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His Story  
by Vice President Knight Allen 

Originally published on January 10, 2019 - reprinted with permission 

    Every year President Vern Perry puts in a ton of work putting together the Foghorn. Don't think so? Here's a 2018 Review:
   January-
Vern provided a great report on Alexander Hamilton who was enjoying super stardom on Broadway. The report emphasized Hamilton's role in the Federalist Papers which was crucial to the adoption of the Constitution.
   February-
Reports on Washington and Lincoln both born in February plus 8 forgotten capitals of the US; NY, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Lancaster, PA, York County Courthouse, Princeton, Annapolis and Trenton.
   March-
Reports on St. Patrick's Day, Robert Goddard, the Father of Modern Rocketry, Lincoln's Second Ignaural Address and a "heads up" on the new Social Security cards.
   April-
Vern included a copy of the Secretary of State's Guardianship form which must be on file under the new law. There were reports on the Pony Express, the US entering WW I, the Oklahoma land rush and the San Francisco earthquake.
   May-
Reports on Memorial Day, Arlington National Cemetery and the completion of the Transcontinental Railway. He also reported: "the most important thing that happened in May was my birth on May 4, 1932 in Binghamton, NY. The world has not been the same since."
Note: No argument from me.
   June-
Reported on the landing of the first 14,000 US Infantry troops on June 26, 1917 in WW I. By the war's end over 2 million American troops had served on the battlefields and 50,000 had died. In a happier vein Vern reported a history of Father's Day, the various changes in the American Flag through June 14,1777 and the birth of Donald Duck on June 9,1934.
   July-
His "Please Don't Quote Me" page was particularly outstanding. He also offered interesting reports about the Liberty Bell and the establishment of the Medal of Honor on July 12, 1862
   August-
Reports on Robert Fulton and his steamboat, The Claremont, the Purple Heart and Old Ironsides.
   September-
The Star-Spangled Banner, the 71st Birthday of the US Air Force, the formal surrender of Japan on Sept. 2, 1945 and an extended report on the pretty much forgotten Straw Hat Riots in New York City on Sept. 13, 1922.
   October-
He covered the Einstein letter of October 11,1939 which warned of research on chain reactions utilizing uranium. The letter led to the Manhattan Project, the atomic bombs and . . . . you know the rest.
**I'd like to interject my, far and away favorite item in 2018, the story of North Platte, Nebraska.
   November-
Reports on Thanksgiving, the US Marine Corps birthday November 10,1775, Armistice Day and Veterans Day.
   December-
Vern covered President Roosevelt's speech to Congress December 8,1941, the Wright Brothers first flight December 17, 1903, the history of the Washington Monument and the Tuskegee Airmen along with Washington crossing the Delaware December 25-26, 1776.

As you can see, the Foghorn's don't just appear out of nowhere. Vern puts in the time and the care to produce what I think is a great monthly newsletter and he has been doing it for a long time. (Over 17 years --VWP)
I think this is a good moment to single him out and say, "Thank you for a job so very well done."

   Best wished to you all for a HAPPY and HEALTHY 2019

Vice-President Knight Allen can be reached at:  knightallen702@yahoo.com  

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