Sunday, January 22, 2017

Wilbur Scoville

(Wikipedia) Wilbur Lincoln Scoville (January 22, 1865 – March 10, 1942) was an American pharmacist best known for his creation of the "Scoville Organoleptic Test", now standardized as the Scoville scale. He devised the test and scale in 1912 while working at the Parke-Davis pharmaceutical company to measure pungency, "spiciness" or "heat", of various chili peppers.
... In 1922, Scoville won the Ebert prize from the American Pharmaceutical Association and in 1929 he received the Remington Honor Medal. Scoville also received an honorary Doctor of Science from Columbia University in 1929. Continued

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Local santero featured in ‘Shrines and Wonders’

Cristo Rey Church near Las Vegas, NM (Sixgun Siding)
(Las Vegas Optic) If the eyes are the windows to the soul, then a new book is giving residents and tourists a glimpse into the soul of Las Vegas and its Hispanic heritage.
Titled “Shrines and Wonders: The Pilgrim’s Guide to Santa Fe and Northern New Mexico,” the book features the Plaza Park bulto of Our Lady of Sorrows in Las Vegas and its creator Margarito R. Mondrag√≥n, a local santero. Continued

Little building, Taiban, NM

Friday, January 20, 2017

Heroism of the "Texas Division"

Litter bearers bring back wounded during attempt to span the Rapido
River near Cassino, Italy.” 23 January 1944 (Wikipedia)
(Texas Day by Day) On this day in 1944, the Thirty-sixth Infantry Division, nicknamed the "Texas Division," began its "two-day nightmare," the crossing of the Rapido River in Italy.
General Mark Clark needed pressure on the German defensive line below Rome to prevent the Germans from counterattacking the projected Allied beachhead at Anzio. Further, an Allied breakthrough into the Liri valley would facilitate the march toward Rome. Continued

Old House 59

Thursday, January 19, 2017

American Endurance: Buffalo Bill, the Great Cowboy Race of 1893, and the Vanishing Wild West

(Kirkus Reviews) The story of an inspired stunt on the part of Buffalo Bill Cody, who organized a horse race from Nebraska to Chicago, the winner claiming his prize in the arena at Cody’s Wild West Show right next door to the world-changing Columbian Exposition of 1893.
The race was decried as an overly attention-greedy stunt, while constabularies scrambled to arrest speeding riders and animal rights activists assembled to protest the perceived mistreatment of the cowboys’ horses. In the end, a rider did materialize, exhausted—and with controversy of another kind swirling around him. Continued

Mac's Bar-B-Q Sauce

Taiban, NM

Monday, January 16, 2017

Young Jim Thorpe, Native American, and His Game-Changing Football Team

(NYTimes) Few of today’s football fans know that much of the game as we now recognize it was developed by a group of Native American kids who were coerced into a Pennsylvania assimilation camp called the Carlisle Indian Industrial School, where they were coached by a man named Glenn (Pop) Warner. Before their legendary seasons from 1907 to 1912 there was no forward pass, no misdirection play, no receivers or tight ends. Along with the outsize athletic ability of the ultratalented Jim Thorpe, the Carlisle Indians’ speed and inventiveness were both revolutionary and wildly successful: Continued