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Saturday, July 20, 2019

Weather ~ Smoke A Year Ago ~ Pat Tracy ~ Picture of the Day ~ Bing Crosby ~ Chicken Parm with Linguine & Broccoli ~ Maddie Maxwell ~ National Moon Day

Good 45º clear sunny morning.
Yesterday was nice. Breezy most all day and we topped at 87º.
A year ago today the smoke from the wildfires was so bad my mountain was not even visible......
All that smoke chased away many many tourists to this area and businesses lost millions of dollars in tourist revenue.

Today is a memorial service for a friend, Pat Tracy, who passed away recently. We worked together for the Jackson County Republican Women. She was a VERY nice lady. Rest in Peace Pat.

Picture of the Day ... perfect timing...
Interesting about Bing Crosby ...

Harry Lillis "Bing" Crosby Jr. (May 3, 1903 – October 14, 1977) was an American singer and actor. The first multimedia star, from 1931 to 1954 Crosby was a leader in record sales, radio ratings, and motion picture grosses.
He was married twice, first to Dixie Lee, married 1930 and she passed away in 1952. He then was married to Kathryn Grant in 1957, until his death. 
His early career coincided with recording innovations that allowed him to develop an intimate singing style that influenced many male singers who followed him, including Perry Como, Frank SinatraDick Haymes, and Dean MartinYank magazine said that he was "the person who had done the most for the morale of overseas servicemen" during World War II. In 1948, American polls declared him the "most admired man alive", ahead of Jackie Robinson and Pope Pius XII. Also in 1948, Music Digest estimated that his recordings filled more than half of the 80,000 weekly hours allocated to recorded radio music.
Crosby was born in Tacoma, Washington, in a house his father built at 1112 North J Street. 

In 1906, his family moved to Spokane in eastern Washington state, where he was raised. In 1913, his father built a house at 508 E. Sharp Avenue. The house sits on the campus of his alma mater, Gonzaga University. 

It functions today as a museum housing over 200 artifacts from his life and career, including his Oscar.

He was the fourth of seven children: brothers Laurence Earl (Larry) (1895–1975), Everett Nathaniel (1896–1966), Edward John (Ted) (1900–1973), and George Robert (Bob) (1913–1993); and two sisters, Catherine Cordelia (1904–1974) and Mary Rose (1906–1990). His parents were Harry Lowe Crosby (1870–1950), a bookkeeper, and Catherine Helen "Kate" (née Harrigan; 1873–1964). His mother was a second generation Irish-American. His father was of Scottish and English descent; an ancestor, Simon Crosby, emigrated from Scotland to New England in the 1630s during the Puritan migration to New England.

On October 13, 1977, Crosby flew alone to Spain to play golf and hunt partridge. On October 14, at the La Moraleja Golf Course near Madrid, Crosby played 18 holes of golf. His partner was World Cup champion Manuel Piñero; their opponents were club president César de Zulueta and Valentín Barrios.
According to Barrios, Crosby was in good spirits throughout the day, and was photographed several times during the round. At the ninth hole, construction workers building a house nearby recognized him, and when asked for a song, Crosby sang "Strangers in the Night". Crosby, who had a 13 handicap, lost to his partner by one stroke. As Crosby and his party headed back to the clubhouse, Crosby said, "That was a great game of golf, fellas."
At about 6:30 pm, Crosby collapsed about 20 yards from the clubhouse entrance and died instantly from a massive heart attack. At the clubhouse and later in the ambulance, house physician Dr. Laiseca tried to revive him, but was unsuccessful.
At Reina Victoria Hospital he was administered the last rites of the Catholic Church and was pronounced dead. On October 18, following a private funeral Mass at St. Paul's Catholic Church in Westwood, Crosby was buried at Holy Cross Cemetery in Culver City, California.


From the Slow Roasted Italian....

