FYI September 19, 2018

On This Day

 
 
1796 – George Washington’s Farewell Address is printed across America as an open letter to the public.
George Washington’s Farewell Address is a letter written by first President of the United States George Washington to “friends and fellow-citizens”.[1] He wrote the letter near the end of his second term of presidency, before retiring to his home at Mount Vernon in Virginia.

It was originally published in David C. Claypoole’s American Daily Advertiser on September 19, 1796 under the title “The Address of General Washington To The People of The United States on his declining of the Presidency of the United States”, and it was almost immediately reprinted in newspapers across the country and later in pamphlet form.[2] The work was later named the “Farewell Address” as it was Washington’s valedictory after 20 years of service to the new nation. It was published about ten weeks before the presidential electors cast their votes in the 1796 presidential election. It is a classic statement of republicanism, warning Americans of the political dangers which they must avoid if they are to remain true to their values.

The first draft was originally prepared by James Madison in June 1792, as Washington contemplated retiring at the end of his first term in office.[3] However, he set aside the letter and ran for a second term after the disputes between Secretary of the Treasury Alexander Hamilton and Secretary of State Thomas Jefferson, which convinced him that growing tensions would rip apart the country without his leadership, including divisions between the newly formed Federalist and Democratic-Republican parties, and the current state of foreign affairs.[4]

As his second term came to a close four years later, Washington prepared a revision of the original letter with the help of Alexander Hamilton to announce his intention to decline a third term in office. He also reflects on the emerging issues of the American political landscape in 1796, expresses his support for the government eight years after the adoption of the Constitution, defends his administration’s record, and gives valedictory advice to the American people.[5]

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Born On This Day

 
 
1889 – Sarah Louise Delany, American physician and author (d. 1999)
Sarah Louise “Sadie” Delany (September 19, 1889 – January 25, 1999) was an American educator and civil rights pioneer who was the subject, along with her younger sister, Elizabeth “Bessie” Delany, of the New York Times bestselling oral history, Having Our Say, by journalist Amy Hearth. Sadie was the first African-American permitted to teach domestic science at the high-school level in the New York public schools, and became famous, with the publication of the book, at the age of 103.

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FYI

 
 

By Bill Friskics-Warren: Big Jay McNeely, 91, Dies; R&B’s ‘King of the Honkers’
 
 
By Lauren Onkey: Hear The Revolutionary R&B Of Big Jay McNeely, Honking Proto-Rocker
 
 
Cecil James McNeely (April 29, 1927 – September 16, 2018),[2][3] better known as Big Jay McNeely, was an American rhythm and blues saxophonist.
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By Margalit Fox: Alan Abel, Hoaxer Extraordinaire, Is (on Good Authority) Dead at 94
“A few hundred years ago, I would have been a court jester,” he told The Plain Dealer of Cleveland in 2007. His primary intent, Mr. Abel often said, was “to give people a kick in the intellect.”
 
 

Alan Irwin Abel (August 2, 1924 – September 14, 2018)was an American prankster, hoaxer, writer, and mockumentary filmmaker famous for several hoaxes that became media circuses.

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Alan Abel website
 
 
 
 
By Justin T. Westbrook: Burning Man’s Boeing 747 Is Stuck in the Nevada Desert
 
 
 
 
By Dan McQuade: Golf Digest Helped Free An Innocent Man From Prison
 
 
 
 
Longreads – Laurie Penny: No, I Will Not Debate You Civility will never defeat fascism, no matter what The Economist thinks.
 
 
 
 

Maria Popova’s Brain Pickings: How We Spend Our Days Is How We Spend Our Lives: Annie Dillard on Choosing Presence Over Productivity
 
 
 
 
By Rob Delaney: Henry
The hole in his throat is about the same circumference as a bullet hole. I’ve gotten to know his tracheotomy nurse rather well. She was a captain in the British Territorial Army and served in Iraq and Afghanistan. She also helped turn Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children into a triage unit for adults on the day of the bombings in London on July 7th, 2005, which killed 52 people. So even though I fucking hate what she’s taught me to do to my beautiful baby boy’s neck, I’m grateful to have her around to talk me back to sanity afterward.
 
 
 
 
By Dan Peleschuk: The Chess Grandmaster Battling Latvian Money Laundering – Can Finance Minister Dana Reizniece-Ozola outsmart Latvia’s money launderers?
 
 
 
 
By Rozena Crosman: When Thousands Struck Back Against the USSR … by Singing
 
 

 
 
 
 
By Tom Schad: Group of Pro Football Hall of Famers threaten boycott as they seek insurance, pay from NFL
 
 
 
 
By JD Handy: More Rain Than Shine: book review of, How To Grow Vegetables In Sitka, Alaska. By Lori Adams
 
 
 
 
By Julian Dossett: Journalism in an Instant: How Livestreaming is Changing Our News
 
 
 
 
By Christine Schmidt: How the Broke in Philly collaboration is focusing local media’s attention on poverty and economic mobility
“As journalists, we’re taught to be competitive and territorial. On the other hand, things are changing dramatically, so don’t assume other people in your local market don’t want to collaborate.”
 
 
 
 

By Brian Jacobs: How We Made “Billions of Birds Migrate” National Geographic’s web-based takeoff on the classic bird migration print poster
 
 
 
 
By Heather Chapman: Some rural areas are slow to embrace legal marijuana
 
 
 
 
By Heather Chapman: Mental health worker makes house calls in rural Idaho
 
 
 
 

Kanoe Namahoe: Mike Rowe on what his guidance counselor got wrong
 
 
mikeroweWORKS Foundation
 
 
 
 
By Michael Petrou: Re-examining Lippmann’s Legacy Journalists are still grappling with many of the issues that defined Walter Lippmann’s extraordinary career
 
 
 
 

By JR Raphael: As Inbox fades away, here’s how to get its best features in Gmail
 
 
 
 
By Julia Malacoff – Glassdoor: Phone interview coming up? Don’t make these mistakes
 
 
 
 
DriveTribe News: THIS SELF-DRIVING CAR WAS MADE 50 YEARS BEFORE TESLA, The Worlds First Hydrogen Train Has Been Launched and more ->
 
 
 
 
The Pete Duel Memorial Site
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 

Ideas

 
 
The Bajan Texan: DIY Hexagon Cork Board for your Vision Board or Wall Organization
 
 
 
 
Elena K, Hometalk Team Hometalker Ozone Park, NY: Easy Grout Cleaner (and Swiffer Hack) for Under $8
 
 
 
 
Scrappy Geek: 15 EASY DIY Halloween Decorations!
 
 
 
 
By Hometalk Highlights: 27 Techniques To Instantly Take Your Decor To Another Level Sometimes it’s the small changes that are the wow factors
 
 
 
 
By Chas’ Crazy Creations: To Grandma’s House we go! (Wednesday Link Party #105)
 
 


 
 

 
 

Recipes

 
 
By Stacey Ballis: How to make Bloody Mary scones, a brunch game-changer