Eleanor Roosevelt

Eleanor’s Secret to a Happy Life

“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.”   Eleanor Roosevelt. “The story is over,” she told reporters a week after FDR’s funeral. She wrongly assumed that with the … Continue Reading →


Lady Pentweazel

Foote High Hair

“He is not only dull in himself but the cause of dullness in others.”   Samuel Foote. Today we’d recognize Samuel Foote as a stand-up comic in the mode of Fallon … Continue Reading →


Waldo Emerson

Emerson in Good Times and Bad

“The reward of a thing well done is to have done it.”   Ralph Waldo Emerson. Emerson is considered one of America’s most influential philosophers. A prolific essayist and speaker, he … Continue Reading →


David Farragut

Farragut Damns a Few Torpedoes with Some Success

“Damn the torpedoes! Full speed ahead!” David G. Farragut. It never occurred to Rear Admiral Farragut that his command would find its way into the lexicon of American phrases and … Continue Reading →


Cavell Poster

Edith Cavell Makes a Choice

“Patriotism is not enough. I must have no hatred or bitterness towards anyone.” Edith Louisa Cavell. Just after dawn on October 12, 1915, eight soldiers raised their rifles and took … Continue Reading →


Hermes

Hermes Missed 30 Times, But Next Time?

“It’s a little unnerving; Hermes has sailed by earth so many times and we didn’t even know it.”  Paul Chodas, JPL. Unnerving! That doesn’t come close to expressing what we … Continue Reading →


Gelett Burgess

The Regrettable Purple Cow

“I never saw a purple cow I never hope to see one; But I can tell you, anyhow, I’d rather see than be one!”  Gelett Burgess. Gelett Burgess would come … Continue Reading →


Egg Puzzle

Columbus, Disney, Eisenhower and Eggs. No Problem!

“If a problem cannot be solved, enlarge it.”  Dwight Eisenhower. Ike was no stranger to big problems that seemed insoluble. As America’s chief Nazi-buster, he led the campaigns in North … Continue Reading →


Drive Friendly Texas Safety Slogan

Drive Friendly and Discover Something More

“Drive Friendly.” Texas Safety Slogan. In the not too distant past, when driving down a Texas back road, oncoming drivers were likely to raise the index finger of their driving … Continue Reading →


Theodore Hook

4,000 Visitors, 2,500 Tarts and an Archbishop Too!

“The best way to predict the future is to invent it.” Theodore Hook. It was a little after nine in the morning when Mrs. Tottenham, of 54 Berners Street, heard … Continue Reading →