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May Day?

There’s much to be said about May.

And I’ve said a lot of it over the past nine years.

Really, how many times can one post about May Day or Pluto?

World Stroke Month. National Military Appreciation Month. National Motorcycle Awareness Month,
Sturge-Weber Syndrome Awareness,
National Mental Health Awareness Month,
National Brain Cancer and Brain Tumor Awareness Month. Date Your Mate Month!
Foster Care Month, Older Americans Month.
National Barbecue Month. National Bike Month,
National Blood Pressure Month.
National Chocolate Custard Month,
National Chamber Music Month. National Egg Month
National Get Caught Reading Month, National Hamburger Month.

National Lyme Disease Awareness Month, National Mediterranean Diet Month, National Photograph Month, National Recommitment Month, National Salad Month.

National Salsa Month – dance or dish?

National Moving Month – shouldn’t ya wait til the kids are outta school?
National Strawberry Month, Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, National Water Safety Month, Melanoma Awareness Month.

Are all celebrated in May!

Really, there’s just much to talk about, and none of those interest me today.

Well, the hamburger thing is rather intriguing.  I’m a big hamburger fan.

Today is also the birth date of Emily Howard Jennings Stowe.

She doesn’t ring a bell with many of us in the US of A, but in Canada, she’s a pretty big deal.

She was the first female doctor to practice in Canada and was an activist for women’s rights and suffrage.

She helped to start the women’s suffrage movement in Canada and campaigned for the country’s first medical college for women.

Encouraged to educate herself by her Quaker mother, she went to a co-ed Quaker school in Rhode Island,

She was denied admission to Victoria College in Cobourg, Ontario because she was female.  Not one to give UP, she applied to the Normal School for Upper Canada, enrolled there in 1853 and graduated with first class honors.

She was promptly hired as a principal in Ontario, the first woman to be a public school principal.

She taught there until she married in 1854, at which time she was forced to quit her job due to the Canadian Marriage Bar, which was a custom, not a law, practiced by most if not all Canadian businesses and institutions.

Married women could not work out side of the home!

The Toronto School of Medicine said a big fat no when she applied there in 1865.  The principal said, “The doors of the University are not open to women and I trust they never will be.”

Again, not giving UP, she headed to New York Medical College for Women, a homeopathic school, finished UP there, came home to Canada and opened a practice in Toronto.

She lectured on women’s health and maintained a steady clientele.

In 1870, the president of the Toronto School of Medicine granted special permission to Stowe and a fellow student, Jennie Kidd Trout to attend classes.

All the boy doctors were pissed.

In fact they made it so difficult, Stowe left the school.

In 1880, figuring she knew as much as anyone else, the College of Physicians and Surgeons granted her a license to practice medicine.  He based it on her 30 years of experience.

Hey, a gal’s gotta earn it, right?

She went on to fight for women’s rights, suffrage, and encouraged women to excel.  She was so good at it, her daughter; Augusta Stowe-Gullen was the first woman to earn a medical degree in Canada.

So, happy May Day?  Nah, Happy Emily Stone Day!

Oh, Oliver!

The radio alarm awoke me recently with a blast from my past.

Frankly, I wasn’t ready to go back to 1969, but the radio station and Oliver decided I must.

As I lay there fighting the urge to sleep, these words jolted me awake…”… Gliddy glub gloopy, nibby nabby noopy la, la, la, lo, lo Sabba sibby sabba, nooby abba nabba, le, le, lo, lo
Tooby ooby walla, nooby abba naba…”

…and I wondered, “What were we thinking?”

I mean really, who came UP with that crap?

The song of course, is from the Broadway musical Hair which debuted off-Broadway in 1967 and made the big time in 1968.

The book and lyrics by James Rado and Gerome Ragni and music by Galt MacDermot, was a product of the “hippie” counterculture and sexual revolution of the late 1960s.

“Good Morning Starshine” is from the second act of the musical, and is performed by the character Sheila,

Of course, Oliver made it famous.  It wasn’t a one hit wonder, but Oliver’s career was, oh let’s say, a four hit wonder…

William Oliver Swofford was born on February 22, 1945, in North Wilkesboro, North Carolina which is the home of Lowe’s Home Improvement Warehouse, The North Wilkesboro Speedway, and is just past the Tweetise Railroad Amusement Park which my children remember as one of the places I dragged them to back in the day.

Oliver was a recipient of the prestigious Morehead Scholarship and attended UNC Chapel Hill in 1963.

He was a member of two popular music groups — The Virginians and, later, The Good Earth — and was then known as Bill Swofford.

Clean cut, good looking, and with a soaring tenor voice he was perfect for the single and commercial version of the song, Good Morning Starshine.

He brought it to number 3 on the charts, sold a million copies, and won a gold record.

He also performed the song Jean from the movie The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (which is one of my favorite Maggie Smith vehicles.)

He went on to have a modestly successful career.

He eventually turned to business to make a living, selling real estate and running a Pharmaceutical company.

In the mid 90s he developed Sjögren’s syndrome, an autoimmune disease and was eventually diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

He lost the battle with the disease in 2000 just a few days short of his 55th birthday.

But we, if we do at all, remember him for Good Morning Starshine.

The song was immensely popular.

I don’t know why!

It makes no sense.

But, that didn’t stop nearly every other singer from covering it.

Andy Williams, Gary Lewis and the Playboys, Strawberry Alarm Clock, Hugo Montenegro!!!, Diana Ross and even Bob McGrath of Sesame Street recorded it.

Is it the frivolity of the song that attracts us?

The nonsensical refrain of Gliddy Glub gloopy?

I don’t get it.

But for some reason, I can’t get it out of my head either!

But, hey, it’s Monday, and we all need to wake UP, so here ya go…

How Far Can You See?

J.P. Morgan was born 180 years ago today.

He was an American financier and banker who domination of corporate finance and industrial consolidation in the later 19th and early 20th Centuries was legendary.

He was of sorts, the first corporate raider.

He facilitated the merger of Edison’s and Thomson’s electric companies and formed GE.  He guided several entities to the realization of US Steel, and helped Theodore Vail create the AT&T we all knew and loved, and now miss.

When he died in Rome at the age of 75, he left his businesses and his fortune to his son J.P. Jr.

The fortune was worth roughly $80 million at the time which prompted John D. Rockefeller to say, “…and to think, he wasn’t even a rich man.”

Morgan was a financial genius, said little in public, but did leave us with a gem I find very profound…

“Go as far as you can see; when you get there, you’ll be able to see farther.”

What will you see today?

Today is Sheb Wooley’s birthday.  He was born in 1921 and died in 2003.

He’s famous for two big things.

He created the Wilhelm Scream which is the standard man scream and has been used in over 360 films.

Which you can hear here

And he’s famous for the 1958 novelty song “Purple People Eater.”

Now, as a 6 year old, I always thought the people eater was purple.

But listening to the lyrics, I found he only eats purple people.

So I guess we’re all safe.

Enjoy the music.

Happy Monday!

Maybe you’ll leave a mark on the world today, or two, who knows?