Tuesday, November 05, 2013
Chuck: I got some dead batteries today at the store.
Carl: How much did they cost?
Chuck: Nothing! They were free of charge.
What Western resort town was the first city in the U.S. to be totally governed by women?
Jackson, Wyoming, which elected a woman mayor and women to its four city council seats in 1920, the year the 19th Amendment gave women the right to vote.
The power of TV
A few months before the 1948 presidential election, Republican challenger Thomas Dewey was comfortably leading incumbent Harry Truman. Dewey’s adviser, advertising veteran Rosser Reeves, urged Dewey to film some campaign commercials to air on television in the handful of competitive districts that had TV service—he was told that he could reach thousands of voters for relatively little cost. Dewey rejected the new medium as “undignified” and chose to sit on his lead. Meanwhile, Truman went on a whistle-stop campaign train tour. Dewey’s lead eroded and he lost the election.
In Norway, political campaign ads are banned from TV.