What a day it was.



Sometimes, I enjoy looking back.  If I ever get that Time Machine finished, I might like to visit the past…. to see what things were REALLY like.  You see…… my brother and I are currently building one of those TIME traveling contraptions.  The trouble is, we can’t decide what color to paint it, or if we are going to charge for carry-on luggage or not.  So, we are in a holding pattern in production.

Anyway.  Looking back.  Any year would be interesting.

Take 1923 in particular.  What a year THAT was.  Politically, Warren G. Harding, a Republican, held the Office of President.  He died that year…. in office…. of…. well…. it has never been conclusively decided.   Harding’s term of office was the shortest of any 20th-century U.S. President.

Harding’s sudden death  has led to some theories that he had could have been poisoned….. or…. committed suicide.

(Suicide appears unlikely, since Harding was planning for a second term election.)

Rumors of poisoning were brought on by a convicted criminal, former Ohio Gang member, and detective…. named Gaston Means.

Old Gaston was hired by Mrs. Harding to investigate Warren and his mistress.  This guy…. this Detective Means…. suggested that Mrs. Harding had poisoned her husband. Mrs. Harding’s refusal to allow an autopsy on President Harding only added to the speculation.  So…. who will ever know, really?

Anyway, the rest of 1923 was interesting all the way around.  The Hollywood Sign went up.  Yankee Stadium opened its doors.  Roy and Walt Disney founded The Walt Disney company. TIME Magazine published its first issue.  And… Rainbow Trout… the gay fish… is introduced into the Firehole River in Yellowstone National Park.

These were some big things to celebrate.  But you had to do it with out drinking…. legally.  You see… Prohibition was in the thick of the whole thing.  (1919 through 1933).  No wonder the Great Depression started in 1930. People were depressed.

Yep.  Lots of noteworthy events.  On this date in particular, in Dayton, Ohio….. a very young and scared woman, named Regina Freda, gave birth to a happy baby named Lucille Rita Rose.

Little Lucy.  My Mom.  I am very thankful for that day.  Extremely grateful.  For Grandma Regina, and Grandpa Bernard, and their baby girl Lucy.  The greatest event of that year… in my opinion.

Happy Birthday Mom.  I love you.

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