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Farmers market tonight!
It starts at 5 p.m., on Grinnell Plaza.
Last week’s market was thriving, given how more and more vendors are coming.
If you’re a particular vintage and did well in American history classes in school, the Bunker Hill battle (June 17, 1775) is a familiar story. Farmers convene in Boston, which was thick with the king’s army in its gaudy red uniforms and snooty leadership. The citizen militia kicks the British booty right on out of town. It was part of the kindling for the greater fire of national revolution.
Celebrated historian Nathaniel Philbrick has a fine book, “Bunker Hill — A City, A Siege, a Revolution.” Philbrick in a lively narrative offers the detailed, day-to-day lives of those doing the actual fighting and those trying mightily to resist. If fancy polling like we have today existed then, most of the citizens would have replied that they enjoyed being part of an English colony. But what they wanted most of all was to have the British soldiers, quite often brutish, get of out their sight, out of their homes, out of “their” country and to leave them the heck alone. Philbrick focuses on this particular event and the incidences leading up to it, leaving the greater story of a long revolution to others. The story is rich with incidental heroes, villains (stooges of the British), vainly empowered by a dose of authority and interesting back stories which started the tapestry of a country.
It’s available from our local book seller, Sheridan Stationery, Books and Gallery, right there in the heart of Historic Downtown Sheridan.
Incidentally, Robbie and John Smith, book store owners, welcome celebrated Wyoming mystery writer, C.J. Box to their store at 5 p.m. Friday. Expect a crowd as Box is a popular writer and has had three novels published in 2013, the most recent, “The Highway.” Box lives near Cheyenne with his three daughters. His book, “Blue Heaven,” published in 2008 won the Edgar Award for best mystery.
I see by the paper……
A San Francisco court has ruled that Ernest Evans, better known as the singer Chubby Checker, can sue software giant Hewlett Packard Co. for use of his trademarked name. H-P had developed a software app — the Chubby Checker — that was used primarily in Palm units to measure male genitalia. HP says it removed the app a year ago.
Evans, or Checker, first gained fame with the 1960 song, “The Twist,” which went to number one on Billboard Magazine’s hot singles chart where it remained for 18 weeks. It also inspired a dance by the same name. HP developed in the measuring device app in 2006. HP told the court it didn’t know of any copyright infringement. The judge disagreed and ruled in the singer’s favor.