Saturday, October 10, 2009

File this under "H" for How Times Have Changed...

On October 10, 1973, Vice President Spiro Agnew resigned after pleading No Contest to charges that he failed to report $29,500 of income received in 1967. Now-a-days, failing to report taxable income gets you a Committee Chairmanship or Cabinet Position.

Also on October 10, but in 1957, President Dwight D. Eisenhower apologized to the Finance Minister of Ghana, Komla Agbeli Gbdemah, who had been refused service in a Howard Johnson's Restaurant in Dover DE. I wonder if Minister Gbdemah (pronunciation anyone?) popped in for the all-you-can-eat clam dinner? Remember those? The waitresses would walk around the restaurant with trays piled high with fried clams and french frieds and laddle them out as soon as your plate was getting low (is it any wonder why I have to fight hard to keep my cholesterol in check these days?)


  1. You're back! Again! Stop staying away so long. Email me, Mike. I have a question for you.

  2. Hey Steve,

    I've been spending too much time on Facebook catching up with old aquaintances. I'm still a daily visitor to your fine blog (even if I've been lurking and haven't really commented much). I sent you an email from my gmail account.

  3. I emember vividly having a comic book as a kid that had Spiro Agnew watches. they looked like Mickey Mouse but had Agnew instead of the rodent ( actually S.A. was rather rodental on his own ...)Had i sent the few bucks back then in the early 70's i would be sitting on some sort of fortune as it is the sort of odd ephemera that people love