Happy Howdy Anniversary

On 27 Dec. 1947 was the first episode of the the legendary kid’s TV show; Howdy Doody. The original title of the show  was Puppet Playhouse. It featured Buffalo Bob Smith, Clarabell the clown and the puppet Howdy Doody. Many other characters were added over the years; some human, some puppet. Always a part of …

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Cab Calloway

Born in Rochester on this day (25 Dec.) in 1907 was Cabell “Cab” Calloway III. Cab’s father was a lawyer and his mother was a teacher. Cab only lived in Rochester until about 1918 when his family moved to Baltimore. In Baltimore, Cab graduated from Frederick Douglass High School. He attended college but was much …

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WDYTYA – postponed again?

The running joke keeps going. The US version of Who Do You Think You Are? when last heard from was supposedly slated to begin in January 2010. I just looked at the NBC schedule beginning in January and WDYTYA is not on the schedule. Another clue is the WDYTYA; companion book by Megan Smoleyak was …

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Advent Calendar – grab bag – snow

It snowed today. It is that time of the year when people talk about how nice it would be to have snow on Christmas. I have a snowy Christmas memory that makes me nervous, even today some 25 years later. I was staying at my mother’s house for Christmas. On Christmas day, my brother and …

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New Digital Books from RPL

The Rochester Public Library has some new digital books online that may be of interest of those researching in the area. Blue book: Police Department of Rochester, New York, with complete biographical sketches of each member (1903). (Most the biographies in this book appear on this biography page but without the pictures of Police Officers.) …

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Advent Calender – Christmas Tree

There is blog called GeneaBloggers that suggests topics for us genealogy bloggers. They are having a kind of  “Advent Calender” for the Christmas season. The first suggestion asks if we had a real or artificial Christmas trees.  We had real trees and for a good reason. From the early 1950s to the mid 1960s my …

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