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by Ron Kurtus
Each day readers send in questions and feedback concerning the various lessons in the School for Champions website. A total of 291 letters have been answered.
|Interested in conspiracy theories||Lincoln and Kennedy||USA|
|Wore a PIG pin||When Cops were Pigs||USA|
|Correction on Rosa Parks||Start the Fire Facts||USA|
|Citing web page in Modern Language Association (MLA) Style||Start the Fire Facts||USA|
|Mickey Mantle||Start the Fire Facts||USA|
|Similarities in deaths are undeniable||Lincoln and Kennedy||USA|
|What type of gun was used?||Lincoln and Kennedy||South Africa|
|What is the history of the Karelian Peninsula?||Russo-Finnish War||USA|
|Kennedy and Lincoln in 1951 movie||Lincoln and Kennedy||USA|
|Was some of Nixon's speech not published?||General||USA|
|Both Vice Presidents died 10 years later||Lincoln and Kennedy||Canada|
|Was U2 the plane or the band?||Start the Fire Facts||USA|
|Heavy metal and suicide are separate subjects||Start the Fire Facts||USA|
|Correction on Sergei Sergeyevich Prokofiev||Start the Fire Facts||Russia|
|Rock and roller cola wars||Start the Fire||USA|
Interested in conspiracy theories
February 7, 2017
I am very interested in conspiracy theories. I believe that there is something more to the assassinations of JFK and Lincoln. If you would like to discuss more with me I'm available and if you have any more similarity's I'd be delighted to hear them. Thanks.
Anna - USA (27864)
Conspiracy theories about both assassinations are interesting.
Apparently John Wilkes Booth recruited a gang of conspirators to kidnap Lincoln. He had recruited Michael O'Laughlen, Samuel Arnold, Lewis Powell (alias Paine or Payne), John Surratt, David Herold, and George Atzerodt. On March 15th Booth met with the entire group at Gautier's Restaurant on Pennsylvania Avenue about three blocks from Ford's Theatre to discuss Lincoln's abduction. Apparently, things didn't work out, so he assassinated Lincoln instead. See John Wilkes Booth Biography.
The life of Lee Harvey Oswald was very strange and included such events as joining the Marines, moving to Russia, then coming back to the U.S., promoting Castro, and then killing Kennedy. Some conspiracy theories say that he couldn't done all this without help--perhaps from the CIA.
Best wishes for success in your studies.
Wore a PIG pin
January 17, 2017
i was a police officer during this time for the city of Kankakee which was a racist dept and we were issued a tie pin with a pig in the middle and words around it said "Pride Integrity Guts. I still have that pin.what happened during my time there you would not believe.
dennis - USA (27811)
Thanks for sharing your experience. It was good that the police forces turned what was supposed to be an insult into a positive statement.
I see that some of the recent demonstrators have been calling the police "pigs" again. They could stifle that by wearing pins like you had back then.
Correction on Rosa Parks
January 2, 2017
Rosa Parks did not sit in the white section. Whenever there were not any seats left in the white section, African Americans had to give up the seats in their section of the bus. She refused to move from the seat assigned to African Americans...not the seat assigned to white people. Please check and correct this. Thank you.
Tabitha - USA (27778)
Thanks for setting the record straight. I corrected the material at Start the Fire Facts - 1956 - Alabama.
Citing web page in Modern Language Association (MLA) Style
November 8, 2016
How would I cite this in MLA for an Analysis I am writing on this song? thank you so much!
Ray - USA (27479)
The book "MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers" states:
Web Page Citation:
Author name (if available). Title of work (italicized if the work is independent; in roman type and quotation marks if part of a larger work). Title of Web Site. Version used. Publisher (if available, if none, use N.p.), date of publication as available - if note use n.d., medium of publication - Web, date of access - day, month, year.
Thus, your could state the citation something like:
"We Didn't Start the Fire" (Facts) History Summary from 1949-1989
School for Champions - History
20 June 2016
I hope that helps. Best wishes on your analysis
May 29, 2016
1957. Mickey Mantle was MVP for 2nd consecutive year
Joseph - USA (27036)
Thanks for the info. I updated the page to include this fact about Mantle.
Similarities in deaths are undeniable
March 24, 2016
These similarities are undeniable. This is very interesting but my question is: What do these similarities mean?? It's awesome that these events correspond with each other but why does it matter that they do? what would this mean for America?
Breanna - USA (26883)
The similarities between the deaths of Lincoln and Kennedy certainly are interesting and even amazing, Some people read into the similarities that Kennedy was some sort of reincarnation of Lincoln. Others feel that if you compare the deaths of any two famous people, you can find a number of similarities.
