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Daniel Fredrick Bakeman

Today on Day’s to remember, we celebrate how on April 5th 1869, Daniel Fredrick Bakeman, was the last surviving solider of the U.S. Revolutionary War, who had died at the age of 109.

Maybe it’s just me but I find it remarkable when someone can live up to 100 years old, which is why I wanted to write this story, about Daniel Bakeman.

Bakeman died six months before his 110th birthday on April 5, 1869 and is buried in Sandusky Cemetery in Freedom, New York.

According to family tradition Daniel Frederick Bakeman was born of Dutch ancestry about 1760 near the Delaware River in New Jersey. The exact place and names of his parents are not known.

Mr. Bakeman entered the service when he was about seventeen years of age and served as a Private during the last four years of the war. In 1867 he made application for a pension.

It is said that he voted at every presidential election from the founding of the government, casting his first vote for General Washington and his last for General Grant. Mr. Bakeman never grew too old to enjoy a joke.

According to the “Wyoming County Mirror” July 1859 the statement was made that “At Arcade during the 4th of July observance, Mr. W. H. Wilson introduced Daniel Bakeman and wife respectively 100 and 102 years old, both having lived before the Revolution and seen every fourth of July celebrated so far.

Here’s to Daniel Fredrick Bakeman, for living a long and health life!

Written & Designed by JD Mitchell


The Song Called Frosty the Snowman

December 14th Celebrates The Song Called Frosty the Snowman

Today on “Days to Remember” I wanted to write about a Christmas tunes that we love and share during the holiday season, called Frosty the Snow Man, but who wrote Frosty Snow man?

“Frosty the Snowman” (or “Frosty the Snow Man”) is a popular song written by Walter “Jack” Rollins and Steve Nelson, and first recorded by Gene Autry and the Cass County Boys in 1950.

It was written after the success of Autry’s recording of “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” the previous year; Rollins and Nelson shipped the new song to Autry, who recorded “Frosty” in search of another seasonal hit. Like “Rudolph”, “Frosty” was subsequently adapted to other media including a popular television special Frosty the Snowman.

The song recounts the fictional tale of a snowman that is magically brought to life through a silk hat that a group of children find and place on his head.

Although Frosty enjoys roaming throughout town with the children who constructed him, he runs afoul of a traffic cop and leaves town, promising he will be back again someday.

Although it is generally regarded as a Christmas song, the lyrics make no mention of the holiday. The song supposedly takes place in White Plains, New York, or Armonk, New York; Armonk has a parade dedicated to Frosty annually.

The melody is very similar to Let’s Have Another Cup of Coffee which was record in 1942.

Today’s YouTube presentation brought to you by user name, lambiase 1 brings you the cartoon version of the song called Frosty the Snowman.

Although this popular Christmas song, “Frosty the Snowman” doesn’t contain the word “Christmas” in its lyrics, is considered to be a Christmas song despite not mentioning Christmas at all. The song tells of a story of a snowman that comes alive with the help of a magic hat.

In 1969 this song was made into an animated television film, Frosty the Snowman, featuring the voices of Jimmy Durante and Jackie Vernon.
Many of these songs may have become Christmas classics, but unfortunately the album was released on November 22, 1963 the same day US president John F. Kennedy was assassinated.

Where did this song Frosty the Snowman come from?

Frosty originated in the song ‘Frosty the Snowman’ by Steve Nelson and Jack Rollins which then inspired the Golden Book of 1951 adapted by Annie North Bedford and illustrated by Corine Malverne.

The song and book tell of a snowman that comes alive and takes the children who created it on sledding and ice-skating adventures. But Frosty melts when he and the children go to the village to see the shop windows. Golden Books kept Frosty popular for later generations with an animated video narrated by Jimmy Durante in 1969.

Whether or not a snowman can come to life or not, remember this beautiful children’s tale this Christmas, because Christmas is about seeing the love through Christmas through the eyes of children.

