Tuesday, November 21, 2017

1897 Brooklyn Dodgers or Bridegrooms -- November 21, 2017

1897 Spalding Baseball Guide
The 1897 Brooklyn Dodgers or Bridgegrooms finished in seventh place in the twelve team National League.  Their manager was Billy Barnie. First baseman Candy LaChance and pitcher Brickyard Kennedy had good names.  Outfielder Fielder Jones later managed the 1906 Chicago White Sox to a World Series win. 

Monday, November 20, 2017

Della Reese, RIP -- November 20, 2017

I was sad to learn that actress, singer and ordained minister Della Reese has gone to her reward.  I remember her on television in the 1960s and 1970s.  We watched Touched By an Angel a few times. I think the only movie of hers that I have seen was Harlem Nights.  People speak very highly of her.

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Madame Lasalle -- November 19, 2017

From Theatrical and Circus Life, by John Joseph Jennings, 1883.

"One of the most beautiful and at the same time dangerous, of the performances that the small shows offer to their audiences is that of Madame Lasalle, who places her little eight-year-old daughter in a wheelbarrow filled with flowers, and on a rope thirty feet above the ground without net beneath and with nothing but hard ground to receive both in case of a fall, trundles the barrow over a long rope while the people below look up in breathless fear lest the barrow tip and a dreadful accident result before the feat is accomplished. Tight-rope walking, however, is not nearly so difficult as it appears to be. The performer needs steady nerves, a cool eye, firm limbs and a balance-pole, the last-named article being the most essential. Training is required, of course, but it is not of the rigorous and protracted kind that other feats demand."

Friday, November 17, 2017

Tonopah - Goldfield - Bullfrog - November 17, 2017

Tonopah Daily Bonanza, 03-November-1907
The early 20th Century gold strikes in Goldfield and Bullfrog, Nevada triggered the last (to date) gold rush in the continental United States.  The Tonopah Railroad and the Goldfield Railroad, both narrow gauge, combined to form the Tonopah and Goldfield Railroad..  It connected with the Southern Pacific narrow gauge at Mina.  When the SP made its line to Mina standard gauge om 1905, the T&G did the same.  With a late boost from World War Two, the line survived until 1947. 

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Coup d'Etat in Zimbabwe? -- November 16, 2017

When I was a kid, Rhodesia was a white supremacist regime that was not recognized by anyone.  People like Robert Mugabe fought to overthrow the white supremacist government and establish majority rule and the end of colonialism.  The white supremacists finally gave up, and Robert Mugabe became the first president.  Over the 40 years of his rule, he developed autocratic tendencies.  The economy is in ruins.  Lately his wife has been pushing out veterans of the war for independence in her quest to be the next president.  The army didn't like and has put the president under house arrest and has detained many of the corrupt people who surrounded him.  I wish Mugabe could have retired years ago with honors.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Working on the Statue of Liberty -- November 15, 2017

Saturday Evening Post, 06-July-1946
The cover of the 06-July-1946 Saturday Evening Post shows people working on the Statue of Liberty.  Some people seem to feel that images of Lady Liberty are insulting to our so-called president. 

Monday, November 13, 2017

The First Thing You Need Is a Wand -- November 13, 2017

From The Book of Magic: Being a Simple Description of Some Good Tricks and How to Do Them, with Patter by Archie Frederick Collins, 1916.