Olivia Culpo, Kim Zandy, and President Truman!!!

Welcome to This Day in Today,

My name is Tom Keefe, and I’m the Babbling Professor!

~May 8~

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On this day, May 8, 1992, Olivia Frances Culpo was born in Cranston, Rhode Island. Culpo is an American actress, model, television presenter, cellist and beauty queen who won the Miss USA 2012 pageant, representing her home state of Rhode Island and the Providence Plantations. She previously won the 2012 Miss Rhode Island USA competition, which was the first pageant she had ever entered. Crowned Miss Universe 2012 in Las Vegas, she is the first winner from the USA to obtain the crown since Brook Lee in 1997.

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On this day, May 8, 1968, Kim Zandy was born in West Chester, Pennsylvania. After attending West Chester East High School, Zandy attended Heidelberg University in Tiffin, Ohio. While her first radio job was with WNCI 97.9 in Columbus, Ohio, in 1991, she upgraded in 1999, Zandy joined 92WPRO FM in Providence, Rhode Island, as part of the “Gio and Kim” morning show. On September 13, 2016, Zandy was featured on Patrice Wood’s “Tuesday’s Child.” Tuesday’s Child” is a reoccurring special segment on WJAR TV which spotlights adoption in Rhode Island. As Patrice Woods said, “Zandy is loved by her fans, [but] it’s nothing compared to the adoration of 3-year-old Julian and 1-and-a-half-year-old Ariannah, who she fostered through the state Department of Children, Youth and Families, and has now adopted as a single mom.”

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Finally, on this day, May 8, 1884, Harry S Truman was born in Lamar, Missouri, U.S. of A. I’ll spare you all my rendition of Marilyn Monroe singing “Happy Birthday Mr. President.”  But, come on! May 8, 1884, to December 26, 1972, now that’s quite a life.  A very distinguished life, as well.  Fighting political corruption, V-E Day (on his birthday no less!), The Marshall Plan, Truman Doctrine, creation of NATO, creation of the United Nations, the integration of the military, recognition of Israel, the Berlin Airlift, the defense of Taiwan, the defense of South Korea, firing of General MacArthur, renovation of the White House, the firing of Attorney-General McGrath, and most importantly, the response to Paul Hume’s criticism of your daughter Margaret back in December 1950. And the scathing letter he later received from her father, President Harry S. Truman. Truman called Hume “an eight ulcer man on four ulcer pay.” He further told him:

“It seems to me that you are a frustrated old man who wishes he could have been successful. When you write such poppy-cock as was in the back section of the paper you work for it shows conclusively that you’re off the beam and at least four of your ulcers are at work. Someday I hope to meet you. When that happens you’ll need a new nose, a lot of beefsteak for black eyes, and perhaps a supporter below!”

While Truman was criticized by many for the letter, he pointed out that he wrote it as a loving father and not as the president. A very distinguished life.  I have to confess, I can relate. After all Mr. President, you were born on May 8th, 1884, my great grandfather HR was born on the same day,  and of course, I was born, this day 1973, and MY daughter, Grace, was born this day, 2002. I applaud your defense of your daughter… Happy birthday to Olivia Culpo, Kim Zandy, you M.r President, and my great-grandfather as well as my special, special little girl. Happy 16th Grace, I love you,

Dad

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That’s all for today’s segment of This Day in Today, and remember,

Today’s Tomorrow’s yesterday.

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May 3, 1920 ~ Ireland

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On this day, May 3, 1920, the Parliament of the United Kingdom of Great Britain, and Ireland passed The Government of Ireland Act (1920), dividing Ireland into Northern Ireland and Southern Ireland.

Pre-Tudor Ireland, going back to the invasion by Strongbow, may have been nominally part of the English crown, but it was more of a self-governing afterthought. But after Henry VIII had to deal with a rebellion by his cousin, Thomas FitzGerald, the crown decided to pay more attention to Ireland. This “attention” was further exacerbated as the Tudors and England renounced Roman Catholicism; Irish nationalism and religion became intertwined. Making things worse, the Stuart King James rewarded Scottish Presbyterians from Scotland with confiscated lands in Ireland… The Plantation of Ulster, the idea was to at the same time, quell Irish Catholics in Ulster…. A brilliant win-win solution, that became lose-lose for generations of Ulstermen of both heritages.

