A Case of Cherry
January 21, 2011

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Sample of Gong Show Acts

Sample of Gong Show Acts

On This Date in History:

Some of you may remember The Gong Show. People came on the show and the judges would give them a score. If the acts were really bad, a judge would stand up and bang a gong that meant the act was off the show. I think the winner of the show got something like $32.98 or some such odd, low number. America loved it for awhile as they loved to watch the stupid, crummy acts, not the good ones. We love competition but sometimes we seem to gravitate to the most preposterous or bad performances. One of NFL Films most popular team biopic is on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers that lost 26 games in a row and every game in a season…the only team to do so in modern times until the Detroit Lions joined them this year. And of course, there is American Idol and the infamous William Hung. He is probably more well known than most of the winners.

This is not new with America.

William Hung

Before the Gong Show and the Buccaneers and William Hung, there was the Cherry Sisters. They were so bad, they became a smash hit. The Cherry Sisters first took to the stage on this date in 1893 in Marion, Iowa. They received $250 for a one hour show. Pretty good money. In Marion, the folks must have been kind because it was in Marion that they got their only good newspaper review. When they took their act to Cedar Rapids, the local Gazette referred to their performance as “ultimate gall.” The paper also mentioned that people threw overshoes at the ladies. See…Iraqis did not invent the act of throwing shoes at people on stage. Not to outdone by their neighbors, the people of Dubuque tossed a tin wash boiler, turnips and sprayed them down with a fire extinguisher. I’m not sure what a tin wash boiler is but, who brings turnips to a show? The newspaper in Davenport, Iowa issued a warning to would be concert-goers. Rocks larger than two inches would not be allowed in the theatre! I guess Constitutional rights only go so far….one inch rocks were okay but two inches? Forget it!

Addie and Effie (One In Middle Not Jessie)

Eventually, the act was so bad, it became popular and the “The Celebrated Cherry Sisters” made their way to the big time of the Big Apple. Yup…they went to Broadway in 1896 under the guidance of none other than Flo Ziegfeld himself. People came to the theatre in droves just to hurl insults and garbage at them. Much like the Blues Brothers, the stage manager stretched a fish net across the stage to protect them from hurtling objects. But, it finally went too far.

These ladies were indeed modern women determined to move ahead the process of jurisprudence when they did a very late 20th century thing. They sued. The Des Moines Leader wrote a review that called “Addie” a “capering monstrosity of 35” and sister “Effie” “an old jade of 50 summers.” Not true…Effie lived until 1944. It was kinder to “Jessie” referring as a “frisky filly of 40.”

Hideous Creatures?

The truth is that Jessie died of typhoid in 1903 at age 31. It also called the sounds the sisters made “were like the wailings of damned souls.” I don’t know why they sued the Leader because Billy Hamilton of the Odebolt Chronicle in western Iowa called the ladies “three hideous creatures surpassing the witches of MacBeth.” I guess being a hideous creature and people throwing rocks and garbage was one thing but telling the public that Effie was 50 was too much. So what did the judge do? He had them perform in court and the case was closed. He ruled in favor of the newspaper saying that “Freedom of discussion is guaranteed by our fundamental law.” This was not just any court though…it was the Iowa State Supreme Court and, while the Sister’s act may be long forgotten, the case has become a textbook standard citation of First Amendment law under the moniker, the Cherry Case. I don’t know how much money the ladies made but if they pocketed $250 in Marion, Iowa they must have done pretty good in New York. Nevertheless, I doubt if they planned on being remembered in history for a lawsuit against a newspaper that ridiculed them mercilessly. Another case of unintended consequences.

Weather Bottom Line:  Told you there would be snow and the rest of the forecast will hold true as well with pretty cold temperatures through the weekend.  Snow White was driving to Louisville on Thursday and I told her that she would probably not get snow until about the time she it Lexington.  She reported that at the 75/64 interchange, she saw her first snowflake.  She took some issue with the conditions of I-64 on Thursday afternoon from about Shelbyville on in. Not sure why the road was not addressed since this storm was well known in advance.  On Monday, there is another chance for snow but this one probably won’t be as significant as the system is southern in nature and will be traversing the Dixie states well to our South.  Nevertheless, some over running moisture will bring at least some snow showers if not light snow  We may get back above freezing on Thursday afternoon.

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Tragic, Odd Day For Coaches; Winter Storm Warning
January 27, 2009

Coaches Are Often Held In High Regard...But Are they Above the Law?

Coaches Are Often Held In High Regard...But Are they Above the Law?

 

On This Date in History:  You may have read on these here pages a few days about about the Cherry Case.  It had to do with the Cherry Sisters who were so awful, they were popular.  People came in droves to theatres all around the country to see the terrible sister singing act just so they could hurl insults, rocks and garbage.  Newspapermen were consistently cruel but one went too far when he described one of the sisters as being a matronly 50 years of age.  She sued and the case became a landmark in libel law. 

