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BBHQ Newsletter Archive: 05/25/15

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Memorial Day, 2015

A BBHQ Insta-Quote:

The greatest glory of a free-born people is to transmit that love of freedom to their children.
   ~ William Havard




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Links here are good only for the week of May 25. After that... is anybody's guess.

The Upper and the Real Deal

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It’s been 50 years since we first heard the Beach Boys! And what a journey it has been, indeed!

And we are so fortunate that they are still rocking.

Today (and Monday) we have a compilation of several recent versions of “I Get Around” live performances and back-stage snapshots.

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Out of bounds trivia: What did Colorado, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin and Wyoming have in common last week?

Seven states... that's 14% of the country. What did they all have in common last week? Hint: look at the calendar. It's a 1-word answer.

OK; OK, we'll tell you. It's the last word at the bottom of our newsletter.

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Checking the Calendar

Yep; we're a day early this week. To make up for it, we may be a day late next week. What goes around, comes around.

This Week with the Chicowitz

Decoration Day: The Measure of Sacrifice

My mother called it “Decoration Day”; for most of her life, it was May 30. Decoration Day was first observed on May 30, 1868 in order to encourage decorating the graves of soldiers who had died during the Civil War. In 1971, Congress included Memorial Day as part of the Monday holiday law. Still, every year my mother decorated her father’s grave and her husband’s grave — on May 30th. It was an important tradition.

I remember marching in the parade down our main street on Decoration Day. I was a Boy Scout. In high school, I was in the band that marched in the parade. During my senior year I was the drum major — I led the band! Uniforms, flags, crowds, music, food... and remembrance.

During the initial invasion of Iraq, about 125 American soldiers died. But let’s step back and take a broader look at the measure of sacrifice. About half that many soldiers died during the Vietnam war... every week — every week, for twelve years!

World War II took the lives of over 250,000 American soldiers. The estimated number of combat-related deaths for all countries involved in the war ranges from 20 million to over 40 million.

One war; forty million deaths.

The measure of sacrifice.

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A Few of Our Favorite Things

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One of over 150 questions in The BBHQ Pop Quiz collection:

The BBHQ Pop Quiz pops up all over BBHQ. Wander around!

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I Remember... May 25, 1961

In a speech to Congress on May 25, 1961, President Kennedy challenged the determination, the creativity, and the strength of the United States to land a man on the moon:

I believe that this nation should commit itself, to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the Moon and returning him safely to the Earth. No single space project in this period will be more impressive to mankind or more important for long range exploration of space. And none will be so difficult or expensive to accomplish.

To be honest, I have only the most vague recollection of that day. In all candor, I have a much better recollection of May 25, 1977. On that day "Star Wars" burst onto the scene.

Coincidence? Nah... just kinda' spooky.

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BBHQ Shorts
Quick Takes on Items in the News:

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05/23:  Release the E-mail!
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05/14:  We’ve Got to Have More Money!
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04/30:  I Have a Dream: Destroy
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04/21:  You Might be a Bigot
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03/22:  Dealing with the Devil
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03/19:  No “Coattails”
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03/18:  First: Hotels; Next: Your House
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03/17:  State Department Falls on its Sword
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03/12:  Cans Against the Crooks
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03/09:  Beware the iWatch
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The BBHQ Trivia Teaser
 
Here are three questions from the BBHQ cloud:

1. First, our current events question:
Addressing the graduates of the Coast Guard Academy last week, President Obama said that one specific threat will "cut to the very core of your service," and "will affect everything that you do in your careers." It "increases the risk of instability and conflict. Make no mistake, it will impact how our military defends our country." About what threat did the president warn the cadets?
    Islamic terrorism
    the federal debt
    Medicare and Social Security
    air pollution
    the gridlock in Congress
    cyber security
    nuclear proliferation
    income inequality
    climate change
    Israel
    Republicans

2. Dick Van Dyke's brother, Jerry, got his "big showbiz break" with a TV series that bombed terribly. The short-lived comedy was called, "My the Car."

3. Quick... without thinking; like Mr. Ed and Kitt in "Knight Rider," the car talked. Who supplied the voice of the car in the 1965 comedy?

There are no prizes here... it's just for fun.

If the submit button does not work for you, you can take the quiz online by clicking here.

Members can play all of our trivia games in The BBHQ Trivia Library.

The BBHQ Joke of the Week

"Teens are just like cats."

We were more than a little skeptical when we read the headline. But it turns out that there is a lot of truth to it.

1. Neither teenagers nor cats pay the slightest bit of attention when you call them by name.

2. No matter what you do for them, it is not enough. Indeed, all humane efforts are barely adequate to compensate for the privilege of waiting on them hand and foot.

3. You rarely see a cat walking outside of the house with an adult human being, and it can be safely said that no teenager in his or her right mind wants to be seen in public with his or her parents.

4. Even if you tell jokes as well as Jay Leno, neither your cat nor your teen will ever crack a smile.

5. No cat or teenager shares your taste in music.

See.


Have a great week. We'll share the fun again next Monday.

Maybe.

- the Boomer Crew at BBHQ


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