Cryptoquote Spoiler – Flag Day, 2014

Sequence for folding the flag of the United States

Sequence for folding the flag of the United States (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

English: A folded American flag held by a Unit...

English: A folded American flag held by a United States Marine at the funeral of Douglas A. Zembiec. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Here’s to the whole of it, stars, stripes and pole of it.  Here’s to the soul of it, red, white and blue.”   —   John Jay Daly

 

The Knickerbocker theathe

The Knickerbocker theathe (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

(I could have posted this much earlier, but I was distracted in trying to get some real info on the writer of the poem: A Toast To The Flag, from which today’s quote is derived.  The sad thing is that there is much more out there on his son, who was a well known PR guy!  Maybe, it’s just because I use Google.  I know some of our more academic readers use other sites for their searches, but as you know, I’m just a ham and egger.  What I was able to find out is that he was a poet, drama critic and newsman, who worked for the Washington Post.  He lived from 1888 to 1976.  He wrote the famous poem early in his career, back in 1916, although it looks like it was published in 1917.  As a newsman, he gained fame for his coverage of a tragedy known as the Knickerbocker Theater disaster, when a massive snowstorm caused the roof of the Knickerbocker Theater to collapse, on January the 28th, 1922.  There were 98 fatalities and another 133 more were injured, many of whom were musicians who played in the orchestra.  It is known as one of Washington, D.C.’s greatest tragedies.  Ironically, I got most of this info from a Google image, that came up in a John Jay Daly search.  Kind of a big deviation from Happy Flag Day, but . . . whadayagonnado!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

PS.  If you click on the highlighted/underlined Knickerbocker Theater (link) above it brings up actual newsreel footage from 1922.  Very interesting.   —   YUR


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