Two-hundred years of Irish Catholic repression under the Penal Laws, but finally repealed under the leadership of Daniel O’Connell in the mid-nineteenth century. Renewed Irish nationalism and rising political demands by the Green Irish Catholic Gaelics, seemed like a threat, not in the South, but in the industrialized North where Orangemen had tremendous social privilege and wealth at state.

As the cry for Home rule got louder, the Orange Lodges got louder to in their insistence to remain an integrated part of Britain. The House of Lords vetoed home rule twice and then lost their right to veto; the third home rule bill and the home rule crisis, then WWI and broken promises… the Easter Rising, the unnecessary execution of a man, tied to a chair, with a broken ankle…. Finally, on this day, May 3, 1920, the Parliament of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland passed The Government of Ireland Act (1920), dividing Ireland into Northern Ireland and Southern Ireland.

The Act was intended to establish separate Home Rule institutions within two new subdivisions of Ireland: the six north-eastern counties were to form “Northern Ireland,” while the larger part of the country was to form “Southern Ireland.”  Both areas of Ireland were to continue as a part of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, and provision was made for their future reunification under common Home Rule institutions.

Home Rule never took effect in Southern Ireland, due to the Irish War of Independence, which resulted instead in the Anglo-Irish Treaty and the establishment in 1922 of the Irish Free State.  However, the institutions set up under this Act for Northern Ireland continued to function until they were suspended by the British parliament in 1972 as a consequence of The Troubles. The remaining provisions of the Act were actually still in force in Northern Ireland until the 1998 Good Friday Agreement.

Yes, Home Rule is finally complete for both the southern Republic of Ireland and, somewhat begrudgingly in the northeastern 6 counties of Ulster. The Northern Ireland government has been suspended several times in the past twenty years. The fourth North Ireland Executive collapse in 2017 over the Cash for Ash Scandal.

Without a devolved Home Rule government of their own, Northern Ireland is managed from London, but there is peace. Not perfect peace, but peace none-the-less.

While on this day, May 3, 1920, the Parliament of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland passed The Government of Ireland Act (1920), dividing Ireland into Northern Ireland and Southern Ireland, it is now Northern Ireland that wants to continue its relationship with the Republic Ireland in the fallout of the Brexit vote. Ireland, one small island in the North Atlantic only the size of the US State of Indiana, but with a long history of division and disproportionate drama.

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That’s all for today’s segment of This Day in Today, and remember,

Today’s Tomorrow’s yesterday.

 

Thank you for listening!

April 30th ~ Bishop Geralyn Wolf

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My name is Tom Keefe, and I’m the Babbling Professor!

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On this day, April 30, 1947, Geralyn Wolf was born Brooklyn. Later raised in West Chester, Pennsylvania, Wolf became a priest in the Episcopal church and later the first female dean of a cathedral in the United States; Wolf was Dean of Christ Church Cathedral in the Diocese of Kentucky. Later She was elected Bishop of RI in 1995, where she served for 17 years. She is the author of Down and Out in Providence: Memoir of a Homeless Bishop (2005). The book is a recollection of Wolf’s experiences when she took a sabbatical and lived as a homeless woman named “Aly” on the streets.

RMCAD Hires Keefe

Press Release

DENVERAug. 3, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design (RMCAD) is pleased to announce Tom KeefeCarin Rodenborn, and Jeremiah Snyder as new Assistant Professors beginning in the Fall 2017 semester.

About the New Faculty

Tom Keefe, Humanities/Liberal Arts
Tom Keefe attended Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, where he pursued a degree in history. He would go on to work at the U.S. House of Representatives. He has taught English, Religion, and History at a variety of schools in Mass., R.I., and Colo. Completing his Master’s in Diplomacy from Norwich University, Keefe has focused his continuing research on genocide education, social justice, and comparative theology.