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Today in Black History – February 28

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Phyllis Wheatly was invited to General George Washington’s headquarters in Cambridge, MA, on this date in 1776.  Wheatly had written a poem in his honor.

The play Porgy and Bess, starring Todd Duncan and Anne Browne, opened on Broadway on this date in 1943.

Eddie “Rochester” Anderson, comedian, died on this date in 1977.  Anderson performed over 30 years on both radio and television, with Jack Benny.

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Today in Black History – February 15

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Benjamin Roberts filed the first school integration suit on this day in 1848, on behalf of his daughter, Sarah Roberts, after she was barred from a white school in Boston, MA.

Dr. George Washington Carver, scientist and discoverer of over 300 products from the peanut, was successful in getting a Branch Agricultural Experiment Station and Agricultural School at Tuskegee Normal School on this date in 1897.

Nat King Cole, singer, pianist, and entertainer, died in Santa Monica, CA on this date in 1965.  “Unforgettable”, “Mona Lisa”, “Route 66”, “Nature Boy”, and “The Christmas Song” were some of his most popular songs.

Henry Lewis was named Director of the New Jersey Symphony on this date in 1968.  Lewis was the first black person to direct an American orchestra.

Kweisi Mfume became President and CEO of the NAACP on this date in 1996.

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Uncle Rave and all the ravettes!

A missive from the Big Man!

…I (David L. Hoyt) have a new app out this weekend called WORD SEARCH WORLD TRAVELER. I was wondering if you wanted to let your readers know about the app.

We’re sort of calling this weekend WORD SEARCH WORLD TRAVELER WEEKEND! We’re pushing hard to get the word out today and tomorrow hoping that we make some sort of App Store list like “Hot” or “Trending.” It’s a long shot, but you never know. I basically take the money I make from apps and donate it to the David L. Hoyt Education Foundation, so I’m trying hard to get the word out about WSWT.

I’ve copied and pasted some info below about the app.

WORD SEARCH WORLD TRAVELER is free to download and comes with 500 hand-crafted word search puzzles with more on the way! Plus there’s an awesome daily game.

For more information and links to the app stores, check out:


Word Search games are fun and challenging!  So, now you guys know!  I’m a bit of a Technosaurus, but don’t let that stop you guys!  Check it out, and spread the word.  The proceeds go to a good cause!  Play on, friends!   —   YUR

A Message for Us All

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That includes you too, Antifa!  Heed the words of a great man.  Hate and confrontation just make matters worse.  Be well and do good, friends.   —   YUR

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 07/08/16

I cannot and will not cut my conscience to fit this year’s fashions.”   —   Lillian Hellman

(Great writer, and a very principled woman.  Liked her politics.  Love her mayonnaise!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 04/17/13

English: Video footage of Otto von Bismarck re...

English: Video footage of Otto von Bismarck removing his helmet (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

People never lie so much as after a hunt, during a war or before an election.”   —   Otto Von Bismarck

(Braggadocio, survival and desperation?  That Otto could do it all!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 11/17/12

Français : Essai de restitution des armoiries ...

Français : Essai de restitution des armoiries de Michel Eyquem, seigneur de Montaigne (+1592).Dans ses «Essais» livre I, chapitre 46, il décrit ses armes : «d’azur semé de trèfles d’or, à une patte de lyon de mesme, armée de gueules, mise en fasce» (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Valor is stability, not of legs and arms, but of courage and the soul.”   —   Michel de Montaigne

Français : Frontispice de l'édition Michaud/Fi...

Français : Frontispice de l’édition Michaud/Firmin-Didot des Essais de Michel de Montaigne (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

(Marvelous quote!  And, a pretty challenging solve.  Only two words, and the last name, ended in E.  And, neither single letter words were used.  For me, the placement of the commas, and the two short words following the commas, were the biggest clues.  After discerning that it was all downhill.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

PS.  Loads of pics of paintings and statues of this man – and his castles, and such – but the coat of arms REALLY caught my attention.  Beatutiful!  I decided to give you an additional pic of a painting of him, because I liked the hat he was rocking!  Without the hat he has an ENORMOUS head!  Like Egghead, from Batman.  Not exactly flattering, by today’s standards of beauty.  Maybe back then, but not today.   —   YUR

A 9/11 – 11 Year and 1 Week Anniversary Bonus!

Library sign designed by Jessamyn West

Library sign designed by Jessamyn West (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

From the Thought for Today:

We want the facts to fit the preconceptions.  When they don’t fit it is easier to ignore the facts than to change the preconceptions.”   —   Jessamyn West

(A little ironic that she died in 1984.  Not ironic that she was an American Quaker.  I wonder what she would make of the world today???  Be well, do good, and keep asking questions, friends.)   —   YUR

PS.  Perhaps this quote has been mis-attributed.  There is also a living Jessamyn West, who designed the above sign!  Hmm!      YUR

(Geographic) Jumble Spoiler – 02/09/12

Death Valley

Death Valley (Photo credit: gordon2208)

Visual Description:  Woodstock it ain’t!


Clue/Question:  The concert in Death Valley had . . .


(Is it hot in here, or is it just me?  Another 13 letter answer, today!  Very clever, guys.  I wonder how many of our fellow Jumble fanatics realize that Death Valley is the lowest elevation in North America?!?!  It is way below sea level, and it always registers the hottest temperature in all of the Western hemisphere.  Who said that word games weren’t educational?   I think I drove through some of it, on my way from Los Angeles to Las Vegas, last year.  I’m just glad I was in an air conditioned car . . . and it was only March.

No new clue words today, but the jumbling was good all around.  The answer letter layout was excellent, and the cartoon conveys both heat and desertedness.  Is that our pal Jeff on stage?  Does Death Valley hold concerts for wannabe rock stars?  If so, then sign me up!  Just bring me a bucket!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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