Presidential Trivia 2023
Monday, February 20th is Presidents’ Day.
It’s a great time to quiz yourself on presidential knowledge.
Part 1 – Presidents and Colleges
1. How many United States Presidents never attended college?
7 9 17 21
2. How many presidents graduated from Ivy League schools since 1980?
1 3 5 7
And the answers are:
1. Nine presidents didn’t go to college, at all. They include . . . George Washington, Andrew Jackson, Martin Van Buren, Zachary Taylor, Millard Fillmore, Abraham Lincoln, Andrew Johnson, Grover Cleveland, and Harry Truman. Everyone since Harry has had a college degree. PS – James Monroe studied at the College of William and Mary but never graduated.
2. Five presidents in a row have come from the Ivy League. They include . . . George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and George W. Bush. They all graduated from Yale. Barack Obama went to Harvard, and Donald Trump graduated from the University of Pennsylvania. PS – Our current president, Joe Biden, broke the Ivy League streak.
More Info: getunbound.org
Part 2 – Presidents and Citizenship
3. How many US presidents were born as British subjects?
4 6 8 10
4. Out of that number, how many presidents enjoyed dual citizenship at birth?
(Both American & British)
0 1 2 3
And the answers are . . .
3. The total number of US presidents who were born as British subjects – 10. Eight of them were born before the 13 colonies became the United States of America. Their names . . . George Washington, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, James Monroe, John Quincy Adams, Andrew Jackson, and William Henry Harrison. That’s 8. What about the other two?
4. Two presidents had dual citizenship when they were born, so they were considered British subjects AND American citizens. They were born AFTER we became a country, after 1789. They were . . . Chester A. Arthur and Barack Obama.
More Info: en.wikipedia.org
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Part 3 – Presidents Captured during the Revolutionary War
5. Which future US President was captured by the British during the American Revolutionary War?
James Madison James Monroe Andrew Jackson John Quincy Adams
6. How old was he?
13 23 33 43
And the answer is . . .
5. That was Andrew Jackson. He was born on the frontier, between North and South Carolina in March of 1767. His parents left Ireland to come to the US. Andrew grew up as an orphan because everyone in his family, except for one person, was killed during the war. He was exceptional – growing up from humble beginnings. He became a celebrated soldier, and one of our country’s most influential presidents.
6. Andrew was a courier when the British captured him. His age – 13. He’s the only prisoner of war to ever become president. Andrew, the orphan, went onto work in Tennessee as a lawyer, plantation owner, Tennessee Supreme Court justice, senator, and governor of the Florida Territory. He beat the British in the Battle for New Orleans. That was during the War of 1812. That’s when he became a national hero.
John Quincy Adams, son of the second president, beat him in his first presidential campaign, but it was so close the House of Representatives had to decide the winner. They chose Adams. Andrew defeated him in his second try. He went on to serve two terms as president. Check out the $20 bill if you’d like to see his picture.
More Info: en.wikipedia.org
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Have you ever gone on a scavenger hunt? I have, and I had so much fun that I put them into two of my books – LAKE FUN FOR YOU AND ME and ZOE’S SCAVENGER HUNT FUN. Why? To get families out looking around the lake and doing things together.
I also started putting them into my vlogs. Have you ever watched to the end, until this slide comes up? That’s where I add in the hunt. To give kids, their parents and teachers a reason to look around my web site. Now it’s time to put it into a blog post.
Button #1: This is my home page. You can get there by going to rindabeach.com, or if you’re already there, click the ‘HOME’ button. Now for the hunt . . . scan my ‘Welcome’ message. Can you find the three links that are in it? Hint – they’re in blue.
Click on them, and each one will take you to one of my favorite places on the website. Enjoy!
PS – the answer is below this image.
The answers . . . kids, Beach Reads, and my Blog.
Button #2: This is another button on my website – ‘ABOUT ME.’ I posted six paragraphs on it. The first two are Reader and Teacher, but there are four more.
For the hunt . . . Can you find the other four answers? They’re posted below the image.
And the answers are . . . Storyteller, German friends & family, Writer, and Animal friends.
Button #3: This screenshot shows my ‘BLOG.’ I use it the most. I post a blog or two every week, and it usually takes 2 or 3 nights for me to finish one. The next thing to find . . . What’s posted now?
This screenshot ISN’T the answer. I took it before I started writing about my buttons. Back then Part 3 of Technophobia was up.
And the answer now . . . the first three buttons on my homepage. But if you look tomorrow night, January 30th or later, something else will be there. I wonder what it will be!
Button #4: Next up, ‘BOOKS.’ It’s my only button with a drop-down menu. When you hover, the titles of my three books appear. Do you see them, under my name?!
Now, time to go hunting. Can you find my Book Trailer?
I have three titles, but only one trailer. Good luck!
And the answer . . . NEIL ARMSTRONG’S WIND TUNNEL DREAM. Click, watch, and enjoy.
Would you believe a talented high school sophomore created it? I think he did a GREAT job!
Button #5: Welcome to my contact page. It’s how you reach out to me, and how I reach out to you too.
The next thing to find . . . What subscription is free at rindabeach.com?
The answer . . . My Newsletter!
That’s where you can see my blogs, book reviews, and videos.
Subscribe, and you’ll get new links every week.
Button #6: ‘FOR KIDS’ came from the second story I wrote. It started as a gift for a few friends.
Search and find . . . where do my friends live?
The answer – Germany. Can you find it on a map?
Button #7: I use ‘MY READS’ at least once a week. They’re not the books I’ve written. They’re the ones I read as a writer. Children’s books build my sense of story. They grow my writing skills. I pick the best ones to share with you, the ones that match the blog post I just finished. I already have one waiting in the wings for tomorrow.
For this button – can you find the last book I shared on My Reads? It’s the one you see below, and it’s legendary. You’re searching for . . . the two animals that are part of that legend.
And the answer is . . . the silver fox and the fire wolf.
Check this button tomorrow, and you’ll find the book I promised yesterday . . .
it’s about a different kind of search.
Button #8: ‘SPEAKING’ is the last one, and it’s the end of our scavenger hunt. I hope it’s a happily ever after ending for you 😊
The last thing to find . . . how many different kinds of school and library visits can I do for you?
And the final answer . . . 9! I have 9 different kinds of talks, at least I did when I put up this list.
I’ve thought of a few more since then . . . a wind tunnel demonstration and a journal writing/drawing experience. If there’s a talk that you need, but I don’t have it, ask. I’ll check to see what I can do, in person or on zoom.
Tomorrow – what can you find on my reads?
The link: Rinda Beach - Beach Reads - Rinda Beach
Saving Mr. Banks - Comparing P.L Travers' version of Mary Poppins to Walt Disney's
This post started Christmas evening when I watched SAVING MR. BANKS. I decided to read P.L. Travers’ MARY POPPINS and to compare it to Walt Disney’s movie.
Part 1 – Comparing and Contrasting – The Book and the Movie: I always read a book twice. The first time to enjoy the story. The second time, to see the details. I took longer with MARY. That’s because I took notes so I could compare the book to the movie.
My big problem – remembering the movie from my childhood. I found the perfect link . . . it goes through the major scenes one by one. Link: Mary Poppins (film) - Wikipedia
Summary of the Movie’s Major Scenes. PLUS How the Book Compares
Scene 1 – Mary Poppins Arrives
The Movie – Katie Nana quits. Jane and Michael run away, but a constable brings them home. Mr. Banks writes an advertisement for a nanny, and so do the kids. Mr. Banks rips theirs up and throws it into the fireplace
The Book - The only thing that’s the same – Katie Nana quits. There was an advertisement, but Mr. Banks told his wife to write it. The other details – all from Disney.
Scene 2 – Mary Poppins Gets the Job
The Movie – A line of nannies arrive outside #17, but the wind sweeps them away. Mary descends from the clouds with her umbrella and the torn-up advertisement. She convinces Mr. Banks that he wants her for the job. She heads up to the nursery to clean up, armed with that spoonful of sugar.
The Book – Both Mary’s flew in from the east, holding onto a carpet bag and umbrella. There was a spoon in each, but Disney used sugar. In the book each child took a spoonful from the bottle. Each one looked and tasted different . . . they were made special for Jane, Michael, and the twins. BTW – I didn’t know there were twins in the book, and we’re still in chapter 1.
Scene 3 – Through the Chalk Drawing
The Movie – Mary and the kids meet Bert on a walk. They admire his drawings and wind up in one. They stroll through the park, take a carousel ride, and join a horse race. It ends when a storm washes the drawing away.
The Book - We made it into Chapter 2. That’s where Mary and Bert enter a chalk drawing. No kids allowed! The adults have tea, a carousel ride, but no horse race.
Scene 4 – A Pair of Outings
The Movie – In the first one the kids meet Bert’s Uncle Albert. He’s laughing so hard, he winds up on the ceiling. It’s so infectious that everyone else joins him for tea, jokes, and tears of laughter!
Mr. Banks is annoyed by all this cheerfulness, so Mary talks him into bringing the kids to work. At bedtime she tells them about tuppence for the Bird Woman, but when Mr. Dawes tries to take their money, it starts a run on the bank.
The Book – Finally, Chapter 3! There is tea on the ceiling, but it’s with Mary’s Uncle Albert. The laughing gas – it’s only there because it’s Friday AND his birthday. The kids were included, but not Bert. There’s much less drama, but so much fun!
As for the Bird Woman, she comes in much later, in Chapter 7. The kids were supposed to meet their father for tea, but that didn’t happen. Instead they met the bird woman. The book is calmer, sweeter, and fun.
