Thursday, March 27, 2014

Popular Music and Movies

Genealogy tip for the day: Writing Your Story: Popular Music and Movies

Have you ever been in a country restaurant or ‘town and country supply’ store and seen these folders or sheets with a year written on the top? They may have several folders of years and you pick the one that appeals to you. It will tell you what songs were popular that year, who was President, what a loaf of bread cost, and so on.

Did you ever think about also doing this for your ancestors or closer relatives? You can even Google top 10 songs or movies for such and such year, for example. Of course, when you get back too far, it will be before the days when movies began, but music has been around ‘forever’!! Popular music took on all kinds of forms. What we consider as classical music today, was thought of as the pop music of the day! Boy weren't they stuffy people! ;-) But it will still give you a flavor of what life was like during that given time period.

This is another way to paint a picture of what was going on in that person’s life or lifetime. It helps put flesh on their bones, fill out the picture with more than just bare bones; puts them in context. Maybe this idea will stir up even more with you.

“History is who we are; Genealogy is who I am” sg

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Japanese Cherry Trees in DC

March 27

While besieging Gibraltar, Alfonso XI of Castile dies of the black death.

Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de Leon sights Florida.

The Treaty of Amiens is signed, ending the French Revolutionary War.

U.S. troops under Gen. Andrew Jackson inflict a crushing defeat on the Creek Indians at Horshoe Bend in Northern Alabama.

The Mexican army massacres Texan rebels at Goliad.

President Andrew Johnson vetoes the civil rights bill, which later becomes the 14th amendment.

The first long-distance telephone call is made from Boston to New York.

The American Bell Telephone Company makes the first long distance telephone call to its branch office in New York.

The Italian inventor G. Marconi achieves the first international radio transmission between England and France.

The London Parliament passes the War Loan Act, which gives 35 million pounds to the Boer War cause.

The first cherry blossom trees, a gift from Japan, are planted in Washington, D.C.

Some 55,000 people stage a protest against Hitler in New York.

Tokeo Yoshikawa arrives in Oahu, Hawaii, to begin spying for Japan on the U.S. fleet at Pearl Harbor.

The British raid the Nazi submarine base at St. Nazaire, France.

One thousand Jews leave Drancy, France for the Auschwitz concentration camp.

Thousands of Jews are murdered in Kaunas, Lithuania. The Gestapo shoots forty Jewish policemen in the Riga, Latvia ghetto.

General Dwight Eisenhower declares that the German defenses on the Western Front have been broken.

Elements of the U.S. Eighth Army reach the 38th parallel in Korea, the original dividing line between the two Koreas.

The United States announces a plan to explore space near the moon.

Washington, D.C. opens its subway system.

In aviation's worst disaster yet, 582 die when a KLM Pan Am 747 crashes.
Born on March 27

Louis XVII, pretender to the throne during the French Revolution.

Georges-Eugene Haussmann, French town planner, designed modern-day Paris.

Nathaniel Currier, lithographer for Currier and Ives.

Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen, German physicist, accidentally discovered X-rays.

Sir Henry Royce, cofounder the Rolls-Royce automotive company.

Edward Steichen, pioneer of American photography.

Pee Wee Russell, jazz clarinetist.

John Robinson Pierce, the father of comunications satellites.

Budd Schulberg, journalist, novelist and screenwriter (What Makes Sammy Run).

Louis Simpson, Pultizer Prize-winning poet.

Sarah Vaughan, jazz singer.

Nathaniel Currier



1. A light, good-humored imitation; parody.

2. A hoax or a prank.
verb tr.:
1. To satirize gently.

2. To fool using a hoax or a prank.

After Spoof, a card game invented by the comedian Arthur Roberts (1852-1933). Earliest documented use: 1884.

"Some hilarious videos doing the rounds on the Internet show people pretending to take photos with invisible iPhones and hold conversations on them. These spoofs are meant to poke fun at Apple and its legion of fans."
Five Out of Ten; The Economist (London, UK); Sep 15, 2012.

A pedestal is as much a prison as any small space. -Gloria Steinem, activist, editor (b. 1934)

Today’s Recipe
March - Breakfast Foods


1 (13.8-ounce) can refrigerated pizza crust dough
Cooking spray
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/4 cup chopped onion
4 ounces chicken sausage with jalapeño peppers, chopped
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
1/2 cup (2 ounces) shredded Monterey Jack cheese
1/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1/4 cup chopped seeded jalapeño peppers
1 large egg white, lightly beaten


1. Preheat oven to 425°.
2. Unroll dough onto a baking sheet coated with cooking spray; pat into a 15 x 10–inch rectangle.
3. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add onion and sausage; cook 9 minutes or until lightly browned. Stir in eggs; cook 1 1/2 minutes or until set. Remove from heat.
4. Sprinkle Monterey Jack lengthwise down center of dough, leaving about a 2 1/2-inch border on each side. Spoon egg mixture evenly over cheese. Sprinkle cheddar over egg mixture; top with jalapeño peppers.
5. Make 2-inch-long diagonal cuts about 1 inch apart on both sides of dough to within 1/2 inch of filling using a sharp knife or kitchen shears. Arrange strips over filling, alternating strips diagonally over filling. Press ends under to seal. Brush with egg white. Bake at 425° for 15 minutes or until golden brown. Let stand 5 minutes. Cut crosswise into slices.

Mar 12th Mini Quiche
Mar 13th Red Velvet Waffles, with cream cheese gravy – (I didn’t say they would be healthy!)
Mar 14th Triple Berry Smoothie – not just for breakfast any more.
Healthy recipes:
Mar 22nd Eggs Italiano
Mar 24th Golden Polenta and Egg, w/ mustard sauce (looks like it would be good for supper, too.)
Other recipes


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