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a choice that was made

Today is the 4th day of the 45th week, the 6th day of the 11th month, the 310th day of 2019 [with only 48 shopping days until Christmas], and: 
  • Basketball Day
  • Button Day
  • International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflict - on the anniversary of the last oil fire in Kuwait set by retreating Iraqi troops being extinguished in 1991
  • International Stress Awareness Day
  • Marijuana Recreational Legalization Day (Colorado & Washington)
  • Marooned Without a Compass Day
  • National Eating Healthy Day
  • National Nachos Day
  • National Saxophone Day
ON THIS DAY IN ...

1528 - Shipwrecked Spanish conquistador Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca becomes first known European to set foot in Texas

1572 - Supernova is observed in constellation known as Cassiopeia

1862 - New York to San Francisco direct telegraphic link established

1879 - Canada celebrates their first Thanksgiving Day

1910 - SDAP/NVV initiate campaign for general males/female suffrage

1917 - [OS Oct 24] Bolshevik revolution begins with bombardment of the Winter Palace in Petrograd during the Russian October Revolution

1923 - USSR adopts experimental calendar, with 5-day "weeks"

1928 - Colonel Jacob Schick patents 1st electric razor

1935 - the first test flight of Hawker Hurricane fighter aircraft

1936 - RCA displays TV for press

1941 - USA lends Soviet Union $1 million [equivalent in purchasing power to about $17,466,598.64 in 2019, quite a difference over 78 years]

1945 - The first landing of a jet on a carrier takes place on USS Wake Island when an FR-1 Fireball touches down

1946 - Karol Wojtyla (future Pope John Paul II) holds his first Mass as newly ordained Catholic priest in Wawel Cathedral's crypt

1947 - NBC's "Meet the Press" debuts - US's longest running TV show

1955 - USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR

1966 - for the first time, an entire lineup was televised in color (NBC)

1966 - Lunar Orbiter 2 launched

1967 - US launches Surveyor 6; makes soft landing on Moon Nov 9

1971 - US performs underground nuclear test at Amchitka Island Aleutians

1977 - "Hair" closes at Biltmore Theater NYC after 43 performances

1982 - Joe Altobelli succeeds Earl Weaver as Oriole manager ((it was the end of an era for the O's))

1985 - 22nd Space Shuttle Mission (61A) -Challenger 9- lands at Edwards AFB

1985 - Space shuttle Challenger lands at Edwards Air Force Base, California

1991 - Keck II, biggest telescope in use at Mauna Kea Hawaii

1991 - Maximus 2.0 BBS released

2005 - "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire", the 4th film based on the books by J. K. Rowling, premieres in London. Goes on to become most successful film of the year, earning almost US$ 900 million.

2018 - Great Britain's Prince Charles calls slavery "an indelible stain" but stops short of an apology in a speech in Accra, Ghana

2018 - Colorado votes to abolish slavery as a form of punishment in state constitution

2018 - Human longevity less than 10% dependent on genetics according to study published in journal "Genetics" based on 400 million people from Ancestry

2019 - NASA Voyager is 20 hrs 30 mins 58 secs of light-travel time from Earth

 

When the road version of Hair came to the Morris Mechanic, I was a redcoat – not an usher but part of the paid staff that helped the ushers.  As such, we used to get to see the performances several times and would get to the point where we would interact with the cast sometimes.  At the end of Hair, audience members were encouraged to run down and join the cast dancing on the stage, and I always did so – usually dancing with a very tall man who’s dreadlocks seemed to have a life of their own.  On the last night, he pulled me aside and suggested that instead of going home, I leave for San Francisco with him.   I remember staring up at him and I was wildly tempted and suddenly I realized that I could go.   Like a flash, I could see the choice laid out before me – the estrangement from my family, dropping out of college, the excitement of the road, becoming a gypsy and living a lifestyle I had only read about.  It was such a great contrast to the plain Jane life I was living….   When I shook my head, he took my hand and told me that I had to get out of my cage;  I don’t remember what I said next, but I didn’t go. 

 

 

 

To this day, some 48 years later, while I cannot say I have ever regretted my decision, I still look back and wonder where I would be, who I would be, today if I had gone.
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