The Daily Dose/Saturday, November 23, 2019

The Daily Dose/November 23, 2019
By Gaylon Kent
America’s Funniest Guy

Leading Off
Notes from our human experience…

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Today At The Site
The Diary of a Nobody: Mr Technology manages to get music from his player to play in his new ride. 

All right, I tried connecting the old phone via Bluetooth, something I probably should have thought of earlier…This worked, however, the names of the songs and artists don’t display and the only control you have on the screen is moving to another song…If you want to play playlists and whatnot you have to control it from the player which I really want to whine about but there are people living in North Korean prison camps that would love to have this problem…Plus, I remember promising never to whine again after reading in roots about Kunta Kinte being tied up in the hold of a ship lying in his own filth after being captured…I just might look into transferring songs onto a new player, something in step with current technology.

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On This Date
In 1992 – The first smartphone, the IBM Simon though then code-named the Angler, debuts at a Las Vegas electronics show. The Simon could send and receive not only texts and emails but faxes as well and generally combined a PDA with a cellphone. The Simon was not available for purchase until the summer of 1994 and sold about 50,000 units and was soon replaced with the flip phone.

In 1968 – Harvard and Yale tie 28-28 in the 85th edition of what is referred to simply as The Game. Yale led 29-13 with inside a minute left when Harvard tied it with two touchdowns and two two-point conversions, which sandwiched an onsides kick recovery. The win inspired a now-famous headline the following day in Harvard’s student newspaper: Harvard Beats Yale 29-29. The 136th edition of The Game will be played today and Yale leads the series 67-60-8. 

In 1974 – Billy Swan is at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for the first of two consecutive weeks with I Can Help. The song was a huge international hit, going to #1 in 13 other countries including Belgium, Canada and Norway and would later spend two weeks at #1 on Billboard’s country chart. Though Swan had two other Hot 100 hits, and had successful careers as a songwriter and session musician, I Can Help remains his only Top 40 hit. Swan has said he wrote the song in 20 minutes.

We cherish the illusion that vice commands a cunning which virtue cannot rival.
Robert Lacey

Answer To The Last Trivia Question
Kenny Rogers has had 21 #1 songs on Billboard’s country chart. 

Today’s Stumper
When was the first Harvard/Yale football game played? – Answer next time!


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