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2018 Highlights from Posts on the Old Site

10 Life Lessons from Iris Apfel

Posted by H5O 1.0 FOREVER on July 5, 2018 at 11:00 AM

There's more from Iris Apfel, New York City's ageless fashion maven, whose new book, Iris Apfel: Accidental Icon, came out in March of this year. In the attached article, she gives ten life lessons about how to be happy, no matter what your circumstances or how old you may be.

Read what she has to say: https://www.cnbc.com/2018/03/29/10-life-lessons-from-96-year-old-iris-apfel.html

SS Jeremiah O'Brien 75th Anniversary

 Posted by H5O 1.0 FOREVER on June 25, 2018 at 6:10 AM

 

This year marks the 75th anniversary since the liberty ship SS Jeremiah O’Brien entered service during World War II. It is one of only two remaining operational liberty ships. Volunteer crewmembers of the O’Brien celebrated with a party. A cake was created that resembled a scale model of the ship by Debbie Does Cakes of Oakland, California. It was lowered into the hold of the ship for the occasion. If you are on Facebook, you can see pictures of the cake:

From SS Jeremiah O’Brien National Liberty Ship. https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10212268586054112&set=pcb.10212268591814256&type=3&theater (multiple photos)

From Debbie Does Cakes. https://www.facebook.com/pg/debbiedoescakes/photos/?tab=album&album_id=10155685282172507

"Man of the West" DVDs On Sale

 Posted by H5O 1.0 FOREVER on June 14, 2018 at 8:05 AM

 

This just in from Mike Quigley:

Kino Lorber is having a huge sale on Man of the West. DVDs are $7.98, and BluRays are $10.48. https://www.kinolorber.com/product/man-of-the-west-blu-ray  The distributor of classic film is also offering many other DVDs and Blu Rays for as much as 70% off retail. Mike said to be aware that shipping charges are high for small purchases, yet free for purchases in excess of $50.00. Kino Lorber is located in New York City and ships only to the US and Canada.

 

Not Just a Farming Community, Anymore

 Posted by H5O 1.0 FOREVER on June 7, 2018 at 10:15 AM

 

Germantown, New York: It’s Not Just a Farming Community, Anymore.  Jack’s grandparents O’Brien owned an apple orchard and farm out from Germantown, New York. There, Jack learned to ride horses and, presumably, pick apples. There, he spent his summers in the years before he began going out to sea to help support his family during the Depression of the 1930s. In those days, Germantown was just a sleepy, dusty Hudson Valley town. Today, it is rapidly becoming the latest Yuppie stronghold in that valley. This article sheds a bit of light on the town’s changing identity, even as the photographs show what it was like when Jack knew it.

 

Read more about it:  Neilson, Laura. A Vibrant Upstate New York Town, Set Against a Quaint Backdrop. New York Times Style Magazine. October 26, 2016. https://www.nytimes.com/2016/10/26/t-magazine/travel/germantown-hudson-valley-new-york-guide.html

 

 

We Remember D-Day

 Posted by H5O 1.0 FOREVER on June 6, 2018 at 11:25 AM

 

The Landing at Normandy (June 6, 1944).  On this date, 74 years ago, 6,330 Allied ships landed at Normandy, France, in what was known as Operation Overlord. They carried . . .

195,700 Navy and Merchant Marine personnel

160,000 Army and Marine troops

10,440 airplanes

14,050 vehicles and tanks

representing the Allied Nations of the United States, Great Britain, and Canada. The number of casualties suffered in the invasion was 14,000 (3.9%). The next time you relax at the beach, remember what these men did when they visited the beach on D-Day.

Read more about it:  Pay for Merchant Mariners in World War II

Statistics amended with numbers provided by the SS Jeremiah O'Brien, 

one of two currently operational World War II liberty ships:

Did you Know?

Posted by H5O 1.0 FOREVER on June 4, 2018 at 10:30 PM

 

When a merchant mariner's ship was torpedoed, his pay stopped immediately! Even if he spent days on a lifeboat, rowing for his life, he did not receive pay following the loss of his ship. In contrast, members of the Navy serving aboard the same ship were paid every day. 

 

Source: Sheila Sova, spokesperson for American Merchant Mariners of World War II

About Landscape Photography

 Posted by H5O 1.0 FOREVER on May 23, 2018 at 12:30 PM

Peter Eastway, an award-winning photographer from New South Wales, Australia, acknowledges that landscape (or nature) photography can be dull. Unlike Danno, however, he insists that it doesn't have to be -- and his work proves his point.

