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Page 4 April 25th, 2013 iiiiiiii iiiii ii:! ..... :::ii!!i: GREAT BEGINNINGS 1356 Announcer: "Jack Armstrong, the all- American Boy is on the air in person to get you to eat Wheaties. Fellows, girls, hang on for thrills, excitement, adventure. Today, Wheaties brings you a story of champions in action." Voice (echoing): "Jack Armstrong, Jack Armstrong, Jack Armstrong, Jack Armstrong, the All-American Boy." Song: "Wave the flag for Hudson High, boys; Show them how we stand. Ever shall our team be champions; Known throughout the land." Announcer: "Wheaties, breakfast of champions, brings you the thrilling adventures of Jack Armstrong, the All- American Boy." (a typical opening for "Jack Armstrong, the All-American Boy," an adventure program on radio; CBS, 1933-1936; NBC, 1936-1941; Mutual, 1941-1942; NBC Blue, 1942-1944; ABC, 1944-1949) NATIONAL DEBT As of April 21 the national debt was $16,791,379,402,407.67 (over sixteen trillion dollars). This represented a decrease of $27 billion 277 million from the $16,818,652,668,072.37 of April 14. Each American now owes $53,336.22, down $94.14 from the $53,430.386 of April 14. The increase in the national debt since our members of Congress were first in office: Former Senator Kent Conrad: 1987- -$2,350,276,890,953.00; Jan. 2, 2013-- $16,441,433,358,986.17, an increase of over 14 trillion, 91 billion dollars. Former Representative Rick Berg: Jan. 2011--$13,997,932,781,828.89; Jan. 2, 2013-- $16,441,433,358,986.17, an increase of over two trillion 416 billion dollars. Senator John Hoeven: Jan. 2011- -$13,997,932,781,828.89; today-- $16,791,379,402,407.67, an increase of over two trillion 821 billion dollars. Senator Heidi Heitkamp and Representative Kevin Cramer: Jan. 3, 2013--$16,437,549,999,170.77; today-- $16,791,379,402,407.67, an increase of $354 billion. ": : TRIVIA QUIZ TIME 784 1. A battledore is used to strike a. (a. helmet; b. round wooden ball; c. shuttlecock) 2. The former colony of British Honduras is now the country of. (a. Antigua; b. Belize; c. Costa Rica) 3. In the 1890s a penny-farthing was a (a. bicycle; b. biscuit; c. small coin) 4. Tin and lead make. (a. brass; b. bronze; c. pewter) 5. A fletcher makes. (a. arrows; b. barrels; c. candles) (answers at the end of the Column) A MESS OF POTrAGE 1413 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 10 is entitled "Mercantilism and freedom in England from the Tudors to the CivilWar." In the late sixteenth century a group of writers known as bullionists claimed that it was wrong to allow gold or silver to leave a country and that this problem arose because of unscrupulous foreign exchange dealers. Rice Vaughn was probably the best person at economic analysis during this period. Vaughn rightly blamed the disappearance of silver as a circulating medium on the British government's attempt to undervalue silver in comparison to gold. POETIC FRAGMENTS Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822) was a major Romantic poet. Here is a portion of his poem "Lines To An Indian Air": "The wandering airs they faint On the dark, the silent stream-- The champak odors fail Like sweet thoughts in a dream; The nightingale's complaint It dies upon her heart, As I must die on thine O, beloved, as thou art!" DHS, 1927 16 On February 4 the ninth DHS girls' basketball season got underway with Drayton winning over Minto 23-7. DHS players were Mabel Danielson, Evelyn Engelbrektson, Pearl Stavig, and Cecelia Rudnick (captain), forwards, and Lorraine Moquist, Evelyn Erickson, Helen Hedman, and Agnes Kjorsvik, guards. Other players were Helen Chapman, Esther Cochran, Flora Elliott, Alma Fridberg, Rose Grundstrom, Freda Peterson, and Ruby Stenquist. Lauretta Frederickson was the coach. At halftimetwo teams of boys entertained the crowd with a short game of basketball. The Drayton Dare Devils wore football uniforms, while the Boston Bloomers were dressed as girls. BILLBOARD'S TOP TEN 1973 April 21 1. Tie A Yellow Ribbon Round The Ole Oak Tree (Dawn/Tony Orlando) 2. The Night The Lights Went Out In Georgia (Vicki Lawrence) 3. Sing (Carpenters) 4. The Cisco Kid (War) 5. Ain't No Woman (Four Tops) 6. Neither One Of Us (Gladys Knight/ Pips) 7. Little Willy (Sweet)* 8. Masterpiece (Temptations)* 9. Danny's Song (Anne Murray) 10. The Twelfth Of Never (Donny Osmond)* (* indicates a new song) Sweet was a four-man English band that had nine hit records from 1971 to 1978. "Little Willie" was their second release. It peaked at g3, stayed on the charts for twenty- three weeks, and became the band's all-time biggest hit. NUMBER 1 SONGS April 25 1893-O Promise Me (George J. Gaskin) 1898--Break The News To Mother (George J. Gaskin) 1903--In The Good Old Summertime (Haydn Quartet) 1908--As Long As The World Rolls On (Alan Turner) 1913--When I Lost You (Henry Burr) 1918--Just A Baby's