Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Well, today is another big day in American History. For on this day in 1901, William McKinley, the 25th president of the United was shot and mortally wounded at the Pan American Exhibit in Buffalo, New York. He died eight days later. Theodore Roosevelt became the 26th president. Funny thing, McKinley was the one president who established tariffs that are still in place today and won us Hawaii, Cuiba, Puerto Rico, Samoa and Saint Thomas after the Spanish American War. At any rate, McKinley was on his way West to visit California and Catalina Island. No other American President has ever attempted a visit to this beautiful island off the coast of California since. It's an amazing place, that I simply adore! I almost moved there to become a teacher oh so many years ago. Can you imagine, teachers of the world out there: that you have only twelve to fourteen students in each class? Mindblowing! Well anyway, back to the Mckinley story: There are flower boxes all over Avalon in many windows all along the storied streets even today! They are simply everywhere! They were all placed there in anticipation of Mckinley's visit-- which of course never occured. Today is also the 69th birthday of Jo Anne Worley- a great funny lady. Happy Birthday, dear one -- you have provided much laughter to me during all these many years. I still remember laughing out loud at your antics on Rowan and Martin's "Laugh-In". Off to work on another hot day-- but not much else happening!

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