Friday, June 14, 2013
Day! Long may it wave!
A teacher was showing her class a poster with many national flags on it. She pointed to the American flag and asked her students, “Can anyone tell me what flag this is?”
“That’s the flag of our country,” a little girl yelled out.
“That’s right,” said the teacher. “And what is the name of our country?”
“’Tis of thee,” the girl said proudly.
What—other than its enormous size—was unusual about the U.S. flag displayed in Lompoc, California, on the first Flag Day after the 2001 terrorist attack?
It was created with flowers—more than 400,000 red, white, and blue larkspur plants, each with four or five flower stems. The 740-by-390-foot proportionally accurate flag covered 6.65 acres. Its stars were 24 feet in diameter.
The Wonder Years (1989–93)
The sitcom, set in the late 1960s and early ’70s, depicted a teenager growing up in the suburbs. The title of the show wasn’t a reference to the “wonder” a kid feels as he discovers the world—it came from a 1960s ad campaign for Wonder Bread, which told kids to eat it through their “wonder years” of adolescence.
(I didn't know that!!)
TV cop Dennis Farina (Crime Story, Law & Order) was a real Chicago cop for 18 years.