Tragic and Sad Loss

Tragic and Sad Loss

Well, today we have a new case that will be a precedent setting case.  This past summer, a high school football coach was working out his boys when he decided they needed to run wind sprints.  The heat index was high in the 90’s but that’s not too extreme for summer.  At the end, one of the boys unfortunately went down and eventually died from heat stroke.  Apparently the boy was using Creatine and also was on some sort of medication, but no autopsy was performed. It is an incredibly sad and tragic story for the boy and his family.  They will probably never be the same.  The school district had a significant delay on the follow up investigation.  Now, the coach has been charged with a form of negligent homicide in the boys death and he was arraigned on Monday January 26, 2009.  On this date in 2009, the coach is out on his on recognizance until the trial in March.  Coaches across the nation are watching this case closely.  The story is turning into one of international interest.  Here is a note of interest; the game has always been dangerous.  President Theodore Roosevelt threatened to ban the game if the rules weren’t changed to make it more safe.  A Sports Illustrated study shows that from 1967 to 1990, some 300 deaths were attributed to football with 1990 being the only one with zero deaths.  Yet, this is the first time a coach has been charged with a crime.

Team That Lost Is Not Defeated

Team That Lost Is Not Defeated

Meanwhile,  on this date in 2009, a Dallas high school basketball coach is without a job.  Coaches summarily are fired for losing too many games.  This coach was fired for winning too big.  He was the coach of a girls basketball team that last week beat another girls team 100-0.  Reports are the winners were ahead 59-0 at half time and was still shooting 3-pointers in the 4th quarter with many of the starters playing well into the second half.  The national public outcry was loud and the school administrators made a public apology saying it was “shameful” and an “embarrassment.”  The other school’s players didn’t complain but instead said they just wanted to get better.   They knew that the other girls had been playing ball for a number of years and that they were just learning.  The coach couldn’t just let things lie.  Instead, he responded by saying that his players had nothing to be ashamed of and disagreed with the

Heisman Didn't Get Fired, He Got a Trophy!

Heisman Didn't Get Fired, He Got a Trophy!

administration.  That administration fired him over the weekend.  I want to know who scheduled the game in the first place.  Our team in Junior High once beat anothter team 74-0 and another team 83-3.  We were just playing the game. We couldn’t just quit and lie down and if we did, the other team really would have been humiliated.  The greatest college football loss was 222-0 with Georgia Tech beating Cumberland in 1916.  Neither team got a first down because Georgia Tech scored every time it got the ball. Tech coach John Heisman wasn’t fired…they named a trophy for him.  Some reports claim that the game was called after 3 quarters with some of the players on Cumberland going over to Georgia Tech.  Now, that is shameful.  It’s parents who usually get all worked up over it .  But, the coach probably should have kept his opinion to himself.

Weather Bottom Line:   Well, it’s here and it’s still going to be a wait and see proposition.  Okay..there is the snow on Tuesday morning.  It’s the sleet/freezing rain prospects on Tuesday that cannot really be said with 100% certainty.  When we make a forecast, we generally do the best we have with the data available but we’re talking about such a small area of different conditions that it’s really tough what to say when you want to pin point it to a specific location.   The earth is 25,000 miles around and, in this case, a

NAM 00Z Tue Snow Accumulation Through Wed Eve

NAM 00Z Tue Snow Accumulation Through Wed Eve

mere 40 miles can be the difference between a foot of snow and sleet and freezing rain with everywhere in between getting something in between.  Now, when I look at the breakdown of the 18Z Mon 01.26.09 GFS, it comes out with 4 inches of snow through Tuesday morning.  Then there is about 3/4″ of frozen precip followed by another 3.5″ of snow on Tuesday night.  That seems to hold with the graphical depiction of the 00Z GFS Tuesday Snow accumulation forecast.  The NAM 00Z Tuesday breaks down with 6.2 inches of snow until midday Tuesday at which time it turns to over 1.1 inches of freezing precip through Tuesday night.    Either way, its a mess.  I suspect what will happen is that the northern part of the viewing area will see all snow and thus be closer to 10 inches if not an even foot in some areas by the time its all done with Wednesday morning.  In Louisville, I kinda lean a bit toward the GFS though would think that a 2-4 inch total first followed by closer to an inch of frozen precip then with maybe an inch at best of snow on the back side on Tuesday night and Wednesday morning.  Down south, it will be more of a sleet/freezing rain/rain/sleet/light snow

GFS 00ZTue 01.27.09 Snow Accumulation Through Wed Eve

GFS 00ZTue 01.27.09 Snow Accumulation Through Wed Eve

scenario.  Having said all of that, the exact totals in your backyard is really really pushing the limits of what humans can do.  Remember, some of the frozen precip will fall as sleet, which is okay by me because that won’t be as much of a problem as freezing rain.  I’m hoping that most of this stuff falls in frozen form.  Nevertheless, I suggest you do as I am doing and that is to prepare for a few inches of snow through Tuesday morning then followed by a real possibility of icing roads and powerlines in the afternoon,  especially from Louisville and points south.  Hopefully, any ice won’t be overly thick and the winds not high enough to cause power outages but be prepared for that possibility.  Then, expect another round of an inch or so of snow  on Tuesday night and early Wednesday.  Expect cold conditions to persist into the weekend when things may moderate a shade.  A Winter Storm Warning is in effect into Wednesday morning.

