FYI September 18, 2020

On This Day

1895 – The Atlanta Exposition Speech on race relations is delivered by Booker T. Washington.
The Cotton States and International Exposition Speech was an address on the topic of race relations given by Booker T. Washington on September 18, 1895. The speech laid the foundation for the Atlanta compromise, an agreement between African-American leaders and Southern white leaders in which Southern blacks would work meekly and submit to white political rule, while Southern whites guaranteed that blacks would receive basic education and due process of law.

The speech,[1] presented before a predominantly white audience at the Cotton States and International Exposition (the site of today’s Piedmont Park) in Atlanta, Georgia, has been recognized as one of the most important and influential speeches in American history.[2] The speech was preceded by the reading of a dedicatory ode written by Frank Lebby Stanton.[3]

Washington began with a call to the blacks, who composed one third of the Southern population, to join the world of work. He declared that the South was where blacks were given their chance, as opposed to the North, especially in the worlds of commerce and industry. He told the white audience that rather than relying on the immigrant population arriving at the rate of a million people a year, they should hire some of the nation’s eight million blacks. He praised blacks’ loyalty, fidelity and love in service to the white population, but warned that they could be a great burden on society if oppression continued, stating that the progress of the South was inherently tied to the treatment of blacks and protection of their liberties.

He addressed the inequality between commercial legality and social acceptance, proclaiming that “The opportunity to earn a dollar in a factory just now is worth infinitely more than the opportunity to spend a dollar in an opera house.” Washington also promoted segregation by claiming that blacks and whites could exist as separate fingers of a hand.

The title “Atlanta Compromise” was given to the speech by W. E. B. Du Bois, who believed it was insufficiently committed to the pursuit of social and political equality for blacks.

Although the speech was not recorded at its initial presentation in 1895, Washington recorded a portion of the speech during a trip to New York in 1908. This recording has been included in the United States National Recording Registry.[4]



Born On This Day

1858 – Kate Booth, English Salvation Army officer (d. 1955)
Catherine Booth-Clibborn (Katie Booth, 18 September 1858 – 9 May 1955) was an English Salvationist and evangelist who extended the Salvation Army into France and Switzerland against local opposition. She was the oldest daughter of William and Catherine Booth. She was also known as “la Maréchale”.




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Fireside Books presents Shelf Awareness for Readers for Friday, September 18, 202

Tribune News Service: Researchers puzzled by ‘crazy’ killer whales attacking boats near Spain
New Life On A Homestead: What’s That Lump On My Chicken’s Chest? Does It Have A Tumor?

Atlas Obscura: Set foot in this Italian “Hell Alley” and more ->
The Passive Voice: Don’t Do Business with Incompetents
By Ayun Halliday, Open Culture: A Long, Guided Tour of New York City Captured in Original Color Film (1937)






By frazeeg: DIY Hammer-In Steel Garden Edging
By Ajaxjones: Jet Propelled Radio Controlled Duck


Little House Big Alaska: Got Fish? Try This Beer Battered Fish Recipe!
By PanSobao: Margherita Pizza-Style Chicken Sandwich
By skeeeeee: Panino Alla Parmigiana – an Italian Delicious Recipe
By Molly Yeh, The Food Network: Chocolate Donuts with Coffee Glaze
The Food Network: Scary Good Halloween Snacks




907 Updates September 18, 2020

KTUU Alaska’s News Source: Father, daughter reunited as hospital makes visitor exception; Suspect arrested in Fairbanks after being on the run for over a week; Anchorage sees uptick in people walking away from halfway houses; Upcycled Yard Art Contest and more ->
KTOO Public Media: ‘It’s darkest before dawn’: Alaska’s Dr. Anne Zink says we need to remain vigilant; Juneau’s unsecured garbage and ‘bumper crop of yearling bears’ are a deadly combination and more ->
KYUK Public Media for Alaska’s Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta: Newtok Native Corporation Sells Land To State To Build Airport In Mertarvik; K300 Brings Good News For Mushers and more ->
Alaska Native News: The Iditarod Committed to Running 2021 Race and more ->
Fairbanks News Webcenter 11: Justice for Peter Horace-Wright: Family of man murdered in Fairbanks calls for answers and more ->
The Arctic Sounder: FBI brings charges against former head of oil exploration company; Kaktovik opens interim school after fire; OPINION: Protecting public employees through telework and more ->
Craig Medred: Getting played
49 Writers Blog: Andromeda Romano-Lax: Asking for Help
By Carey Seward, Only In Your State Alaska: This Mouthwatering Ice Cream Trail In Alaska Is All You’ve Ever Dreamed Of And More

Military September 18, 2020 Former SecDef Mattis Delivers Moving Tribute to Grammy Winner, Navy Vet Bill Withers; See What Might Be Civil War-Era Ghosts Caught on Camera at Gettysburg; US Military Working Dogs Should Be American-Born, Senator Says and more ->

Task & Purpose: Stop what you’re doing and watch this Army general’s emotional speech about the cost of war; The US is officially banning TikTok and WeChat over national security concerns; Air Force special operators are learning new tricks to fight in the tough Arctic environment; A former Navy fighter pilot describes one of the most terrifying moments of his career and more ->

