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Tuesday, June 29, 2021

Weather ~ Picture of the Day ~ 5 Things You Didn't Know About Ronald Reagan ~ Carolina Shredded Chicken Sandwich ~ David Smail ~ National Camera Day


Good 60º clear sunny morning. 
Yesterday afternoon we topped at 109º and then it got windy and clouds moved in and the temperatures dropped back into the double digits. 
Picture of the Day

5 Things You Didn't Know About Ronald Reagan


On June 5, 2004, Ronald Reagan, the 40th president of the United States, died in Los Angeles at age 93 after a long struggle with Alzheimer's disease. Here are 5 things you probably didn't know about Ronald Reagan.

He Was Almost Killed By A Chimpanzee
Ronald Reagan became famous for his role in Bedtime for Bonzo in 1951, which co-starred a chimpanzee. Peggy, the chimp's name, grew enamored with the tie Reagan wore in one scene and began pulling on it like a rope. Refusing to let go, she squeezed the knot to the size of a fingernail. After finally being released, Reagan was tended to by crew personnel who had to cut the tie off his neck.
 Jelly Beans Became a Reagan Trademark

Reagan began snacking on jelly beans in 1966, shortly after he gave up pipe smoking. Goelitz Candy, which produced his favored jelly bean, sent him shipments from 1967 to 1975 when Reagan served as Governor of California. The company continued to ship its jelly beans to the White House throughout Reagan's eight years in office. They were even granted authorization to distribute jelly bean jars bearing the official presidential seal to be given out at functions.
He Was An Informant For The FBIReagan served as the Screen Actors Guild chairman from the late 1940s into the early 1950s. In 1947, he worked with the FBI as an informer, providing the Feds with the names of actors suspected of being Communist Party members or sympathizers.  J Edgar Hoover, who regarded Reagan as an ally, took an interest in the development of his political career. Shortly before Reagan launched his candidacy for governor of California, the FBI discovered that his adopted son, Michael, had unknowingly become good friends with the son of Mafia boss Joseph 'Joe Bananas' Bonnano. Hoover arranged for a discreet tip-off to Reagan, warning him to end the association before it became an embarrassment.
His Nickname, The "Gipper," Came From a Movie
Reagan was given the nicknames Ronnie and Dutch as a child due to his Dutch boy haircut. However, it was during his time in Hollywood that he earned his most famous nickname, Gipper. He starred in the film Knute Rockne, All American as football player George Gipp. While on his deathbed, the character gives the iconic line "Win just one for the Gipper." 
He Was the Voice of the Chicago Cubs
After graduating from Eureka College in 1932, Reagan began his professional career as a sports announcer for WHO Radio in Des Moines, Iowa, and became the voice of the Chicago Cubs. But rather than being at the game, he would recreate the action from nothing but a slip of paper typed by a telegraph operator who was transcribing plays sent by Morse code. On June 7, 1934, with the Cubs and the Cardinals tied 0-0 in the ninth inning, with Billy Jurges at-bat and Dizzy Dean out on the mound, the line went dead. Rather than lose his audience, Reagan improvised a streak of foul balls that lasted nearly twelve minutes until the wire came back.
From Mr. Food


What do you get when you pair BBQ-smothered, juicy chicken thighs with homemade coleslaw, and place it between the buns of a crusty roll? Just the most incredible Carolina Shredded Chicken Sandwich you've ever tasted! This sandwich is summer spectacular!


  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • 1 large onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup barbecue sauce
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 (16-ounce) package coleslaw mix
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 4 kaiser or potato rolls, cut in half and toasted


  1. In a large skillet over medium-high heat, cook chicken and onion 12 to 15 minutes, or until onion begins to brown. Stir in barbecue sauce, water, and brown sugar, cover, and cook 8 to 10 minutes, or until no pink remains in the chicken.
  2. Remove chicken to a cutting board. Using 2 forks, shred chicken by pulling it apart. Return chicken to skillet and stir until evenly coated with sauce. Over medium heat, cook 2 to 3 minutes, or until heated through.
  3. Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, combine coleslaw, oil, vinegar, granulated sugar, salt, and pepper; mix well.
  4. Divide chicken mixture evenly over rolls, top with coleslaw, and serve.


***Wanna give this a rich, smoky flavor? Cook it or reheat it in a cast iron skillet on the grill. It's perfect for summer entertaining!

Special birthday today.... one of "our sons" ... and retired LASD, David Smail is celebrating today. He was an Explorer Scout at Temple, worked at the coroner's office before becoming a Deputy. HAPPY BIRTHDAY DAVID!

                                  ^1980... David with my Kristen and Brian
Historically this date......
1974 – Mikhail Baryshnikov defects from the Soviet Union to Canada while on tour with Bolshoi Ballet.

1995 – The Sampoong Department Store collapses in the Seocho-gu district of Seoul,South Korea, killing 501 and injuring 937.

2006 – Hamdan v. Rumsfeld: The U.S. Supreme Court rules that President George W. Bush's plan to try Guantanamo Bay detainees in military tribunals violates U.S. and international law.

2007 – Apple Inc. releases its first mobile phone, the iPhone.

2012 – A derecho (wind storm!) strikes the eastern United States, leaving at least 22 people dead and millions without power.

And births this date..
1919 – Slim Pickens, American actor (d. 1983)

1944 – Gary Busey, American actor  (creepy!!!)

1962 – George D. Zamka, American colonel, pilot, and
All I know. Nuff said. Have a good Tuesday. Ciao.
xo Sue Mom Bobo

Everything comes into focus on June 29th each year when we recognize National Camera Day. The day commemorates photographs, the camera, and their invention. A camera is an irreplaceable tool used to record and replicate memories, events, and people/places. Before the invention of the camera, the only resource to document a vision was a painting. Capturing an image of a person or place in a drawing took time and skill. Very few people can perfectly draw the likeness of someone, let alone capture the essence of an event.
The power of a camera provided many with a simple, inexpensive, and fast solution. George Eastman, also known as “The Father of Photography,” brought the camera to the masses. While he did not invent the camera, he did develop many additions improving the use, ease, and production of the camera. His developments made the camera widely available to homes around the world.
While the first cameras were large and bulky, each later design evolved until some cameras were as small as a pen. Today’s digital cameras have many features and variations, making them appealing to people of all ages for personal and professional use. The portable and easy to use features not only allow us to take photos quickly, but we can also edit them on the fly. Smartphones with built-in cameras include features that allow us to share photos instantly, too.
Taking photos has become so easy, that according to Business Insider, in 2017 over 1.2 trillion digital photos were taken. From a large boxy camera to one that fits in our pocket, cameras have come a long way.


Whether photography is a hobby or your profession, celebrate the day by taking photos. Snap a picture of something or someone you enjoy and cherish the memory. But taking pictures isn’t the only way to celebrate.
  • Take a photography class.
  • Teach someone how to take outstanding photos.
  • Expand your photography skills by learning more about your camera.
  • Try a different style of photography or camera.
Everything about taking quality photos begins with the best equipment you can find.