Daily Update: Thursday, March 16th, 2017

03-16 - Samoset

Tomorrow we will have a Saint; in the meantime, we will consider how surprised the Pilgrims at Plymouth Colony were on this day in 1621 (less than three months after their landing) when a Native American (whom the pilgrims termed a “savage”) walked out from the woods, entered the town, and exclaimed in English “Welcome, Englishmen! My name is Samoset.” Early Voting for the Municipal Primary Election on March 25th continues. And today is the birthday of my friend Ed, who was (and is) a friend of Richard’s nephews (the ones belonging to his Sister Bonnie in Texas).

The Native American announced himself to the startled Pilgrims as the envoy of Massasoit, “the greatest commander of the country.” A member of an Abenaki tribe that resided at that time in what is now Maine, Samoset was a sagamore (subordinate chief) of his tribe and was visiting Ousamequin, the sachem, or leader, of the Pokanoket, who was the Massasoit, or great sachem, of the Wampanoag Confederacy. He himself was a Mohegan, and  had learned his broken English from the English fishermen that came to fish off Monhegan Island. After spending the night with the Pilgrims, he came back two days later with Squanto, who spoke English much better than Samoset, and who was able to translate when the Pilgrim leadership met with Chief Massasoit. Samoset was entertained with other Native American leaders in the harbor of present-day Portland, Maine in 1624; after that, the first Native American to contact the Pilgrims fades from history. (The Pilgrims in their accounts kept calling him Somerset instead of Samoset; most of the Pilgrims were from South West England and the county of Somerset.) Early Voting for the Municipal Primary Election on March 25th continues. And today is the birthday of my friend Ed, who was (and is) a friend of Richard’s nephews (the ones belonging to his Sister Bonnie in Texas).

Our #6 ranked LSU Tigers lost their College Baseball game with the New Orleans Privateers by the score of 4 to 7. And our New Orleans Pelicans lost their NBA game with the Miami Heat by the score of 112 to 120. And Richard gathered up the trash and wheeled the trash bin out to the curb.

I woke up later than usual (at 9:30 am) and did my Book Devotional Reading. I then read the Thursday papers, finished my laundry, did my Internet Devotional Reading, and said the First Day of my Annunciation Novena.

Richard and I went over to Lele’s at 11:00 am; she had cooked corned beef, cabbage with potatoes and carrots, and half-ears of corn, and we had a very good meal. (She had wanted to cook for us, as payment for us taking her to her appointment in Lafayette last Thursday, and I feel that we were more than repaid.)

At 12:30 pm we left Lele’s, and I left again in the car for Lafayette at 12:45 pm. My first stop in the Hub City was at the Friends of the Lafayette Public Library Book Sale at the Heymann Performing Arts Center, where I picked up $22.00 worth of used book for me and for our granddaughter. I then went to Alexander Books, and purchased some more books for me and for our granddaughter. At Best Buy I picked up some decent charging cables, and at the Wal-Mart on Ambassador Caffrey I purchased my salad supplies and other needed groceries. On my way home I stopped at the Chevron station in Rayne and gassed up my car.

I arrived home just after 4:30 pm, and listened to Jeopardy! while I made my lunch salads for tomorrow and Sunday. I then ironed my Casino pants, apron, and shirts. That brings me to now, doing my Daily Update; and when I finish this Daily Update, I will get ready for bed. Our #12 LSU Lady Tigers (19-6, 1-2) are playing an Away College Softball game with the Wichita State Lady Shockers.

Tomorrow is a Friday in Lent, so tomorrow is a Day of Abstinence. (Our local Bishop has issued a dispensation from Abstinence for tomorrow, presumably because of all the local St. Joseph Altars, but I will still abstain from meat.) It is also the Optional Memorial of Saint Patrick, Bishop (died c. 460 or c. 493), so tomorrow is Saint Patrick’s Day. (Wear green; and don’t worry if you are not Irish, because not even St. Patrick was Irish.) Early Voting for the Municipal Primary Election on March 25th will continue. Richard and I will return to the casino for the start of our work week, and I will abandon all other books I am reading to start reading Audrey’s Door by Sarah Langan via Kindle on my tablet on my breaks. After lunch, I will do my catch up of some of my tasks I have let slide, and I will also do a couple of Advance Daily Update Drafts for this weblog. Our #12 LSU Lady Tigers will be playing an Away College Softball game with the Omaha Lady Mavericks, and then they will play another Away College Softball game with the Kansas Lady Jayhawks. Our #6 LSU Tigers (13-5, 0-0) will begin their SEC Schedule with a Home College Baseball game with the Georgia Bulldogs (8-1, 0-0), and our New Orleans Pelicans (27-41, 3-9) will play a Home NBA game with the Houston Rockets (47-21, 9-5).

Our Parting Quote this Thursday afternoon comes to us from Mitch Leigh, American composer. Born as Irwin Michnick in 1928 in Brooklyn, New York, his father was a furrier from Ukraine. He grew up in the Brownsville neighborhood of Brooklyn, served in the Army,  and attended Yale University on the G.I. Bill, receiving his bachelor’s degree in music in 1951 and his master’s, also in music, the following year. He began his career as a jazz musician working at an advertising company, writing jingles, and established Music Makers, Inc. in 1957, a radio and television commercial production house with Leigh as its creative director. He also composed incidental music for a couple of short-lived Broadway comedies, Too True to Be Good (1963) and Never Live Over a Pretzel Factory (1964). In 1965 he was asked to write the music for a new show that was going to try out at the Goodspeed Opera House in East Haddam, Conn, teaming with lyricist Joe Darion and writer Dale Wasserman to write a musical based on Wasserman’s 1959 television play, I, Don Quixote. The show, Man of La Mancha, opened in New York the next year and ran until 1971, a total of 2,328 performances. It won five Tony Awards, including best composer and lyricist (Leigh and Darion) and best musical. Richard Kiley originated the dual role of Don Quixote, a doddering gentleman knight with a grand imagination, and Quixote’s creator, the Spanish author Miguel de Cervantes. He wrote the music for several more Broadway shows, including Cry for Us All (1970), Home Sweet Homer (1976) and Sarava (1979), but they all closed after painfully short runs. In 1977 Leigh and others at the Yale School of Music established the Keith Wilson scholarship, to be awarded “to an outstanding major in wind instrument playing.” He maintained his work in advertising, writing jingles for L & M cigarettes, Ken-L Ration dog food and Consolidated Foods, which became the Sara Lee Corporation. The lyrics “Everybody doesn’t like something, but nobody doesn’t like Sara Lee” were written by a Doyle Dane Bernbach advertising executive, but the music was Leigh’s. He produced the 1983 Broadway revival of Mame, starring Angela Lansbury, and directed the 1985 revival of The King and I, with Yul Brynner (for which he was nominated for a Tony Award). His last original contribution was the music for Ain’t Broadway Grand, a musical comedy about the producer Mike Todd, which ran for three weeks at the Lunt-Fontanne Theater in 1993. In his later years he created Jackson 21, a village-like development in Jackson Township, N.J., on land he had begun buying in the 1960s as a tax shelter. The development was intended for artists of all kinds,  though others were accepted as well. Leigh endowed the Willie Ruff Chair in Jazz at Yale University in 2006 (died 2014): “There’s more musical freedom on Madison Avenue than anywhere else. It’s an Eden for a composer.”

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