Scene 5 – Run Aways, and Bank Trouble
The Movie – Jane and Michael run away. They’re lost in the back alleys of London until Bert finds them. He’s also a chimneysweep. He and his friends escort the kids home, with a little song and dance.
Mr. and Mrs. Banks return home and send the chimneysweeps away. That’s when Mr. Banks gets a call. He’s in trouble. Michael gives his father the tuppence, and Bert advises Mr. Banks to spend time with his kids before they’re grown.
The Book – The kids never ran away, or even made it to the bank. This is pure Disney.
Scene 6 – Mr. Banks Loses his Job
The Movie – Mr. Banks is fired, and he loses it – singing, joking, and laughing. Even trying to say . . . ready . . .
supercalifragilisticexpealidocious. He heads home happy, and the boss who fired him, finally gets the joke.
The Book – All Disney. The bank is barely mentioned in the book.
Scene 7 – The Wind Changes
The Movie – When the wind changes, Mary must leave. Mr. Banks fixes the kite and takes the family out for a flight. That’s when another banker gives Mr. Banks his job, plus a promotion. Mary flies away, and Bert tells her to come back soon.
The Book – It ends when Mary leaves. She told the kids she’d stay until the wind changed. They’re worried she’ll never return, but Mary leaves them with a note saying au revore. That’s French for – to meet again.
PS – Mary Poppins keeps her promise and returns for another book, with more adventures.
Part 2 – Mary Poppins – What Didn’t Make it into the Movie:
When I started this adventure, I wondered how much of Pamela’s book made it into Disney’s movie. Now I know – bits and pieces of five chapters. Pamela’s Mary Poppins had twelve. Each one is a gem of an adventure. I picked three to share. They didn’t make the movie, but they’re so much fun! I’ll give you a quick taste of each, but Pamela took pages to tell the whole fantasy. They’re amazing!
Chapter 5 features The Dancing Cow. She’s very ladylike until the night she feels the urge to dance. She can’t seem to stop – to eat, to care for her baby, or even to sleep. Her solution – she runs, I mean dances all the way to the king to ask for advice. That’s where someone finally notices a star that’s stuck on her horn. To get rid of it, she’ll have to jump over the moon. Did it work? You’ll have to read chapter 5 yourself.
PS - Was she that famous cow, the one who jumped over the moon? Pamela never said 😊
Chapter 6 is titled Bad Tuesday. It starts one morning when Michael wakes up with a ball of energy inside him. It makes him say/do naughty things, to his brother and sisters. To his parents, even Mary Poppins. She sends him ahead to pick up something golden, a compass. When he hands it over, it takes them to the four corners of the globe. They meet four incredible animals before heading home. You’d think the naughty energy would disappear. Not! Michael tries to get the compass that night, but it turns into a nightmare that finally ends his bad Tuesday.
Chapter 10 is titled Full Moon. Michael wants to know what happens at the zoo when there’s a full moon. That night Mary Poppins disappears, and Jane and Michael get tickets. When they arrive, the animals are roaming around, and people are locked into cages. That’s just one of the incredible things they see. The kids are sure it was a dream, until they see Mary wearing something from the zoo.
Next up – after I reread P.L. Travers’ biography – I’ll post how she was like Pamela in Saving Mr. Banks, how she was like Mary Poppins, and other discoveries I make along the way.
Saving Mr. Banks
Part 1 – Watching Mr. Banks: It was Christmas evening, and I finally controlled the remote . . . everyone else was going to bed. I was searching the Disney channel for a movie, and that’s when SAVING MR. BANKS called out to me. I’d seen it before, but I picked it over the other Christmas movies. Maybe because I’d been watching them since Halloween.
My husband actually stayed up and watched half of it. He’d never seen it before, but somehow it drew him in. Maybe because we both grew up with Disney. Back then we watched Walt every Sunday night. Going to his movies was a real treat.
Maybe he stayed because it took us behind the scenes of the movie we loved as kids. MARY POPPINS was magical! It stirred your imagination. It took you places you could never go, like into a chalk drawing. Watching MR. BANKS was like peeling back the curtains and discovering the truth, just like Dorothy did in the Wizard of Oz.
The first time I watched SAVING MR. BANKS, I focused on Mary Poppins and how her movie was born. I was fascinated! But this time, I went deeper. I noticed details I missed before.
Part 2 – The Details I Caught – The Second Time Around: I was so focused the first time on how MARY POPPINS was born, that I didn’t really notice it was just one half of SAVING MR. BANKS. There are two! They take place decades apart, but Mary connects them. She makes them whole. This illustration from an Amazon review helped me picture how they connect.
The first story is at the top, the one from the early 60’s. It’s about Walt Disney and Pamela Travers. I didn’t know she fought to keep Mary out of Walt’s hands. It took him over 20 years to get the rights for her book.
The second story is about a girl and her father. It’s at the bottom. It took place around 1906, and it’s Pamela’s story. Of her childhood, of how much she loved her father, in spite of his flaws.
Connecting Walt and Pamela – MARY POPPINS. I didn’t realize until I watched it this time, that Mary helped Pamela make sense of her childhood, by writing about it. No wonder Pamela was so protective of her. I’d do the same for any of my characters!
I loved Mary Poppins when I was 5. Now I love her even more, but I’m curious. The longer I watched Mr. Banks, the more I wanted to know about the first Mary. And the real Pamela. After the movie was over, I searched for the first version of MARY POPPINS, not the picture book. That’s the movie version. I wanted Pamela’s real story, the original, the one that made Walt chase it for 20 years so he could make it into a movie.
I also wanted to learn more about the real P.L. Travers. I write, so I know stories often begin with the truth. Then they’re stretched and changed to make better stories. So I ordered Pamela’s biography. I’ll let you know what I discover.
The book I started tonight – MARY POPPINS. I’ll let you know what I think – how it’s like the movie version and SAVING MR. BANKS. Then, how it’s different. If you'd like to click and go, here you go . . .
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Saving Mr. Banks is a fascinating look at the circuitous "collaborative" process Walt Disney, his creative team, and author P.L. Travers engaged in in bringing the character Mary Poppins to life on the big screen in the early 1960s. This touching, funny film is really two stories nicely tied up in one appealing package. The first story is of P.L. Travers's childhood in Australia in the early 1900s. This story starts out idyllically enough, emphasizing her father's immense love for his children and his uncanny ability to make everything fun and exciting, but it's one that has a darker side that ends up shaping the adult that Travers eventually becomes. The other story is of the adult P.L. Travers. A proper Englishwoman completely set in her ways, she grudgingly embarks on a trip from England to Los Angeles to discuss the possibility of turning her highly successful book Mary Poppins into a Disney motion picture. Walt Disney has a vested personal interest in the project, but Travers and the Disney team clash on virtually every level and their interactions run the gamut from perplexing to infuriating and downright funny. The juxtaposition of the two stories is quite masterful, with the stories continually intertwining and each shedding light on the other to create a cohesive film that is highly engaging and emotionally poignant. The casting of Tom Hanks as Disney and Emma Thompson as Travers is inspired: they are absolutely perfect in their roles. Perhaps the most intriguing thing about this film is that Saving Mr. Banks creates a whole new perspective from which to view the beloved original Mary Poppins. (Ages 10 and older) --Tami Horiuchi
10-16-202 I bought this book back in early September. I shop whenever I’m watching an OSU football game. It’s a superstition, but it makes me feel like I’m doing my part to help the Buckeyes win.
September 3rd was their opening game against Notre Dame. I probably started shopping early in the 1st quarter, when Notre Dame scored first. At half-time they led, by 3 points.
OSU came back in the second half, scoring 2 touchdowns. It worked! I shopped, bought this book, and Notre Dame stopped scoring. I didn’t buy anything else, but I kept screen-shopping, just in case.
I read the 1st chapter later in September, and I discovered this is an unusual book . . . Each chapter has a set of trivia questions, followed by multiple-choice answers, and the explanation for those answers.
Next Game Day Saturday, October 22nd, I’ll share how I did on chapter 1, and what I learned.
Do you think you’re the ultimate superfan of the Ohio State Buckeyes? Do you have a friend who bleeds scarlet and gray? Do you want to learn about the history of your favorite Big Ten school’s football program?
Even if those questions don’t apply to you, The Ultimate Ohio State Buckeyes Trivia Book is the best book for learning about the Buckeyes and their history. This trivia book is packed with interesting facts about Ohio State football from cover to cover, taking you from the playing fields of Columbus to the being drafted into the National Football League.
In this book, you’ll discover the answers to such questions as:
Game Day Saturday, October 22nd - Chapter 1 - How I did, and what I learned.
Chapter 1: Origins & History Time: Welcome to University Hall! It was the first building to be built on campus in 1873, It was reconstructed in 1976, a year before I became a Buckeye. I started at the Lima Branch in 1977, and I went to the Main Campus in 1979.
I thought I bled scarlet and grey, but I guess, not as much as I thought . . . On the first quiz I got 5 right, out of 20. JUST FIVE! I couldn’t believe it, but, the questions were really hard. I picked three to share with you.
#2 Ohio State’s first football game was played in May. True or False?
True, and I got it right. It was a lucky guess! I looked up the reason behind the answer – the book didn’t explain why. The reason – They started trying to form a team in 1886, but it took until 1890. The very first OSU game was played on May 3, 1890 on the campus of Ohio Wesleyan University in Delaware, Ohio. There’s even a historical marker there to celebrate that very first game!