Try This Cherry and I’m in Heat!
January 21, 2009

cherry1

Sample of Gong Show Acts

Sample of Gong Show Acts

On This Date in History:

  Some of you may remember The Gong Show.  People came on the show and the judges would give them a score.  If the acts were really bad, a judge would stand up and bang a gong that meant the act was off the show.  I think the winner of the show got something like $32.98 or some such odd, low number.  America loved it for awhile as they loved to watch the stupid, crummy acts, not the good ones.  We love competition but sometimes we seem to gravitate to the most preposterous or bad performances.  One of NFL Films most popular team biopics is on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers that lost 26 games in a row and every game in a season…the only team to do so in modern times until the Detroit Lions joined them this year.  And of course, there is American Idol and the infamous William Hung.  He is probably more well known than most of the winners.

This is not new with America.

William Hung

William Hung

Before the Gong Show and the Buccaneers and William Hung, there was the Cherry Sisters.  They were so bad, they became a smash hit.  The Cherry Sisters first took to the stage on this date in 1893 in Marion, Iowa.  They received $250 for a one hour show.  Pretty good money.  In Marion, the folks must have been kind because it was in Marion that they got their only good newspaper review.  When they took their act to Cedar Rapids, the local Gazette referred to their performance as “ultimate gall.”  The paper also mentioned that people threw overshoes at the ladies.  See…Iraqis did not invent the act of throwing shoes at people on stage.  Not to outdone by their neighbors, the people of Dubuque tossed a tin wash boiler, turnips and sprayed them down with a fire extinguiser.  I’m not sure what a tin wash boiler is but, who brings turnips to a show?  The newspaper in Davenport, Iowa issued a warning to would be concert-goers.  Rocks larger than two inches would not be allowed in the theatre!  I guess Constitutional rights only go so far….one inch rocks were okay but two inches? Forget it!

Addie and Effie (One In Middle Not Jessie)

Addie and Effie (One In Middle Not Jessie)

Eventually, the act was so bad, it became popular and the “The Celebrated Cherry Sisters” made their way to the big time of the Big Apple.  Yup…they went to Broadway in 1896 under the guidance of none other than Flo Ziegfeld himself.  People came to the theatre in droves just to hurl insults and garbage at them.  Much like the Blues Brothers, the stage manager stretched a fishnet across the stage to protect them from hurtling objects.   But, it finally went too far.

These ladies were indeed modern women determined to move ahead the process of jurisprudence when they did a very late 20th century thing.  They sued.  The Des Moines Leader wrote a review that called “Addie” a “capering monstrosity of 35” and sister “Effie” “an old jade of 50 summers.”  Not true…Effie lived until 1944.  It was kinder to “Jessie” referring as a “frisky filly of 40.” The truth

Hideous Creatures?

Hideous Creatures?

is that Jessie died of typhoid in 1903 at age 31.  It also called the sounds the sisters made “were like the wailings of damned souls.”  I don’t know why they sued the Leader because Billy Hamilton of the Odebolt Chronicle in western Iowa called the ladies “three hideous creatures surpassing the witches of MacBeth.”  I guess being a hideous creature and people throwing rocks and garbage was one thing but telling the public that Effie was 50 was too much.  So what did the judge do?  He had them perform in court and the case was closed.  He ruled in favor of the newspaper saying that “Freedom of discussion is guaranteed by our fundamental law.”  This was not just any court though…it was the Iowa State Supreme Court and, while the Sister’s act may be long forgotten, the case has become a textbook standard citation of First Amendment law under the moniker, the Cherry  Case.  I don’t know how much money the ladies made but if they pocketed $250 in Marion, Iowa they must have done pretty good in New York.  Nevertheless, I doubt if they planned on being remembered in history for a lawsuit against a newspaper that ridiculed them unmercilessly.  Another case of unintended consequences.

NAM Midday Friday SFC Temp 1.23.09

NAM Midday Friday SFC Temp 1.23.09

No More Cold Nights...Finally

No More Cold Nights...Finally

Weather Bottom Line:

So, wouldn’t you know it…I finally have a new heater and the temperature is going to rise.  Sorta like getting a car wash which is a sure harbinger of rain.  We’ll start gradually warming up as we head toward the end of the week.  The NAM is going so far as to take us toward 50 by midday on Friday.  We chill back to probably the 30’s for the weekend and then we get a little system from the west that will be problematic.  Still tough to make a call at this point but it looks to me like we will be under at least the prospects for rain or freezing rain for the early part of next week.  I sure hope not.  I don’t want an ice storm.  But wouldn’t that be fitting. I finally get a heater and then watch the power go out.  Maybe I should hold on to these crummy space heaters.  But, for now, the home is happy again as my kitties, Nit and Wit are warm and cozy and no longer causing a fuss and I won’t be inclined to stay under the covers all morning long.