 

The idea is to let light and composition tell the tale. Of course, if you have a quarter-million penguins dotting the landscape, such as he photographed on South Georgia Island, Antarctica, all the better.

 

See some of Mr. Eastway's outstanding photography: http://www.petereastway.com/

Richmond Hill Celebrates Its 150th Anniversary!

 Posted by H5O 1.0 FOREVER on May 21, 2018 at 4:25 AM

 

"The Kindness Diaries"

 Posted by H5O 1.0 FOREVER on May 17, 2018 at 9:20 AM

 

Fed up with his upscale life in California, Leon Leogothetis sets out on his yellow vintage motorcycle (with sidecar) for a journey around the world. The kicker: He has no money, no food, no place to sleep, and no gasoline. He relies on the kindness of strangers to keep going.

 

Along the way, he is allowed to share the hospitality of a homeless man in Pittsburgh. He sleeps in the doorway of a mission and shares his food. In return, he and his production team give the man an apartment and the cost of a certification program to help him begin his life anew, able to care for himself.

 

He even finds a captain of a merchant ship who agrees to let him work his (and his motorcyle's) way to Europe. The captain and his crew teach Leon the basic skills needed to run a ship, from swabbing the deck to maintaining the engines. He and another member of the crew talk about the highs and the lows of being a merchant mariner.

 

He is invited to stay at a financially strapped orphanage in Calcutta. Through the years, they have cared for more than 50,000 children. They give Leon a place to sleep, meals to eat, and gas for his motorbike. In return, he gives them sports equipment for the children, two filtering systems for their fresh water supply, and a new library with 1000 books.

 

The list goes on as Leon proves, time after time -- and after having to leave wealthy towns for a lack of generous people -- that the most generous people are those who have the least.

 

"The Kindness Diaries"

(1 season, 13 episodes)

Available on Netflix

"The Creation" by Franz Joseph Haydn

 Posted by H5O 1.0 FOREVER on April 16, 2018 at 1:50 AM

 

American Merchant Marine Veterans of WWII

Posted by H5O 1.0 FOREVER on March 16, 2018 at 8:50 PM

The American Merchant Marine Veterans of World War II met March 14-18, in St. Louis, Missouri. These men, who served as civilian mariners on civilian ships during World War II are in their 90s and above in age. They were drafted by Washington and forced to serve, yet they have received virtually no benefits -- no GI bill, no medical benefits, no retirement benefits -- even though Congress declared the Merchant Marine to be a recognized branch of the military in 1986.

 

The Anheuser-Busch company helped to sponsor the conference and honored these men by inviting the men to their farm for a tour and to meet their Clydesdales. The St. Louis suburb, Chesterfield, Missouri, hosted the men at the Veterans Honor Park. There, the mayor of Chesterfield greeted the men, both as a group and individually. The Missouri Patriot Riders escorted the men to the park. In addition, the St. Louis media outlets gave the veterans full court press.

 

Sheila Sova, their spokesman, reported that some of the veterans were reduced to tears by the outpouring of appreciation and kindness.

 

Thank you, gentlemen, for your bravery and your service.

American Merchant Marine Veterans of World War II

Let's Give a Hip-Hip-Hooray!

Posted by H5O 1.0 FOREVER on February 3, 2018 at 6:00 PM

Let's give a hip-hip-hooray to California Cars of Thousand Oaks, California, who sent pictures of a car identical to Jack's 1969 Sedan DeVille.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It was not an easy chore, either. They had to go back and find the pictures for a car they sold more than two years ago. Oh, but wait! That wasn't all. It seems that they had suffered a computer crash and lost a lot of old information. So, they had to look through hard copies of their old sale cars. When that failed to turn up the pictures, they had one more place to look: on an old laptop. And there the pictures were! How grateful we are that they were willing to take the time and make the effort to help us obtain pictures that we can use on Remembering Jack Lord.

Discovering the Undiscovered Artist

 Posted by H5O 1.0 FOREVER on January 9, 2018 at 1:30 AM

Jack and Marie knew how to market his talent as an artist. His works might not have fetched the unimaginable sums garnered by the works of better known artists, but they definitely had (and still have) a nice niche in the world of art.

 

Not so for such never discovered artists as Harry Bertschmann, who at the age of 86, finds himself unable either to support himself or afford art supplies. With the help of a man who discovers the undiscovered artists, his situation just may be about to change. Read about it:

 

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/05/nyregion/the-struggling-artist-at-86.html?_r=0

Happy New Year from the RHHS

Posted by H5O 1.0 FOREVER on January 3, 2018 at 5:30 AM

The Richmond Hill Historical Society sent this adorable vintage card to wish us a happy new year.

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