Source: Ohio State Buckeyes football - Wikipedia
#17 Michigan is the only team to beat Ohio State more than 20 times. True or False?
False. I got it right, but I misunderstood the question. I thought Michigan won LESS than 20 times. I was SO wrong! The teams met the first time October 16, 1897. The team up north (Michigan) won 34 to 0.
OSU and Michigan played 117 times so far. Michigan won 59 times. OSU 51, and there have been 7 ties. My favorite fact – OSU dominated this century. Michigan won in 2003, 2011, and last year, 2021. THREE TIMES! Woohoo! This year . . . yet to be played.
Source: Michigan–Ohio State football rivalry - Wikipedia
#18 What charm do Ohio State players receive for a win over Michigan?
A. Gold “W” B. Silver jersey C. Gold buckeye D. Gold pants
The answer – D! I missed it because C sounded better.
Here’s how the tradition started . . . from Michigan’s early domination, from 1897 to 1933. They won 22 times. OSU 6 times, and 2 ties.
In 1934 OSU hired Francis Schmidt as head coach. When the local media got a chance to ask about that team up north, Schmidt said, “They put their pants on one leg at a time, just like the rest of us.”
That’s when two Columbus businessmen formed the ‘Gold Pants Club.’ They created gold lapel pins, shaped like football pants. Each player and coach on that winning team gets a gold pin, engraved with their initials, game date, and the score.
The first year, 1934, Schmidt’s team won 34 – 0. OSU kept winning! They beat Michigan for the next four years. Talk about motivation! Here’s to gold pants in 2022!
Source: Michigan–Ohio State football rivalry - Wikipedia
Game Day Saturday, October 22nd - Chapter 2 - How I did, and what I learned.
Chapter 2: The Numbers Game: I knew I was going down when I realized they were jersey numbers. I never paid attention to those. I was shocked! I got 7 right out of 20, TWO more than last week, but it was only lucky guessing.
This chapter was all about name dropping, and I thought I knew a bunch. Just 14, HALF! Like Archie Griffin, the Bosa Brothers, and Eddie George. But there were 14 I didn’t know, at all, like Kirk Herbstreet, you know the football commentator. YIKES!
Here’s this week’s Pick 3 – Three questions with three great answers . . .
#6 Which number did the Bosa brothers wear while terrorizing opposing
backfields for Ohio State? 94 96 97 98
The answer – C! I picked B, a pure guess. Their dad John wore #97 when he played for the Miami Dolphins. Joey picked up his dad’s number from 2013 – 2015. Then Nick took over the family tradition from 2016 – 2018. For six years #97 led the way. It attacked and sacked quarterbacks across the Big Ten, and beyond.
#19 Ohio State’s school colors of scarlet and gray predate the football program. True False?
True. One right! I can’t imagine OSU without scarlet and gray. They’ve been Buckeye colors since 1878. A team of three students picked them out. They thought it was a “pleasing combination,” and no one else used them. That first game – May 3, 1890!
#20 What color are the buckeye decals given out to players during
the season for big plays and consistency? Black Green White Scarlet
The answer – B! I guessed C. I thought the decals were mostly white, with black outlines. No other colors, but I was wrong again, but maybe I’m remembering the old ones. Today they’re the size of a quarter, with GREEN leaves.
I also thought they were a part of OSU tradition. Not! They first appeared on helmets in 1968 because the athletic trainer suggested it. Why? Ernie Biggs never explained, but everyone agreed they were the perfect motivator for college football players. After all, who wouldn’t want a helmet loaded with stickers?!
I didn’t know OSU coaches used them differently. For example – Woody Hayes, the first to get the decals, handed them out for big plays, or for consistency on the field. Later Jim Tressel used them to award groups of players. Everyone got a Buckeye for a win. A pair, if it was a Big Ten win. His units on the field would get one for an explosive play. The defense got them for three-and-outs . . . That’s when the other team tried three times for a first down, failed to get it, so they had to give the ball back to the Buckeye offense.
PS – #10 is one of those special numbers. It wasn’t in the book, but it belonged to Troy Smith. He won the 2006 Heisman Trophy. In 2014 OSU changed procedures. It didn’t retire his number, but it enshrined his jersey at the stadium to honor Troy’s Heisman, and good old #10 is still in circulation. Someday, someone else will wear it.
Photo – By Fernando Martello, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=91173769
Information – Ohio State Buckeyes football - Wikipedia
– The Ultimate Ohio State Buckeyes Trivia Book: A Collection of Amazing Trivia Quizzes and Fun Facts for Die-Hard Buckeye Fans
Game Day Saturday, November 3 - Chapter 3 - How I did, and what I learned.
Chapter 3: Calling the Signals: I thought I might do a little better this time – today was all about quarterbacks. They’re the commanding officer on the offensive line. I did! I jumped into double digits . . . barely . . . 11 out of 20. Still failing, but it beats a 5 or a 7 😊
I recognize all of these quarterbacks from my days as a student, until now. Except for Les Horvath. He played QB for one year. It figures . . . in 1944. I wasn’t even born yet. I recognized 11 names in today’s quiz, but there were 9 I didn’t know. The big one I forgot – Joe Germaine – the QB from 1996-1998. Go figure!
Here’s my Pick 3 for this week – Three questions with three great answers . . .
#1. Cardale Jones easily holds the record for most wins without a loss
as an Ohio State starting quarterback, with how many victories? 9 11 13 14
The answer – B, 11 wins. I guessed 14, too high. I remember Cardale. He’s one of the most unusual quarterbacks in OSU history. He was the 3rd string QB who won the national championship. HOW?
Braxton Miller and J.T. Barrett were both injured. Cardale led the Buckeyes to the Big 10 Championship, the national semifinals, AND The National Championship! It was the first year for the REAL one, with three games between the top 4 teams. Alabama, who lost, said OSU didn’t belong in the semifinals. Guess who was wrong?!
Dr. Pepper even made a commercial based on the 3rd string quarterback who won the national championship. It was an incredible year for OSU, and Cardale!
#22. Which of these quarterbacks did NOT win 30 games as the Buckeyes’ starter?
A. J.T. Barrett B. Cornelius Greene C. Braxton Miller D. Bobby Hoying
The answer – C, Braxton Miller. I got it right – I guessed! I thought the others hit 30 games. I was SO glad it wasn’t Cornelius Greene. He’s one of the first quarterbacks I remember. I’d never heard his story, until today. Maybe I was too young, too protected to hear about it.
I didn’t realize he was OSU’s first black starting quarterback, and that a lot of people in 1973 didn’t like it. Cornelius got 50 letters a week from the Ku Klux Klan (KKK) and other similar groups. People even called his dorm room with death threats. It all stopped when Cornelius led the Buckeyes to a 56-7 win in the first game of the season, against Minnesota. Cornelius finished his OSU career with 2000 passing and rushing yards. He won the Chicago Tribune Silver Football as the Big 10 MVP (most valuable player).
BTW – he didn’t have a chance at the Heisman. His roommate, Archie Griffin won it, in 1974 and 75. He’s still the only college player to win it, TWICE. Bam! He was a Buckeye! And so was Cornelius!
#9. Dwayne Haskins is responsible for all but one of the 400-yard passing performances
in Ohio State history. Who is responsible for the other one?
A. Troy Smith B. J.T. Barrett C. Art Schlichter D. Cardale Jones
The answer – C, Art Schlichter. I got it right – It was a good guess, but Art was a very talented player, with a back story that’s better than I thought.
George Chaump was the first Buckeye coach to spot Art in high school. He showed Woody Hayes a couple reels of film, then got him to go to a game. Woody was sold, but Art was ready to sign up with Michigan. OOPS! I mean that team up North. But Woody got Art. HOW?
Woody promised that he’d start as a freshman, and that the Buckeyes would open up the offense for him. That they’d even let him pass the ball. Timing is everything! Woody made that promise the day before Bo Schembechler was scheduled for a visit. When Art’s dad told him about the promise, Bo stormed out shouting that Woody would never keep it.
He did. Art started as a freshman, and I was a sophomore. I couldn’t believe Woody actually started a freshman. OSU is so deep in talent. How could a freshman become the starting QB? I don’t think anyone has started another one since, until last year, with C.J. Stroud in 2021.
BTW – I’d never heard of Kirk Herbstreit. Here’s his story . . . Kirk only started one year as QB, in 1992. It was nothing to write home about so he decided to take a corporate sales job with a nice salary, and matching perks. Then a Columbus radio station offered him much, much less, with no benefits. The job – to do an afternoon talk show and sideline gameday reports for the Buckeyes.
Kirk took it! Two years later ESPN2 hired him to make sideline reports. The rest – is history. In 1996 he made it all the way to College Gameday. Not bad! And it beats a sales job!
Game Day Saturday, November12 - Chapter 4 - How I did, and what I learned.
Chapter 4: Between the Tackles: I got 11 right last week, but I slipped back to 5 again. It figures . . . this week was about running backs, records and awards. I never paid attention to those things. I watched the plays, the touchdowns, and wins. The important things!
When I was looking for running backs, I found this screenshot. I recognized everyone, except Jim Otis. He started in 1967 – when I was 8. I recognized 9 players on the quiz, but I was clueless with 13.
Here’s my Pick 3 for this week – Three questions, and three great answers . . .
#5. Eddie George and Ezekiel Elliott are tied in the record books with
the most 200-yard games for the Buckeyes, with how many? 5 4 3 2
The answer – A . . . 5 games. I guessed 4, too low. Both Eddie and Ezekiel had five games with over 200 yards, but no one dreamed Eddie could do that when he arrived. He was a BIG guy!
