Wednesday, February 13, 2008

US Trivia

Ah, talks of racial matters does get folk going. With Latin servants abounding nowadays, I wonder if you live in the US and you are rich, that you not really have any contact with black people? Or perhaps very poor and live in an isolated part of the country in the hills and have no contact?

We certainly can in Australia, but it is about numbers.

Not quite sure why I saved this clip from the august journal, The Lancaster Eagle-Gazette. Just interested me at the time.

Another unpublished post finally posted.

Black history is a history that is sewn into the fabric of America.

Consider Dr. Benjamin Carson Sr. who, during a 22-hour operation, performed the first successful surgery to separate conjoined twins. Or Walter S. McAfee, a mathematician and physicist, who first calculated the speed of the moon. And there are many others:

  • Jan Ernst Matzeliger who invented the Shoe Lasting machine, which revolutionized the shoe industry by connecting the upper part of the shoe to the sole.
  • Madame C.J. Walker who developed hair care products, and became the first female self-made millionaire. Boring
  • Andrew Beard who invented the Jenny Coupler, which allowed train cars to hook themselves together when they bumped into each other.
  • Isaac Murphy, a thoroughbred jockey, who was the first to win three Kentucky Derbys and the only jockey to win the Kentucky Derby, the Kentucky Oaks and the Clark Handicap during the same year. Boring
  • Lonnie G. Johnson, an engineer for NASA, who invented the Supersoaker watergun, which became the No. 1 selling toy in the U.S. in 1991.

    1. Let's not forget Rodney King who's homemade videos created more jobs in the Los Angeles construction companies and fire services than anyone else's in American history.

    2. We do love our Supersoakers, though not at this time of year.

    3. ... and do watch the Blues & Soul music doco on ABC TV tonight.
      Without the country blues of the cotton fields (and later the jassm-houses) there would be no Rock n Roll.