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Page 4 December 29th, 2011 GREAT BEGINNINGS 1287 "The fisherman's swapping a yarn for a yarn Under the hand of the village barber, And here in the angle of house and barn His deep-sea dory has found a home." (the beginning of "The Flower Boat," a poem by Robert Frost) NATIONAL DEBT As of December 25, 2011, the U.S. national debt was $15,138,699,062,712.51 (over Valley News & Views 4. An Old Fashioned Love Song (Three Dog Night) 5. Got To Be There (Michael Jackson) 6. Have You Seen Her (Chi-Lites) 7. All I Ever Need IsYou (Sonny & Cher) 8. Scorpio (Dennis Coffey/Detroit Guitar Band)* 9. Cherish (David Cassidy) 10. Hey Girl (Donny Osmond)* (* indicates a new song) Dennis Coffey and the Detroit Guitar Band had four hit songs in 1971 and 1972. The first release, "Scorpio," was the most successful, peaking at #6 on the Hot 100 and staying on "The best there is, the best there was, the best there will ever be." - Fred the Bear We had an incredible weekendwithfamilyenjoying the tastes of tradition and spending much needed time together. Christmas Eve we gathered at our parents' home with extended family and Christmas Day we had a small gathering of our immediate family at my big brother and sister-in-law's home. Tracy and I both received so many special gifts. I fifteen trillion dollars), compared with last week's total of $15,108,993,623,711.11. This represents an increase over $29 billion. Each American now owes $$48,533.33, an increase of $87.74. 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- - $15,138,699,062,712.51, an increase of over 12 trillion, 793 billion dollars Senator John Hoeven and Representative Rick Berg: Jan. 2011 --$13,997,932,781,828.89; today--S15,138,699,062,712.51, an increase of over one trillion, 139 billion dollars. TRIVIA QUIZ TIME 716 1. The SPCA is an organization dedicated to the welfare of (a. animals; b. retired people; c. veterans) 2. The SPCK is an organization dedicated to the preservation of Christian. (a. kings; b. knights; c. knowledge) 3. A trefoil looks like a leaf. (a. clover; b. maple; c. oak) 4. is the second book of the Bible. (a. Exodus; b. Leviticus; c. Numbers) 5. __ taught that "Knowledge is Virtue." (a. Aristotle; b. Plato; c. Socrates) (answers at the end of the Column) A MESS OF POTTAGE 1344 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 9 is entitled "The liberal reaction against mercantilism in seventeenth centU~ France." The accruing power of the French kings led to serious resistance among peasant and noble groups from the 1630s to the 1670s. In the 1636 and 1637 the croquant peasant revolt took place in southwestern France. Although the peasants affirmed their loyalty to King Louis XIII, the Crown began a propaganda attack against them, claiming they must be tools of Satan. However, the revolt spread into Normandy, where an armed rebellion broke out in 1639. There the oppressed people took the name "Nu- Pieds ("barefoot ones"). The actual leaders were four priests. They demanded an end to the oppressive taxes and autonomy for Normandy. POETIC FRAGMENTS George Gordon, Lord Byron (1788-1824) was one of the three great later Romantic poets. Here is a portion of his poem "Fare Th e e Well": "Would that breast, by thee glanced over, Every inmost thought could show! Then thou wouldst at last discover 'Twas not well to spurn it so. Though the world for this commend thee- Though it smile upon the blow, Even its praises must offend thee, Founded on another's woe." DHS, 1926 70 The September 24, 1926, "Red River Valley Leader" reprinted two letters from Helen Chapman and Jean Murray which they had written for a ND State Mill and Elevator Contest as to why people should use Dakota Maid Flour. BILLBOARD'S TOP TEN 1971 December 25 1. Brand New Key (Melanie) 2. Family Affair (Sly/Family Stone) 3. American Pie, Parts I & II (Don McLean) the charts for seventeen weeks. NUMBER 1 SONGS December 29 1891--Drill, Ye Terriers, Drill (George J. Gaskin) 1896--A Hot Time In The Old Town (Dan Quinn) 1901--Any Old Place I Hang My Hat Is "Home, Sweet Home" To Me (Will Denny) 1906--Let It Alone (BertWilliams) 1911--Let Me Call You Sweetheart (Columbia Male Quartet) 1916,-Turn Back The Universe And Give Me Yesterday (Harry MacDonough/ Orpheus Quartet) 1921--Say It With Music (Paul Whiteman) 1926--The Birth Of The Blues (Paul Whiteman) 1931--Tiger Rag (Mills Brothers) 1936--In The Chapel By The Moonlight (Shep Fields) 1941- -I Don't Want To Set The World On Fire (Horace Heidt); Chattanooga Choo- Choo (Glenn Miller) 1946--The Old Lamp-Lighter (Sammy Kaye); (I Love You) For Sentimental Reasons (Nat "King" Cote) 1951--Sin (It's No Sin) Eddy Howard; Cry (Johnny Ray) 1956--Singing The Blues (Guy Mitchell) 1961 --The Lion Sleeps Tonight (Tokens) 1966--Winchester Cathedral (New Vaudeville Band) 1971--Brand New Key (Melanie) 1976--Tonight's The Night (Gonna Be All Right) (Rod Stewart) 1981 -- Physical (Olivia Newton -John) 1986--Walk Like An Egyptian (Bangles) 1991--Black Or White (Michael Jackson) 1996--Don't Speak (No Doubt); Un- Break My Heart (Toni Braxton) 2001--How You Remind Me (Nickelback) 2006--Irreplaceable (Beyonce) 15YEARS AGO KC's Students of the Week for December 1996 were Clarence Sitter, Dan Mapel, and Jenny Kowalski. On January 2, 1997, the DHS Student Council donated the fifth picture in the State Champions series. It was one of the cast of "Infancy," the play that took first place in the State Drama Contest in 1974. Cast members were Nina Bates, Lynn Dvorak, Lee Jorde, Doris Kirkeby (Best Actress), and Wayne Stegman. Roger Johnson was the director. NOTABLE QUOTES "The last of all the Romans, fare thee well! This was the noblest Roman of them all." (from