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Wednesday, November 29, 2006
Semaphore. Buried in a NY Times article about the backlash from a Colorado homeowner's association banning a Christmas wreath in the form of a peace symbol is an explanation for its origin:
The peace symbol came to prominence in the late 1950s as the logo for the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, a British antiwar group, according to the group’s Web site. It incorporates the semaphore flag images for the letters in the group’s name, a “D” atop an “N.”
Monday, November 06, 2006
Thanks for the memories, Ernestine. Written by two of pioneering motion-study expert Frank Gilbreth's 12 children, the 1948 memoir "Cheaper by the Dozen" was a highly entertaining account of a very unconventional childhood. It was one of those books around our house that I read over and over as a child. I was not alone, as Jonathan Yardley wrote in 2003:
"Cheaper by the Dozen" was one of the cherished books of my boyhood ...
(In case you're wondering, the 1950 film does a decent job of depicting it, but the 2003 version just used the idea of a family with 12 children as a premise.)
Today the New York Times reports that the surviving author, Ernestine Gilbreth Carey, has died at age 98.