2010-02-18 / The Walrus Says

The Walrus Says

By Jim Munro
More quirky questions from Dorothy Strang: 1. On Clinton Avenue, you will find six small plaques. What notable Jamestown feature do they mark?

2. What and where are Pardon Tucker Place and Fox Run?

3. What is the name of the WWII battery at the lighthouse?

(Answers at the end of the column)

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Elizabeth Mancini, Dave Reilly and Ed Silvia have the answer to last week’s poser. “It’s ‘Blackbird’ written by Paul McCartney, but credited to Lennon/McCartney,” says Elizabeth. Ed and Dave both added that it is from the Beatles’ White album.

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Diana Brown writes “during a very snowy day in Newport” that Gary Cooper’s love interest in “Love in the Afternoon” was Audrey Hepburn. “In response to your notation about opening plastic containers, I literally had to use a pair of pliers to open a quart of milk the other day. Once the seal unwound, the cap would not come off! Security to the extreme.”

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The leading roles in “Love is a Many Splendored Thing” were played by William Holden and Jennifer Jones.

*** Hubba! Hubba!

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Monday is Sandy Hanson’s birthday. Lotsa hugs, please!

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This week’s B.J poser from the Jamestown Community Chorus’ May concert: “B-b-b-bird, bird, bird, b-bird’s the word.”

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A note to seniors on Medicare and holding Blue Chip cards: Blue Cross is no longer paying for the once-a-year dental exam. Better check with all your medical providers before setting up appointments. We were told it’s the result of a cutback in federal funding for Medicare. We were also told by a representative of Blue Cross that her company never paid for Blue Chip dental coverage. I’d like to thank whoever it was who paid for mine for the past 10 years.

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Some 240,000 “non-essential” Washington, D.C. workers were told to stay home during the recent mid-Atlantic snowstorm. Huh! What do 240,000 non-essential workers do?

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Starting next Wednesday, Feb. 24, the Jamestown Arts Center will begin a four-week beading class for teens taught by East Ferry Deli’s Emily Coble at the Jamestown Gallery at East Ferry. Check out www.jamestownartcenter. org for details.

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Last week, we saw in advertising and commercials a holiday spelled three different ways: Presidents Day, President’s Day and Presidents’ Day. Is there a grammarian out there who can tell us which is correct and why?

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Congratulations to islander Dennis Nixon, associate dean of the URI Graduate School of Oceanography, who recently celebrated the publication of the second edition of his casebook, “Marine and Coastal Law,” which is used in undergraduate, graduate and law school classes around the country.

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I read that the America’s Cup contenders are too “fragile” to compete in sloppy conditions. The “America” herself and the many cup defenders up to, and including, the J-Boats and 12- Meters were seaworthy vessels, not billionaires’ toys.

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The next time you come back onto the island over the Jamestown Bridge, look south towards Beavertail and imagine a large wind turbine rising towards the sky, dominating that oncegorgeous view.

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J.C. Pease wrote from Jarratt, Va. that the answer to B.J.’s poser for Feb. 4 is “Freebird” by Lynyrd Skynyrd. “I do have a question: My grandmom, Marie Morinho, used to take me to a store on the corner of Narragansett and I believe right across the street from East Ferry and that big hotel that is now condos. What was the name of the store, and who was the older gentleman who was always there (we got ice cream floats)?”

Can anyone help J.C.?

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Peter Pemantell asks what movie this is from: “It was times like these when I thought my father, who hated guns and had never been to any wars, was the bravest man who ever lived.”

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If you marvel at the number and sizes of the various ships entering and leaving the bay regularly, don’t miss the Friends of the Jamestown Library’s presentation of “Narragansett Bay Shipping: A View From the Shore with Rod Smith” tonight at 7. For the past two years, Rod has documented the many ships that come up and down the bay with stunning photographs, which he then publishes on his website at www.narragansettbayshipping. com. Rod grew up at Hulls Cove and after a career in Maryland, returned to the island in 2006.

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Watch out, a Fox has taken over the House.

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Jon Campbell and Everett Brown will entertain with nautical songs this week at the Jamestown Philomenian Library during the Sunday afternoon music series beginning at 3.

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A Snapple cap moment: The only food that does not spoil is honey.

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Monday marks the date that George Washington was born in 1782. In a toast at a dinner in Versailles, Benjamin Franklin said, “George Washington, Commander of the American armies, who, like Joshua of old, commanded the sun and the moon to stand still, and they obeyed him.”

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Quirky answers:

1. Significant, beautiful specimen trees.

2. They are dead-end streets. Pardon Tucker runs south off of Brook Street. Fox Run is the first street to the left on Hamilton Avenue as you leave Mackerel Cove.

3. Whiting.

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