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Sending Stuff to Soldiers

  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: ange
  To: phaedrus
  Sent: Thursday, March 20, 2003 9:46 PM
  Subject: Sending baked goods to soldiers

  Hi Phaedrus,

  It was a happy day when I found your website.  It's the best!  My 
  husband and I have a friend who is somewhere in Kuwait right now.  
  I had wanted to send a large box of goodies over as a "we're so proud 
  of you" treat for him and the men in his company.  Do you have any 
  good recipes for cakes or cookies that would keep?  Also, are there 
  any rules for sending food overseas for members of our military?

  Thanks so much for any information or recipes you might have to share.

Hi Ange,

Glad you enjoy the site.

I don't have any particular recipes for mailing, but these sites have lots of information about what to send and how to pack it:




Care Packages


Marine Corps Chessmen Ad

  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Nina
  To: phaedrus
  Sent: Wednesday, March 19, 2003 10:04 AM
  Subject: classical piece from Marines ad

  HI - If you can answer this question, you're awesome - I think even 
  Sherlock Holmes would have problems.  Now, this is a commercial going 
  back about 10-15 years.  It was for the U.S. Marines. There was this 
  amazing classical music playing in the background of this live-action 
  chess game on a life-size board with real kings and horses and such...
  very reminiscent of like, Carl Orff....but I researched it over and over, 
  and never found the proof of that. I thought possibly it was John Williams 
  the famous movie score guy - but no hard evidence of that either. It's 
  either a famous piece, or something specifically written for the ad - 
  I've wondered about it for a loooong!

  Thanks, Nina

Hi Nina,

I remember the TV spot well. It was quite stirring, made one want run out and enlist. I draw a blank on trying to recall the music, though.

I could not find the answer to this bit of trivia online or in my library. However, the Marine Corps has a website, and they've probably been asked this before. Below is the website and the webmaster's e-mail so that you can write and ask them if you wish:



"Mr. President" Radio Show

----- Original Message -----
From: "joyce" 
To: phaedrus
Sent: Wednesday, March 19, 2003 8:50 AM
Subject: Old Radio Shows

> Hello Phaedrus,
> Back in the late 40's and early 50's there was a radio show called 'Mr.
> President'.  Can you find or tell me where to find a listing of all the
> shows they did?
> Thanks
> Joyce

Hi Joyce,

The most complete listing that I could find was this one:

Old Radio Logs

It's not complete, there are a lot of "Title Unknown" listings, but maybe the folks who do that site can tell you where to get a complete listing?


Cherry Cake

From: "Pat" 
To: phaedrus
Subject: Cherry Cake
Date: Wednesday, March 19, 2003 12:31 PM

Hi ~  Searching through your archives I saw a request from a lady named
Diana on 1-22-02 for a Cherry Cake recipe that was dark.

I think this might be what she was looking for:

Cherry Chocolate Cake

1 pkg Fudge Cake Mix
1  20 oz Can Cherry Pie Filling
2 eggs  beaten

Preheat oven to 350 F
Grease and flour 9 x 13 baking dish
Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and mix by hand
Pour batter into baking dish and bake for 35 to 40 minutes

Use icing of your choice. I usually buy a ready made icing
because it is more convenient.

Pat in Texas

Thanks, Pat!

Peace Symbol

  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Sally 
  To: phaedrus
  Sent: Saturday, March 22, 2003 7:49 PM
  Subject: Peace Sign?
  Dear Uncle Phaedrus,
  Do you know where the Peace sign, the one that looks like a chicken foot 
  in a circle comes from? Thanks for checking. 

  Your friend, Sally

Hi Sally,

There has always been a lot of misinformation about origin of the peace symbol - that it is really the Teutonic symbol for Death, that it's a Satanic symbol, that it's a Christian cross with the arms dropped, etc. Please join me in having no patience with those on either side of any issue who believe and spread misinformation instead of finding out the facts.

In actuality, the truth is that the design came from the letters N(uclear) and D(isarmament) in semaphore code, the international signaling alphabet used with flags. N is two flags, arms downstretched at a forty-five degree angle, and D is two flags, one arm straight up and one straight down.

It was created in 1958 by Gerald Holtom, a British conscientious objector, to advocate nuclear disarmament at the first major march protesting nuclear weapons in Aldermaston, England, where nuclear weapons were, and still are, manufactured. Some have mistakenly attributed the design to Bertrand Russell because he was president of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament at the time the symbol was first used. The first public use of the symbol was on flags and posters during the C.N.D.'s 1958 Aldermaston march (in England). It was described in Manchester Guardian articles covering the march. Before his death, Gerald Holtom gave a number of personal documents to his nephew Tim, who in turn gave them to his youngest son, Darius, who now lives in France. Included with these writings are many of Holtom's original drawings, which show the process leading up to the final peace sign design.

In the 1960's. the symbol was quickly adopted in the United States when a friend of Martin Luther King Jr., Bayard Rustin, brought it back from the Aldermaston March and began using it during Civil Rights marches.

Anti-Vietnam War protesters picked it up and its simplicity quickly replaced the peace dove by Pablo Picasso that was often used to represent peace.

Never copyrighted, the symbol is still recognized in Great Britain as the logo for nuclear disarmament, but is known worldwide as a symbol for peace and non-violence.



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