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Author:  salzberg [ Thu May 29, 2003 3:39 am ]
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On this day in 1912, fifteen women were dismissed from their jobs at the Curtis Publishing Company in Philadelphia, PA for dancing the "Turkey Trot" while on the job.

Author:  Stuart Sweeney [ Thu May 29, 2003 3:43 am ]
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Jeff, was it the dance or the quality of the performance that was the trouble?

Author:  salzberg [ Thu May 29, 2003 5:01 am ]
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Yes.

Author:  Stuart Sweeney [ Thu May 29, 2003 5:07 am ]
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Thank you for the clarification.

Author:  salzberg [ Thu May 29, 2003 8:37 am ]
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Well, having been a wee mite at the time, I wasn't there, but I'd bet it was the quality of performance.

After all, the Curtis Publishing Company was the publisher of the Saturday Evening Post, which was founded by Ben Franklin, who had losted it while he was out flying kites in the rain. Franklin was a big fan of turkeys, trotting or otherwise, and had even suggested that the turkey be America's national symbol rather than the eagle, the eagle being a symbol of war (and any Iraqi or Afghan can tell you what a peaceloving nation we are) and besides, turkeys taste better. I can't believe the company would discriminate against Avian-Americans.

Author:  Stuart Sweeney [ Thu May 29, 2003 1:05 pm ]
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Thanks once again for this insightful analysis Jeff. Who could argue with one word?

Author:  salzberg [ Sat May 31, 2003 3:46 am ]
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It's now May 31.

On this day in 1979, the restored Radio City Music Hall was reopened, amongst much pomp and celebration, including, one supposes, the Rockettes' red glare.

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Author:  salzberg [ Fri Jul 18, 2003 4:04 am ]
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On July 18, 1936, the first Oscar Meyer Wienermobile rolled out of General Body Company?s factory in Chicago.

Author:  salzberg [ Sat May 29, 2010 12:25 pm ]
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Bringing this up front, on this auspicious day.

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