Prayer At "Ihrilight (Henry Burr) 1923--Parade Of The Wooden Soldiers (PaulWhiteman) 1928--Together (Paul Whiteman) 1933--Stormy Weather (Leo Reisman/ Harold Arlen) 1938--Ti-Pi-Pin (Horace Heidt); I Let A Song Go Out Of My Heart (Duke Ellington) 1943--I've Heard That Song Before (Harry James); Moonlight Becomes You (Bing Crosby) 1948--Manana (Peggy Lee); Now Is The Hour (Bing Crosby) 1953--The Doggie In The Window (Patti :Page) 1958--Twilight Time (Platters) 1963--He's So Fine (Chiffons) 1968--Honey (Bobby Goldsboro) 1973--Tie A Yellow Ribbon Round The Ole Oak Tree (Dawn/Tony Orlando) 1978--Night Fever (Bee Gees) 1983--Come On, Eileen (Dexeys Midnight Runners) 1988--Where Do Broken Hearts Go (Whitney Houston) 1993--Informer (Snow) 1998--Too Close (Next) 2003--In Da Club (50 Cent) 2008--Touch My Body (Mariah Carey) 15 YEARS AGO On April 25, 1998, the DHS girls' golf team took part in the Lakota Golf Meet. On April 27, 1998, the girls' golf team was at a meet at Cavalier. On April 29-30, 1998, the DHS Student Council and the DHS Chapter of the National Honor Society sponsored a Food Drive and collected 114 items. On April 30, 1998, the school board announced it was considering a co-op with the North Border Bandits for both boys' and girls' basketball. The boys' golf team played at Park River. At the Cavalier Boosters' Track Meet the DHS girls finished in seventh place With twenty-seven pts. The DHS boys took second with 101 pts. Ryan Weinlaeder had three first place finishes: 300 Hurdles, :43.40; 110 Hurdles, :16.66; Long Jump, 20'2.5". Tyler McFarland qualified for State in the Pole Vault with a first place mark of 12'6". The 400 Relay team (JJ Kliniske, Tyler McFarland, Ryan Weinlaeder, Andy Grzadzieleski) had a first place time of :47.56. Ryan Weinlaeder was named the Outstanding Male Athlete of the Meet. KC's Students of the Week for April 1998 were Jackie Halcrow, Sarah Claypool, Erin VanCamp, and JJ Kliniske. On May 1, 1998, the girls' golf team was at a meet at Larimore. Bob Merrill and his sixth graders spent some time cleaning up the riverbank east of Heritage Park. NOTABLE QUOTES Ralphie as an adult: "Word of this humiliation could make life at Warren G. Harding School a veritable hell." (from the movie, "A Christmas Story," with Jean Shepherd as the voice of Ralphie as an adult) STUDENT OF THE WEEK KC's Student of the Week for April 15:19 is Taylor Stegman, seventh grade daughter of Wayne and Kerri Stegman. Taylor was recently inducted into the Drayton School Chapter of the National Junior Honor Society. She was a member of the Blue Knights jv volleybal team, the Titans junior high Continued on Page 5  i!iii .......... ll Dear Lady Di, I thought I was over the hill until I walked into a restaurant/bar for take-out last night. Clearly, most women would have my head for saying this, but at 55 but it's always nice to be noticed. Since I called my order in ahead of time I only needed to wait a few minutes at the bar. While waiting, the man next to me started hitting on me big time. I was flattered since I don't receive attention often and yet taken aback at the same time. Here's the synopsis of what happened. He introduced himself as Kenny. He started with how great I smelled, how interesting I was, seriously this was idle chitchat. He was drinking and playing numerous pull tabs. Then he told me he loved my eyes and went on and on. I had no problem conversing with him so started asking him about his business and life. He has an automotive specialty parts business and I let him know I just test drove a 2006 Boxster S last Saturday. I wasn't being pretentious, I wanted him to know that I can "talk the talk" about cars. At this point he became more intuitive and I said "I'd actually purchase a 2000 Boxster S, much preferred". It's sometimes fun playing with the mind of an inebriated guy at a bar. I.asked him where he lived and he said Iowa. He was in town since he was flying west for a trade show. He invited me to spend the night at the hotel and claimed his instant love for me then and there. I did not provide my contact information yet he gave me his email address and mobile number. At this point I noticed a large gold band on his ring finger. I said, 'Tkre you married"? "Yup" he replied. I asked, "Is Kenny your real name"? "Yes, see my driver's license"? He said. I saw his real first name on his driver's Valley News and Views license, Kenneth and his real last name. We said our goodbyes and I left with the email address he provided that his Wife doesn't know about. The super sleuth in me looked him up on the internet today. Since I saw his real last name on his license and he told me where he was from in Iowa I actually located his home phone number and wife's name. I would never do this before but now I want to call his Wife and let her know what a disgusting man her husband is. Is this totally out of line