So many reasons to love America


July 29, 2018

Acquired from the last Portales Public Library sale for a quarter, my book-of-the-month summary for July is “1,001 Reasons to Love America” by Hubert Pedroli and Mary Tiegreen (Stewart, Tahori & Chang, 2004, 320 pages).


• Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation

• The women’s suffrage movement giving women the right to vote

• The Statue of Liberty welcoming visitors to America since 1886

• The Federal Hall National Memorial in New York City where freedom of the press was established in 1735, the first U.S. capital was established in 1789, the federal government was formed, the first president was inaugurated in 1789 and the Bill of Rights was adopted in 1789.

• Mt. Rushmore where in 1927 sculptor Gutzon Borglum designed 60-foot busts of Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt.

• Benjamin Franklin who served the colonies as postmaster and foreign ambassador, and was a world-famous scientist and inventor.

• The Indianapolis 500 on Memorial weekend

• July 4 picnics, softball, watermelon and fireworks

• Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade and football

• Tree-lighting ceremony at Rockefeller Center

• A visit to the mall to see Santa

• Looking at Christmas lights.

• Watching the New Year’s Eve ball drop in Times Square

• College football and Super Bowl parties

• Vermont maple syrup

• Spring training, organ music and baseball game hot dogs

• The first TV dinner came out in 1954. It was roast turkey with stuffing and gravy, sweet potatoes and peas. It cost 98 cents and came in a box shaped like a TV.

• Coca Cola, Pepsi, Dr Pepper

• Classic American diners staying open all night

• Drive-in restaurants delivering food to your car

• Morning coffee

• Music from ice cream trucks.

• Basketballs bouncing on concrete

• Cries of seagulls following ferries

• Blue jeans

• “Gone With the Wind,” “Animal House,” “American Graffiti”

• Lucille Ball, Abbot & Costello, Joan Crawford, Humphrey Bogart, Donna Reed, John Wayne

• “Happy Days,” “Ozzie and Harriet,” “The Waltons,” “Little House on the Prairie,” “The Wonder Years”

• Late-night talk shows

• Casey Stengel, Lou Gehrig, Satchel Paige, Jackie Robinson, Joe DiMaggio, Hank Aaron

• National parks

• Woody Guthrie, Duke Ellington, Leonard Bernstein

• Jazz, country, rock, bluegrass

• Elvis Presley, Buddy Holly, Patsy Cline

• NASA, a man on the moon, The Hubble Space Telescope

• Mustangs, Corvettes and 1957 Chevy

• Mark Twain, Emily Dickinson, John Steinbeck, Georgia O’Keefe,

• Truth or Consequences, New Mexico, Monkey’s Eyebrow, Kentucky, Idiotville, Oregon

• The 1980 Olympic hockey team

• Donors, volunteers and charitable organizations

• Veterans, firefighters and law officers

• Warmth and hospitality to strangers, willingness to fight injustice, the dream of becoming an American citizen

Contact Wendel Sloan at: [email protected]


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