“Not fade away…”

[An updated version of a previous post. Thanks to the readers who emailed corrections to me.] On October 27, 1957, American Rockabilly and rock music pioneer Buddy Holly and his band the Crickets released their second 45 rpm single, as a follow-up to their first smash hit “Peggy Sue.” This new single featured “Oh Boy” … Read more

The day Hemingway’s “For Whom the Bell Tolls” made the earth move…

On October 21, 1940, Ernest Hemingway’s novel For Whom the Bell Tolls was first published by Charles Scribner’s Sons. It’s a classic war story about an American, Robert Jordan, who goes to Spain to fight with anti-Fascist rebels during the Spanish Civil War. Along the way, he falls in love with a rebel girl named … Read more

“There is no room in this country for hyphenated Americanism.”

It’s difficult to pigeonhole Teddy Roosevelt. He was a Republican for most of his political career, including his two terms as President of the United States from 1901 to 1909. Then, in 1912, he decided the Republican Party had become too cozy with big corporate interests. So he left the GOP and founded the Progressive … Read more

“Doubtless God could have made a better berry, but…”

The Izaak Walton League is one of America’s oldest conservation groups. It was founded in 1922 by sport fishermen who wanted to preserve fish and wildlife habitat for future generations. The League took its name from the avid English angler Izaak Walton (1593-1683). By profession, Walton was an “ironmonger” (a dealer in iron and hardware). … Read more

“The physician can bury his mistakes…”

Many books of quotations include a famous humorous quote by the eminent American architect Frank Lloyd Wright:       “The physician can bury his mistakes, but the           architect can only advise his client to plant vines.” This quote is usually given without any context, except to say that it comes from an article in the … Read more

“The forgotten middle class…”

On October 3, 1991, Arkansas Governor Bill Clinton, held a press conference in Little Rock to announce that he was officially running as a candidate to be the Democratic nominee for President of the United States.  It became become closely associated with him after he won the Democratic nomination and used it in subsequent stump … Read more