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Sometimes even classic movies carried political message
By Paul Niemann Years ago, I heard that one of the movies that I watched every year as a child was based on the economic climate that existed when the story was first written. The story, which was first published as a book in 1900, contained a number of metaphors which were played out in the 1939 movie as well. The United States was on the gold standard back in the 1870’s. In a nutshell, this means that the federal government backed every dollar with a fixed amount of gold, as measured in ounces. When businesses increased the amount of goods and services they produced, the fixed amount of gold backing remained constant, causing prices to fall. One of the unfortunate effects of this was that the gold standard hurt farmers and industrial workers. Farmers were borrowing money from banks while interest rates were fixed, and the increase unemployment hurt industrial workers. Meanwhile, in the presidential race of 1896, Democratic presidential candidate William Jennings Bryan ran on a policy of replacing the gold standard, while Republican candidate and eventual president William McKinley insisted on keeping the gold standard. Now back to our story. You’ve probably never heard of Frances Ethel Gumm. Born in Grand Rapids, Minnesota, in 1922, she was just 16 when she starred in her most famous movie role. The movie was regarded by the Library of Congress as the most popular movie of all time. The song that Frances sang, Over the Rainbow, was voted as the greatest movie song of all time by the American Film Institute in 2004. That’s not bad for a movie that consisted of little more than a dream. When the Gumm family moved from Minnesota to California in 1926, the Gumm sisters took their stage names, and Frances went solo when she signed a movie contract with MGM when she was just 13 years old. So, what does this have to do with the gold standard mentioned earlier? You’ll find out in a moment. In her role, Frances Ethel Gumm played a 12-year-old orphan who was raised by an aunt and uncle. When the movie first appeared on TV in 1956, it was ten-year-old Liza Minnelli who served as a TV co-host to comment on the movie in order to fill air time since the movie was 101 minutes in length but had to fill two full hours of TV air time. Frances Ethel Gumm went on to become a famous actress and singer, as did both of her daughters. And just why did Liza Minnelli co-host the initial TV showing of Frances’ first big movie 17 years later? Because she was Frances Ethel
Gumm’s daughter! Frances is better known by her stage name of … Judy Garland. And, of course, the movie role that made her famous was that of 12-year-old orphan Dorothy Gale in The Wizard of Oz. As for the gold standard mentioned at the beginning of this story and the metaphors which are played out in the book and the movie: The scarecrow represents the farmers; the tin man (who was originally cast to be played by Buddy Epsen of Beverly Hillbillies fame) represents the industrial workers; the cowardly lion represents William Jennings Bryan, and
William McKinley represents the Oz, who turns out to be a fraud. As for the naïve young Dorothy who follows the yellow brick road, what do you think the yellow brick road is made of? Gold, of course! And in case you didn’t notice, “oz” – as in The Wizard of Oz – is an abbreviation of the word “ounce.” As in gold ounces. Frances Ethel Gumm was 47 years old when she died in 1969 of an accidental overdose of sleeping pills. In addition to Liza Minnelli, she had two other children: Lorna and Joey Luft.
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In the Same Boat
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I was sitting on the across from me wears a top bleachers at a high certain perfume.” school basketball game “Oh,” she smiled. “It with a good friend recan’t be that bad.” cently when I turned “Yes. It is,” I respondto her and blurted out ed. I gave her a vivid exdespondently, “I could ample of my most recent never be an air traffic airheaded-ness: “This controller.” Being my morning, when I got out good friend, she was of the shower, I had to reused to these random open the shower door just statements from me, to peer in and check if the so she wasn’t startled bar of soap had bubbles in the least. In fact, she on it.” looked at me intently “What? Why?” and, knowing full well “So I could tell if I had she was about to open used it or not. I couldn’t By Mary Beth a serious can of worms, remember.” Weisenburger inquired, “Why not?” I let that sink in for a “Because,” I explained, “there’s this moment or two, and then summarized it little thing I lack called ‘focus.’ I could for her: I can’t even take a ten-minute stare at those green blips on the control shower without my mind wandering unscreen for about fifteen minutes tops, controllably. It’s like a pinball machine and then my mind wouldYOU BUILDING, REMODELING, OR ADDING that day I was ARE jump to think- on crack. In the shower A ROOM?? ing that the design on my co-worker’s tie trying to figure out why I use the article looks like the continent of Africa, or won- ‘an’ in front of the letters ‘f’ and ‘s’, even dering why I always sneeze when the lady though they are consonants. And then I
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Legend has it that in 1831 a runaway slave named Tice Davids slipped into the Ohio River with his owner in hot pursuit. Tice swam for his life across the great river while the other man sought out a boat to row after him. Tice landed first in Ripley, Ohio, and immediately disappeared from view. The owner continued to search for Tice, but eventually gave up without a clue to his whereabouts. In frustration, the man concluded that it was as though Tice had “gone off on an underground railroad...” For Tice and tens of thousands of others, traveling through Ohio meant freedom, hope of a better life, and often a life-anddeath struggle. From about 1816 to the dawn of the Civil War, individuals and communities ushered fleeing slaves from southern states along the difficult and dangerous journey northward to freedom in Canada. The network of homes or barns with concealed rooms and hiding places, secret tunnels, well-worn trails through dense woods, and conductors leading the runaways to the next safe haven became known as the Underground Railroad.
