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Monday, January 07, 2013

Pardon me, sir


Northbound Union Pacific.

* H.J.Res.15 - Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States to repeal the twenty-second article of amendment, thereby removing the limitation on the number of terms an individual may serve as President.

* Bankruptcy Filings Fall Dramatically in 2012.

* A spot of tea.

* The SJ-R started it's new weekly flashback series today with Springfield: Jan. 7, 1942. Of particular interest:

Exactly one month after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Americans learned how much the war was going to cost when President Franklin Roosevelt went before Congress and presented his $56 billion war budget, expressing his determination to "pay whatever price we must to preserve our way of life."

And, the story that never goes away:

The top local story involved community opposition to a plan by the city and state to close five Wabash Railroad (now Norfolk Southern) street crossings between Madison and Division streets. The paper estimated several hundred residents attended a state commerce commission hearing regarding the issue.

Elsewhere in 1942... The number one selling record in January 1942 was Chattanooga Choo Choo by Glenn Miller. Hollywood was in full throttle to quench people's thirst for movies about the war. The number one movie in 1942 was Casablanca.

Closer to home, my mom was 15 going on 16 and a sophomore at Feitshans High School. My dad, whose father had died the summer before, had just turned 16 a few days before Pearl Harbor. He would meet my mom in the summer of '42. And his mom would die in the fall of 1942. It would be almost two years before he would enlist in the Navy. As for me, well, they would all be safe from that problem for another 14 years.

* Is that the Chattanooga Choo Choo!

Posted by Marie at January 7, 2013 9:46 PM