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Page 4 Novemberl0th, 2011 !ii!ii!:= iii:iiiiii i!iiiiiiiiiii ii!iiiii Valley News & Views GREAT BEGINNINGS 1280 Announcer: "Good evening, this is Ken Carpenter saying welcome to the world premiere of the Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Colman show, The Halls of Ivy, sponsored by the Joseph Schlitz Brewing Company, makers of Schlitz, the beer that made Milwaukee famous. And now, The Halls of Ivy." Song: "Oh, we love the Halls of Ivy that surround us here today, and we shall not forget though we be far away .... " Announcer: "Welcome to Ivy, the town of Ivy and Ivy College. Ivy College is co- educational and nonsectarian and its age is indicated by the fact that until recently, the curriculum required two years of Greek. Ivy is all-American: its student body is a pretty fair cross-section of the country's youthful seekers of knowledge. Dr. William Todhunter Hall, Ph.D., LLD. and M.A. is president of Ivy...." Ca typical opening for "The Halls of Ivy," a comedy on radio; NBC, January 5, 1950, to June 25, 1952) NATIONAL DEBT As of November 6, 2011, the U.S. national debt was $14,984,423,961,626.90 (over fourteen trillion dollars). The previous Sunday it was $14,950,650,404,083.06, so it increased almost thirty-four billion dollars Each American now owes $48,085.02, an increase of $101.88 from the previous week's $47.983.14. The increase in the national debt since our members of Congress were first in office: Senator Kent Conrad: 1987-- $2,350,276,890,953.00; today-- S14,984,423,961,626.90, an increase of over 12 trillion, 634 billion dollars Senator John Hoeven and Representative Rick Berg: Jan. 2011--$13,997,932,781,828.89; today--S14,984,423,961,626.90, an increase of almost $987 billion. TRIVIA QUIZ TIME 709 1. Watson-Watt invented Ca. guided missiles; b. radar; c. sonar) 2. Agar is a gelatin made from. Ca. horses' hooves; b. milkweed; c. seaweed) 3. Sir Thomas Huxley coined the term (a. agnostic; b. atheist; c. deist) 4. Legumes have -fixing roots. (a. carbon; b. carbon dioxide; c. nitrogen) 5. Fossilized resin is called (a. amber; b. calcedeny; c. mica) (answers at the end of the Column) A MESS OF POTrAGE 1337 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 8 is entitled "French mercantilist thought in the seventeenth century." Jean-Baptiste Colbert (1619-1683) fully accepted the doctrine of mercantilism. As the economic czar for King Louis XIE, Colbert came out in favor of a monopoly to produce operas. He also forced a monopoly in theater productions by forming the Comedie francaise in 1680. That monopoly was subsidized by state funds, but it was also strictly controlled the government. POETIC FRAGMENTS George Gordon, Lord Byron (1788-1824) was one of the three great later Romantic poets. Here is a portion of his poem "To Augusta": "Though the day of my destiny's over, And the star of my fate hath declined, Thy soft heart refused to discover The faults which so many could find. Though thy soul with my grief was acquainted, It shrunk not to share it with me, And the love which my spirit hath praised It never hath found but in thee." DHS, 1926 64 The new school year began on September 13, 1926. Miss Minnie Rygg was the new seventh and eighth grade teacher. This would be her only year in the system. She was paid $150 per month. BILLBOARD'S TOP TEN 1971 November 6 1. Gypsys, Tramps &Thieves (Cher) 2. Theme From Shaft (Isaac Hayes) 3. Maggie May (Rod Stewart) 4. Imagine (John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band) 5. Yo-Yo (Osmonds) 6. Superstar (Carpenters) 7. Peace Train (Cat Stevens) 8. I've Found Someone Of My Own (Free Movement) 9. Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler) (Marvin Gaye)* 10. The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down (Joan Baez) (* indicates a new song) From 1962 to 1970 Marvin Gaye, born on April 2, 1939, in Washington, D.C., had fifty-nine hit songs, fifty-six of them on the Hot 100. "Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler)" was the 31st, peaked at #9, and was on the charts for nine weeks. NUMBER 1 SONGS November 10 1891--Turkey In The Straw (Billy Golden) 1896--In The Baggage Coach Ahead (Dan Quinn) 1901--Absence Makes The Heart Grow Fonder (Harry MacDonough) 1906--Love Me And The World Is Mine (Henry Burr) 1911--Alexander's Ragtime Band (Arthur Collins/Byron Harlan) 1916--Ireland Must Be Heaven, For My Mother Came From There (Charles Harrison) 1921--All By Myself (Ted Lewis) 1926--Baby Face (Jan Garber) 1931--Good Night, Sweetheart (Wayne King) 1936--The Way You Look Tonight (Fred Astaire) 1941--You And I (Glenn Miller) 1946--Rumors Are Flying (Frankie Carle) 1951--Because Of You (Tony Bennett); Cold, Cold Heart (Tony Bennett) 1956--Love Me Tender/Anyway You Want Me (Elvis Presley) 1961--Big Bad John (Jimmy Dean) 1966--Last Train To Clarksville (Monkees) 1971--Gypsys, Tramps &Thieves (Cher) 1976--Rock'n Me (Steve Miller) 1981--Private Eyes (Hall & Oates) 1986--Amanda (Boston) 1991--Cream (Prince/N.EG.) 1996--Macarena (Los Del Rios); No Diggity (BLACKstreet/Dr. Dre) 2001--Family Affair (Mary J. Bilge) 2006--Money Maker (Ludacris/ Pharrell) 15 YEARS AGO On November 16, 1996, the first blizzard of the season ("Blizzard Andy") struck that evening and lasted until Sunday evening, November 17. Around a foot of now caused the closing of 1-29 and the blockage of many of Drayton's streets. NOTABLE QUOTES Capt. "Doc" Daneeka, M.D. "There's a catch." Captain Yossarian: 'Tk catch?" Capt. "Doc" Daneeka, M.D. "Sure, catch- 22. Anyone who wants to get out of combat isn't really crazy, so I can't ground them." Captain Yossarian: "Okay, let me see if I got this straight. In order to be grounded I've got to be crazy, and I must be crazy to keep flying missions. But, if I ask to be grounded that means I'm not crazy anymore, and I have to keep flying." (from the movie "Catch-22," with Alan Arkin as Captain Yossarian and Jack Gilford as Capt. "Doc" Daneeka, M.D.) STUDENT OF THE WEEK KC's Student oftheWeek for Oct. 