Daily Report – Friday, June 15, 2018

Today on The Diary of a Nobody, Sparrow gets down to business as commander of his Sons of the Legion squadron after his adjutant, Tim, calls him wondering what the deal is with all the paperwork he was sent. They decide to hold a meeting of the squadron and Sparrow fills out some of the paperwork himself and later makes an appointment for an oil change at the local shop.

Another day off for The Thought for the Day, so we pulled one from last year from J.C. Watts, a former Oklahoma Congressman who sports fans will remember as a quarterback for the Oklahoma Sooners. We were listening to Watts speak at the GOP convention in San Diego in 1996 and Watt’s quote is about the American dream.

The first rewrite of Criminals, Courtesans and Constables is in progress and boy, there have been some changes, including a couple of ‘what was I thinking’ instances. This is why you do rewrites, so you can put down what you meant to say, as opposed to what you actually did say the first time around. The love-in that is finishing the first draft is nothing more than a pleasant memory and it is time to get to work.

On This Date:
In 1215 – King John of England affixes his seal to the Magna Carta, a peace treaty with assorted barons who had gotten their shorts in a knot over his reign. The treaty guaranteed, among other things, church freedoms, freedom from illegal imprisonment and limits on payments to the crown. Though the Magna Carta would lose some of its practical significance over the years, it did have a profound influence on the United States Constitution.

In 1938 – Johnny Vander Meer of the Cincinnati Reds becomes the only major league pitcher to pitch consecutive no-hitters, defeating the Brooklyn Dodgers 6-0. On June 11, he had no-hit the Boston Braves. His hitless innings streak would last through the third inning of his next start, and his 21 consecutive hitless innings are still the National League record.

In 1968 – Simon and Garfunkel retain the #1 spot on Billboard’s Hot 100 for the third and final week with Mrs. Robinson. It would be their second of three #1’s (Sound of Silence; Bridge Over Troubled Water) and would win Grammy Awards for Record of the Year and Best Contemporary Pop Performance – Vocal Duo or Group.

Have a good day, and thanks for reading.

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