to those beautiful songs while thinking how he took the time to make it. Another year when money was tight, he wrote me an eloquent poem complete with sweet words of love and companionship. Valentine's Day is a day to celebrate the loving relationships in our lives including those of friends and family members. It seems the greatest gifts we can share with each other are time and gratitude for the goodness and kindness in our lives. I feel so blessed to have the people in my life who understand my idiosyncrasies and love me despite my weaknesses. I often wonder what I would do without them. When we were younger, my brothers and I would secretly plan special dinners for our parents onValentine's Day. I remember one year we set up a table in their bedroom complete with beautiful decorations, a full table setting, soft music playing in the background, and dimmed lights. We told them to follow us to the table and then we served them supper. I can't remember what we made but it was probably macaroni and cheese ~S ~e ~e~'y6ung ~nd not very versed in kitchen abilities• Even though the entr6e wasn't fancy, they always enjoyed the fact we planned out a special evening for them. We would leave so they could eat in peace and then come back to gather up the dishes and serve dessert. I remember using a couple wine glasses for milk and serving pudding for dessert• Oh what fun it was for us to create those special moments for our parents. The greatest reward was witnessing the smiles on their faces as we served dinner with a dish clothe over our arm as if we were first rate chefs and servers• I often find myself longing for those simple days when life seemed so full of innocence and newness. I try as best I can to create those moments and not take life so seriously but it is hard to do whenresponsibilitygrabsyou and pulls you from enjoying the present moment• I know one day I will look back at the memories I am making today and wish I could go back to this time when the days were "simple" and filled with so many loving relationships. Sometimes along the way fate brings us together with certain people we need in our lives for one reason or another, either they have something to teach us or we have something to bring into their lives. 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