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JerryPhotoOne of the big differences between the Allied Powers (United States, United Kingdom, & Soviet Union) and the Axis Powers (Nazi Germany, Italy, & Japan) was in the control of war strategies. The Allied forces were under the control of the civilian government whereas the Axis forces had erased that difference. For the Allies, that led to a series of conferences for the leaders of tie Big Three. At these meetings, guidelines for the direction of the war effort were debated; each country’s individual goals were often in conflict.

This conflict arose especially related to the second front. Stalin wanted the other two allies to create a second front by invading continental Europe through France. These two allies withheld this action until sufficient resources (troops, materials, & supply lines) were available. At the Tehran Conference, a date in the spring of 1944 was committed to by the Big Three.

The intent of this post is to give an overview, not a comprehensive treatment of this topic. So, let’s get started…  GLB

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Quotations Related to CONFERENCES

“News conferences are the only chance the American public has to see Ronald Reagan use his mind.”
— Sam Donaldson

“Conferences at the top level are always courteous. Name-calling is left to the foreign ministers.”
— W. Averell Harriman

“May the spirit of devotion to duty which inspires us always dominate this Committee’s conferences!”
— Gustav Krupp

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JerryPhotoGrowing up, reading about the feats of the polar explorers ranked right up there with the latest accomplishments of the Hollywood Stars and Los Angeles Angels (the 1950s Pacific Coast League teams). Hillary had not yet conquered Mt. Everest (1953) and Bannister had not yet ran his sub-4 minute mile. Aviation feats were being set with the new jet planes, including Chuck Yeager’s breaking of the sound barrier (1947).

It was a time of great achievement. Admiral Richard Byrd was part of man’s great tradition of exploring the unknown or unexplored. He was an explorer of both poles and a Naval aviator as well. But in addition to his explorations, He was an organizer who helped build the infrastructure that remains in Antarctica. Hopefully, the current generation can catch a bit of the exploration “bug” that made America the leader in scientific, technical, and “people skills” over the past century.

So, let’s get on with our look at Richard Byrd, polar explorer and aviator…  GLB

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Quotations Related to EXPLORATION

“Exploration is really the essence of the human spirit.”
— Frank Borman

“In wisdom gathered over time I have found that every experience is a form of exploration.”
— Ansel Adams

“The good is, like nature, an immense landscape in which man advances through centuries of exploration.”
— Jose Ortega y Gasset

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JerryPhotoI don’t know about you, but I grew up listening (and then watching) the Grand Ole Opry every Saturday night. I was not raised on the farm or in the country; I was a city boy. The closest that I came when I visited my uncle & cousins who lived on a dairy.

I remember my parents going over to friends, have them into our home, for their Saturday night pinochle card game. My brothers and I would watch the Opry, Minnie Pearl, Hank Williams, Charlie Price and other sing their songs and do their comedy sticks. It was part of the America that I knew and loved. It was a thrilling experience in 1995 when I actually got to attend one of the shows while at the Opryland Hotel in Nashville for an ACM Conference. WOW!

The cast of characters has morphed over the year, but it still is an American institution to love. Some of that love was called upon during and after the floods of 2010. The community joined together to work on the restoration of the venue. Thank Goodness it is operational again.

Let’s proceed into our exploration of that 1925 radio program that has become a legend…  GLB

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Quotations Related to OPRY

“It means so much being a part of country music and the Opry.”
— Martina McBride

“There is an intimacy about the Opry Theater that gives an entertainer a special charge.”
— Charley Pride

“Carnegie Hall was real fabulous, but you know, it ain’t as big as the Grand Ole Opry.”
— Patsy Cline

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JerryPhotoWhile we have all heard of them, most do not understand what they really are. We are talking about the Nobel Prizes. The are annually awarded to men and women for their outstanding discoveries in their fields (Physics, Chemistry, & Physiology or Medicine), outstanding bodies of works (Literature), and breakthroughs (Peace).

These awards were created by the will of Alfred Nobel from his estate. He was a highly successful industrialist and scientist. He is especially remembered for his development of dynamite from which much of his fortune was derived. Since the prize’s inception, some of the most famous writers and scientists have been honored by their prize. In that time, only four have been awarded the prize twice; one of those is Marie Curie, one of my favorite scientists.

Let’s commence our exploration of these prizes now…  GLB

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Quotations Related to ALFRED NOBEL

“Hope is nature’s veil for hiding truth’s nakedness.”
— Alfred Nobel

“If I have a thousand ideas and only one turns out to be good, I am satisfied.”
— Alfred Nobel

“Second to agriculture, humbug is the biggest industry of our age.”
— Alfred Nobel

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JerryPhotoThere is one day of the by which shopping merchants judge their prospects for a profitable Christmas Holiday season. That day is the day after Thanksgiving when special loss-leaders are used to encourage consumers to flock to their stores. This behavior is further encouraged by opening early in the morning, often between 3–6 AM, long before the traditional 9–10 AM.

To further feed this frenzy, retailer will offer selected items in limited quantities at huge savings. The customers seeking these special prices will often camp out the day before to qualify for these specials. Once they are in the store, the retailers hope that impulse shopping will take over. Some shoppers seem to love the frenzy of it all, and it becomes a quest of its own.

