One of the greatest inventors of modern times lived in the Little White House for six months. Thomas Edison. Around 70 at the time, the U.S. government looked to him for weapon development at the beginning of World War I.
Edison lived and worked in the same building made famous by Truman’ s many visits years later.
Edison developed 41 weapons during his six month stay.
I spent yesterday rewriting and polishing two chapters of Growing Up Italian. Will I ever finish this book? The funny part is the writing will be 3-4 books. The first is sub-titled The First Six Years.
Mel Fisher’s name is embroidered in Key West’s fabric. A name for the ages. Never to be forgotten.
Fisher struck gold and other rare jewels on July 20, 1985 after many years of searching. He sought the Atocha. He found it after roughly 15 years of searching.
Value of the gold, etc. $450 million.
On this date in 1986, Fisher presented Queen Sofia of Spain with a bronze cannon from the Spanish galleon. The presentation took place in Washington, D.C.
Trump is diminishing the image of the United States world wide. In a very short period of time. He has succeeded in pissing off most of the free nations of the world. Those autocratic, he is turning from enemies to friends.
Trump neither understands nor appreciates the need for friends world wide. Friends with values. Character. Not despots.
Tanks are effective. Especially by authoritarian regimes. Against those who protest their governments.
Two uprisings come to mind. Hungary and China.
The Hungarian Revolution occurred in 1956. Began October 23, ended November 10. The protesters using stones and molotov cocktails. The Soviets, troops and military equipment.
The soviets finally got tired of the constant street fighting. Soviet troops and a handful of tanks fighting the poorly armed rebels. Mostly students.
In one day, the troop number and tank number were increased Dramatically. The revolution was over. Force won out.
Two hundred thousand Hungarians fled Hungary immediately.
Total Soviet troops engaged 31,55o. Tank number 1,130.
I was fortunate to become friends with one of the revolutionaries. A Hungarian college student. He attended Manhattan College during my senior year. He said, we were throwing rocks and molotov cocktails. They came at us with tanks from every corner. The revolution was over.
Tiananmen Square another example of tank power.
One hundred thousand students began the protest on April 15, 1989. Their numbers enlarged daily by workers, intellectuals, and civil servants. The protest went on for seven weeks.
The Chinese government finally had enough. The tanks went in on June 4. The protest was over. Hundreds killed. Thousands arrested.
I love the comic sport poem Casey At The Bat. I have used the poem’s final line many times to express my sorrow at a Syracuse defeat.
Casey At The Bat was published this date 1888.
The line: “…..there is no joy in Mudville – mighty Casey has struck out.”
Enjoy your day!