Rodeo magazine; Gettysburg oratory

Free concert tonight!

Taesub Kim will be playing The Brinton Museum Steinway.

The performance begins at 7 p.m.

Associate curator Barbara Schuster says to bring a lawn chair, or blanker and to “come enjoy this talented young man’s gift of music to all of us.”

The Brinton Museum is located in Big Horn on 239 Brinton Road. Info: 307-672-3173

••••••

The 2013 Sheridan-Wyo-Rodeo magazine — all 80 pages of full color features, photos, histories, schedules and all things that are Sheridan’s premier community event — will be in Wednesday’s editions of The Sheridan Press. It’ll also be posted online and distributed throughout the area in free racks. It’s part of our Destination Sheridan series.

••••••

Sesquicentennial celebrations regarding Gettysburg have been getting a lot of attention and will peak on the 150th anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address, which was given on Nov. 19, 1863 at the dedication of the Soldiers’ National Cemetery in Gettysburg, Penn.

A person who has also been getting a lot of ink is Edward Everett (1794-1865), the featured speaker that hallowed day in Gettysburg. Everett was one of the most accomplished Americans of the day – former president of Harvard, former member of both the U.S. House and Senate, former governor of Massachusetts. He was considered the foremost orator of the day. Everett was the “main event” with Lincoln’s speech considered secondary.

For two hours, Everett spoke. Two hours, in all, some 13,508 words. After some music, Lincoln took the stage and gave what many consider the best speech in U.S. history. (Dr. Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech, a rival.) It was 268 words and lasted less than three minutes and was interrupted by applause five times.

As for Everett, his “Gettysburg Oration” is mostly lost to history, though Lincoln gave him one of five copies of his speech. Everett wrote to Lincoln admiringly afterwards: “I should be glad if I could flatter myself that I came as near to the central idea of the occasion in two hours, as you did in two minutes.”

••••••

OK, OK; let’s try this again.

The last line of this story was removed inadvertently from last Thursday’s Notebook

The able-bodied young man walks into the local welfare office to pick up his check. He marches up to the counter and says, “Hi. You know, I just hate drawing welfare. I’d really rather have a job. I don’t like taking advantage of the system — getting something for nothing.”

The clerk behind the counter says, “Your timing is excellent. We just got a job opening from a wealthy man who wants a chauffeur and bodyguard for his beautiful, 21-year-old daughter. You’ll have to drive her around in his Mercedes-Benz CL. He will supply all of your clothes. Because of the long hours, meals will be provided. You’ll also be expected to escort the daughter on all her holiday trips.

The guy, just plain wide-eyed, says, “You’re kiddin’ me!”

The clerk replies, “Yeah, well — you started it.”

About

  Email | Twitter