Chicken Parmesan with Linguine and Broccoli is simmered in a scrumptious tomato sauce and topped with oodles of cheese, served over a bed of linguine and broccoli… With a little more cheese… WOW! A simple recipe ready in just 25 minutes, it can be on your table any night of the week!
  • 4 small boneless skinless chicken breast halves (1 lb.)
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1/2 cup Grated Parmesan Cheese
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 cans (8 oz.) Hunt’s Basil, Garlic & Oregano Tomato Sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 4 ounces linguine, uncooked
  • 1 package (16 oz.) frozen broccoli cuts, thawed
  • 1 cup Italian Blend Shredded Cheese, divided
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
  1. Prepare onion.  Chop onion into small pieces.
  2. Mince garlic cloves.
  3. Prepare dipping station with 2 bowls, add milk to the first and grated Parmesan topping to the second.
  4. Dip chicken in milk then in grated topping, turning to evenly coat both sides of each breast.
  5. Heat oil in large nonstick skillet on medium heat. Add onions and garlic; cook and stir 3 min. Add chicken; cook 3 min. on each side. Add tomato sauce and pepper; cover. 
  6. Simmer 15 min. or until chicken is done (165º).
  7. Meanwhile, cook pasta in large saucepan as directed on package, adding broccoli to boiling water for the last 2 min.
  8. Sprinkle shredded cheese over chicken; cook 2 to 3 minutes or until mozzarella is melted. Top with fresh herbs and grated cheese.
  9. Drain pasta mixture. Serve with chicken.
Today is a special birthday, Madeline Maxwell, my step son Aaron's daughter and his wife Marie's. Maddie is 4 years old. 
                            HAPPY BIRTHDAY MADDIE! ♥

Historically this date.....
1903 – The Ford Motor Company ships its first car.

1932 – In Washington, D.C., police fire tear gas on World War I veterans, part of the Bonus Expeditionary Force, who attempt to march to the White House.

1934 – 1934 West Coast waterfront strike: In Seattle, Washington, police fire tear gas on and club 2,000 striking longshoremen. The governor of Oregon calls out the National Guard to break a strike on the Portland docks.

1940 – California opens its first freeway, the Arroyo Seco Parkway.
....with stop signs at the end of the on-ramps!
1969 – Apollo programApollo 11 successfully makes the first manned landing on the Moon in the Sea of Tranquility. Americans Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin become the first humans to walk on the Moon almost 7 hours later. (US Time)

2012 – During a midnight showing of The Dark Knight Rises, a gunman opens fire at a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado, killing 12 people and injuring 58.

And births this date include...
1925 – Lola Albright, American actress and singer (d.2017)
1938 – Natalie Wood, American actress (d. 1981)

1947 – Carlos Santana, Mexican-American singer-songwriter and guitarist (Santana)

1971 – Sandra Oh, Canadian actress
All I know. Nuff said. Happy Saturday. Ciao.
xo Sue Mom Bobo 

National Moon Day on July 20th commemorates the day man first walked on the moon in 1969. NASA reported the moon landing as being “…the single greatest technological achievement of all time.”
On July 20, 1969, Apollo 11 carried the first humans to the moon. , Americans Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin, stepped foot on the moon. Six hours after landing, Armstrong stepped onto the lunar surface. The astronaut spent two and a half hours outside the spacecraft. Soon to follow, Buzz Aldrin stepped onto the lunar surface. After joining Armstrong, the two collected 47.5 pounds of lunar material. 
After joining Armstrong, the two collected 47.5 pounds of lunar material. Their specimens would be placed onto Apollo 11 and brought back to Earth to be analyzed. 
In the command module, a third astronaut waited. Pilot, Michael Collins, remained alone in orbit until Armstrong and Aldrin returned.
Caught up in the thrill of the adventure, millions of Americans watched the mission from Earth. Televisions around the world tuned in to the live broadcasts giving the astronaut a world-wide audience. As a result, all witnessed as Armstrong stepped onto the moon’s surface and described the event as “one small step for [a] man, one giant leap for mankind.”
Unquestionably, putting men on the moon became a tangible achievement in the space race. It placed the United States in a role to go forth and explore farther and deeper into the reaches of the universe. In the months and decades that followed, NASA and the Soviets stepped up their missions. 
Fast forward forty years and private expeditions plan to take humankind exploring our solar system. Armstrong’s “one small step for man” inspired imaginations and sparked innovation for generations to come. Even future moon missions are planned. Some even include manned landings. 
In 1971, President Richard Nixon proclaimed National Moon Landing Day on July 20 to commemorate the anniversary of man’s first moon landing.
With no continuing proclamation to follow, Richard Christmas took up the baton. He began a “Chrismas Card” writing campaign. A former gas station attendant, the Michigan native wrote to governors, members of Congress, and senators in all 50 states. He urged them to create National Moon Day. By July of 1975, 12 states had sponsored bills observing Moon Day.
James J. Mullaney, former Curator of Exhibits and Astronomy at Pittsburgh’s original Buhl Planetarium and Institute of Popular Science and Staff Astronomer at the Allegheny Observatory, is a modern-day supporter of a National Moon Day.  He says, “If there’s a Columbus Day on the calendar, there certainly should be a Moon Day!”  Mr. Mullaney has been working toward making National Moon Day an official Federal holiday.