Well, it’s September 1st and we are heading into fall. I’m not complaining since I love this time of year, but it is a bit sad seeing the summer come to an end so quickly. It just feels like it was here and gone before we knew it! I posted the Monthly and Weekly celebrations on a different post, so you could see all the fun that I just don’t have time to write about individually. I’d never get off the computer if I did! I don’t want anyone to feel deprived of as much celebration as they can handle, so they are there for everyone to enjoy. For today though, I have a great selection for you to have fun with for this 1st day of September though – so let’s see what we have in store!
Emma M. Nutt Day – In January of 1878 the Boston Telephone Dispatch Company had started hiring men as telephone operators, starting with George Willard Croy. Men, including Emma’s husband, had been very successful telegraphy operators, but their attitudes (lack of patience) and behavior (pranks and cursing) was not acceptable for live telephone. To take care of that issue the company began hiring women operators instead. So, on September 1, 1878, Emma Nutt was hired, started a career that lasted somewhere between 33 and 37 years. She retired in 1911 (or 1915). A few short hours after Emma started work her sister Stella Nutt became the world’s second female telephone operator. Stella only worked as an operator for a few short years, rather than making it her whole career like Emma did. The customers responded to Emma’s soothing, cultured voice, and her patience, and customer approval was so overwhelmingly positive that all of the men were soon replaced by women. Emma was hired by Alexander Graham Bell, changing her job from the telegraph office to the telephone company. She was paid a salary of $10 per month for a 54 hour week. Reports say she could remember every number in the telephone directory of the New England Telephone Company. For a woman to qualify for the position of telephone operator she had to be between the ages of seventeen and twenty-six, be unmarried, look prim and proper, and have arms long enough to reach the top of the tall switchboard. **The scene from “Bold Experiment – The Telephone Story” shows Emma and Stella Nutt, working alongside a male operator at the Edwin Holmes Telephone Dispatch Company.
Chicken Boy’s Day – Today we celebrate the birthday of Chicken Boy. No, it’s not a cruel nickname. Chicken Boy is a roadside icon that was erected in the 1960s on top of a fried chicken restaurant in Los Angeles. A 22 foot boy with the head of a chicken, holding a bucket of deep fried chicken. This fiberglass statue was a famous landmark on Route 66 for many years. When the restaurant closed in 1984, Ellen Bloom and her friends decided that Chicken Boy was worth saving and made arrangements for him to be moved to her house. Chicken boy kept him their for 23 years, knowing that someday she would find a special place for him. She was so convinced about that that she published a catalog that included gifts like Chicken Boy logo merchandise and things that Chicken Boy would be proud to have, if he were a real boy.
National No Rhyme (Nor Reason) Day – A lot of things seem to happen without any rhyme or reason, but today we celebrate the actual English words that do not rhyme with any other words. These are all words that poets should try to avoid if they write the sort of poetry that is supposed to rhyme! One word without a “perfect” rhyme is the word ORANGE. The words MONTH, SILVER and PURPLE are also without a perfect rhyming match.
This Day In History –
1830 – “Mary Had a Little Lamb” was published.
1878 – Emma M. Nutt becomes the first woman telephone operator. 1939 – Germany invades Poland, starting World War II
Food Celebration of the Day –
National Cherry Popover Day – Popovers are the American version of Yorkshire pudding — an eggy batter that puffs up and over when baked in a muffin tin. They work great with a sweet or savory filling or topping!
- Jordan Pond Popovers
- Bacon-Cheddar Popovers
- Goat Cheese Popovers
- No-Beat Popovers
- Chicken Broccoli Cheddar Popovers
- Parmesan Popovers
Well, that was fun! And those popovers look delicious. I’ve tried many different types of pastries, but I’ve never tried to make popovers. I may have to now, those look really tasty. Well, I don’t have time today to do that because I have blackberry treats to make for my Dad’s birthday – just didn’t get the time yesterday. I’d better get on with my day, and you need to get on with yours! God Bless You and I’ll see you tomorrow!