Although there were Underground Railroad networks throughout the country, Ohio had the most active network of any other state with around 3000 miles of routes used by escaping runaways.
Road to Freedom
The need for secrecy was all-important, for many slave owners pursued fleeing slaves themselves or hired bounty hunters to pursue them. The penalties for apprehended slaves or persons caught assisting them were severe. Although Ohio was a free state, early federal laws allowed for the legal capture of escaped slaves from free territory and imposed a penalty of $500 on any person who hindered arrest of, harbored or concealed a fugitive slave. Runaway slaves returned to their owners were usually treated brutally and subjected to even more misery than before. The Underground Railroad in Ohio was an amazingly efficient and well organized operation, despite the impossibility of open communication and coordination. Routes through the forests, farms and towns were established from one hiding place to the next. In all, nearly three thousand miles of routes criss-crossed the state, most bound in a northeasterly direction, and at least 23 points of entry were established along the The National Underground Freedom Center in Cincinnati, presents interactive educational programs to promote and understanding of the horrors of slavery. resistance movements and the achievement of freedom against overwhelming odds. The Slave Pen, built in the early 1800’s, was recovered from a farm in Mason County, KY, less than 60 miles from the Freedom Center. The structure was used as a holding pen by a Kentucky slave trader, Capt. John W. Anderson, to temporarily keep enslaved people being moved further south for sale.
Slave Pen Exhibit at Freedom Center
Ohio River. More stations existed in Ohio than in any other state. For the safety of all involved, few records were kept of the numbers and identities of persons who reached freedom along the railroad, but IT IS ESTIMATED THAT AT LEAST 40,000 PASSED THROUGH OHIO. In Ripley, the home of John Percial Parker, an African American abolitionist and industrialist, was one of the earliest and busiest stations. Nearby, the light from Reverend John Rankin’s house on a hill overlooking the Ohio River shone like a beacon to fugitives making the dangerous journey across the great river. Further north, additional towns, such as Oberlin, became important centers with high levels of support for and participation in the railroad. Eventually, people from all walks of life, including former slaves who already achieved their freedom, became members or conductors. In town and on farms, ordinary people dared to offer a meal, a place to stay, or safe passage to the next stop. Fleeing slaves were hidden in wagons, covered with everything from sacks of flour to pumpkins; stowed away on canal boats; driven in carriages, disguised as women with heavily-brimmed bonnets; or snuck onto railroad freight cars. Harriet Beecher Stow, who lived in Cincinnati from 1832 to 1850, was deeply moved by an incredible story she had heard there about a woman’s frantic race across the frozen Ohio River to earn freedom for herself and her baby. In 1852, she retold the story in her book Uncle Tom’s Cabin, which became immediately famous, raising awareness in the north of the horrors of
John Rankin’s house today as it stands overlooking the Ohio River, shone like a beacon to fugitives making the dangerous journey across the great river. Pictured right: the “Stairway to Freedom” at the Rankin house as at appeared to slaves making their way north.
