Saturday, August 31, 2013

September 1, 2013: Nutt, Burroughs and Estefan.

Today is Emma M. Nutt Day. Emma was the first female telephone operator. Prior to Emma boys had been used as telephone operators but their rather less than pleasant customer service had forced the owners to seek other, more pleasant, operators. Ladies still had to be tall enough to reach the top of the patch bays and needed to remain single, all for the princely sum of $10.00 per month based on a 54-hour week. Pop into the candy shop on Main Street USA at the Magic Kingdom and look for the old-fashioned telephone, pick it up and listen to some interesting conversations.

Edgar Rice Burroughs was born on this day in 1875 in Chicago, Illinois. Burroughs had a number of jobs before becoming a writer. He wrote over 20 novels recalling the adventures of Tarzan of the Apes and a series of books on the civilizations of Barsoom, his version of Mars. Tarzan became a very successful cartoon for Disney, John Carter, the hero of Barsoom, was a less successful film (although I still think it is much better than its reputation). Visit the great apes at The Animal Kingdom in honor of Tarzan and his creator Edgar Rice Burroughs.

One of the highlights of our last trip to Walt Disney World (June, 2013) was a visit to Bongos in Downtown Disney. I love Cuban food and this is pretty good stuff. Gloria Estefan, the creator of Bongos, was born on this date in 1957 in Havana, Cuba. Estefan has sold over 100 million albums worldwide and won 3 Grammy Awards and 4 Latin Grammys. Get over to Downtown Disney (soon to be Disney Springs) and be sure to try the papa rellenas and the Churrasco a lo Cubano. MMMMMMMMMmmmmmmmmm.

Remember, your best excuse is always: waiting for your dreams to come true.

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