I don't think much can be determined by these coincidences, except that they are simply interesting facts of history. It doesn't really change anything for America.
What type of gun was used?
January 18, 2016
I have recently watch a documentary on this matter. What caliber firearm was used on both these presidents and what time of the day or night did this happen. Is there any street name similarities.
Kiri - South Africa (26704)
Lincoln was killed with a handgun, while Kennedy was shot with a sniper rifle.
Lincoln was watching a play at night, while Kennedy was in a car during the day.
Lincoln was in the Ford Theater, while Kennedy was riding in a Lincoln automobile, made by Ford.
What is the history of the Karelian Peninsula?
November 23, 2015
What is the postwar history of national control of Karelian Peninsula since the end of the war and the dissolution of the Soviet Union?
What language is dominant?
William - USA (26559)
In 1991, Russian president Boris Yeltsin offered to sell Karelian Peninsula to Finland, but the offer was declined because the price was too high ($15 billion).
There is only moderate interest in Finland to get the area back. Many Finns left the area after the Soviets took over. Although Finn is still spoken in some areas, the peninsula is mostly inhabited by people who moved there from Ukraine, Belarus and Russia, and their descendants.
Kennedy and Lincoln in 1951 movie
August 4, 2015
In 1951 there was a movie made called "The Tall Target" about Lincoln traveling from New York to Washington for his inauguration and the character traveling with him to help thwart his assissination was named John Kennedy.
Thomas - USA (26257)
Thanks for bringing that up. There actually was a police officer named John Kennedy who discovered the "Baltimore Plot" to kill Lincoln. Another strange coincidence.
Was some of Nixon's speech not published?
July 21, 2015
Maybe I am stupid, but I cannot understand why half of Nixon's resignation speech, where he criticized the other party and the government, was not published. Cannot anyone else take any criticism? He said he just did that to try to change highest level crimes shrouded in secrecy.
Barbara - USA (26183)
I've looked at Nixon's resignation speech from several sources and didn't see anything about criticizing the other party or the government. In fact, I don't believe the news media would omit such statements, considering their views toward him at that time.
Where did you see that half of Nixon's speech was omitted?
Both Vice Presidents died 10 years later
July 15, 2015
Both of their Vice Presidents...Lyndon Johnson and Andrew Johnson died 10 years after their Presidents did...Lyndon Johnson 1n 1973 and Andrew Johnson in 1875.
Brian - Canada (26175)
Thanks for the information. I added the material to Similarities Between the Assassinations of Kennedy and Lincoln.
Was U2 the plane or the band?
March 27, 2015
in the U2 thing, I do believe he was speaking of the band U2, not the U2 spy planes. However, I'm a younger reader of your site, so I may be wrong.
- USA (25869)
Billy Joel mentioned U2 as something in 1960. That is the year the spy plane was shot done.
The band U2 started in 1976, but they really didn't get popular until the mid-1980s.
Heavy metal and suicide are separate subjects
January 30, 2015
According to billy joel's website its "heavy metal, suicide" meaning they're separate topics
- USA (25734)
Thanks for the feedback.
Several sources--including Wikipedia--do not have the comma. On the other hand, it is true that Billy Joel's website and several others include the comma.
I added the comma and updated the information on the We Didn't Start the Fire - Facts page.
Correction on Sergei Sergeyevich Prokofiev
December 12, 2014
Sorry, but i find mistake-
Sergei Sergeyevich Prokofiev - 23 April 1891 – 5 March 1953) was a Russian composer, pianist and conductor. As the creator of acknowledged masterpieces across numerous musical genres, he is regarded as one of the major composers of the 20th century.
Prokofiev was born in 1891[n 2] in Sontsovka (now Krasne, Krasnoarmiisk Raion, Donetsk Oblast, eastern Ukraine), a remote rural estate in the Yekaterinoslav Governorate of the Russian Empire. His father Sergei Alexeyevich Prokofiev, originally from Moscow, was an agronomist. Prokofiev's mother, Maria (née Zhitkova), came from a family of former serfs who had been owned by the Sheremetev family, under whose patronage serf-children were taught theatre and arts from an early age
Vasily - Russia (25639)
Thank you for pointing out my error. I corrected the material on Sergei Sergeyevich Prokofiev, especially stating that he was Russian.
Rock and roller cola wars
September 2, 2014
In response 23817 in reader feedback for "We Didn't Start the Fire", Katie (not me) states her opinion that Rock and Roller cola wars refers to the problems in Hollywood with cocaine. First, I would point out that crack (cocaine) is referenced earlier in the song. Second, I would refer her to Billy Joels interview at Oxford in 1994 available on YouTube at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dx3T8pbDcms.
Katie - USA (25332)
Thanks for the information. Your view is probably the correct one.
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