This-n-That Feb. 23
I bet you don't know how many shopping days there are until Christmas. I'll let you know shortly.
I recently made a comment in one of my columns that I was running out of Thomasville Trivia. Yvonne Stewart came to our rescue with some trivia dating back to 75 to 76 years ago. We'll share some of that in this column and in future This-N-Thats.
Hope you find it interesting!
This is from the Thomasville News, October 27, 1937 edition. I was only 99 days old then. So, my memory then was as it is becoming now — vague. A lot of water has run under the bridge since then. I hope a lot of water will continue to run under that bridge before it's all over.
Some of the information in that edition was information I had included in earlier This-N-That articles and some of it wasn't. Of course, residents of any tenure in Thomasville will be familiar with some of these and some have been referred to in This-N-That.
Of course most of you already know that John Thomas was the founder of Thomasville which was incorporated in 1852. The purchase price of the 1,500 acres was a four-horse load of bacon. Mr. and Mrs. Carmalt was the first family in Thomasville. Maybe that is where Carmalt Street got its name. The first couple married in Thomasville were Frank Lambeth's mother and father, according to the 1937 newspaper. Addison Blair taught at the first school in Thomasville, which was organized in 1909.
More Thomasville history will be included in future This-N-Thats.
Just in case you would like to know where some of your tax dollars went last week, try this on for size. CNN and FOX reported that when President Obama played golf with Tiger Woods, it cost the taxpayers $180,000 a day. I can understand that he needs some time off, but couldn't he take a vacation for a lot less?
North Carolina trivia
1. What well known food processor is located at the corner of Cucumber and Vine streets?
2. What North Carolina consumer product inspired an enduring, if corny, telephone prank?
3. Before his flight to Paris, Charles Lindbergh offered to name his plane after what North Carolina product ?
4. The influenza epidemic of 1918 proved a boon to what North Carolina product?
Aphorism — I thought you might be interested in an aphorism, which is a short clear statement telling a general truth.
Here are some examples:
• A fool and his money can throw one heck of a party.
• Money isn't everything, but it sure keeps the kids in touch.
• It's not how you win or lose the game, but how you place the blame.
Live and Learn
Good quality underwear is worth the extra cost.
Some people can spend years putting off a 10-minute job.
Putting things in a safe place means you are less likely to find them when you look.
North Carolina trivia answers:
1. Mt. Olive Pickle Company.
2. Prince Albert Pipe Tobacco by R. J. Reynolds. The caller would ask the storekeeper, "Do you have Prince Albert in a can?" A yes answer brought the punch line — "Well, you;d better let him out before he suffocates.
3. Lucky Strike cigarettes. American Tobacco Company said "no thanks," being leery of a possible crash.
4. Vick's Vapo-Rub, a menthol salve that was manufactured in Greensboro.
Apple-A-Day saying: The driver is safer when the roads are dry; the roads are safer when the driver is dry.
Just in case you are interested, there are only 255 shopping days until Christmas, not counting Sundays and holidays.