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May 28, 2007

Newsletter 5-28-07

Filed under: newsletter — seniorgeek @ 8:43 pm

On this Memorial Day it is a good time to look at the official Memorial Day site of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
“Three years after the Civil War ended, on May 5, 1868, the head of an organization of Union veterans — the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) — established Decoration Day as a time for the nation to decorate the graves of the war dead with flowers. Maj. Gen. John A. Logan declared that Decoration Day should be observed on May 30. It is believed that date was chosen because flowers would be in bloom all over the country.
The first large observance was held that year at Arlington National Cemetery, across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C.”
http://www1.va.gov/opa/speceven/memday/index.asp

Continuing the memorial tradition, less we not forget, the 2 most significant surprise attacks on US soil.
“Within the living memory of Americans are two deadly surprise attacks against the United States: Japan’s assault on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, and the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. Both times, the Library of Congress sent people out to record the voices of ordinary Americans as they reacted to a changed world.” Listen as the American Radio Works tells the stories of the people who witnessed these events,
http://americanradioworks.publicradio.org/features/daysofinfamy/

“The Statistical Abstract of the United States, published since 1878, is the authoritative and comprehensive summary of statistics on the social, political, and economic organization of the United States.
Use the Abstract as a convenient volume for statistical reference, and as a guide to sources of more information both in print and on the Web.
Sources of data include the Census Bureau, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Bureau of Economic Analysis, and many other Federal agencies and private organizations”
http://www.census.gov/compendia/statab/

Being a car guy for many years I enjoy reading about the history of transportation and the Smithsonian Automobile Collection has some unique automobiles. Each picture at this site has a story that goes along with it describing the details, history, and description of each vehicle. Did you know that The Duryea Motor Wagon Company constructed 13 identical automobiles in 1896, making them the first American company that moved from making one car to making multiple copies for sale?

http://americanhistory.si.edu/onthemove/themes/story_78_1.html

I visited my local gas station today and it cost me more than ever to fill the tank in my car of regular gasoline. The station I visited was the lowest priced within 35 miles. Now you are asking did I check every station within a 35 mile radius? Actually the answer is yes. I went to the following web site to check recent fuel prices before I left on my journey to spend the rest of this week pay check.
http://www.gaspricewatch.com/

I have been testing presentation and slide show web sites. I wanted to have a web site that I could go to and build or display a presentation without being tied to any one manufactures software such as Power Point. I now have found 5 sites that try to accomplish this very task.
I recently posted a short note about spresent.com on my blog for your review. (see previous post) In the next few weeks I will be posting reviews on more of these new presentation web sites.
https://seniorgeek.wordpress.com/

“By wisdom the LORD founded the earth; by understanding he created the heavens. By his knowledge the deep fountains of the earth burst forth, and the dew settles beneath the night sky.”

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