OSU was the only school that gave Eddie a chance to run. The others thought he should be a linebacker. Everything looked good until the first game with Illinois. That’s when he fumbled, TWICE, on the 5-yard line. Fans were furious! They said he should transfer! That Eddie wasn’t running back material.
Eddie persevered. Three years later he set a record against Illinois. He ended the season with 1927 yards rushing (a school record). He missed the single-season touchdown record by one. He also brought home every award a running back could win, including the Heisman Trophy. Way to go, Eddie George!
#13. What was Les Horvath’s career high for rushing yards in a game, set during
his Heisman-winning 1944 season? 114 yards 128 yards 141 yards 157 yards
And the answer – C . . . 141 yards. I guessed too high – 157. Close doesn’t count in trivia.
The funny thing about that 1944 season . . . Les wasn’t supposed to play. He retired from football in 1942 after winning the national title. He started dental school in 1943. But in 1944 the coach asked Les to come back for one last season. Why? There weren’t enough players. They were off fighting in World War II.
The NCAA made players like Les eligible to play. And coach promised Les could skip practice AND fly to games, so he didn’t miss out on his dental work. Thanks to the war and the NCAA, Les rushed for 924 yards and scored 12 touchdowns. He was also OSU’s first Heisman winner, thanks to one last, unexpected season.
17. Which of these Ohio State running backs was NOT a three-time first-team All-American?
A. Lew Hinchman B. Howard Cassidy C. Chic Harley D. Archie Griffin
And the answer – B . . . Howard Cassidy. I guessed wrong. I was torn between Lew Hinchman and Chic Harley because I didn’t know them. I picked Lew, wrong. He was a first team All-American from 1930-1932, but he’s not well known. Everyone knows Archie Griffin. He’s the only player to win the Heisman twice, in college football history.
Meet Chic Harley, the first OSU superstar. He played during the 1916 and 17 seasons, but skipped out in 1918. He enlisted as a soldier in World War 1. It ended so Chic came back in 1919 and won first team All-American again, for the third time.
I didn’t know Chic was so popular that he put OSU football on the map. He was also the driving force behind building the Shoe. It used to be called the ‘House that Harley Built,’ but the important thing . . . it’s where the Buckeyes play!
Last, but not least, meet Howard Cassidy. He played for the Buckeyes from 1952-1955. He played defense and offense. He was voted first team All-American in 1954 and 1955. He won the Heisman in 1955, but Howard is better known as ‘Hopalong.’
He got the nickname in his first game, freshman year. The sportswriters said, “He hopped all over the field like the performing cowboy” from the movies. His name – Hopalong Cassidy. It stuck. I was born 4 years after Howard left OSU behind, but I’ve heard of Hopalong.
Sources: The Ultimate Ohio State Buckeyes Trivia Book
- QB/HB Lew Hinchman (3-time All-American) | BuckeyePlanet
- Ohio Stadium - Wikipedia
- Howard Cassady - Wikipedia
Game Day Saturday, November 12 - Chapter 5 - How I did, and what I learned.
Chapter 5: Catching the Ball: I caught 5 answers, the same as last week. It figures – I’ve never been good at catching anything. And the answers I did manage to catch – the true and false kind. YIKES!
As for name recognition, I knew 7 . . . but not the other 14. AND worst of all, none of the book’s answers resonated with me.
So for this week’s Pick 3 – Three True & False Questions – And my research into their answers.
#2. Only five Ohio State receivers have gone over 1,000
receiving yards in a season. A. True B. False
The answer – A . . . True. I said false. I was sure there had to be more than 5. So here are the FIVE best receivers in OSU history . . .
In 1998 David Boston made 85 catches for 1435 yards.
In 1995 Terry Glenn only made 64 catches. He gained 1411 yards.
In 1986 Cris Carter caught 69 passes for 1127 yards.
In 2002 Michael Jenkins caught 61 passes for 1076 yards
And finally in 2018 Parris Campbell joined the group with 82 catches for 1006 yards.
Source: Parris Campbell Becomes Fifth Ohio State Receiver With 1,000 Yards Receiving in a Single Season | Eleven Warriors
#13. No Ohio State receiver has ever won the Biletnikoff Award for the
best wide receiver in the country. A. True B. False
And the answer – B . . . False. I knew it! At least one Buckeye had to win. REALLY!
But it turns out only ONE Buckeye did, Terry Glenn. He won in 1995, the 2nd year the award was given out, and he’s THE only finalist from OSU, ever. You have to be one of the top-three vote-getters to be a finalist. No one else broke through – not David Boston. Not Michael Jenkins. Not even Parris Campbell. It’s hard to believe with all the talented wide receivers that no other Buckeye ever got a nod. Unbelievable!
Source: After Ohio State football’s Biletnikoff Award snub, can Jaxon Smith-Njigba break the drought in 2022? - cleveland.com
#19. Ohio State has NOT had a receiver with 200 receiving yards
in a game in the twenty-first century. A. True B. False
And the answer – B . . . False. It had to be false. Surely SOME Buckeye had to have over 200 yards receiving in a game, since the year 2000. Surely!
In OSU history there have only been four 200-yard receiving games, ever. SOME Buckeye did, since the year 2000 – and it was Jaxon Smith Njigba – twice, last year.
That means OSU is up to six games with 200 receiving yards, but I couldn’t find the other receivers. I looked for almost an hour, sorry. My guess is that Terry Glenn had one of those games, maybe two, but I have no idea on the others. Maybe a super-fan will comment and share those answers with all of us.
Source: Jaxon Smith-Njigba Breaks Rose Bowl Receiving Record as OSU Tops Utah in Thriller | News, Scores, Highlights, Stats, and Rumors | Bleacher Report
Game Day Saturday, November 26 - Chapter 6 - How I did, and what I learned.
Chapter 6: Trench Warfare: I pictured the trenches of World War I when I read the title, but these are on the football field. The kind that the offensive and defensive linemen fight over. Today was the first game the OSU linemen failed, especially in the 2nd half, and it was against that Team Up North, but Coach Day and his assistants will analyze and tighten those lines. Come Bowl time, they’ll be ready. I have a feeling, Michigan won’t. They won, and they feel confident. They’re in for a brawl in the National Championships, and I’m not sure that they can handle it.
I thought lineman. Then uh-oh, but I got the same score as I did last week . . . not worse! I got 5 answers right again – 3 weeks in a row. I didn’t do as well on True/False, but I actually got some multiple-choice answers right. Sometimes good guesses pay off.
As for name recognition, I knew 12 linemen, more than last week, but there were way more names I didn’t know . . . 26. Ouch!
Here are this week’s Pick 3, but think of them as a Pick 5. The first three questions are all about the same person, and I got 2 right. Woohoo!
1. Which national award for linemen did Orlando Pace win twice during his Ohio State career?
A. Rimington Trophy B. Outland Trophy C. Lombardi Award D. Maxwell Award
The answer – C . . . Lombardi Award. And I got it right, a good guess! Lombardi was the only name I knew. Vince Lombardi was the legendary coach of the Green Bay Packers.
2. In what place did Orlando Pace finish in the 1996 Heisman Trophy voting?
A. 3rd B. 4th C. 5th D. 6th
And the answer – B . . . 4th. I guessed 3rd. Close, but close counts in horseshoes, not in trivia.
3. Orlando Pace was the only offensive lineman to win the Chicago Tribune
Silver Football as Big Ten MVP from 1961 to 2020. A. True B. False
And the answer – A . . . True. I guessed right. I must have misread the question because how could there only be ONE offensive lineman to win in 40 years of OSU football history? That seems SO wrong!
So what made Orlando Pace so memorable? The pancake block! I’d never heard of it. It was invented just for Orlando to keep track of all the times he left a defender flat on his back, like a pancake. OSU even sent out pancake magnets to promote him in 1996. He didn’t win the Heisman, but he cleaned up on the lineman-appropriate awards, like the Outland Trophy, the Chicago Tribune Silver Football, and the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year. I do love a good pancake! I wish OSU had flattened a few more today. Maybe next year!
11. Who is the only Ohio State player to win the Bednarik Award as the nation’s best
defensive player? A. Joey Bosa B. Chase Young C. A.J. Hawk D. James Laurinaitis
And the answer – B . . . Chase Young. I knew all of them. They were all great players, but I guessed Chase because he was so dominant when he was a Buckeye. I think he was the most feared defensive lineman in college football, especially by the quarterback and his protectors. Chase – was a TERROR!
The trivia book didn’t have a story about Chase, but they had one about A.J. Hawk. I knew he was a dominant player, but I didn’t know his teammates were upset because he didn’t get any respect on the 2005 award circuit. His teammate Bobby Carpenter told ESPN, “I’m not too sure how you can be Big 10 [Defensive] Player of the Year, a unanimous first-team All-American, and not win the Butkus, Lott, or Bednarik.” Maybe A.J. had other things on his mind, like a wedding. He was engaged to the sister of the Notre Dame quarterback that last season.
BTW – they married and have four children. Congratulations, AJ!
Source: All about AJ Hawk's wife Laura Hawk - TheNetline
13. Who holds the Ohio State record for most career sacks?
A. Joey Bosa B. Will Smith C. Chase Young D. Mike Vrabel
And the answer – D . . . Mike Vrabel. Wrong again! I picked Chase Young. He was the easy answer, even if it was wrong.
