Harvest festival observed by the Pilgrims at Plymouth

The most prominent historic thanksgiving event in American popular culture is the 1621 celebration at the Plymouth Plantation, where the settlers held a harvest feast after a successful growing season. Autumn or early winter feasts continued sporadically in later years, first as an impromptu religious observance and later as a civil tradition.
The Pilgrims celebrated at Plymouth for three days after their first harvest in 1621. The exact time is unknown, but James Baker, the Plimoth Plantation vice president of research, stated in 1996, "The event occurred between Sept. 21 and Nov. 11, 1621, with the most likely time being around Michaelmas (Sept. 29), the traditional time." Seventeenth-century accounts do not identify this as a Thanksgiving observance, rather it followed the harvest. It included 50 people who were on the Mayflower (all who remained of the 100 who had landed) and 90 Native Americans. The feast was cooked by the four adult Pilgrim women who survived their first winter in the New World (Eleanor Billington, Elizabeth Hopkins, Mary Brewster, and Susanna White), along with young daughters and male and female servants

Happy Thanksgiving

Salute to our Veterans

Veterans Day is a time for us to pay our respects to those who have served. For one day, we stand united in respect for you, our veterans. Veterans Day. This holiday started as a day to reflect upon the heroism of those who died in our country's service and was originally called Armistice Day. It fell on Nov. 11 because that is the anniversary of the signing of the Armistice that ended World War I. However, in 1954, the holiday was changed to "Veterans Day" in order to account for all veterans in all wars. We celebrate and honor America's veterans for their patriotism, love of country and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good.

Here's an interesting bit of baseball history

furnished by Linda McFadden

When baseball greats Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig went on tour in baseball-crazy Japan in 1934, some fans wondered why a third-string catcher named Moe Berg was included. Although he played with five major-league teams from 1923 to 1939, he was a very mediocre ball player. But Moe was regarded as the brainiest ballplayer of all time. In fact Casey Stengel once said: "That is the strangest man ever to play baseball.
When all the baseball stars went to Japan, Moe Berg went with them and many people wondered why he went with "the team" Lou Gehrig and Babe Ruth the answer was simple: Moe Berg was a United States spy, working undercover with the Office of Strategic Services (predecessor of today's CIA).
Moe spoke 15 languages - including Japanese. And he had two loves: baseball and spying. In Tokyo, garbed in a kimono, Berg took flowers to the daughter of an American diplomat being treated in St. Luke's Hospital - the tallest building in the Japanese capital. He never delivered the flowers. The ball-player ascended to the hospital roof and filmed key features: the harbor, military installations, railway yards, etc. Eight years later, General Jimmy Doolittle studied Berg's films in planning his spectacular raid on Tokyo. His father disapproved and never once watched his son play.
In Barringer High School, Moe learned Latin, Greek and French. Moe read at least 10 newspapers everyday. He graduated magna cum laude from Princeton - having added Spanish, Italian, German and Sanskrit to his linguistic quiver. During further studies at the Sorbonne, in Paris, and Columbia Law School, he picked up Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Indian, Arabic, Portuguese and Hungarian - 15 languages in all, plus some regional dialects. While playing baseball for Princeton University, Moe Berg would describe plays in Latin or Sanskrit.

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Judy (Thompson) and Alan Or with friend swimming in the Zambezi River in Africa
Classmates listening and dancing to the Boogie Kings show
Classmate Joe Singleton
David Weldon added a few more photos to his Army memories. See Army Page 3 page under Site Links.
Blue Birds (Lakeview group)
Jenny Rhodes Hamilton
Lee Benedetto and husband, Joe Martin
Meredith and Mike Lawson at her 50th year reunion
Ricky and Gloria (Phillips) Bradley

Solid gold toilet stolen from Blenheim Palace

By Sky News Australia

A solid gold toilet has been stolen from the birthplace of former British Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill.

O’Donohoe calls on a different name

The Houston Chronicle

Steve O - the Night Rider, his ‘handle’ on the airwaves, the top ranked night spot DJ made friends with all the up and coming singers who were about to hit the charts with top 10 hits. From Jimmy Clanton, Johnny Preston and many more who sang No. 1 hits.
He forged strong ties with several hit makers, especially Jivin’ Gene Bourgeois, who had several charted hits in the early 1960s such as Breaking Up is Hard to Do and Going Out With the Tide.