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Chamber slogan; Beatles debut show

Think Local. Buy Local. Be Local.

That’s the new Sheridan County Chamber of Commerce mantra unveiled Wednesday at its monthly luncheon. This meeting was a bit different than others as it celebrated the past year’s accomplishments with a look ahead to what’s unfolding in 2014. It was led by Chamber exec Dixie Johnson, a golfer, who noted that the days are getting longer and how she’s ready to tee it up, and by Wendy Smith, the marketing and public information professional at our Sheridan College. To wit:

• The Chamber has a membership of 605 mostly small businesses in Sheridan County, up from 527 in 2009. Ninety-five percent of those members renewed for 2014.

• The Chamber celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2013. (The Sheridan Press was a charter member.) Its core mission is to be the top business resource for the county.

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The Sheridan Press’ classified advertising/knows-everyone receptionist, Maureen Legerski, celebrated a birthday earlier this week. We jointly noted – to much younger staff members and peers – that we were the only ones under this roof that watched the ‘Ed Sullivan Show’ when the Beatles made their famous American debut, Feb. 9, 1964. Much has been made of the 50th anniversary and rightly so.

Maureen and I were both sixth graders. She watched the show from her living room in Big Horn with her sister, having just relocated to the area from Casper. I watched it on our single black-and-white television set in Marshall, Tex. The next day at Davy Crockett Elementary, the show was big news. Some wore a butt-ugly ‘Beatles wig,’ until teachers ruled them a distraction and off they came. It was purchased from a magic store the previous weekend while in downtown Dallas. My mother protested the cost for the cheap hairpiece, but I protested, as in, “hey, I made the honor roll; you said whatever I wanted.” It was a decidedly uncool thing to wear, unlike the ‘Meet the Beatles’ album which is still safely tucked away, reminder of that Sunday night 50 years ago. Fifty years?

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Dept. of incidental info…….

• The first Academy Awards television broadcast? It was Mar. 19, 1953. The first time in color? April 18, 1966. Both ceremonies were hosted by comedian and actor Bob Hope.

• Jay Leno recently retired as host of NBC’s ‘Tonight Show.’ Jimmy Fallon takes over Feb. 17 as only the fourth host since Jack Paar quit in 1962. Leno has the record for the most episodes as host, some 4,610 shows. The legendary Johnny Carson was second with 4,531 episodes as host. Conan O’Brien had 146 shows during his abbreviated run.

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Happy Valentine’s Day, Sheridan!

 

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