Written & Designed by JD Mitchell

Robert Fulton

November 14th Celebrates Robert Fulton

Today on “Days to Remember” we celebrate Robert Fulton who was the inventor and engineer of the steam boat.

Robert Fulton was born on a farm in Little Britain, Pennsylvania, on November 14, 1765.

Fulton stayed in Philadelphia for six years, where he painted portraits and landscapes, drew houses and machinery, and was able to send money home to help support his mother. In 1785 he bought a farm at Hopewell Township in Washington County moved his mother and family into it.

While in Philadelphia, he met Benjamin Franklin, who shared a common interest in because of his scientific and inventing knowledge.

Fulton became caught up in the enthusiasm of the “Canal Mania” and in 1793 began developing his ideas for tub-boat canals with inclined planes instead of locks. He obtained a patent for this idea in 1794 and also began working on ideas for the steam power of boats.

In Paris, Fulton met James Rumsey, where Fulton was an apprentice. Rumsey was an inventor from Virginia who ran his own first steamboat up the Potomac River near Shepherdstown, then in Virginia in 1786.

As early as 1793, Fulton proposed plans for steam-powered vessels to both the United States and British governments, and in England he met the Duke of Bridgewater, whose canal, the first to be constructed in Britain, was being used for trials of a steam tug.

Fulton designed the first working submarine, the “Nautilus” between 1793 and 1797, while living in France. When tested his submarine went underwater for 17 minutes in 25 feet of water. He asked the government to subsidize its construction but he was turned down twice. Eventually he approached the Minister of Marine himself and in 1800 was granted permission to build.

In 1806, Fulton returned to America and married Harriet Livingston, the niece of Robert Livingston and daughter of Walter Livingston. They had four children: Robert, Julia, Mary and Cornelia. In 1807, Fulton and Livingston together built the first commercial steamboat, the “North River Steamboat” (later known as the “Clermont”), which carried passengers between New York City and upstream to the state capital Albany, New York.

As we celebrate Robert Fulton’s birthday today we remember how Steam boat evolved over time, and even though we don’t see many of them today.
There’s a working Steam boat still used today at the various Disneyland Theme Parks.

Written & Designed by JD Mitchell

The First Patent of Water Skis

October 27th Celebrates Water Skis

Today on “Days to Remember” we celebrate how Fred Waller received a patent for water skis on October 27th 1925.

I’ve never been on water skis have you?

Since I never learned how to swim I probably wouldn’t enjoy water skis but what I do enjoy is how this product came available to the consumer.
The actual inventor of the water ski was a fellow by the name of Ralph Wilford Samuelson, the inventor of water skiing, which he first performed in the summer of 1922 in Lake City, Minnesota, just before his 19th birthday.

Samuelson was already skilled at aquaplaning standing on a board while being pulled by a powerboat, but he hoped to create something like snow skiing on the water.

Samuelson did not patent his invention, nor was his work sufficiently publicized at the time to prevent U.S. Patent for water skis from being subsequently issued, on October 27, 1925, to prolific inventor Fred Waller of Huntington, New York. Waller marketed his product as “Dolphin Akwa-Skees,” at Cypress Water Garden.

Today’s YouTube presentation brought to you by user name Jeff Quitney, is a clip from Cypress Gardens Water Skiing Stunts: Aquatic Wizards 1955 Castle Films. As we celebrate the invention of the water skis on October 27th.

Waller later invented the Cinerama wide-screen motion picture system, and in 1952’s “This is Cinerama,” the first feature film released in the panoramic format, like that old saying goes, “When you snooze you lose.”

Samuelson either didn’t have the money to invest in his invention or maybe he wouldn’t think anyone else would think of the same idea he had. However Samuelsson did come up with the idea for water skis in the summer of 1922.

Were there any famous water skiers of our time?

From 1965 to 1974, a fellow by the name of George Athans who was a former Canadian World Champion water skier won 10 consecutive national titles, also known as George Anthans Junior, to distinguish him from his father, Canadian Olympic Hall of Famer George Athans Senior.

