Norsk Hostfest

Minot, North Dakota is the host of the biggest Scandinavian Festival in the United States.  This year’s festival will be held September 27-30, 2017.

I learned about the Hostfest from Nicole Jorgenson who was a guest on Radio 3Fourteen a few weeks ago. Nicole spoke about growing up in a small farming town in North Dakota where the boys hunted before school and nobody locked their doors. After high school she was off to the Berklee School of Music in Boston where she was engulfed in culture shock. After college she was off to Germany where she began her career as a Soprano. In addition to performing and teaching music, Nicole witness, first-hand, Germany’s “sudden” immigration invasion, which appeared to be anything but “sudden” and unplanned.  Ultimately, Nicole re-embraced her roots and returned to North Dakota where she currently lives with her husband and child.

Check out Nicole and host Lana at Radio 3Fourteen here.

The Night The Silver Fox Played Goal

I have insomnia and I cannot get this poem out of my head.  It is a poem about New York Ranger’s great, Lester Patrick, aka The Silver Fox.

Patrick was the coach of the Rangers in 1928. They were playing the Montreal Maroons for the Stanley Cup.  During the series, Rangers goalie Lorne Chabot, was injured. At that time, teams didn’t carry a backup goalie.  They could bring in a reserve goalie from the stands, if needed, but had to have the opposing team’s approval.  There were two reserve goalies in attendance but the Montreal Maroons refused to allow them to play.  To remedy the situation, the 44 year old coach of the Rangers, Lester Patrick, “donned the pads” for the Broadway Blueshirts.

This poem was in a hockey book I read about 40 years ago.  I don’t remember the name of the book, but I still remember the poem.

Twas in the spring of ’28

A golden Ranger page

That Lester got the summons to guard to the Blueshirt cage

Cabot had stopped a fast one

A bad break for our lads

The cup at stake and no one

To don the Ranger pads

We’re cooked lamented Patrick

This crisis I had feared

He leaned upon his newest crutch

And wept inside his beard

Then suddenly he came to life

No longer halt or lame

Gimme those pads he bellowed

I used to play this game

And how the Rangers shouted

How Patrick was acclaimed

The Maroons stood sneering, gloating, they should have been ashamed

The final score was 2 to 1 Ole Les had met the test

The Rangers finally won the cup but Les has since confessed

I just spoke up to cheer the boys

I must have been delirious 

But now that I’m in reminisence

I’m glad they took me serious.”

Survival of the Richest

Is a new book by Don Jeffries that outlines the huge income disparity in the United States.  The worst part is, as Jeffries statistically details, the wage gap is only getting worse, to the point where the United States can no longer be considered a first world nation.

He was a guest on Coast To Coast AM this past Sunday, hosted by Richard Syrett.

JFK’s Driver…

I first became interested in the assassination of John F. Kennedy on November 21, 2011. I was listening to my favorite radio program, Coast To Coast AM, with George Noory. George was interviewing Barry Ernest, author of The Girl on the Stairs: My Search For A Missing Witness To The Assassination Of John F. Kennedy.

Needless to say, I was fascinated, infuriated and hooked on the caper.  Since then I have read several books regarding JFK’s murder and several other books that touch on it.  In the later category Behold A Pale Horse by Milton William Cooper.  Cooper says was convinced that JFK’s driver was at least one of the shooters/murderers.  He said to watch the Zapruder film and only look at the driver.  He said that if you pay attention to the driver only, you will see him turn around and shoot JFK.

Well, I did as instructed above. At first it did look like the driver, Bill Greer, turns around and shoots him.  However, now I’m not so sure.

What do you think? have a look at around the 30-31 second mark.

 

Charles G. Dawes…

is the only vice-president and Nobel Peace Prize winner with a No. 1 pop hit in both Britain and America.

Dawes “was a self-taught pianist and composer whose 1912 ‘Melody in A Major‘ was given words in 1951 to become the popular song titled ‘It’s All In The Game.’  Recorded by countless artists who ranged from Nat King Cole to Donny & Marie Osmand, it made Dawes the only vice-president and Nobel Peace Prize winner with a No. 1 pop hit in both Britain and America.”  (Al Capone: His Life, Legacy and Legend by Deirdre Bair, page 175)

Make Your Own Ringtones For iPhone or Android Phone

I found this video on how to create my own custom ringtones for my iPhone (or android). It is a little old but still works well. I’m using iTunes version 12.5.5.5.

Here is a summary of the steps:

  1. Open iTunes and select a song.
  2. Right click on the highlighted song and select “Get Info”.
  3. Click on the “Options” tab.
  4. Check both boxes next to “Start” and “Stop” – This is the start and stop times you want to use as a ringtone. (I believe the tone length has to be less than or equal to 45 seconds. Anything longer will not be recognized by iPhone as a ringtone.)
  5. Click “OK”
  6. From the file menu at the top left of iTunes select “Convert” > “Create AAC Version”. This will create a copy of the file and place it directly underneath the original file.
  7. Highlight the original file and turn off the check boxes next to “Start” and “Stop” to restore the file to its original condition.
  8. Now, drag and drop the new, AAC file, to your desktop.
  9. Rename the file extension on your desktop to .mp3r or .mp4r.
  10. Delete the ACC version inside of iTunes
  11. Drag and drop the .mp3r or .mp4r file from your desktop to your “Tones” folder in iTunes.
  12. Connect your iPhone to your computer and synchronize the tones folder.  (Note: Sometimes my computer recognizes my iPhone without plugging it in.)

Let me know if you run into any trouble.