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slavery and the plight of runaway slaves. As a result of the book, anti-slavery feelings ran even higher and were expressed more openly. Within another decade, the Civil War was underway. Today, there are scattered reminders of the journeys taken by many thousands of brave men, women and children who risked everything to earn their rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Some remnants also remain of the hiding places and routes of travel, as well as stories of the schemes devised by those who bravely took risks to help them. Some of those homes are still remaining and can be toured in Ohio: 1. Harriet Beecher Stowe House--Cincinnati
2. John P. Parker House-Ripley 3. John Rankin House--Ripley 4. Village of Mt. Pleasant Historic District--Mt. Pleasant 5. Wilson Bruce Evans House-Oberlin 6. Rush R. Sloane House-Sandusky 7. Daniel Howell Hise House-Salem 8. Col. William Hubbard House--Ashtabula 9. Reuben Benedict House-Marengo 10. Samuel and Sally Wilson House--Cincinnati 11. James and Sophia Clemens Farmstead--Greenville 12. Spring Hill--Massillon 13. Putnam Historic District-Zanesville
On the front cover: Top left: View out of the window of the Rankin Home to the Ohio River below where many slaves escaped from the south. Top right: An Ohio Historical Marker commemorating the Underground Railroad’s crossing at Scioto County in Portsmouth. Bottom right: A monument on the campus of Oberlin College that symbolized the emergence of the Underground Railroad in Ohio. Oberlin was a key junction on the Underground Railroad that connected 5 different routes escaping slaves could have taken. No fugitive living in Oberlin was ever returned to bondage and it has been referred to as “The Town that Started the Civil War.” Bottom left: Ohio was an important crossing point for escaping slaves. This map illustrates the most traveled routes from 1830-1865
John P. Parker was born in 1827 in Norfolk, Virginia. As the introduction to his autobiography states: He was only eight years old when he was sold and went to Richmond, Virginia, to live. He was chained to an old man, who was later whipped to death. The experience set the boy on fire with hatred and the desire to gain his freedom. Just four months later, he was chained to a gang of 400 slaves. It was customary at the time to sell the slaves as they passed through the country. Parker walked to the end of the slave trail at Mobile, Alabama. When he was 14, he entered into a contract with a widow, Mrs. Ryder of Mobile. If she would buy his freedom for $1,800, he would pay her back on a weekly installment plan of $10 per week with interest. By this time he had made himself so disagreeable to his old master, he was glad to get rid of Parker at any price. It was 1845 before he had paid Mrs. Ryder and gained his freedom. Securing his freedom, Parker moved to Cincinnati, then settled in Ripley, Ohio where he founded the Phoenix Foundry. In business, Parker was one of the first African-Americans to receive patents for his inventions at the foundry. From his house on the shores of the Ohio River, Parker became an active member of the Underground Railroad in Ripley, that “abolitionist hell hole” as it was known then. Initially, Parker kept careful records of those slaves he helped. When he became a wanted man however, he destroyed his journal, so as not to leave any evidence for those who would do him harm. Similarly, and sadly for us today, he never permitted his photograph to be taken, so that it would not be used on a wanted poster. It is known that Parker helped hundreds of slaves to escape to freedom.
Parker House Ripley, Ohio
Owned in 1841 as the home of William and Catharine Hubbard. It may never be possible to know how many slaves William’s family helped on to Canada, as no written account has been located to date. However, it is known from an eyewitness account, that, at one time, there were thirtynine slaves in hiding, as the gentleman stated “thirty-nine slaves made short work of a barrel of pickles.” Other observers made note of the fact that fugitive slaves arrived day and night, looking for William and Catharine’s assistance and protection.
Hubbard House: Ashtabula, Ohio
This exhibit at the Freedom Center illustrates how some of the “Safe Homes” hid the slaves on their journey to freedom.
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To my Valentine...
The Story Behind Conversation Candy Hearts
Today’s best selling Valentine candy - Sweethearts conversation hearts - the pastel sugar hearts with the quirky sayings, were as much as part of our childhood as they are for today’s kids. NECCO manufactures over 8 billions hearts each year to keep up with the demand for this American icon. The sweet candy hearts that fill up store aisles and candy dishes in early February got their start around the time of the Civil War. The original candies, called cockles, were made from sugar and flour and contained mottoes or sayings, which were printed on thin paper and rolled up inside the folded, shell-shape candy. Daniel Chase, the brother of the New England Confectionery Company (NECCO) founder, began printing sayings on NECCO candy in the 1860s. The candy became popular at weddings, where sayings such as “Married in satin, love will not be lasting” and “Married in white, you have chosen right” foretold humorous prophecies of the new marriage. The conversation candy hearts that we know today date back to 1902, when the company printed sayings on candy shapes including postcards, baseballs, horseshoes, and watches. Fun Facts About Candy Hearts About 8 billion hearts will be produced this year; that’s enough candy to stretch from Rome, Italy to Valentine, Arizona 20 times and back again. (They make approx. 100,000 pounds a day.) The entire amount produced during this time sells
out in six weeks. Candy hearts are the best-selling Valentine’s Day candy. The peak selling season for conversation hearts last only six weeks, but confectioners produce the candy for nearly eleven months of the year. At least 10 new conversation heart sayings are introduced each year. Recent additions include “Yeah Right”, “Call Home” and “Puppy Love.” Each year the television game show JEOPARDY! includes questions about conversation hearts on its Valentine’s Day show. In 2010, for the first time in 145 years, the company discarded all of the sayings for the conversation hearts and created a new line with expressions selected by the public. The most popular new sayings for conversation candy hearts are “Tweet Me,” “Text Me,” “You Rock,” “Love Bug,” “Soul Mate,” and “Me + You.”