The present posting is an extension of last year’s coverage on the same topic. You will find that post at: http://www.boerner.net/jboerner/?p=4977. Please join us now for the exploration of this topic…  GLB

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Quotations Related to SHOPPING

“The only gift is a portion of thyself.”
— Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Don’t blow it – good planets are hard to find.”
— Quoted in Time

“Oh, for the good old days when people would stop Christmas shopping when they ran out of money.”
— Author Unknown

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JerryPhotoWhen many of us think of a tropical paradise, the exotic lands of Hawaii & Tahiti come to mind. I reflect fondly of my visits to the former and treasure the photos of those visits. What we do not realize is the groundwork set down by brave explorers like Captain James Cook. He participated in three such voyages of discovery before losing his life in Hawaii.

But Cook was much more than an explorer. He was a skilled navigator and cartographer (mapmaker). He mapped the St. Lawrence River which enabled General Wolfe the successfully defeat the French on the Fields of Abraham during the siege of Quebec. He drew extremely accurate charts for most of the lands which he explored.

So join me in the exploration of the feats of this man…  GLB

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Quotations Related to EXPLORATION

“Exploration is really the essence of the human spirit.”
— Frank Borman

“Ambition leads me not only farther than any other man has been before me, but as far as I think it possible for man to go.”
— James Cook

“Do just once what others say you can’t do, and you will never pay attention to their limitations again.”
— James Cook

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JerryPhotoThe Thanksgiving Day holiday has evolved over the years of our nationhood. From those New England tradition of the Pilgrims, it ha matured with the years especially during times of conflict. This peace is an expansion from our post of a year ago (found at: http://www.boerner.net/jboerner/?p=4955).

The date on which Thanksgiving holiday has been celebrated varies between the months of November and December. Also, the manner in which is celebrated has varied from region to region, especially after the Civil War. This truly richness in diversity.

Please join us for this exploration…  GLB

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Quotations Related to THANKSGIVING DAY

“Thanksgiving is so called because we are all so thankful that it only comes once a year.”
— P. J. O’Rourke

“Thanksgiving dinners take eighteen hours to prepare. They are consumed in twelve minutes. Half-times take twelve minutes. This is not coincidence.”
— Emma Bombeck

“Best of all is it to preserve everything in a pure, still heart, and let there be for every pulse a thanksgiving, and for every breath a song.”
— Konrad von Gesner

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HAPPY THANKSGIVING DAY to all.

JerryPhotoWe take a look today at one of the most cherished holiday traditions — the holiday parade. These parades have been an opportunity for numerous high school and college bands, color guard corps, and flag squads to perform before a national audience, In addition, the giant balloons provide an advertising opportunity for businesses. It has become a marketing bonanza for “kicking off” the Christmas season.

The oldest of these debuted in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1920. The Gimbal Department Store sponsored it for many years. Over the years, sponsorship has changed, with the IKEA stores now serving in that role.

Four years later, in 1924, Macy’s Department stores sponsored the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. It has continues to the present. It has become the premiere parade today. It is noted for its variety of balloons, starting from 1927 when Felix the Cat first made his way down the parade route along with its bands and floats.

So let’s get started wih our exploration. Enjoy yourself and we hope that you learn some things about the parades that will enhance your enjoyment of the parades themselves…  GLB

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Quotations Related to PARADES

“I rode on a float in one of the parades in Mississippi. It’s an experience.”
— Elliott Smith

“I rode on a float in one of the parades in Mississippi. It’s an experience.”
— Laura Kightlinger

“I’m one of those old-fashioned homosexuals, not one of the newfangled ones who are born joining parades.”
— Nathan Lane

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JerryPhotoI don’t know what shocked us more — the assassination of President Kennedy or the blatant. We were still in shock from JFK’s assassination when Jack Ruby shot and killed Lee Harvey Oswald only two days after his capture. And in a police station, no less. The question of how he go into a close enough proximity is still unanswered.

Also, conspiracy groups have aligned Ruby with many opponents of JFK, but organized crime links appear to have relevance. Arguments have been made FOR and AGAINST such links to Ruby, but Ruby steadfastly claimed that he had acted alone.

Will we ever solve this dilemma? Probably not. But we have tried to present some information to help you understand these issues a little better.  GLB

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Quotations Related to JACK RUBY

“Maybe something can be saved, something can be done.”
— Jack Ruby

“Someone had to do it. That son of a bitch killed my President.”
— Jack Ruby

“I am as innocent regarding any conspiracy as any of you gentlemen in the room.”
— Jack Ruby

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JerryPhotoOur country has a great tradition of journalism, which was extended to photojournalism in the 20th century. This tradition found its pinnacle in the National Georgraphic and Life Magazines. These two magazines addressed the needs of different audiences.

Life magazine allowed for the publication of images of the best professional photographers of the day. These included Margaret Bourk-White (cover image of the first issues in 1936), Robert Capa (with his iconic images of the D-Day landings in Normandy), Alfred Eisenstaedt (iconic image of the sailor kissing the girl in Times Square on V-J Day), as well as numerous photographers with the Farm Security Administration (Gordon Prrks, Dorothea Lang). These photographers helped define the medium.

In addition, Life published serialized version of several famous authors. Included in this number was Ernest Hemingway who first presented his Old Man and the Sea. So Life became not only an outlet for photography, but also of literature.

So let’s proceed with our examination of this iconic publication that so many of us remember as our first exposure to the world…  GLB

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Quotations Related to MAGAZINE

“I find it exhausting to administer a magazine without an office or paid staff.”
— John Barton

“Far more thought and care go into the composition of any prominent ad in a newspaper or magazine than go into the writing of their features and editorials.”
— Marshall McLuhan

“I can write for any magazine now, in any voice. I can do it in two hours, I could do it in my sleep, it’s like writing a grocery list.”
— Ann Patchett

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