31 to Nov. 4 is Brianna Wink, seventh grade daughter of Dawn and Jacques Van Der Lith and Wade Wink. At mid-term of the First Nine Weeks, Brianna had two proficiencies: Life Science 7 and Keyboarding 7. Brianna is a representative of her class on the DHS Student Council and is a cast member of the State-bound one-act play, "Competition Piece," playing the part of Callie. Trivia Quiz Answers (1. b; 2. c; 3. a; 4. c; 5. a) Along the Way to climb over. I think about all of those my big brother has conquered and wonder if I would have such courage and fortitude to wake up every day and despite the circumstances, continue to push forward saying, "I think I can, I think I can." There is always going to be dark tunnels we have to go through in our lives but Continued From Top of Page as Trapper so eloquently put it, "Just hold on, we are just about there." Children can be so wise in their innocence. I am grateful to have them in our lives, to see their smiles, to hear their laughter, to feel joy from their imaginations which teach me so much. It is good to have children in our lives that teach us how to take life less seriously and be present in the moment, through the dark tunnels and over the mountains that threaten to detain us. If we can hold on and stick together, eventually the light will return and we will be able to say with all the enthusiasm my 3-year-old nephew does, "We MADE it, we MADE IT!" , :, .......... iil I am sitting in a motel room in Rochester, Minn., as I write. We left Monday morning to make the trip here with Michael who is scheduled for several appointments. It wouldn't have been easy for him to ride in his wheelchair the entire way so my younger brother and my husband situated a recliner chair in the back of the van so we could transfer him there and he would be able to readjust a few times along the way. Everything went well and we made it safely. I was very proud of my niece who drove the van the entire way even through the thick traffic near the cities. She did a great job and we were happy to arrive at the motel Monday evening. We are praying for positive results from Michael's tests and also hoping doctors can find a way to ease the pain he experiences on a daily basis. It is so very hard for the rest of us to see him in pain but he tries to stay positive as much as he can considering everything he has been through. Mike will undergo several tests; by the time you read this we will probably have results and will know what the future holds. The uncertainty of illness can get overwhelming sometimes and so often my family has talked about how grateful we are to have such incredible support and love from so many in our community as well as our church family. The other day I said to my sister-in-law, "I don't think I would have been able to hold it together without faith." Even though sometimes I feel doubt and wonder why our family is going through this, we have witnessed God's love showing through all of you and through the "simple" things that lift us when we are weak. Our two young nephews Trapper, 3 years, and Hawken, 11 months, also made the trip hear to Rochester with us. They are our joy and keep us smiling and laughing when we don't feel much like doing either. This morning as I was writing Trapper was lying on the floor near my bed with his Thomas the Train engine and cars rolling them back and forth, using his imagination and talking to them out loud, "Now we are going through the big tunnel, hold on, we are just about there," he said. I couldn't help think how we all feel like we are that little train going through a big, dark tunnel, waiting for the light to shine on the other side. One of Trapper's favorite things to say when we arrive at our destination after traveling somewhere is so adorable, it makes me smile every time. He will say to me, "We made it Keke, we MADE IT!" We all want so badly for his "unca" Mike to be able to say those words, to have this long, arduous battle over and him healed and whole so we can say, "We made it Michael, we made it." I can't help remember the children's book that told the story of a small train engine that pulled a long train over a high mountain. Other, much larger engines had been asked to do the job but for various reasons, they refused. The request was sent to a small engine who agreed to try. The engine succeeds in pulling the train over the mountain while repeating its motto: "I think I can, I think I can." "The story of the little engine has been told and retold many times. The underlying theme is the same -- a stranded train is unable to find an engine willing to take it on over difficult terrain to its destination. Only the little blue engine is willing to try and, while repeating the mantra 'I think I can, I think I can,' overcomes a seemingly impossible task," the Wikipedia Encyclopedia states. I love this story of the little engine that could. It reads, ' little railroad engine was employed about a station yard for such work as it was built for, pulling a few cars on and off the switches. One morning it was waiting for the next call when a long train of freight-cars asked a large engine in the roundhouse to take it over the hill. 'I can't; that is too much a pull for me,' said the great engine built for hard work. Then the train asked another engine, and another, only to hear excuses and be refused. In desperation, the train asked the little switch engine to draw it up the grade and down on the other side. 'I think I can,' puffed the little locomotive, and put itself in front of the great heavy train. As t went on the little engine kept bravely puffing faster and faster, 'I think I can, I think I can, I think I can. As it neared the top of the grade, which had so discouraged the larger engines, it went more slowly. However, it still kept saying, 'I--think--I--can, I--think- -I--can.' It reached the top by drawing on bravery and then went on down the grade, congratulating itself by saying, 'I thought I could, I thought I could.'" 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