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Don’t become engrossed in day-today market activity. This one thing is certain: markets rise and markets fall. If you are planning to retire, or are in retirement, now is not the time to try and beat the market at its own game. To minimize the impact financial swings might have on your retirement, determine your appropriate risk tolerance and stick to it. You can always readjust your portfolio, but try not to react in a panic at the sight of a market downturn. Consider working with a financial advisor who can help you identify investments that are appropriate for your risk tolerance level to help you keep your financial goals and plans on track despite economic swings. Consider contingency plans. It may be counter-intuitive to think about the negative what-if scenarios, but examining a possible future without your spouse or thinking about how you would manage a life-threatening health issue is especially important as you enter retirement. Along with these scenarios, consider how a major economic event like a recession or high inflation may impact your retirement savings. Then create a plan to protect your financial security as much as possible in these circumstances. By doing a bit of contingency planning now, you can make the best retirement decisions for you and your family members. Anticipate what retirement looks like for you. Write down your thoughts about what will happen during an average
week in your life as a retiree. Having a solid idea of what you picture your retirement to be like can lead you to maintain a calm mindset when you’re worried about your short-term finances. Working towards a few specific retirement lifestyle goals may help you stay focused on the long-term and avoid making emotional decisions with your money. To help with this, think about some goals you have for your retirement that don’t come with a large expense like volunteering or spending more time with your grandkids. Don’t let your emotions push logic aside when planning and saving for retirement. Minimize highly emotional decisions by communicating frequently with your spouse or other trusted confidante and consider working with a financial professional who can help you maintain a long-term vision of your current financial situation and goals for the future.
### JoAn M. Smith, CFP® is a Financial Advisor with Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc. in Delphos, Ohio. She specializes in fee-based financial planning and asset management strategies and has been in practice for 26 years. To contact her, you may call (419)695-7010 or visit 227 North Main Street, Delphos, OH 45833. Advisor is licensed/registered to do business with U.S. residents only in the states of Ohio, North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida and Maryland. Brokerage, investment and financial advisory services are made available through Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc. Member FINRA and SIPC. © 2012 Ameriprise Financial, Inc. All rights reserved. File # 149485
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where it all began
Most of us have tried our hand at a crossword puzzle or two. Some of us even consider ourselves rather good at completing them, sticking with it until that last stubborn word comes to mind. Have you ever wondered how it all began? Crossword puzzles had their origins just over 100 years ago and grow in popularity every year. Arthur Wynne was born on June 22, 1871 in Liverpool, England. He immigrated to the United States at the age of nineteen. He first lived in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and worked for the Pittsburgh Press newspaper. An interesting side-note, was that Wynne also played violin in the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. Later, Arthur Wynne moved to Cedar Grove, New Jersey and started working for a New York City based newspaper called the New York World. He wrote the first crossword puzzle for the New York World, published on Sunday, December 21, 1913. The editor had asked Wynne to invent a new game for the paper’s Sunday entertainment section. Arthur Wynne’s first crossword puzzle was initially called wordcross and was diamond-shaped. The name later switched to crossword, and then as a result of an accidental typo the hyphen was dropped and the name became crossword. Wynne based his crossword puzzle on a similar but much older game played in ancient Pompeii that translated from Latin to English was called Magic Squares. In Magic Squares, the player is given a group of words and has to arrange them on a grid so that the words read the same way across and down. A crossword puzzle is very similar, except instead of being given the words the player is given clues. Arthur Wynne added other innovations to the crossword puzzle. While the first puzzle was diamond-shaped, he later invented horizontal and vertical shaped puzzles; and Wynne invented the use of adding blank black squares to a crossword puzzle. The crossword puzzle in a British publication was published in Pearson’s Magazine in February 1922. The first New York Times crossword was published on February 1, 1930. Answer
Original Crossword from Arthur Wynne.
2-3. What bargain hunters enjoy. 4-5. A written acknowledgment 6-7. Such and nothing more. 10-11. A bird. 14-15. Opposed to less. 18-19. What this puzzle. 22-23. An animal of prey. 26-27. The close of a day. 28-29. To elude. 30-31. The plural of is 8-9. To cultivate 12-13. A bar of wood or iron 16-17. What artists learn to do. 20-21. Fastened. 24-25. Found on the seashore 10-18. The fibre of the gomuti palm. 6-22. What we all should be.