I’d forgotten how good Mike was. I had three children under 8 when he was playing. Mike was a first-team All-American in 1995 and 1996. He set the single-season record for sacks and tackles (that lost the other team yardage) in both 1994 and 1995.
Being good on the field doesn’t always transfer off of it. Mike was coaching linebackers the year Luke Fickell was head coach. He wanted to stay and work for Urban Meyer. He failed miserably at his interview, but Urban knew talent. He called Mike that night and offered him another one, a redo interview. Mike took it, and the rest is history. He took the job as an assistant coach with Urban and didn’t leave until 2018. That’s when he went to the NFL to become the head coach of the Tennessee Titans. Mike is good . . . he’s still there!
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Game Day Saturday, December 31st - Chapter 7 - How I did, and what I learned.
Chapter 7: No Air Zone: I had no idea who this chapter was about. I had to finish the questions and answers first. No Air Zone – those are the players who break up passes or make interceptions – the defensive backs. When I found the picture below, I wasn’t sure who was trying to catch the ball, and who was trying to intercept or break it up.
I figured I’d do worse this time . . . no one remembers the defense, but I lucked out with a few good guesses. Eight, WOOHOO!
I did about the same on name recognition. I knew 10 but failed on the other 16.
Here are this week’s Pick 3. Sorry, they turned into a Pick 8. The first 3 questions are about one defensive back, and the other 5 are about another.
8. Which Ohio State defensive back is one of the namesakes for the
Big Ten’s award for the best defensive back of the season?
A. Shawn Springs B. Mike Doss 3. Dick LeBeau 4. Jack Tatum
And the answer . . . Jack Tatum. I got it right! YAY! Good guess! I knew it wasn’t Shawn Springs. He came to OSU much later.
11. Who was Ohio State’s first first-team All-American as a defensive back?
A. Jack Tatum B. Ted Provost C. Arnie Chonko D. Mike Sensibaugh
I missed it! I guessed Jack, but it was Arnie. I would have NEVER guessed him . . . I didn’t know his name.
13. In which season was Jack Tatum named the national defensive player
of the year and unanimous All-American? A. 1971 B. 1970 C. 1969 D. 1968
Yay! I got it right! I picked the middle answer, 1970.
And Jack Tatum . . . he came to Columbus as a running back, at least that’s what Woody Hayes had planned. Then Lou Holtz took a peek. He talked Woody into turning Jack into a defensive back. Jack was fearsome. Lou put him in to challenge the other team’s top receiver. To do linebacker duty too. It worked!
Jack was first team All-Big Ten for 3 straight years. Then an All-American in 1969 and 1970. He was the national defensive player in 1970. In fact the Big Ten’s defensive back of the year award is named after Jack. What a pity – he has to share it with Charles Woodson, from that Team Up North. Blech!
Now that other player . . . and his 5 questions . . . He was that good!
2. Who holds the Ohio State record for most interceptions in a career?
A. Shawn Springs B. Bradley Roby C. Mike Sensibaugh D. Craig Cassady
I missed it! I guessed Shawn Springs, but it was Mike Sensibaugh. Shucks!
5. Who sits atop the Ohio State record book for career pass breakups?
A. Bradley Roby B. Ahmed Plummer C. Antoine Winfield D. Shawn Springs
Another miss! All because Shawn was the only one I knew. The answer – Bradley Roby!
7. Who was Ohio State’s second winner of the Jim Thorpe Award?
A. Antoine Winfield B. Shawn Springs C. Mike Doss D. Malcolm Jenkins
Again?! At least I guessed someone new, Mike Doss. The answer, Malcolm Jenkins.
8. Which Ohio State defensive back is one of the namesakes for the
Big Ten’s award for the best defensive back of the season?
I already put in this question/answer – Jack Tatum, but I repeated it because Shawn was one of the choices. Wow! He’s in 5 questions/answers.
10. Shawn Springs was the first defensive back to be named the Big Ten
Defensive Player of the Year. A. True B. False
The only one I got right! I picked False because I figured someone else had already made Big 10 Defensive Player of the Year. Now I know who – Jack Tatum!
Shawn was born to be a Buckeye. His dad – Ron Springs, was once a running back, but Shawn almost went the wrong way. He was scheduled for a visit to that Team Up North, but he cancelled. He signed with the Buckeyes a few days later. He made a HUGE impact during his 3 years on the team, especially in 1996. That’s when he was a consensus All-American, even though he never had an interception, and he only made 39 tackles. Why? How? He broke up 15 passes – they never happened. The result – he gave the Buckeyes an edge!
The End of the Season: December 31st was the last game for my Buckeyes. They lost in the run-up to the National Championships. They played #1 Georgia, and I dreaded this evening after the Michigan game, but they showed up, BIG TIME! They led twice during the game, and if they’d scored a field goal in those last 8 seconds, they would have won. AND, they deserved it! WOW! What a game, for Georgia, and for my Buckeyes!
I’ll see you next year for the last five chapters of OSU Football Trivia. BAM! Here’s to those Buckeyes!
Be True to Your School
Have you heard of the song, Be True to Your School? Or the Beach Boys? No? You can click on this link, keep reading, or do both. I suggest both 😊 Link: be true to your school - Search (bing.com
Be True to Your School is a song by the Beach Boys, and it came out in October of 1963. I was 4, but I still remember it. The Beach Boys were popular in the 60’s and later in the 70’s when I was in high school. They were known for their ‘California sound.’ It was all about surfing, cars, and girls. You know, teenage stuff. In the 60’s California was the place to be. My parents considered moving, but didn’t.
This song started playing in my head after the OSU/Michigan game. My team, The Ohio State University, lost, and the internet articles were awful. Everyone loves the thrill of victory, but no one wants anything to do with the agony of defeat. It’s not fun, but it’s important to know how to win, and how to lose. Maybe that’s why this song started circling through my head.
So where did it come from? From Brian Wilson and Mike Love, two of the original Beach Boys. I knew that, but I didn’t know the melody was the University of Wisconsin’s fight song, ‘On Wisconsin.’ But the Wilson brothers, Brian, Carl, and Dennis weren’t channeling Wisconsin. They were using their high school fight song. Hawthorne High School in California uses the same melody, different words. As for the Beach Boys, their lyrics were all about staying true to your school, to your girl, the important things in life. I love positive messages, the kind that make you want to be a better you. Loyalty is a good thing.
BTW – the cover photo (below) is for their single, not the album. If you’re younger than me, songs back then were played on record players. They were vinyl disks, 7 inches in diameter. The ‘A’ side had Be True to Your School, the hit side. On the ‘B’side was In My Room. It was actually a hit, but not as big.
Tomorrow – my thoughts about staying true to my school, to its coaches and players. Win or lose, I believe in loyalty.
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Part 2 – The School: I’ve been true to my school since the 70’s. I’m a Buckeye first, last, and always. Win or lose, I’m a Buckeye. They’re words, but I’m a writer, and words are important to me.
I’m also loyal. If The Ohio State University is playing football, then I’m cheering them on. If we’re into Bowl Season, then I’m all about the Big 10. I’ll root for them, for their coach, and their players. Shucks, I’ll even root for Michigan, but only if it’s a Bowl Game.
There are 3 seasons at OSU – the first11 games, then Michigan, and last, a Bowl. Win at least 2 of them, and you’ll keep your job.
Here are the last two OSU coaches, Ryan Day and Urban Meyer. After OSU lost The Big Game on Saturday, people wanted Ryan fired, and Urban to be rehired. My guess – probably the same ones. The history of the two coaches is linked,
Here’s how . . . In 2018 when people were calling for Urban to be fired, he was placed on administrative leave for three games while the university investigated him. Urban was cleared, and he returned to finish the season. But those people, they were still calling for him to be fired. Not me. I’m loyal.
The coach during those 3 games – Ryan Day. He won all 3. I backed him then, and I backed Urban’s return. Some people didn’t, and they got their way. Urban retired after the 2019 Rose Bowl. I was glad because I thought Urban stepped away for health reasons. He looked like he was in pain during most of the season.
The next head coach – Ryan Day. I was glad to see him back. I thought he deserved the job. And his record since then . . . In 2019 Ryan had a 12 – 0 regular season, the first one since 2013. His team won the Big 10 Championship. They made it to the National Playoff but lost to Clemson. Coach Day was named the Dave McClain Coach of the Year, AND he beat Michigan.
2020 was a weird year. That’s when Covid almost stopped college football. The Buckeyes played 4 games and won them all. The 5th game, Coach Day missed . . . he had Covid . . . but his team still won. As for Michigan, they refused to play, they said because of Covid. We Buckeyes didn’t buy it. We thought Michigan choked and wanted to stop us from making the National Championships. But the Big 10 council said let OSU play. We won the Big 10, then beat Clemson in the National Playoffs. It was so satisfying after losing in 2019, but the year ended with a loss to Alabama. Disappointing, but being the #2 football team in the nation – not so bad!
2021 was interesting . . . Coach Day started freshman CJ Stroud at quarterback. I couldn’t believe it! I haven’t seen a freshman in that position since Art Schlichter when I was in college. I also couldn’t believe how Coach Day helped him grow. The Buckeyes lost 2 games that season, early in the year against Oregon, and that final awful game. I knew eventually Michigan had to win, but it was glorious, from 2011- 2020. And the good news – we beat Utah in the Rose Bowl. Michigan – lost BIG time in the National Championships to Georgia.
This year, 2022 was great, until Saturday. That’s the day Coach Day lost to Michigan, again, 2 years in a row. I didn’t know he bragged that he’d “hang 100 on them” in 2021 . It wasn’t wise, and it fired up those Wolverines, 2 years in a row. But looking at his record, even with 2 losses to Michigan, I’d keep Coach Day. Look at all those great regular seasons, plus 2 Bowl wins.
