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Page 4 July 22nd, 2010 ~?]ii!i~i!!~iiiiiii~i~iiii!iiiii~!]!~~ ~i~iiiii~iiii~iiiiiii!;i~ ~:~ Valley News & Views GREAT BEGINNINGS 1212 Woman: "There he goes, into that drugstore. He's stepping on the scales." (sound of a coin dropping into the machine) Woman: "Weight, 237 pounds." (sound of card dropping) Woman: "Fortune...danger! Who is it?" Man: "The Fat Man." Announcer: "The Norwich Pharmaceutical Company brings you the adventures of Dashell Hammett's fascinating and exciting character, the Fat Man, a fast-moving criminologist who tops the scales at 237 pounds. Tonight's adventure starring J. Scott Smart is 7k Window for Murder.'" (a typical opening for "The Fat Man," a crime drama on radio; ABC, 1946-1951) NOSTALGIA QUIZ TIME 642 (1919-1960) 1. On early TV __ hosted "Coke Time." (a. Dennis Day; b. Eddie Fisher; c. Gisele Mackenzie) 2. "The Roman Hat Mystery" was written by (a. Lew Archer; b. Erie Stanley Gardner; c. Ellery Queen) 3. On early TV __ hosted "Who's Whose." (a. Phil Baker; b. Phil Collins; c. Phil Spitalney) 4. On early TV conducted the "Voice of Firestone" orchestra. (a. Howard Barlow; b. Ray Bloch; c. Dimitri Tiompkin) 5. Arthur Koestler wrote the 1941 novel entitled __ about the Soviet purge trials. (a. Blood on the Moon; b. Darkness at Noon; c. Death in June) (answers at the end of the Column) RADIO DAYS The following are important dates in old- time radio history: July 23, 1948--My Favorite Husband debuted. July 26, 1896--comedienne Gracie Allen was born. A MESS OF POTTAGE 1269 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 '%bsolutist thought in Italy and France." Adam Blackwood wrote '%dversus Georgi Buchanani" in 1581. In it Blackwood attacked the ideas of his fellow Scot George Buchanan, who believed in natural law as a brake on the power of any king. Blackwood argued that natural law led to anarchy and that the positive law of nations ("jus gentium") justified political authority. 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 "Bonny Dundee": "To the Lords of Convention 'twas Claver'se who spoke, 'Ere the King's crown shall fall there are crowns to be broke; So let each Cavalier who loves honour and me, Come follow the bonnet of Bonny Dundee. Come fill up my cup, come fill up my can, Come saddle your horses, and call up your men; Come open the West Port and let me gang free, And it's room for the bonnets of Bonny Dundee!'" DHS, 1925 75 On December 19 the DHS juniors and seniors sponsored a party for the freshmen and sophomores, which included a Christmas News We Can Use? tree loaded with small gifts which were distributed, dancing, games, and lunch. BILLBOARD'S TOP TEN 1970 July 18 1. Mama Told Me (Not To Come) (Three Dog Night) 2. The Love You Save (Jackson 5) 3. Close To You (Carpenters) 4. Band Of Gold (Freda Payne) 5. Ball Of Confusion (Temptations) 6. Ride Captain Ride (Blues Image) 7. Lay Down (Melanie) 8. O-o-h Child (5 Stairsteps)* 9. Gimme Dat Ding (Pipkins)* 10. Make It WithYou (Bread)* The 5 Stairsteps, an r&b group from Chicago, was composed of four brothers (Clarence, Jr., James, Kenneth, and Dennis Burke) and their sister, Alohe. They were later joined by their five-year old brother Cubie. Curtis Mayfield produced their records. From 1966 to 1980 they had twenty- two hits, eighteen hitting the Hot 100. "O- o-h Child " was their fourteenth song, but it became their biggest hit. It peaked at #8 and was on the charts for sixteen weeks. NUMBER 1 SONGS July 22 1895--E1 Capitan March (Sousa's Band) 1900--A Bird In A Gilded Cage (Steve Porter) 1905--Give My Regards To Broadway (Billy Murray) 1910--Casey Jones (Billy Murray/ American Quartet) 1915--A Little Bit Of Heaven (George MacFarlane) 1920--When My Baby Smiles At Me (Ted Lewis) 1925--Sweet Georgia Brown (Ben Bernie) 1930--Dancing With Tears In My Eyes (Nat Shilkret) 1935--In A Little Gypsy Tea Room (Bob Crosby); Let's Swing It (Ray Noble) 1940--Make-Believe Island (Mitchell Ayres); Fools Rush In (Glenn Miller) 1945--Sentimental Journey (Les Brown) 1950--Mona Lisa (Nat "King" Cole) 1955--Rock Around The Clock (Bill Haley/Comets) 1960--I'm Sorry (Brenda Lee) 1965--Satisfaction (Rolling Stones) 1970--Mama Told Me Not To Come (Three Dog Night) 1975--Listen To What The Man Said (Wings) 1980--It's Still Rock and Roll To Me (Billy Joel) 1985--AView To A Kill (Duran Duran) 1990--She Ain't Worth It (Glenn Medeiros / Bobby Brown) 1995--Waterfalls (TLC) 2000--Bent (Matchbox Twenty) 2005--We Belong Together (Mariah Carey) 15 YEARS AGO During the last week of July 1995, the old city water plant building east of Main Street and on the river bank was torn down to make room for a truck-fill station. NOTABLE QUOTES "It is meat and drink to me to seea clown." (as said by Touchstone in Shakespeare's comedy "As You Like It," ActV, sc. 3) Nostalgia Quiz Answers 1.b; 2. c; 3. a; 4. a; 5.b Call the News Line - 701 360-3005 Or email valleynv@polarcomm.com Valley News and Views Roberta Van Camp, Publisher Emeritus Published By Great Caesar's Ghost Larry Ritzo, Owner/Editor Yearly Subscription rates: $30.00 In Pembina County $35.00 All other addresses $.75 at News Stands Phone 701-360-3005 Fax 701-454-6333 All material, including photographs, advertisements and articles, subject to Copyright. Copyright 2009. Periodical postage paid at Drayton N.D. Permit (#679-990). Member of the North Dakota Newspaper Association. Official newspaper for the City of Drayton and Drayton Public School District No.19. Published every Thursday at Drayton, North Dakota. