Almost Autumn


According to the Farmer’s Almanac, two weeks from today is the first official day of autumn. This is when the sun actually rises “due east” and sets “due west.” Here in the Northern Hemisphere the autumnal equinox brings 12 hours of daylight and 12 hours of darkness.

History has recorded some weird facts on these early September days. I’m writing this on Sunday, 9/7, and on today’s date in 1921 we crowned the First Miss America. Her name was Margaret Gorman and she also has the distinction of being the youngest Miss America ever. She was 15 years old. Her measurements were 30-25-32. (For those who remember “Twiggy”—her measurements were 32-23-32)

Today, September 8, 1974, President Gerald Ford pardoned Richard Nixon for any crimes he may have committed while serving as President. On that note, I believe everyone should check out the recent documentary currently playing on HBO called “Nixon on Nixon.”  Its 90 minutes of listening to Nixon on his own Whitehouse recording equipment. They have finally released the last tapes and I admit I didn’t think anything could shock me about Richard Nixon. All I can say is listen to the tapes and let me know how you feel.

On a lighter note about September 8, Star Trek debuted on NBC in 1966. Trekies probably know the first episode was called “The Man Trap.”
Star Trek

There was a death on September 8th in 1970 we have long forgotten, but he was certainly important in my life. His name was Percy Spencer and he died at the age of 76. He was an orphan who never graduated from grammar school. He worked for Raytheon and held over 150 patents. The one invention of his I use almost every day was discovered accidently in 1946. He paused to do some calculations in the lab one day, not realizing he was standing near a vacuum tube emitting high-frequency radio waves (a magnetron). Suddenly he noticed the candy bar in his shirt pocket melting all over his shirt. Voila! He invented the microwave oven. Thanks Percy!

On September 10th, 1956, Mr. Elvis Presley made his first appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show. He sang Don’t be Cruel and Hound Dog.
MEMO TO MILEY CYRUS….he could only be filmed from his waist up because he moved his hips around.

One year earlier, 1955, Gunsmoke debuted on CBS. If you were around then you can’t forget Marshal Matt Dillon. The show ran for 20 years. That’s right TWENTY YEARS. But, did you know that John Wayne turned down the role of Marshal Dillon?
Gunsmoke

 Enjoy your week.

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3 Responses to Almost Autumn

  1. joanraymondwriting says:

    Thanks for all the fun facts and trivia. Watched Gunsmoke as a kid for most of it’s run. Wonder if John Wayne ever regretted his decision?
    Waiting patiently for the cool fall weather to make it’s appearance. My favorite time of the year.

  2. fiddlrts says:

    You passed up the opportunity to post a gratuitous cheesecake picture? 😉

    Ms. Gorman was also rather short (which won’t win pageants these days), and proud of her size. Yep, I always stand up (sorry) for the short people. 😉

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