DOD: Media Advisory: Deputy Secretary of Defense David L. Norquist Hosts the DOD 2020 National POW/MIA Recognition Day Commemoration; Esper Talks With Sailors About Navy’s Role in National Security and more ->




Quotes September 18, 2020

During the Constitutional Convention, Elbridge Gerry wanted to introduce a clause limiting the standing Army to only a few thousand soldiers. Washington, from the dais, muttered that they should then write a clause limiting invading armies to that number as well.
The Angry Staff Officer
No man is entitled to the blessings of freedom unless he be vigilant in its preservation.”
Gen. Douglas MacArthur
“True patriotism isn’t cheap. It’s about taking on a fair share of the burden of keeping America going.”
Robert Reich
“If you wage war, do it energetically and with severity. This is the only way to make it shorter and consequently less inhuman.”
Napoléon Bonaparte
“I can’t see how a single man could spend his time to better advantage than in the Marines.”
Sergeant Major Daniel Joseph “Dan” Daly
“A pint of sweat will save a gallon of blood.”
General George Smith Patton, Jr.
“A good Navy is not a provocation to war. It is the surest guaranty of peace.”
President Theodore Roosevelt
“They’ve got us surrounded — the poor bastards.”
An unnamed medic

Music September 18, 2020



FYI September 15, 16 & 17, 2020

On This Day

1530 – Appearance of the miraculous portrait of Saint Dominic in Soriano in Soriano Calabro, Calabria, Italy; commemorated as a feast day by the Roman Catholic Church 1644–1912.

Saint Dominic in Soriano (Italian: San Domenico in Soriano; Spanish: Santo Domingo en Soriano) was a portrait of Saint Dominic (1170–1221) which was from 1530 an important artefact in the Dominican friary at Soriano Calabro in southern Italy. It was believed to be of miraculous origin, and to inspire miracles. It was the subject of a Roman Catholic feast day celebrated on 15 September from 1644 to 1913. Its miraculous origin was the subject of several 17th-century paintings. Several ecclesiastical buildings have been named after it. The painting may no longer exist.


1880 – The Cornell Daily Sun prints its first issue in Ithaca, New York. The Sun is the United States’ oldest, continuously-independent college daily.
The Cornell Daily Sun is an independent daily newspaper published in Ithaca, New York by students at Cornell University and hired employees.

The Sun features coverage of the university and its environs as well as stories from the Associated Press and UWIRE. It prints on weekdays when the university is open for academic instruction as a tabloid-sized daily. In addition to these regular issues, The Sun publishes a graduation issue and a freshman issue, which is mailed to incoming Cornell freshmen before their first semester. The paper is free on campus and online.

Aside from a few full-time production and business positions, The Sun is staffed by Cornell students and is fully independent of the university. It operates out of its own building in downtown Ithaca. The Sun is currently the number one college newspaper in the United States, according to The Princeton Review.[1]



1961 – The world’s first retractable roof stadium, the Civic Arena, opens in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
The Civic Arena, formerly the Civic Auditorium and later Mellon Arena, was an arena located in Downtown Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Civic Arena primarily served as the home to the Pittsburgh Penguins, the city’s National Hockey League (NHL) franchise, from 1967 to 2010.[5]

Constructed in 1961 for use by the Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera (CLO), it was the brainchild of department store owner Edgar J. Kaufmann. It was the first retractable roof major-sports venue in the world, covering 170,000 square feet (16,000 m2), constructed with nearly 3,000 tons of Pittsburgh steel and supported solely by a massive 260-foot (79 m) long cantilevered arm on the exterior.[2] Even though it was designed and engineered as a retractable-roof dome, the operating cost and repairs to the hydraulic jacks halted all full retractions after 1995, and the roof stayed permanently closed after 2001.[6] The first roof opening was during a July 4, 1962, Carol Burnett show to which she exclaimed “Ladies and Gentlemen…I present the sky!”[7]

The Civic Arena hosted numerous concerts, the circus, political and religious rallies, roller derbies as well as contests in hockey, basketball, fish tournament weigh-ins, pro tennis, boxing, wrestling, lacrosse, football, ice skating championships, kennel shows, and soccer. The structure was used as the backdrop for several major Hollywood films, most prominently Sudden Death in 1995. Prior to its demise, it was known as Mellon Arena, named for Mellon Financial, specifically American businessman and 49th Secretary of the Treasury Andrew W. Mellon, which purchased the naming rights in 1999. Their naming rights expired on August 1, 2010, and the arena was once again known as the Civic Arena.[8]

The Civic Arena closed on June 26, 2010. The former Mellon naming rights expired soon after, and the Penguins and all other events moved across the street to the new Consol Energy Center – now PPG Paints Arena. After various groups declined historic status for the venue, it was demolished between September 2011 – March 2012. In its place, existing public parking lots in the area were expanded over the entire site. Two of the many streets stricken from the city’s street plan when the arena was originally built were subsequently re-extended back through the site: Wylie Street and Fullerton Street.[9] The Penguins have the rights to redevelop the property and a preliminary plan exists for residential units, retail space and office space.[10]


Born On This Day

1828 – Alexander Butlerov, Russian chemist and academic (d. 1886)
Alexander Mikhaylovich Butlerov (Алекса́ндр Миха́йлович Бу́тлеров; 15 September 1828 – 17 August 1886) was a Russian chemist, one of the principal creators of the theory of chemical structure (1857–1861), the first to incorporate double bonds into structural formulas, the discoverer of hexamine (1859), the discoverer of formaldehyde (1859) and the discoverer of the formose reaction (1861). He first proposed the idea of possible tetrahedral arrangement of valence bonds in carbon compounds in 1862.