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to: Valley News & Views, PO Box 309, Drayton, N.D. 58225- 0309. Valley News and Views welcomes letters to the editor. All letters must be signed and we reserve the right to edit all letters for length and accuracy of content. ~ii!iiiiU "When the character of a man is not clear to you, look at his friends." -Japanese Proverb We traveled for the weekend to our annual Bohemian family reunion near Effie, Minn., which we deemed Gypsy Fest several years ago when we held our first one. It is always good to get together with cousins, some of whom we only see once a year. It was Saturday evening and we were preparing for our designated activity this year which was to come up with our own Super Heroes. I was just starting to spray on glitter for my outfit when the phone started ringing in the cabin. I walked to the front door and flung it open so I could grab another can of spray when my cousin handed me the receiver with my father on the other line. "I probably shouldn't tell you this right now but I thought you would want to know," my papa continued with sadness in his voice. "Tom Landowski was in a motorcycle accident today and he passed away." My ears went numb and my legs gave out from underneath me. I fell to the ground and began to weep. "Christine, are you there?" Papa said in a concerned voice. "Yes I'm here, I have to go now," I replied. My cousin Shelly was standing nearby, she wrapped her arms around me in a loving embrace while the tears dropped onto her shoulder one right after another. My thoughts were a mangled creation of disbelief and sorrow. That night as the rain poured over my tent and the thunder roared in the sky recollections of a friend drifted into the forefront and I thought how heaven was crying too because such a good soul was taken from so many who knew him and loved him. Tom was one of the people who believed in us when Tracy and I decided to start our restaurant in Drayton. In fact if it weren't for him, we never would have been given the opportunity. His support and encouragement meant more than I could ever explain in words. I remember him saying to a friend of ours, "Those kids need a chance; if they can't make it work I don't know who can." One night shortly after we had to close the doors, I sat down with Tom to visit. My eyes filled with tears as I told him how devastating it was to us that we couldn't make it work especially since he believed so much in our capabilities. I have never forgotten his words nor will I ever. "Do you know how many times I failed before I finally succeeded?" he asked with his charismatic smile. "More than I can count on my two hands. You have to keep trying and never give up." Since that day, there has always been a part of me that wanted to make Tom proud simply because he believed in me. When I started my lia sophia business, the drive to succeed was constantly there and when there were struggles, I thought of him and his encouraging words. Tom meant more to us then he ever really knew. The other morning when I was taking my daily walk with the dogs, I was thinking about him and how, even though he has hundreds of friends, he always made the person he was talking to feel like they were the most important at that moment. He had this capability of making people feel safe and understood. You could just be yourself around Tom and he never judged you'. As we turned to walk into the driveway that day I swear I heard his voice saying, "I am proud of you girl, you never gave up." Every year, he gathered a few friends together and took a trip to Devils Lake to do some fishing on his pontoon. Last year during our trip, we went across the lake to visit a small bar and grill. At one point he looked out the window and said, "ok girls it's time to go, the wind is picking up." We piled onto the pontoon and started making our way across the lake. I was sitting towards the front giggling so hard because quite honestly I was scared to death and that is often my reaction when fear hits me. We challenged one wave after another and each time the front of the pontoon would dive into the water and cause it to cover us. Wet from head to toe I turned to Tom who was sitting at the wheel and exclaimed, "I'm a little scared here." He laughed and said, "Don't worry we will get back, you can't sink a pontoon." So I turned around and tried to enjoy the adventure of the ride. He was right; we did make it back safely even though we had to stop on the way through town so we could all purchase dry clothes. It was an experience I will never forget. He touched so many lives in numerous ways and always with a smile. I'm sure every person who knew him has a story to tell and a legacy to carry forward of the man who gained friendships simply by being who he was. 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