Monthly Archive: March 2013

Today in History – The First Mother-in-Law Day and thoughts on the passing of a Wonderful Aunt-in-Law!

Anita and Kathy On this date in 1934 a newspaper editor in Amarillo, Texas proclaimed the first Mother-In-Law Day.

Modeled on the celebration of Mother’s Day and Father’s Day, Mother-in-Law’s Day was first celebrated on March 5, 1934, in Amarillo, Texas, where it was initiated by the editor of the local newspaper. The observance was later moved to the fourth Sunday in October. Mothers-in-law have never enjoyed the widespread respect and devotion that mothers have received over the years, and the rising divorce rate has given the whole concept of in-laws a less permanent place in the national imagination. This may be part of the reason why Mother-in-Law Day has failed to catch on like Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, and even Grandparents’ Day. But many people feel that mothers-in-law deserve a special day of their own, if for no other reason than for their good humor in enduring the many jokes that have been told about them. (Source)

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A Fine Saturday at Tufts University!

For me there is something special about being on a college campus. During our trip this weekend to Boston Elizabeth interview for Graduate School at two universities. First at Northeastern in Boston City and then yesterday at Tufts University in Medford, a little north of Boston. While Northeastern appeared to be nice the urban nature of the University left the buildings square and sterile!

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View toward Main Northeastern Campus

This is one of the first view we had of the campus at Northeastern, when we drove by the parking garage!

But yesterday was different,  as soon a we set foot on the campus of Tufts we knew we  found a campus that was special!

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Today in History – Fuchs Convicted of Spying and Elizabeth and Edward Visit Boston!

Klaus_Fuchs_-_police_photographSo who knows who Klaus Fuchs was? I didn’t what I learned today was, that on March 1,1950 Fuchs was convicted of giving US and Allied information about the Manhattan Project to the Soviet Union. From Wikipdedia:

Klaus Emil Julius Fuchs (29 December 1911 – 28 January 1988) was a Germantheoretical physicist and atomic spy who in 1950 was convicted of supplying information from the American, British and Canadian ttp://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atomic_bomb”>atomic bomb research (theManhattan Project) to the USSR during and shortly after World War II. While at the Los Alamos National Laboratory, Fuchs was responsible for many significant theoretical calculations relating to the first fissionweapons and later, the early models of the hydrogen bomb, the first fusionweapon.[1][2]

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