(Facts listed on FB page this weekend)
Started in 1959 by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, they called them the Grammophone Awards and hoped that they would be nicknamed the Eddies (for Thomas Edison)
U2 has won the most Grammy Awards for a group 22
Georg Solti – the late, great conductor of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra was awarded 33 Grammys during his career.
The EGOT – Grand Slam -- Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony has only been won by 11 performers. Most recently by producer Scott Rubin with his Grammy in 2012. Other honorees include Rita Moreno, Mel Brooks and Whoopi Goldberg (Oscar for Ghost, Daytime Emmy for Whoopi and Grammy and Tony as a producer of Thoroughly Modern Millie)
Richard Rodgers (of Rodgers and Hammerstein) and the late Marvin Hamlisch also won a Pulitzer. The only two with PEGOT.
The 12,000 members of the Academy vote twice – once to establish the nominees- Once to pick the winner.
Spelled Goo gol
A one followed by 100 zeroes. It is 10 raised to the 100th power.
Not significant as itself but easier to say than ten thousand sexdecillion when comparing enormous quantities.
A googolplex is 10 raised to the googol power
Googol and googolplex are Most recently for producer Scott Rubin who won his Grammy in 2012. Other names on this list Mel Brooks, Rita Moreno and Whoopi Goldberg (Whoopi Goldberg !?!). credited to 9 year old Milton Sirotta in 1938. Sirotta was the nephew of a mathematician.
The website Google is a purposeful misspelling of the number. The search engine was originally called BackRub.
Stephen Grover Cleveland (not related to Ohio city – originally Cleaveland)
The fifth of nine children he was named Stephen (with the ph) in honor of the pastor of the Presbyterian church in Caldwell, New Jersey.
Quick Question how many men have been President of the United States – not a trick question related to the Articles of Confederation or Jefferson Davis! 43 !
Even though Barack Obama is the 44th President – Stephen Grover Cleveland is listed as the 22nd and 24th President.
He is remarkable in many ways – not just the never using his given name as an adult – and not just as the only non-consecutive US President.
He is the only Democrat elected President between 1860 and 1912.
He is the only Democrat until FDR to win the popular vote three elections in a row.
He is the only one of the “Bearded Presidents” (Grant to Cleveland) not to serve in the American Civil War. He paid a Polish immigrant $150 to fight for him when drafted. Perfectly legal at the time. McKinley was the last of the US Presidents to serve in the Civil War.
Before becoming President he was Sheriff of Erie County. As sheriff he executed two men by hanging. He could not bring himself to make someone else be executioner. He is the only President to have executed a prisoner.
He was mayor of Buffalo, NY. He was Governor of New York.
As a bachelor lawyer in 1874 – he paid for the child support of a child most likely fathered by his law partner. This revelation in the campaign of 1884 lead to the slogan “Ma Ma, Where’s my Pa” and the Democrat’s rebuttal after November “Off to Washington, Ha Ha Ha”
He married in his second year in office to the lovely Francis Folsom. She was 21 – he was 49. That is the second largest Presidential/First Lady age gap. Slightly creepier – he had acted as the executor of her father’s estate since she was 11. Her father was the law partner in question in the previous bit about the illegitimate child.
At their wedding the first of a President at the Executive Mansion, the Marine Corps Band played – conducted by John Philip Sousa.
He and Francis had 6 children born between 1891 and 1903. Cleveland was 54 years old in 1891 and 66 in 1903.
During his second term he had surgery that removed a cancerous growth from his hard palate. The surgery was conducted on board a ship during a “fishing vacation” and stayed a secret throughout his term.
Cleveland appeared on the $1,000 Bill while it was in circulation.
He is on two of the Presidential Dollar Coins minted in 2012.
Cleveland opposed the annexation of Hawaii but during his administration he negotiated rights to US use of the coaling station known as Pearl Harbor
About Woman’s Suffrage he said “Sensible and Responsible women do not want to vote”
In case you were thinking that partisan politics was a new thing… Democrats in Congress had consistently blocked the addition of new states into the Union in the 1880s because they felt (incorrectly) that they would tend to vote Republican, shifting the balance of power.
As a result Grover Cleveland did not sign ANY bills admitting new states to the Union but Republican Benjamin Harrison, our 23rd President and Grandson of President William Henry Harrison, admitted the most states during any Presidency except Washington’s.
Ready for the Questions ?
1) What are the six states admitted during Benjamin Harrison’s four years in office – states that had been explored 70 years earlier by the Lewis and Clark Expedition?
North and South Dakota, Montana, Washington, Idaho and Wyoming
2) Of these which of these states receives the most Federal tax dollars spent in the state per capita? It is the second least densely populated state after Alaska, it was named for a valley in Pennsylvania and was represented in Congress for 10 years by Dick Cheney.
3) Cheyenne, WY is the second highest state capital city in elevation. What city is the highest elevation for a state capital at 7,260 feet? It is also the oldest city to be a state capital founded in 1610.
Santa Fe, NM
4) What New Jersey recording artist included a song called “Santa Fe” on his first solo album “Blaze of Glory” in 1990?
John Bon Jovi (John Bongiovi, Jr)
5) “Blaze of Glory” included songs from or inspired by Bon Jovi’s work on what 1990 movie sequel?
Young Guns II
6) At the time of the story in Young Guns II, Billy the Kid was an outlaw in the New Mexico Territory. Lew Wallace was Governor of the Territory. After a career as a Union General in the Civil War, Lew Wallace became the best selling American Author of the 19th Century. What book did Lew write that out-sold Uncle Tom’s Cabin in the late 1800s? Its subtitle is A Tale of Christ. It was made into a 1959 Best Picture Oscar Winner.
7) The 1959 film, starring Charlton Heston, and the action of the book starts and ends in what World Capital city?
8) The Old City of Jeruslaem is defined by walls built by what empire? Byzantine, Hebrew House of David, Ottoman Turks or Romans
Ottoman Turks in 1538
9) Turk 182 was a 1985 movie about what sort of public servants in New York City?
Fire Fighters (Robert Urich was an off-duty firefighter injured when he saved a young girl, Timothy Hutton is his younger brother trying to get him health benefits)
10) Originally, professional firefighter companies were organized by what type of businesses? Banks, Home builders, Insurance Companies or Railroads
11) Railroads started a big bulk of the fires of the late 1800s. The Pullman Strike affected the US rail system West of Detroit in 1894. Which President sent US Troops to break up the strike and the American Railworkers Union – headed by future socialist Eugene V Debs?
Stephen Grover Cleveland