posted on Nov, 1 2011 @ 12:56 AM
I'm sure no one here has noticed, but I haven't posted for the past month or so. My mother passed away September 30th and the past month has kept me
busy with funeral arrangements and the business of settling her estate.
Most everything is done, now; her possessions distributed as per her wishes. She has been laid peacefully to rest next to my father. After 54 years of
marriage and 16 years after his death, they are together forever. As I write this, I find myself struggling to restrain an insistent tear.
My mother was generally a healthy and robust woman. She had to be; she raised eight kids. She wasn't a big woman by any means. She stood five foot
four and weighed 150 pounds but could whip any one of us that got out of line. She suffered a heart attack at the end of May this year and was in the
hospital a couple more times over the next four months. I went to check on her at home that morning and found that she had passed away during the
night. She had turned 88 on August 16th.
Her name was (still is, I suppose) Goldie. She had a story she liked to tell of how she came by her name. My mother was born in 1923 at a small farm
in Missouri. The doctor hadn't arrived, but the neighbor lady was there. The neighbor delivered the baby, bathed her, wrapped her in a blanket and
placed her near the heat stove until the doctor arrived. That woman's name was Goldie Porter.
I would like to present some things that I found happened in 1923:
Calvin Coolidge was sworn in as president following the death of President Warren Harding
First baseball game played at Yankee Stadium
Insulin is Introduced for treatment of Diabetes
Time Magazine hits newsstands for the first time.
Union of Socialist Soviet Republics established
1st radio telegraph message from Netherlands to Dutch East Indies
Transcontinental airmail service begins
Elmer Rice's "Adding Machine," premieres in NYC
Firestone Co put their inflatable tires into production
1st talking movie shown at Rialto Theater (NYC)
1st nonstop transcontinental flight (NY-San Diego) completed
1st Le Mans Grand Prix d'Endurance is run
Recording of 1st country music hit (Little Old Log Cabin in the Lane)
1st permanent radio network-AT&T (WEAF NY & WMAF Mass)
The Hollywood Sign is officially dedicated in the hills above Hollywood, Los Angeles.
Interpol forms in Vienna
1st transatlantic radio broadcast of a voice, Pittsburgh-Manchester
And some celebrities that were also born in 1923:
Larry Storch, American actor
Jean Stapleton, American actress (All In The Family)
Ed McMahon, American television personality (The Tonight Show)
Wally Schirra, American astronaut
James Arness, American actor
Henry Kissinger, United States Secretary of State
Bob Dole, American politician and Presidential candidate
Jim Reeves, American country singer
Rocky Marciano, American boxer
Mort Walker, American cartoonist (Beetle Bailey)
Charlton Heston, American actor
Alan Shepard, first American astronaut
Bob Barker, American game show host (The Price Is Right)
George Patton IV, American general