Ryan Day: By CFB ON FOX - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2kelObbmNiQ, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=113990115
Urban Meyer: By CFB ON FOX - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2kelObbmNiQ, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=113990179
Information Sources: Ryan Day (American football) - Wikipedia
Part 3 – The Team: I’ve been true to my school and its team since the 70’s. No player wins in isolation, or loses that way either. Great plays, and mistakes are part of the game. I believe in that old adage – it’s not whether you win or lose, it’s how you play the game.
As for CJ Stroud, he took a lot of shots over the weekend for losing The Big Game, two years in a row. I didn’t blame CJ last year. He was a freshman and still learning. The only other freshman to win the starting quarterback position was Art Schlichter. It was unimaginable to start a freshman then, unless they’re super-talented. It still is.
CJ has grown a ton over the last 2 years, thanks to Coach Day and his staff. He is so good that this is probably his last season at OSU. He’s planning on going into the NFL draft.
The quote in the screenshot from CJ is, “I just have to eat it.” It’s about losing twice to Michigan, about never winning a Big 10 Championship. It makes me sad. It makes me wish he’d stay for one more year, for one more chance to beat Michigan, and to win that Big 10 Championship, but money talks. So does your body. It can be injured anytime during a season. I understand, and I wish CJ well, wherever he plays next year.
As for that team up north, I’d take Coach Day any day. Looking at Jim Harbaugh, he’s played OSU 7 times since he became coach. He’s won 2, lost 5, and choked in 2020 when he refused to play. Jim did go on to win the Big 10 Championship in 2021, but he lost to Georgia in the National Playoff. Last year, Coach Day won his Bowl Game.
As for this year’s Bowl Season, I predict Michigan will go down in the National Championships. I think Georgia will reign supreme. As for Jim Harbaugh, I think he’ll head back to the NFL as soon as he can get himself out of Michigan. He almost made it last January, in 2021.
And finally for my Buckeyes, I think Coach Day will review the tapes and work on plugging the holes. I predict another Bowl win for the New Year. My prescription for the future – find someone like Mike Vrabel to coach the linemen, offense and defense. Mike left in 2018 to go to the Tennessee Titans, and he left a hole that needs to be filled.
There are 3 seasons at OSU – the regular season, the Michigan game, and the Bowl games. Coach Day needs to get a Bowl win this year. Then next year he must take out Michigan and do it in the Big House, their stadium. I believe in Coach Day, and in his team, but win or lose, I’m still a Buckeye. And I’ll be true to my school, its coach, and its team.
Information Source: C. J. Stroud - Wikipedia
Here’s how I start every blog post – with an image, and an idea to write about . . .
This one was born when I picked Anzac Ted to read for Veteran’s Day, 2022. I thought with a teddy bear, it would be a great fit for young children who are ready to discover Veteran’s Day.
Anzac Ted turned out to be so much more. It’s the story of the ANZAC soldiers who fought alongside Great Britain during World War I. I only read the first half of the book. It’s perfect for littles. The other half tells Ted’s story as he supported those Anzac soldiers, and I still think it works for young children.
Part 1 – What is an Azac? Anzac stands for the Australian and New Zealand Army Corp, ANZAC. The division was formed in December 1914, in Egypt, during World War 1. They were supposed to be stationed in Britain, but plans changed because there wasn’t room, or supplies. The Anzac units were sent to Egypt . . . the weather was a better fit. December is summer down under for Anzac soldiers.
This is a 1915 camp of soldiers from New Zealand. Its name – ANZAC Cove. They were commanded by General William Birdwood, an officer from the British Indian Army. He brought in soldiers from India, Ceylon, Britain, and Ireland. He even had a Jewish unit with volunteers from Russia, Canada, and the US, but it was mainly made up of those Anzac soldiers.
This illustration of the Anzac troops came out after the battle at Gallipoli. George R.I said, “The Australian and New Zealand troops have indeed proved themselves worthy sons of the Empire.” That seemed odd . . . George I died after the American Revolution. George V was king during WWI, and he was also the last ruler of the British Empire. It began dissolving after WWI and eventually turned into the British Commonwealth of Nations.
And the Gallipoli campaign – it started on February 17, 1915. It ended on January 19, 1916. It had three goals – To weaken and defeat the Ottoman Empire. To keep the Suez Canal safe, and to open up shipping to Russian ports. BTW, that’s when the Russian czar and the British king were cousins, and they worked together against another cousin, the German kaiser.
The Gallipoli campaign didn’t work out as planned. The February land invasion failed, but the Allies didn’t quit. On April 25 they sent the Anzac soldiers to land on the Turkish beaches. That failed too. Finally in January 1916 the allies gave up and withdrew their forces. For Turkey, it became a defining moment in their history, the beginning of the road to becoming their own country.
In Australia and New Zealand, they saw Gallipoli as a baptism of fire. It was also the beginning of their journey to become independent countries too.
Part 2 – World War II and Beyond – You can visit this monument in Sfakia, Crete. It’s an island off the shore of Greece, and its monument honors the Anzac soldiers from WWII who fought in the Battle of Greece. It was over in weeks, not months. The result . . . the Italians won this time.
The Anzac troops left Greece on April 23 and 24 of 1941. Most of them were sent to Crete to bolster its defense against an upcoming German air and sea invasion. That battle began May 20. It ended 10 days later. The Germans – overwhelming.
The Royal Navy rescued most of the men, but some hid out in mountains. They survived thanks to the people of Crete. Others were found, captured, and sent to Prisoner of War camps in Europe (POW).
I searched but couldn’t find the date this monument was built, but I’m glad it honors those who fell in Greece, then in Crete. They may have lost those battles, but their efforts helped win World War II.
Welcome to the Be’er Sheva Anzac Memorial Centre. You’ll find it in Be’eri Forest near Negev, Israel. It’s a monument to the Anzac soldiers who gave their lives in Palestine during World War 1. That was in April, 1917. (Palestine is now the country of Israel.)
The Memorial Centre was dedicated on the 100th anniversary of Be’er Sheva’s liberation from the Ottoman Empire. You can interact with the Anzac story inside the museum. Outside you’ll be walking on hallowed ground, where the two battles of Gaza were fought.
Anzac Ted – Written and Illustrated by Belinda Landsberry
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Everyone deals with fear. I wrote about mine . . . getting lost, failing, the unknown, but the most important part – getting past them. I also wrote about the fears I’ve survived, like aging and ahlzheimers, diabetes and death. Plus, how I did it.
If you’d like to read that post, click on this link:
Quote #1 – Stop making excuses; you’re the only one stopping you.
Who said it? Issa Rae
My guess – Issa Rae learned to stop making excuses as a child. She went through so many changes, so many moves. She had to adjust. Issa was born in LA, lived in Dakar, Senegal, before moving to Potomac, Maryland. Her family made all those moves before or during elementary school. Every time you move, it’s scary, for grown-ups too.
After 6th grade her family moved to LA again. Another new neighborhood, and another new school. No room for excuses. When your family moves, you do too.
In high school Issa went to one that specialized in science and medicine. It’s also where she got involved in acting, and her parents divorced. Issa didn’t make excuses. She looked for opportunities and found them in the theatre.
Issa Rae went on to study and graduate from Stanford University in 2007. That’s where she created Awkward Black Girl. Issa continued to work and study until the play took off in 2011, but she didn’t stop there. She took those ideas and turned them into a New York Times best seller in 2015. No excuses, but lots of hard work!
Issa was already working on other things too. In 2013 she started writing a pilot for a comedy series. It became Insecure, and it debuted in 2016. The final episode aired on December 26, 2021, but Issa had finished the next project. It netted her a five-year film and television deal with Warner Media.
Magic didn’t make Issa’s ideas come to life. Hard work did – no excuses, procrastination, or doubt. Issa looked at her goals and worked until she found a way to make them happen.
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Quote #2 – The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.
Who said it? Sylvia Plath
Sylvia was a talented poet, born in 1932. She kept daily diaries and journals as a child. Kids don’t do that on their own, unless they love writing. Sylvia’s first poem was published in The Boston Herald Children’s Section. She was only eight. It sounds like she had a wonderful childhood, with only a little self-doubt, and lots of creativity.
College was good until her third year, 1953. That’s when she won a job at Mademoiselle Magazine. That meant she got to spend a month in New York City. It’s funny sometimes how wonderful can turn into awful. It also started a cycle of depression and hurting herself that she’d battle for the next ten years. Sylvia died in 1963.
Sylvia experienced success, when she pushed away self-doubt. She married and had two children. She was the author of four books. Two of them she lived to see – The Colossus and Other Poems (1960) and The Bell Jar (1963). Would you believe her most famous work, The Bell Jar, had its roots in that awful summer of 1953? I’m glad Sylvia took the lessons she learned and channeled them into a book. I read it in high school. Now I understand why it was so gloomy.
Sylvia also had two pieces published after her death – Ariel (1965) and The Collected Poems (1981). That collection won her a Pulitzer Prize in Poetry in 1982, 19 years after her death. I wish she had known. I also wish the things we know about depression and suicide now, were available for Sylvia and her family back then.
This story about Sylvia makes me happy. At Smith College she wrote in her journal about being conflicted about a decision – whether to stay at college for a summer writing class, or to take it off. She decided to go home. She believed you could write about anything in life, if you had the guts to do it. She decided she could skip the class, and her creativity would be just fine. My wish – that she could have hugged that lesson tight during the awful times. That she could have recognized her own self-worth and lived to tell, with more stories for us, and for her two children.
