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  •  T. Stevens and holiday birthdays (13+ / 0-)

    The unimportant stuff first.  I was born on Thanksgiving Day in 1948.  Of course, Thanksgiving is not always on the same date.  Nevertheless, I used to be supremely annoyed when my birthday was on Thanksgiving and I would get a pumpkin pie with candles in it.

    A couple of years ago, I was sitting around in a large group of attorneys waiting outside of court in Los Angeles.  For some reason, people were discussing naming schools for inappropriate historical figures.

    I casually mentioned that I had attended Thaddeus Stevens Junior High School in Williamsport, Pa.  There were 8 or 9 Black people in our group.  Each of them had turned to stare at me intently.  One of them asked, "So you know about him, who he was, what he did?"  I answered that, of course, I did.   It was posted on a big mural in the entrance to the school.  (The school has since become an elementary school.)  They were all impressed that a white guy approaching 60 would know about such an important figure in the history of emancipation.

    •  I have always resented President's Day (0+ / 0-)

      because it took away February 12 (my birthday) as a holiday.  Btw -- I was born the same year.  My high school? Far Rockaway -- not much use as an historical marker, but elicits interest now because of Sandy and the Rockaways.

      The GOP: "You can always go to the Emergency Room."

      by Upper West on Wed Dec 05, 2012 at 08:02:14 PM PST

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