Shakespeare's tragedy, "Julius Caesar," ActV, sc. 3) STUDENT OF THE WEEK KC's Student of the Week for Dec. 19-22 is Morgan Emanuelson, junior daughter of Mike and Tracy Emanuelson. At mid,term of the Second Nine Weeks, Morgan had a proficiency in Spanish II. She was on the "B" Honor Roll for the First Nine Weeks. In addition, Morgan plays for the Titan's girls' basketball team, was in the cast for the one-act play that took eighth in the State, is class treasurer, and represents her class on the Student Council. This is Morgan's fifth selection as Student of the Week, having been named for Jan. 21- 25, 2008; March 2-6, 2009; Dec. 21-22, 2009; Dec. 20-22, 2010. Trivia Quiz Answers (1. a; 2. c; 3. a; 4. a; 5. c) got two canvas collages of pictures taken in Boston when I was there with my brother, sister-in-law and our mother. It brought tears to my eyes remembering what we went through living in the tiny motel room all together for so long. I also .received a special picture from my younger brother and his wife. It is a gorgeous photo of a majestic tree with a significant quote underneath by Mother Theresa. "People are often unreasonable, .illogical and self centered; forgive them anyway. If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives; be kind anyway. If you are successful, you will win some false friends and some true enemies; succeed anyway. If you are honest and frank, people may cheat you; be honest and frank anyway. What you spend years building, someone could destroy overnight; build anyway. If you find serenity and happiness, they may be jealous; be happy anyway. The good you do today, people will often forget tomorrow; do good anyway. Give the world the best you have and it may never be enough; give the world the best you've got anyway. You see, the final analysis it is between you and God; it was never between you and them anyway." I knelt down beside my father with each of my gifts to show him and read the words of Mother Theresa out loud. We both cried as gratitude filled our hearts for the bond we share as a family. I simply couldn't ask for a better lineage and truly ii ThankYou i SEEING US i This Yea != With warm and bright wishes to all i our clients and their families at this i festive time of year. ,~ We're proud to serve you I aid we look forward to 1 seeing you again soon. I Dr. Tom Dunham i Optometrist 104 East Highway 66 '~ Suite 102 I Drayton, North Dakota 701-454-3340 I I i felt the blessings overflowing when we were able to spend memorable time together I woke up Monday morning expecting to make phone calls to each of them to give thanks again for the unforgettable gifts but instead I was calling with sorrowful news, the loss of yet another dear friend of ours, Bruce "Fred the Bear" Eschler who passed away in a tragic automobile accident late Sunday night. When I first read the news I sat in shock, my heart dropping. "It can't be true," I thought. "It just can't." After making a few phone calls and finding out it was, the tears fell frantically and forcefully. I was grateful during my last brief visit with Fred the Bear I had given him a hug and before parting said, "Love you Fred." To which he replied, "Love you too." There are so many memories I have of him as do thousands of others throughout the area. Fred the Bear (FTB) was a local icon. He had such a good heart; as a mutual friend said when I told him the news of Fred's passing, "He was a man who had no enemies." FTB always had a smile for you and a hearty laugh. He could make your problems seem weightless and your worries seem unimportant simply because of his light hearted character. When we were in Boston helping my brother through those difficult days one thing we would say to each other was, "Can't be Beat, Won't be beat." Those were FTB's words and it kept us going during some tough days. I simply cannot believe he is gone, a legend in his own right, Fred the Bear will not be forgotten in the hearts of thousands who knew him. In our younger days, my brothers and I would stop at the Bear's Den to listen to music and visit with FTB. It never failed I always ended up dancing with him and enjoying the present moments. He loved having fun, listening to music, and making people smile. There is an acoustic-electric guitar group that still plays throughout southeastern Minnesota named after Fred the Bear. Their website reads, "The name Fred the Bear is a tribute to the vocalists' roots in northwestern Minnesota and the man who owned a local hot-spot called 'The Bear's Den' in Donaldson, MN. A giant man with a black beard and hair, Bruce 'Fred the Bear' Eschler is known for his larger than life personality. At the Bear's Den you always knew you'd get a stiff drink, and when the music was crankin' you were in for a hell of a night. And so, we pay tribute to the man who provided us with some of our earliest glimpses into the energy and joy of live music...Fred the Bear." He will remain a local legend; my heart is breaking as are so many others from this recent loss. It is hard to believe he is gone and so sad to think he will no longer be there with his smile and a big bear hug for me; quite honestly, I am at a loss. For a time FTB went through health problems of his own. Several of his friends planned a benefit for him. I remember attending that benefit and despite his difficulties, he stood behind the bar to pour drinks all evening. He said to me at one point, "I don't deserve this." I disagreed with him pointing out how many people were there in support and the large number of friends he created IT'S NEW YEAR'S TIME! There's no time like the present, to let you know how much we appreciate your past support. Happy New Year and many thanks! Kodabank Drayton, ND 701-454-3317