Maybe you prefer high jumps during a water skiing event; if that’s so then Freddy Krueger would be your favorite. Freddy, the world record holder for jumping just won the men’s jumping title at the 2nd Global Invitational. He jumped 236 feet for the title.

Are there any famous women water skiers?

I’m glad you asked because there is someone special I wanted to bring to your attention.

Kristi Overton-Johnson holds part of a three-way tie for the World Record in Slalom. Kristi is now retired, but the North Carolina native had a brilliant career as a professional water skier. She began competing at age five, winning the Southern Region Girls Tricks, Jumping, and Overall Record.

Water Skiing is not just a summer time past-time, it is a sport with professionals, who compete around the world, breaking records and improving the sport, as we celebrate the first patent issued for water skis on October 27th.

Written & Designed by JD Mitchell

Anna Edson Taylor

October 24th Celebrates Anna Edson Taylor

Today on “Days to Remember” we celebrate daredevil Anna Edson Taylor who was the first person to go over Niagara Falls in wood barrel, on October 24th 1901.

Did you know Anna Edson Taylor was only 63 years old? When she did that stunt, but who was Anna Edson really?

Annie Edson Taylor was born on October 24, 1838 in Auburn, New York. She was one of eight children; she became a schoolteacher (she received an honors degree in a four-year training course). During her studies she met David Taylor. They were married and had a son who died in infancy. Her husband died soon after. After she was widowed, she spent her working years in between jobs and locales.

Eventually, she ended up in Bay City, Michigan where she hoped to be a dance instructor. Since there were no dance schools in Bay City at that time, Taylor opened her own. Later she moved to Sault Ste. Marie in 1900 to teach music. From Sault Ste. Marie she traveled to San Antonio, Texas where she and a friend got together and went to Mexico City to find work. Unsuccessful, she returned to Bay City.

Desiring to secure her later years financially, and avoid the poorhouse, she decided she would be the first person to ride over Niagara Falls in a barrel. Taylor used a custom-made barrel for her trip, constructed of oak and iron and padded with a mattress.

On October 24, 1901, her 63rd birthday, the barrel was put over the side of a rowboat, and Taylor climbed in, along with her lucky heart-shaped pillow.

After screwing down the lid, friends used a bicycle tire pump to compress the air in the barrel. The hole used for this was plugged with a cork, and Taylor was set adrift near the American shore, south of Goat Island.

The Niagara River currents carried the barrel over the Canadian Horseshoe Falls, which has since been the site for all daredevil stunting at Niagara Falls.

Rescuers reached her barrel shortly after the plunge. Taylor was discovered to be alive and relatively uninjured, except for a small gash on her head.

The trip itself took less than twenty minutes, but it was some time before the barrel was actually opened. After the journey, Annie Taylor told the press: “If it was with my dying breath, I would caution anyone against attempting the feat… I would sooner walk up to the mouth of a cannon, knowing it was going to blow me to pieces than make another trip over the Fall.”

She briefly earned money speaking about her experience, but was never able to build much wealth. Her manager, Frank M. Russell, ran away with her barrel, and most of her savings were used towards private detectives hired to find it. It was eventually located in Chicago, only to permanently disappear some time later.

She spent her final years posing for photographs with tourists at her souvenir stand, attempting to earn money from the New York Stock Exchange, briefly talking about taking a second plunge over the cataracts in 1906, attempting to write a novel, re-constructing her 1901 plunge on film (which was never seen), working as a clairvoyant, and providing magnetic therapeutic treatments to local residents.

Anna Edson Taylor died on April 29, 1921, aged 82, at the Niagara County Infirmary in Lockport, New York. She is interred in the “Stunters Section” of Oakwood Cemetery in Niagara Falls, New York. She died of a disease called morphea.

Like that old saying goes you’re never too old to try something new, and what remarkable woman Anna Edson Taylor was, to go over the Niagara Falls inside a barrel. Now that’s a splash in history!

