Monday, June 11, 2007

Wednesday June 11

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Papa went several days without writing last week due to a deep depression over his father's death, and even though he's emerged from it over the last few days I can only assume today's blank page means it's not over yet.

Meanwhile, the world still turned. Some articles in the New York Times that might have helped Papa pass the time on this day included:

LOEB AND LEOPOLD WILL PLEAD TODAY - Papa would have been ashamed of the killers' Jewish backgrounds, but he presumably found the trial as intriguing as everyone else in the country.

HUMANE TO IMMIGRANTS - Certain immigrants, hung up by quota laws that had changed while they were on their way to Ellis Island, were finally allowed to enter the country. Papa no doubt watched the quota laws closely since he dreamed of bringing his family here.

NATION HEARS BY RADIO. - Fifteen Stations Broadcast Convention to 25,000,000 Listeners. - "Fifteen of the country's most powerful radiophone stations" broadcast the opening of the Republican National Convention, a radio first. (Papa would have been especially interested in this since he was an avid radio listener.) As was typical in those early days of commercial radio, other stations in the New York area went dark temporarily so that WEAF and WJZ could operate without interference (in the 492 and 455 meter bands, respectively). The American Telephone and Telegraph Company delivered the broadcast to its national affiliates by phone line, a still-novel way of doing things. AT&T would continue to use its established infrastructure in this way to become a strong player in the broadcasting business.

RULES FIGHT LOOMS AT CONVENTION HERE; Strategists See McAdoo Victory Under Unit Rule With Two-Thirds Rule Voided. - An ominous harbinger of the upcoming battles that would plague the 1924 Democratic National Convention in New York. With Republicans solidly behind incumbent President Coolidge, the potential clash between Wilson Cabinet luminary William McAdoo and New York Governor Al Smith was one of the national political scene's more intriguing storylines.


Meanwhile, if you're just getting started with Papa's diary, here are a few good subjects to check out:

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