4-26. A day dream. 2-11. A talon. 19-28. A pigeon. F-7. Part of your hea. 23-30. A river in Russia. 1-32. To govern. 33-34. An aromatic plant. N-8. A fist. 24-31. To agree with. 3-12. Part of a ship. 20-29. One. 5-27. Exchanging. 9-25. To sink in mud 13-21. A boy
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Many Boomers Turning Their Passions into New Careers
(StatePoint) For many years, the average 50-something American looked forward to a leisure-based retirement. But as Americans are living longer and feeling younger, many are finding it necessary to remain professionally active beyond traditional retirement age -- forging new paths that supply both money and meaning. “Boomers are opting to stay in the game, or better, change the game by leaving a mark and making a difference,” says Marci Alboher, vice president of Encore.org, an organization helping people transition to the nonprofit world and public sector. While moving into a new kind of work is not always quick or easy, some experts say that middle-aged Americans are wellequipped to handle it. “With midlife comes a newfound capacity to tap into your accumulated experience and wisdom to accomplish new things you may have been unable to do earlier,” says Alboher, whose new book “The Encore Career Handbook,” is a comprehensive guide for anyone looking to make such a shift. Whether you’re looking to jump right in or make a plan first, here are some tips and things to consider: • Your new work may involve a tradeoff. You may trade money for meaning and flexibility. You may trade power and influence for the chance to work more closely with people you can help. • Transitions will take longer than you think, so be patient. • Be prepared to face age discrimination. You can counter employer prejudices by ensuring your skills are up to snuff, especially when it comes to technology. Show you understand the job market today by having a great LinkedIn profile. Consider tailoring your resume to show your strengths as an adviser and mentor.
• Don’t be discouraged by today’s tight job market. The nonprofit sector has added jobs over the past decade and our government’s need for highly skilled employees in a variety of sectors continues to grow. Between now and 2018, experts say that there may be as many as 1.7 million jobs available at all levels of government. • Instead of jobs, think about projects. Instead of thinking about what you want to do forever, think about what you want to work on for a year or two. Think about a series of engaging commitments with periodic gaps for a personal break, retraining or travel in between. • Rarely can you find and craft the job opportunity you want, simply by applying to job postings. Create your role through networking, volunteering and retooling for a new kind of work. Consider going solo as a freelancer, consultant or entrepreneur. For tips on making the most of this chapter of your life and work, visit www.encore. org. Don’t approach your mid-life and beyond with trepidation. With skills, experience and care, you can launch a successful new career that combines your passion with a paycheck.
February 2013 • GOOD TIMES – 11
Abe Lincoln and Ohio
Have you seen the movie Lincoln? The movie is getting rave reviews and has already won awards. Regardless if you have seen the movie, there are a handful of ways you can connect to one of the most influential presidents in the history of the United States – right here in Ohio!
Although Abraham Lincoln never lived in the state of Ohio (his boyhood home is in Spencer County, Indiana) , his connections to the Buckeye State are nonetheless many and deep. Lincoln’s second Secretary of War (Edwin Stanton) and his Treasury Secretary (Salmon B. Chase) were Ohioans. Another Ohioan (John A. Bingham) was a U.S. Congressman during Lincoln’s administration, and served on the tribunal which tried the Lincoln conspirators. The two best Union generals, Grant and Sherman, also hailed from this state. Lincoln himself gave major speeches in the cities of Cincinnati, Columbus, and Cleveland. And the latter two cities hosted funerals for Lincoln on his journey home to Springfield. •The Ohio Statehouse: In 1859 he spoke from the east steps of the building to a crowd of approximately 50 people. His second visit happened in 1861 when Lincoln sat in Governor William Dennison’s office where Lincoln received word that the Electoral College had confirmed his popular-vote victory in the 1860 presidential election. Lincoln’s last visit came four years later in 1865, after his assassination when more than 50,000 people came to pay their respects as his casket lay in state in the Statehouse Rotunda. •Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center, Fremont A pair of Abraham Lincoln’s house slippers that he wore up to
his assassination is on exhibit. Alex Williamson, a tutor for Lincoln’s two sons was presented the slippers before Mrs. Lincoln left the Executive Mansion.Williamson presented the slippers to Hayes, who was in his second year of presidency and known for collecting historical artifacts. The slippers can be seen at the Hayes Museum in the exhibit room known as the Hall of Presidents. The slippers were recently replicated precisely including the same stitching in Steven Spielberg’s movie, Lincoln. •Marion County Historical Society, Marion The Marion County Historical Society will be having an exhibit, Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War, beginning April 20. The exhibit offers a fresh and innovative perspective on Abraham Lincoln that focuses on his struggle to meet the political and constitutional challenges of the Civil War. Be sure to check out this free exhibit as it will only be here for one month!
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