The crater Butlerov on the Moon is named after him.

Alexander Butlerov was born in Chistopol into a landowning family.

1891 – Stephanie von Hohenlohe, Austrian-German spy (d. 1972)
Stephanie Julianne von Hohenlohe, born Stephany Julienne Richter (16 September 1891 – 13 June 1972) was an Austrian princess by her marriage to the diplomat Prince Friedrich Franz von Hohenlohe-Waldenburg-Schillingsfürst, a member of the princely Hohenlohe family. She was born a commoner, allegedly of Jewish family background.

A Hungarian national, she relocated to London after her divorce from the prince, where she is suspected of having acted as a spy for Germany during the 1930s. She developed close connections among the Nazi hierarchy, including Adolf Hitler. She also developed other influential relationships, including with Harold Sidney Harmsworth, 1st Viscount Rothermere, and promoted British support for Germany while living in London from 1932. The British, French and Americans all suspected her of being a spy for the German Government.[1] During the 1930s, she was awarded the Gold Medal of the Nazi Party for her services.[2]

Fleeing from Britain to San Francisco in 1939 after war was declared, she was put under surveillance by the US government. After the attack on Pearl Harbor she was arrested by the FBI and interned in the United States as an enemy alien. She provided information to the Office of Strategic Services which was used in a 1943 report on the personality of Adolf Hitler. In May 1945 she was released on parole and returned to Germany, where she cultivated influential connections in post-war German society.


1867 – Vera Yevstafievna Popova, Russian chemist (d. 1896)
Vera Yevstafievna Popova, née Vera Bogdanovskaya (Вера Евстафьевна Попова; 17 September 1867 – 8 May 1896) was a Russian chemist. She was one of the first female chemists in Russia,[3] and the first Russian female author of a chemistry textbook.[4] She “probably became the first woman to die in the cause of chemistry” as a result of an explosion in her laboratory.[5]






907 Updates September 15, 16 & 17 2020

KTUU Alaska’s News Source: Watch out for winds in higher elevations and along Turnagain Arm; Kenai City Council member charged with two DUIs in three months; Inside the Gates: Military families and virtual learning; Anchorage Senior Chorus celebrates member’s 97th birthday and more ->
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Music September 17, 2020








Quotes September 17, 2020

Quotes courtesy of Lori Deschene/Tiny Buddha

“Relax. Nothing is under control.”
Adi Da Samraj
“Being a mother is learning about strengths you didn’t know you had and dealing with fears you never knew existed.”
Linda Wooten
“If you want something you’ve never had, you must be willing to do something you’ve never done.”
Thomas Jefferson
“Vulnerability is hard. And it’s scary, and it feels dangerous. But it’s not as hard, scary, or dangerous as getting to the end of our lives and having to ask ourselves, ’What if I would have shown up?’”
Brené Brown

We lived under extreme stress for five years, up every night with our son, constantly in the hospital. I think the only thing worse than being in a war zone is being in intensive care for twelve months and seeing children die next to you.
Thomas Westenholz
“Wounded children have a rage, a sense of failed justice that burns in their souls. What do they do with that rage? Since they would never harm another, they turn that rage inward. They become the target of their own rage.”
Woody Haiken
“Quiet the voice telling you to do more and be more, and trust that in this moment, who you are, where you are at, and what you are doing is enough. You will get to where you need to be in your own time. Until then, breathe. Breathe and be patient with yourself and your process. You are doing the best you can to cope and survive amid your struggles, and that’s all you can ask of yourself. It’s enough. You are enough.”
Daniell Koepke

Military September 15, 16 & 17 2020

Task & Purpose: Report: Exact cause of Air Force commando swim death still unknown; A Navy veteran could lose his home in a dispute over a flagpole; Alwyn Cashe just took the field on the helmet of a Steelers player and former Army Ranger; A new proposal would prevent troops killed in training exercises from being buried at Arlington National Cemetery and more -> Veteran Suicide Prevention Bills Will Move Forward After Committees Reach Compromise; Former Missile Defense Agency Chief Harassed Female Employee for 7 Years, IG Finds; Divers in Southeast Asia May Have Found US Submarine Lost in WWII and more ->
DOD: Feature Know Your Military Sports Heroes Who Served: Pro Football Player to Formidable Marine; Vice Chairman Discusses Weapons of Mass Destruction at Symposium and more ->