On this day in 1949 in Houston, Texas, George Foreman was born. He is well known as a boxer, a pitchman, an entertainer, and to many young people “the grill guy.” The important lesson of George Foreman is the story of redemption, perseverance, and adults who did not give up a troubled and often […]Read More How George Foreman’s Life Was Turned Around in Grants Pass, Oregon
On this date in 1796, one of the most important and under appreciated events in human history happened. Edward Jenner administered the first ever vaccination. He was an English Doctor and Scientist. He was bold, and liked to take chances with experiments. Smallpox had killed an estimated 300-500 million people in human history. People had […]Read More Happy Birthday Vaccinations
Happy birthday to Irving Berlin, one of the most successful song writers in American history. He is the author of “White Christmas”, even though he was Jewish, and “God Bless America”, even though he was born in Russia. In 1888, Russia ramped up it’s “Pogroms” against Jews. In Russian, the word pogrom means “to wreak […]Read More Happy Birthday to the Jewish Refugee Who Gave Us the Songs Sung by Christians and Patriots.
103 years ago today, Beverly Cleary was born. She one of the most important children’s authors of all time. Her books have sold over 93 million copies, and changed many lives. She was born in Yamhill, Oregon. (Very small town in the heart of Oregon wine country) Her house was the first in the area […]Read More Beverly Cleary: From the Lowest Reading Group to the Greatest Authors List
Happy birthday to former first lady Betty Ford, who would have been 101 today. She was one of the most important first ladies, and women in American history. In September of 1974, just weeks after her husband became President, Mrs. Ford accompanied her friend who was going to the Doctor to have a breast examination. […]Read More Betty Ford: The First Lady Who Tore Down Walls
Booker T. Washington was born in rural Virginia April 5, 1856. He grew up a slave. Around the age of nine he was set free by the emancipation proclamation. He dedicated himself not to feeling sorry for himself, but fighting and working to get an education. His autobiography, “Up From Slavery” is an incredible work, […]Read More Booker T. Washington: A Man Who Pulled Himself and Many Others Up From Slavery
91 years ago today, Maya Angelou was born in St. Louis, Missouri. She is often remembered for her words and inspirational quotes, but her life was much more than that. She is an incredible story of resilience. She was raped by her mother’s boyfriend when she was eight years old. The boyfriend only spent one […]Read More Maya Angelou: The Caged Bird That Still Sings
Say the word “Stop” in in the presence of a group of middle aged people and you will likely get a word hurled back at you in response: “Hammertime.” Anyone who listened to popular music in the early 1990’s still vividly remembers the exuberant dance party songs and videos of M.C. Hammer. What many […]Read More Please Stanley, Don’t Hurt ‘Em
Three years ago today, I was enjoying one of the perks of being a high school teacher: spring break. I was in the Phoenix area to watch spring training baseball, and I went for a morning run in the Arizona desert. I was lucky enough to make a new friend and learn a really cool […]Read More New Friends Lead to New Learning
Happy Saint Patrick’s Day. We celebrate not only St. Patrick today, but also our many Irish friends and neighbors. Here are some things that many people don’t realize: 1. St. Patrick was born in Great Britain. He was captured and turned into a slave by the Irish. He became a Priest after he escaped. 2. […]Read More St. Patrick’s Day: Know What You are Celebrating
140 years ago today, the man who many proclaim to be the greatest scientist of all time was born in Ulm, Germany. His name was Albert Einstein, who was also a slow learner as a child and a refugee as an adult. It is a curious question to ask ourselves if we would have been […]Read More Albert Einstein: Would We Have the Compassion and Patience For Him Today?