or off base? What would you do? Dining next to a drunk Dear Diligent Diner, Yes, please call her; from one woman to another I admire your courage. Your news may or may not come as a surprise. If this is the first time she's heard about her husband's philandering she may be in denial. You have credibility with the information you gathered and your attentiveness in notifying her right away. You're doing her a tremendous favor by being forthcoming and transparent. Any woman would appreciate this, even though it's painful to hear. I'm certain all men find you attractive at your young age of 55. Since Kenny was drunk, this may have given him more courage than the countless men before him. You must write me ASAP so ! can share his wife's response regarding his tawdry behavior with our readership. Hopefully she'll have the courage to confront him and get custody of the cars! Lady Di Write Lady Di confidentially at Letters can be mailed to; Dear Lady Di, 8351 West Bush Lake Road, Bloomington, MN 55438 "People are like stained- glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in; their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within." - Elisabeth Kubler-Ross I had the opportunity this past weekend to travel to my brothers' cabin with them for a few days. I am always so very glad when I get time with family to make new memories. My big brother has been struggling these past few weeks. It is hard to watch him lose the use of his legs and now his arms and hands. I simply cannot imagine what he goes through on a daily basis - this man who was so full of energy and vivacity. He has always been one of the hardest working men I know. He would be up early in the morning doing things on the farm and in the winter, we always had our driveway cleared bright and early with each new snowfall. We don't know exactly why his upper limbs have become so weak but when he had proton radiation treatments in Boston we were told the effects could last up to two years. One of the toughest things for him was losing the capability to drive. When he was able to do that, he felt like he had some freedom to go about his day. The hardest thing has been relying on others to do just about everything for him. We continue to hope and pray his nerves will start rejuvenating and he can regain some mobility and quality of life. I was telling someone recently, I don't know how he has made it this far, I am not as strong mentally and emotionally as my big brother is and yet he keeps going, constantly living the motto he has had since 2008, "Failure is Not An Option." He gets energy from people, some days when his body is tired and he stays in bed most of the day, it is heartbreaking because I know what a people person, a story teller, a conversationalist he is and getting out to do things and visit is the best medicine he could get and yet when one's body is tired, it is hard to feel like doing much of anything. Michael started another round of chemo treatments when we returned home Sunday evening. I can't help but worry how it is going to affect him this time around. When I got off the phone with him Monday morning, my emotions took over and I just started bawling. I looked up and said, "Please Lord, let him be able to live a little! Please let him regain his strength in his body." As I said on a message to friends, "I just feel so helpless sometimes and the only thing I know to do is ask for prayers." In those moments of uncontrollable sadness for what he has lost, I think about our dear, sweet auntie Erma Raney's favorite verse, "The Lord is my strength and refuge, a very present help in times of trouble." That woman has been through so much as well in her lifetime, losing two husbands, a double mastectomy when she was diagnosed with breast cancer twice, caring for six young children after her first husband passed away and several more step-children after she was remarried, living and caring for our beloved grandfather as he got older, losing her only brother, and most recently the news of her oldest son Gary and her granddaughter Heidi's cancer diagnosis'. She has always been and continues to be a symbol of faith - a constant source of God's light in this sometimes dark world. I often call her the Saint of Drayton because she loves and accepts everyone. I have never once in my life witnessed anger or resentment flow out of her. In the toughest of times, she is the one we all look to for hope. Like my big brother, her inner strength, commitment to faith, and positive attitude is a true inspiration and a constant source of empowerment for the rest of us. A few years ago I wrote a poem about her called, "Everyday Saint," it is how I think of her and I strive to be like her, to find God's grace Continued on Page 3 Still Available Early Soybean, Genetics, Wheat and Corn Call Us 701-454-6427 Weinlaeder Seed - 7162 160th Drive NE - Drayton, ND