Remember Jefferson.

It’s National Thomas Jefferson day!  According to National Day Calendar dot com today we celebrate and remember Thomas Jefferson on his birthday.  Born on April 13, 1743, Jefferson was curious and an avid reader, having more than six thousand books in his personal library.  Although not much of a public speaker, he was a prolific writer in the form of correspondence, documents, journals and manuscripts.  Known as the primary author of the Declaration of Independence.  He served as Secretary of State under Washington, Vice President to John Adams and the third President of the United States.   Jefferson was not only a lawyer, but he was also a scientist of agriculture, paleontology, and astronomy. He kept detailed records of the weather and eventually established weather observers across his home state of Virginia.   Listen to the podcast here;

Fun Fact July 12, 2021.

A duel and a death.  On July 11,1804, Aaron Burr fatally wounded Alexander Hamilton in a duel. Burr was Thomas Jefferson’s Vice President and Hamilton was a force behind the Constitution. The shooting was the climax of a twenty year grudge.  Hamilton, who was a Federalist, loathed Burr, who was a Republican.  Hamilton publicly insulted Burr and his character. Burr proposed a duel. Affairs of honor were commonplace in America at the time, and the complex rules governing them usually led to an honorable resolution before any actual firing of weapons, but not in this case. The enemies met at 7 a.m. at the dueling grounds near Weehawken, New Jersey. It was the same spot where Hamilton’s son had died defending his father’s honor in 1801. Hamilton’s shot went high, perhaps intentionally, while Burr’s bullet hit Hamilton in the stomach. The next day, July 12th, Hamilton died along with Burr’s career in politics.

Fun Fact May 13, 2021.

At some point the weather will get warm and stay warm.  Nothing beats the summer heat like a popsicle.  According to History dot com, frozen desserts have been around for a long time.  From ancient Rome, to explorer Marco Polo and in the early history of the United States where Thomas Jefferson entertained  visitors to Monticello with iced sorbets and freezes.  In 1905 an 11-year-old boy named Frank Epperson of Oakland, California inadvertently left a glass, filled with water, powdered soda mix and a wooden stick, outside overnight. When young Frank found the glass in the morning, the soda mixture was frozen solid. Frank knew he’d stumbled across a great idea.  In 1923, Epperson filed for a patent for his invention, which he had been calling “Eppsicles,” but his children insisted on calling them “Pop’s ‘sicles.” That name stuck and the Popsicle was born