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Synopsis:Woodstock was really far out!


Q: What US coin, produced for only 4 years, depicts a seated liberty figure holding a flag, surrounded by a circle of stars?

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Q: In 1830 an Englishman invented a machine for finishing off heavy woolen cloth.  It could not be used in the mills due to the Luddites.  What was the invention turned into?

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There are Places I Remember:

Frankfurt-not New Jersey, nor Kentucky, but Germany.

The reason:  Leon’s mom was born there and met his father during WWII (he was in the Army).  She was a high school translator who spoke really good English (better than Leon does).  Frankfurt is a really old city, being founded in 794-yes that’s 794.  It is today’s German financial capitol and has one of the largest airports in Europe.  The telephone was invented in Frankfurt in 1861 by Philip Reus, but Alexander Graham Bell gets all the accolades a few years later.  Hochst is part of the “old town” section and has a great porcelain manufacturing plant.  Henninger Beer has the highest beer reservoir in the world.  We’ll drink to that!


Saying of the Week

We leave you with Richie Haven’s impromptu song that he made up on the spot since they needed him to keep playing- Freedom!

Word of the Day

High: as in going to a music festival in 1969 on a farm in NY state.




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