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Monday, September 2, 2019

Clear/Warm/Light Clouds ~ Labor Day ~ Abby's Lunch w/ Friends ~ Picture of the Day ~ Common Things With Mickey Rooney & Artie Shaw ~ Ruben Macaroni Salad ~ National V-J Day

Good 52º clear sky morning.
Yesterday, again, stayed clear and warm. We had a few clouds and we topped at 94º. 

On September 2, 2019, the U.S. Department of Labor celebrates and honors the greatest worker in the world – the American worker. Labor Day 2019 is the 125th anniversary of Labor Day being celebrated as a national holiday. 

Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.
The first governmental recognition came through municipal ordinances passed in 1885 and 1886. From these, a movement developed to secure state legislation. The first state bill was introduced into the New York legislature, but the first to become law was passed by Oregon on February 21, 1887. During 1887, four more states – Colorado, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and New York – created the Labor Day holiday by legislative enactment. By the end of the decade Connecticut, Nebraska, and Pennsylvania had followed suit. By 1894, 23 more states had adopted the holiday, and on June 28, 1894, Congress passed an act making the first Monday in September of each year a legal holiday in the District of Columbia and the territories.
The first Labor Day holiday was celebrated on Tuesday, September 5, 1882, in New York City, in accordance with the plans of the Central Labor Union. The Central Labor Union held its second Labor Day holiday just a year later, on September 5, 1883.
By 1894, 23 more states had adopted the holiday, and on June 28, 1894, President Grover Cleveland signed a law making the first Monday in September of each year a national holiday.

Yesterday at 1pm I met up with friends at Abby's Pizza for lunch with Mike and Jennifer and a bunch of their family and friends. Mike is recovering so well from the 5 gunshots to his abdomen, the end of February, when an attempt was made to carjack Jennifer's car.
Anyway, everyone ordered pizza and had a good visit. Here is Mike with his sister Kathy and brother Skip....

Picture of the Day ... a grasshopper on the windshield, looking like it's ready to destroy humanity!!  :o)


What two things did Mickey Rooney and Artie Shaw have in common?
Both were married eight times. Ava Gardner was Mickey Rooney's first wife and Artie Shaw's fifth.
Mickey Rooney

1. Ava Gardner (1942–43)
2. B.J. Baker (1944–48)
3. Martha Vickers (1949–51)
4. Elaine Devry (1952–58)
5. Carolyn Mitchell (1958–66; her death)
6. Marge Lane (1966–67)
7. Carolyn Hockett (1969–75)
8. Jan Chamberlin (1978–his death)
Artie Shaw

1. Jane Cairns (1932-1933)
2. Margaret Allen (1934-1937)
3. Lana Turner (1939-1940)
4. Elizabeth Kern (1942-1943)
5. Ava Gardner (1945-1946)
6. Kathleen Winsor (1946-1948)
7. Doris Dowling (1952-1956)
8. Evelyn Keyes (1957-1985)
If you want to read more about both of them:
From Mr. Food....

If you're a fan of Reuben sandwiches, then you're going to love our reinvented Reuben Macaroni Salad. We tossed together all of your favorite Reuben ingredients to make this easy pasta salad recipe that's sure to make 'em all say "Mmmmmm!"


  • 2 cups bow tie macaroni
  • 1/2 pound cooked corned beef, diced
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded Swiss cheese
  • 1 (16-ounce) can sauerkraut, drained
  • 1/2 teaspoon caraway seed
  • 1 cup bottled Russian dressing

  1. In a medium pot of boiling water, cook macaroni until tender; drain and cool.
  2. In a large bowl, combine corned beef, cheese, sauerkraut, caraway seed, and macaroni. Add Russian dressing and toss thoroughly. Chill until ready to serve.

**Serve with tomato wedges, if desired.

Historically this date....

1901 – Vice President of the United States Theodore Roosevelt utters the famous phrase, "Speak softly and carry a big stick" at the Minnesota State Fair.

1945 – World War II: Combat ends in the Pacific Theater: the Instrument of Surrender of Japan is signed by Japanese Foreign Minister Mamoru Shigemitsu and accepted aboard the battleship USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay.

1998 – Swissair Flight 111 crashes near Peggys Cove, Nova Scotia. All 229 people on board are killed.

... when visiting Nova Scotia a few years ago I saw the memorial that has been placed there. Peggy's Cove is a beautiful little town with one of my favorite light houses...

With so many tourists walking around it wasn't easy to get a shot of the lighthouse without peeps in the picture. I had to lay down in the rocks to get this shot.

And births this date include....
1838 – Liliuokalani of Hawaii, Queen of Hawaii (d. 1917)

1919 – Marge Champion, American actress
Wow, she's 99!!

... during my ballet years in the '60's I took lessons from her father, Ernest Belcher. "trainer and coach of many film performers, including Beth Beri, Mary Pickford, Pola Negri, Ramon Navarro, Nanette Fabray and Shirley Temple".

1948 – Terry Bradshaw, American football player

1948 – Christa McAuliffe, American schoolteacher and astronaut (d. 1986)

1951 – Mark Harmon, American actor

1964 – Keanu Reeves, Canadian actor

1966 – Salma Hayek, Mexican actress

All I know. Nuff said. Happy Labor Day/VJ Day. Ciao.
xo Sue Mom Bobo

On September 2, National V-J Day (Victory over Japan Day) recognizes Allied Forces’ victory over Japan during World War II.  Officials announced the surrender of Japan to the Allies on August 15, 1945. The official signing of surrender took place on September 2, 1945, officially ending World War II.  
Six-years of sacrifice and horrors preceded this moment. All around the world, celebrations erupted. However, there would be years of reconciliations, discoveries and coming to terms with the damage done to relations and humanity.

The formal signing of the Japanese Instrument of Surrender took place on board the battleship USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay.  At that time, President Truman declared September 2 to be the official V-J Day. However, over the years, many citizens of the United States celebrated August 14 as V-J Day in conjunction with the European observation on August 15th.  
Interesting that the surrender took place on August 15th which was my Mother's birthday and the treaty was signed on the 2nd of Sept, which is my birthday! Also, I was the first baby born in Los Angeles at 2:03am on VJ Day. My picture, being held by a nurse (top right) was with the other babies born the previous day was put on the front page of the Los Angeles Herald Examiner. No name of course, as I wasn't named Virginia Jane or Valerie June or some VJ name... Susan Leslie wasn't good enough! LOL.