My wish for you – that when you’re feeling self-doubt, that you talk to someone. That you ask them for reasons to believe in yourself. It’s what I do when I doubt myself, and my writing. Here’s to fighting doubts – for you and for me.
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Quote #3 – Nothing in life is to be feared. It is only to be understood.
Who said it? Marie Curie or Madame Curie
Marie lived a fearless life. She pushed it aside to search for knowledge and understanding. Her hunt led her away from home in Poland. She moved to France to live with her big sister. She wanted to study and experiment with science. That was 1891, and Marie was 24.
Marie married Pierre Curie in 1895. They both loved science, and together they researched radioactivity, Marie’s word for the material they experimented on. In 1903 their work earned them the Nobel Prize in Physics. They were the first married couple to win the award, and Marie the first woman.
Pierre died in 1906, but Marie continued her drive to learn more, and to share that knowledge. In 1906 she became the first female professor at the University of Paris. She was fearless in her pursuit of science.
Marie continued to work on isolating radioactive isotopes. She discovered two new elements – polonium and radium. That earned her the Nobel Prize in Chemistry, her second. Eventually she’d earn five.
Marie uncovered medical applications for radioactivity. She developed mobile X-ray units to help soldiers survive the First World War, from 1914 – 1918, but Marie didn’t stop there. She founded two institutes devoted to medical research. One in Paris in 1920, and another in Warsaw, Poland in 1932.
Marie’s work with radium shortened her life, but it gave us so much . . . like X-rays and cancer radiation treatments. Her words about fear and understanding came after learning she had leukemia. She pushed fear away during those final days and concentrated on learning and understanding. Marie died in 1934.
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Saying Goodbye to the Queen
Elizabeth is the only Queen I’ve ever known. There may have been other queens around the world, but they weren’t famous in the US like Elizabeth II. I missed her coronation, June 2, 1953 by six years. That’s because I wasn’t born until May of 1959. At least I can watch the next one – for her son, Charles III, and it will happen sometime in 2023. The date – yet to be determined.
Part 1 – The Queen I Knew: I wasn’t a fan in the 90’s of the Queen, or Charles because of Diana, Princess of Wales. She was his first wife, and she was treated horribly by the royal family. I could identify with her . . . I didn’t always get along with my in-laws, but it’s true . . . time heals most wounds.
When Diana died in 1997 in a car accident, I didn’t think I could ever forgive the Queen, or Charles. That I could ever see Camilla as his wife, but time passed. Charles and Camilla married in 2005. Enough time had passed that it felt OK, and now enough time has passed that it feels OK for Camilla to be Queen Consort. I read that some people are still being horrible to them. After 17 years of marriage, it feels like it’s time to let it go, to let them be.
Now I’m happy to look back, to remember Queen Elizabeth II. This is her with her husband on her Coronation Day back in 1953. Elizabeth had been queen since February 6, 1952, the day her father, George VI died. Elizabeth became queen immediately, but coronations take time to plan and practice.
Elizabeth served the United Kingdom for 70 years. She’s the longest reigning monarch in British history. One of the lines I heard repeated the week after her death was something Elizabeth said when she was 21. “I declare before you all that my whole life, whether it be long or short, shall be devoted to your service,”
Elizabeth kept her promise, for 70 years. That’s an incredible record! Near the end of her life, she was reported to have said the moment I stop, is the moment I drop. She kept going, until the day before she died.
These are Elizabeth’s last two prime ministers. She met with them both at Balmoral Castle on September 6th, two days before she died. She received Boris Johnson’s resignation first. Later in the day she met with Liz Truss and asked her to form a new government.
Over the 70 years Elizabeth reigned, she worked with 15 prime ministers. They met once a week to discuss the state of the country. That’s a lot of meetings! She started with Sir Winston Churchill in 1952. She ended with Liz Truss in September of 2022.
On September 7th, Elizabeth skipped the Privy Council meeting with her advisors. She probably wanted to attend, but her doctors said rest.
On the 8th, her family flew in, trying for one last visit. Some made it. Some didn’t. Elizabeth died at 4:30 PM British time. Her people were told at 6:30 PM. That’s when Charles officially became king.
Part 2 – Scotland Says Goodbye to the Queen:
When the Queen died on September 8th, Operation London Bridge began. It’s a group of plans that Elizabeth made for her family, and for her country. She might have set them up years ago. She probably made changes over the years. London Bridge included a national period of mourning that lasted for 10 days. It started on September 8th with her death, and it ended on the 19th with her funeral.
Operation Unicorn was the set of plans made just for Scotland. The Queen’s body remained at Balmoral from the 8th until the 11th. That’s the day her funeral cortege of cars left Balmoral at 10:46AM to travel to Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh.
I took a screenshot of Scotland from Bing Images. The Princess Anne followed her mother’s car the whole way through Aberdeenshire, Angus, and Fife, for 175 miles. If you look at the map, you can find Aberdeen, where the Queen’s voyage began, and Edinburgh, where it ended. Angus and Fife must be somewhere in-between.
Along the road people stood to show their respect, to say goodbye. A group of farmers even formed an honor guard of tractors for their Queen. It was another way to thank Elizabeth for her service.
Elizabeth’s cortege of cars arrived at Holyrood Palace at 16:23. That’s 4:23 PM. In England they use a 24-hour clock, like US military time. Elizabeth’s coffin was placed in the Throne Room.
Holyroodhouse is where the Queen used to spend a week at the beginning of summer. She’d attend official engagements and ceremonies. On September 11th and 12 she said her official goodbyes to Scotland and its people.
Elizabeth’s coffin left Holyroodhouse on September 12. She was driven up the Royal Mile one last time to St Giles’ Cathedral. The Bearer Party from the Royal Regiment of Scotland and the Royal Company of Archers escorted her cortege.
Her four children followed on foot – King Charles III, Princess Anne and her husband, Prince Andrew, and Prince Edward. The Queen Consort and Edward’s wife followed by car. Guns were fired from Edinburgh Castle each minute as the Queen traveled up the Royal Mile, one last time.
When Elizabeth arrived, her coffin was carried into the church, and the Crown of Scotland was placed on top. Its history – it’s also known as the James V crown. It was falling apart so he had it remade in 1540. That’s when the first Queen Elizabeth was 6 or 7 years old.
Then St. Giles’ held a service of Thanksgiving to celebrate the second Elizabeth, and her service to Scotland.
The Queen lay in state for 24 hours, guarded by the Royal Company of Archers. Her children stood guard for 10 minutes. It’s a new tradition that started with Elizabeth’s father, George, but only his sons watched over him. Not his daughter. This time Princess Anne joined in too.
The Queen’s Scottish subjects filed by, hour after hour, for 24 hours. No one said a word. I know – I watched AND listened. By the end of that time 33,000 people paid their respects. I did the math . . . That means 1375 people filed by each hour, even during the middle of the night. It says a lot about the Scots, and Elizabeth’s service to them.
Part 3 – Goodbye from London:
On September 13, the Queen was flown from Edinburgh to London. Then she was driven back to her home at Buckingham Palace. Princess Anne was with her every step of the way. In London people lined the streets to say goodbye.
Once her coffin arrived, it was taken to the Bow Room. There, only the royal family was in attendance. I can’t imagine grieving for my mother, with the whole world watching.
On September 14th Elizabeth was on the move again. A military procession carried her coffin from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Hall. Her children, Charles I, Anne, Andrew, and Edward, marched along behind her.
The sounds – overwhelming! Bands playing marches. Big Ben, the world’s most recognizable clock, tolling out each minute, and the King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery – they were firing their guns from Hyde Park.
Soldiers from the Queen’s Company, 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards, carried Elizabeth’s coffin into the Hall. They set it on a platform. Then the Archbishop of Canterbury and the Dean of Westminster delivered the service for Elizabeth’s family. And for her country.
The Queen lay in state in Westminster Hall from 2:00PM September 14th until 6:30AM on the 19th. This is a map of that queue. That’s what the Brits call a line you stand in. The Queen’s – its maximum length was 10 miles. The longest waiting time – over 24 hours.
During those five days, over 250,000 people waited to say goodbye. The line ran for 96 hours. When I did the math, they were able to send 2604 people by, each hour.
This is the queu that crossed Lambeth Bridge. It stretched from one side of the Thames to the other. I wonder if it’s the spot where the red line on the map crosses the river at Westminster.
I can’t imagine standing in line for 24 hours, but at least they used arm bands to take breaks – to sit down, get something to eat, or visit the bathroom. I’ve heard no one does lines like the British, and no one does ceremonies like them either.
Here’s Westminster Hall again. The queue passed the queen’s coffin on both sides.
The coffin was guarded by the Sovereign’s Bodyguard and the Household Division. On it sat the Imperial State Crown, the Sovereign’s Orb and Scepter, and flowers from Balmoral and Windsor Castles.
Did you see the queue on American TV? I did. I also saw the Vigil of the Princes. That’s when Elizabeth’s children stood guard for ten minutes on September 16th, like they did in Edinburgh. Her eight grandchildren stood guard on the 17th. The youngest was 14. The oldest, 44. Can you imagine standing at complete attention, with TV cameras watching, and trying not to cry? I can’t!
Elizabeth’s coffin left Westminster Hall at 10:44AM on September 19th. She was carried by the Royal Navy’s Gun Carriage to Westminster Abbey. King Charles, the royal family, and part of the King’s household followed. Queen Victoria started the tradition in 1901, for her funeral.