Written & Designed by JD Mitchell

Adam Sandler

September 9th Celebrates Adam Sandler

Adam Richard Sandler was born September 9, 1966 in Brooklyn, New York, to Judith (Levine), a teacher at a nursery school, and Stanley Sandler, an electrical engineer. His brother is an attorney. One sister is a dentist; the other sister is a waitress.

He is of Russian Jewish descent. At 17, he took his first step towards becoming a stand-up comedian when he spontaneously took the stage at a Boston comedy club. He found he was a natural comic.

While working at a comedy club in L.A., he was “discovered” by Dennis Miller, who recommended him to Saturday Night Live (1975) producer Lorne Michaels and told him that Sandler had a big talent. This led to his being cast in the show in 1990, which he also wrote for in addition to performing.

After Saturday Night Live (1975), Sandler went on to the movies, starring in such hit comedies as Airheads (1994), Happy Gilmore (1996), Billy Madison (1995) and Big Daddy (1999). He has also starred in Mr. Deeds (2002) alongside Winona Ryder; Eight Crazy Nights (2002), an animated movie about the Jewish festival of Chanukah; and Punch-Drunk Love (2002). He also writes and produces many of his own films and has composed songs for several of them, including The Wedding Singer (1998). Sandler has had several of his songs placed on the “Billboard” charts, including the classic “The Chanukah Song”.

Adam Sadler’s beloved dog called Meatball, who also has a section on Adam’s official website with photos and videos, passed away due to a heart attack, at 4 years old. He was the son of Mr. Beefy, the talking dog in Little Nicky (2000). Meatball was best “man” at Sandler’s wedding and was dressed in a tux, with a yarmulka on his head during his wedding on January 27, 2004.

Today’s YouTube video presentation shared by user name Ghost Heart from the movie called Little Nicky played by Adam Sadler is clip of him with the talking Bulldog named Mr. Beefy.

Adam Sandler actually was cast to play Max the taxi driver in “Collateral” (2004) but gave up the role to work on “Spanglish” (2004).

Adam Sandler started his own production company called, “Happy Madison,” derived from his two films, “Happy Gilmore,” and “Billy Madison.

As talented as Adam Sandler we wish him a happy birthday, as we celebrate his birthday today on September 9th on today’s days to remember.

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Valerie Harper

August 22nd Celebrates Valerie Harper

Who remembers Rhoda Morgenstern?

On this day we celebrate Valerie Harpers Birthday, born on August 22nd 1939, in Suffern, New York.

She is best known for her roles as Rhoda Morgenstern in the 1970s television series The Mary Tyler Moore Show and its spin-off, Rhoda, and later as Valerie Hogan in Valerie. She is a four-time Primetime Emmy Award winner. Her notable film roles include Freebie and the Bean (1974), and Chapter Two (1979), both of which garnered her Golden Globe Award nominations.

Today’s YouTube presentation is the theme song from her show called Rhoda, shared by user name TV Gold;

She claims her parents were expecting a boy and after her arrival, her first and middle names derived from that year’s women’s doubles tennis champions, Valerie Scott and Kay Stammers.

She is of French, English, Irish, Scottish, and Welsh ancestry. Harper claims to have based her future character Rhoda Morgenstern on her Italian stepmother, Angela Posillico.

She was raised Catholic, although at an early age she “quit” the church.

After doing slew of Broadway plays and acting in various sitcoms Harper became a member of the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) and ran for president in the 2001 election, losing to Melissa Gilbert for Little House on the Prairie.

Harper married actor Richard Schaal in 1964. They divorced in 1978. Harper later married Tony Cacciotti in 1987; the couple has a daughter by adoption.

In 2009, Harper was diagnosed with lung cancer. She announced on March 6, 2013, that tests from a January hospital stay revealed she has a rare condition in which cancer cells spread into the meninges, the membranes surrounding the brain.

She said her doctors had given her as little as three months’ life expectancy. Although the disease was reported to be incurable, her doctors said they were treating her with chemotherapy in an effort to slow its progress.

As remember Valerie Harper today in wishing her a Happy Birthday, in today’s days to remember.

Written & Designed by JD Mitchell

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