On Monday, February 29, 1960, in Minneapolis, Dad wrote in his diary, “8° below to 15° above. COLD. Got the speedometer cable greased.” He liked to record the high and low temperatures each day. This was probably due to his early life as a farmer in Iowa - weather conditions are foremost in the minds of farmers.
On Wednesday, February 28, 1951, I had surgery at Muscatine's Hershey Hospital to have a checker-size tumor removed. It was the size of a checker, but we found out later that it was not malignant. That was a relief.
On Friday, February 27, 1953, Dale listened on the radio as the Muscatine high school basketball team beat Davenport, 55 to 52. I went to the game and then to Fun Night downtown at the YWCA. That was a teen dance held most Friday evenings, and this year was my sophomore year.
Another definition from my cousin, Margie -
BEAUTY PARLOR: A place where women curl up and dye.
On Tuesday, February 25, 1964, Cassius Clay (who would be Muhammad Ali later) became world heavyweight boxing champion by defeating Sonny Liston in Miami Beach. Below: Cassius Clay.
On Tuesday, February 24, 1942, radio’s “Voice of America” made its first broadcast in Europe. It now provides a wide range of programming for broadcast on radio, TV, and the Internet outside of the U.S. in 44 languages. The official website is www.voanews.com. VOA radio and television broadcasts are distributed by satellite, cable, and on FM, AM, and shortwave radio frequencies. They are streamed on individual language service websites, social media sites and mobile platforms. VOA has more than 1,200 affiliate and contract agreements with radio and television stations and cable networks worldwide.
On Sunday, February 23, 1941, Dad and I drove around St. Paul, looking for a ski jump. (The diary does not say whether or not we found any – I think we were just out for a ride.)
On February 22, 1955, the Muscatine High School Boys' Quartet, under the direction of Max Collins, recorded some songs at Muscatine’s radio station, KWPC (“Keep Watching the Port City”). I carried one of the records we made around the country whenever I moved, for many years. Below are me (second tenor), Larry Misel (first tenor), John Evans (baritone), and Jerry Hufford (bass), with accompanist Judy Smith.
On this date in 1951, a Wednesday, Dale drove his mother Jettie from Muscatine to the Burlington train station for her return trip to Osceola. She was ready to move into town from her farm house four miles east of Osceola on U.S. Highway 34, where her husband, Williams Gardner, had died a little over two months earlier.
Fifty years ago today (hard to believe, isn't it?), John Glenn made three orbits around the earth. Three months later, Scott Carpenter became the second American to orbit the earth. Below, Glenn on the left, Carpenter on the right.