A wreath of flowers sat on the coffin, with a note from King Charles. A bell tolled 96 times, to remember each year of the Queen’s life. Elizabeth’s coffin arrived at 10:52, and the funeral service began at 11AM. It was attended by leaders and reigning monarchs from all over the world. Over 2000 people came, to celebrate Elizabeth’s life.
The first funeral procession left Westminster Abbey at 12:15, headed toward Wellington Arch. This is the arcch. It sits in the middle of a traffic island between Hyde Park and Green Park. Her four children marched behind the coffin. Seven military bands and 3000 military personnel joined in. The royal family followed by car. Elizabeth’s procession was over a mile-long, and approximately a million people lined its route.
Next Elizabeth’s coffin travelled by hearse. It left the Wellington arch at 1:30PM. Her driver didn’t use the motorway, their interstate. They took the A roads so people could watch along the way. Their A roads are like American highways.
Elizabeth arrived at 3:00 for the final procession, down the Long Walk to Windsor Castle. I watched, and it was amazing. One thousand military personnel took part. Around 97,000 people lined either side of the walk.
Her pony Emma stood to the side. So did her corgis, Muick and Sandy. All those people, but all I heard was the march of feet. Amazing, so many people, so silent and still.
The King and the royal family joined the procession at the Quadrangle. That’s the lawn inside the castle grounds. Then bells tolled from two towers. The King’s Troop, the Royal Horse Artillery, fired guns from the castle’s east lawn.
An honor guard from the 1st Battalion Grenadiers carried her coffin into St. George’s Chapel, inside the grounds of Windsor Castle. Elizabeth’s service began at 4PM. The 800 people in attendance, they were mostly members of the royal household and the staff from the Queen’s private estates. They served Elizabeth over the days, months, even years of her lifetime.
The seats were also filled by the royal family, the British governors general of the Commonwealth Nations, their prime ministers, and reigning monarchs from around the world.
The Dean of Winsor conducted the funeral service. He used the same order that had been used for Elizabeth’s grandparents and her father, George VI.
The Crown Jeweler, Mark Appleby took her crown, scepter, and orb near the end of the service. They were placed on the alter, to be saved for the coronation of the next king. Elizabeth received them at hers, back in 1953.
Then the Lord Chamberlain of England, Lord Parker of Minsmere, broke her ceremonial staff, her wand of state. He laid the pieces on her coffin. The Queen’s Piper, Paul Burns, played as she was lowered into the Royal Vault. Then the National Anthem was sung, with one small change – God Save the King.
The royal family held a private service later, at 7:30PM. At long last, after eleven days to say goodbye, Elizabeth II was laid to rest in the family vault with her parents, her husband, and her sister.
These were Queen Elizabeth’s Imperial State Crown, the Sovereign’s Orb, and Scepter. They’ll be safe in storage until sometime in 2023, when it’s time to pass them onto Charles III, at his coronation.
Part 4 – Missing the Queen? Here are 4 books to help you and your little ones remember Queen Elizabeth II. One of the things I learned after she died, was how devoted she was to her family, and to her people.
I wrote a review of The Queen’s Hat back in June of 2017. Here’s a link to that review: http://www.rindabeach.com/my-reads/review-of-the-queens-hat
And here are the Amazon Descriptions of the books in the Queen collection . . .
The Queen’s Hat – A sudden gust of wind sets off a marvelous adventure for the Queen, lots of Queen's men, and one very special hat. Just where will that hat land? Following a hysterical, epic hat chase, the Queen is reunited with her hat -- and the royal baby! AKA, Princess Charlotte, who now in 2022 got her way and attended her great-grandmother’s funeral.
The Queen’s Present – The Queen is off on a round-the-world tour in search of the perfect Christmas present. And she's not alone... Father Christmas is here to help!
The Queen’s Handbag – A very naughty thief has stolen the Queen's handbag! There's only one thing to do: chase the thief all over the landmarks of Great Britain! Hold on to your hats and join the Queen in this epic wild goose chase after one sneaky swan by car.
The Queen’s Lift-Off – The Queen's off to space! Travelling at the speed of light, she goes where no man (or Queen) has gone before. From the Moon to Mars, via Mercury. No planet is left unexplored. But will she be back in time for tea?
Photo Sources for Part 1:
Former Prime Minister Boris Johnson - By Ben Shread / Cabinet Office, OGL 3, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=83764351
The New Prime Minister Liz Truss - y Prime Minister's Office - https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/prime-minister-liz-trusss-statement-6-september-2022, OGL 3,
Balmoral Castle - By Stuart Yeates from Oxford, UK - Flickr, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=728182
Photo Sources for Part 2:
Balmoral Castle – B’y Stuart Yeates from Oxford, UK - Flickr, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=728182
Map of Scotland – Screenshot from Bing images
Holyroodhouse - By XtoF - Own workMore of my work on my photoblog: https://www.xtof.photo, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=60549142
Procession to St. Giles – By Taras Young - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=122931881
Crown of Scotland - By The Scottish Parliament. - https://www.flickr.com/photos/scotparl/15242887727/in/album-72157648268879636/, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=50147418
St. Giles’ Cathedral - By Carlos Delgado - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=35465527
Photo Sources for Part 3:
Screenshot of the Queue from Wikipedia
Queue at Lambeth Bridge – CC BY-SA 4.0, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?curid=71772152
Westminster Hall – By Katie Chan - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=123134491
Westminster Abbey – By Σπάρτακος (changes by Rabanus Flavus) - File: Westminster-Abbey.JPG, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=76031882
Wellington Arch – By Ermell - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=55560305
Windsor Palace - By Diliff - Own work, CC BY 2.5, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=3811084
St. George’s Chapel Exterior – By Aurelien Guichard from London, United Kingdom (changes by Rabanus Flavus) - File:St. Georges Chapel, Windsor Castle (1).jpg, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=67647692
St. George’s Chapel Interior – By Jack Pease, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=39655608
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I firmly believe that if you don’t take care of yourself, no one else will. Self-care is more than eating nutritional foods. More than exercising. It’s believing in, and having confidence in yourself. It’s allowing yourself to make mistakes, and learn from them.
That’s what this post is all about . . . caring for your own self-concept, for your own belief in yourself. It’s still true . . . if you don’t do it, no one else will.
Quote #1 – As one goes through life,
one learns that if you don’t paddle your own canoe, you don’t move.
Who said it?
Katharine was an actress. She paddled her own canoe from the moment she stepped onstage in 1928 until she took her last curtain call for a TV movie in 1994. She was 87 years young.
Katharine was known for the roles she played – strong-willed and sophisticated women, and they matched who she was in real life – with her headstrong independence, spirited personality, and outspokenness. She was one of my childhood heroines. When I grew up, I wanted to be as strong and independent as she was.
Katherine was part of Hollywood’s Golden Age, but she did it her way. She wore pants before other celebrities did, way before I was born in 1959. I remember wearing dresses to school, and that was in the 60’s. We weren’t even allowed to wear culotte’s (shorts with a skirt in front) until 4th grade. That’s the year we were finally allowed to wear pants. THAT was a HUGE deal.
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Quote #2 - You will either step forward into growth,
or you will step backward into safety.
Who said it?
Abraham was an American psychologist. He stepped forward into something new when he focused on the positives of his patients. He believed they were more than a bag of symptoms. Abraham could have stepped backwards by focusing on the abnormal, the ill. He refused.
Abraham taught psychology at Brandeis University, Brooklyn College, New School for Social Research, and Columbia University. He is best known for creating a hierarchy of needs. When I went to college to become a teacher back in 1977, I learned about that hierarchy. It made a lot of sense then, and I think it still does.
This looks like a chart I would have studied in the 70’s. What stayed with me, all these years later – the needs at the bottom must be met first. If you don’t have food, water, warmth, and rest, it’s hard to move up to your need to be safe. It’s like the foundation of a house, if you don’t have a good one, it’s hard to build the upper floors of Belonging, Esteem, and Self-actualization.
If you’re living in the suburbs and suddenly lose your job, esteem and self-actualization are a lot less important. You’ll be focused on getting food, water, utilities, and shelter, the things you really need to survive.
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Quote #3 - Try not to become a person of success,
but rather try to become a person of value.
Who said it?
Albert was a theoretical physicist born in Germany. He immigrated to the US during WWII and became a citizen. He’s one of the few physicists who’s known around the world, but he’s also known for his values.
Albert is famous for his theory of relativity. Have you heard of E = mc2? That’s his equation! He’s also known for his work in quantum mechanics. Together they form the heart of modern physics.
Albert won the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1921, partly because of his work in theoretical physics, but mostly because he discovered the photoelectric effect. He noticed when light strikes and hits something, electrons bounce off and become photoelectrons.
Albert wasn’t afraid to be different. He believed nature worked systematically, not randomly, like throwing a dice. He also came up with the unified field theory, which I can’t even begin to understand, or explain. What I do get – he was willing to work outside the mainstream of physics.
Albert could change his mind when the data changed. He joined several European scientists before the US joined WWII. They sent a letter to President Franklin D. Roosevelt warning him that the Germans were building nuclear weapons. They said the Americans should too. After the war, he said that letter was the great mistake of his life. He joined ten scientists, and they sent another letter. This time they warned the world about the danger of nuclear weapons.
When I write, I can only have one voice in my head, mine. A little noise is fine. But too much, or worse yet, WORDS, and I must change rooms or pull out headphones. Then I can write on!