2010-05-06 / The Walrus Says

The Walrus Says

By Jim Munro
Google tells us that it all began in 1868, when Ann Jarvis organized “Mother’s Friendship Day” to reunite families that had been divided during the Civil War, and 12 years later, Julia Ward Howe led a “Mother’s Day” anti-war observation.

But it wasn’t until 1910 that the present form of “Mother’s Day” was established by Anna Marie Jarvis, daughter of Ann Jarvis, and the holiday was officially declared by the state of West Virginia.

On May 8, 1914, Congress passed a law proclaiming the second Sunday in May as “Mother’s Day,” and ever since then, we have shared on that day a mom’s strength, encouragement and love through wars, recessions, epidemics and good times.

Kudos to all mothers everyday, everywhere!


In my euphoria of being able to see more clearly, I was remiss in not thanking Dr. Larkin’s associates at South County Eye Physicians & Surgeons Inc. in Wickford, who were there for the whole process before and after the day I saw more clearly.

Thanks, guys!


In answer to Sunny Hocutt’s query about Tiger Woods’ given name, David Reilly wrote that the answer is Eldrick. “I’m surprised that no golfers wrote in with the answer,” he said.


Where was everybody last week? No takers on Sam Bari’s question about the flip side of “Once Upon a Time.” Sam says it is “I Left My Heart in San Francisco” by Tony Bennett.


Frank Sinatra and others sang, I don’t want you, but I hate to lose you...


Let’s see if we have this right. Senators Charles J. Levesque, DPortsmouth, and Louis P. DiPalma, D-Middletown, have introduced a bill that would impose a $40 surcharge on car and light truck registrations, plus a 3% tax on petroleum products. A portion of that bill would enable out-of-state drivers coming in from Massachusetts to cross the Sakonnet River bridge without paying a fee. That means we would have to pay still another tax so some drivers could cross a state bridge toll free, while we still would have to pay to cross the Newport bridge. Is that about it?

*** Linda K. Hull in South Kingstown writes, “After reading the articles in your column about Nelson Eddy, whose family lived in Jamestown, I was surprised to receive from my brother, Kumball Smith, a copy of ‘The Shooting,’ published by ‘The Nelson Eddy Music Club’ (a fan club?). This is noted as being the Memorial Edition - 1967. My father, Merrill Smith, is listed among others under photo credits, thus his owning a copy.

“I have a feeling that either Marguerit Eddy or Virginia Brown may have asked him to reproduce some of the photos that are included. We are now wondering if either the library or historical society would like this copy. It certainly is interesting to go through it and see memories of Nelson Eddy written by his friends and relatives.”

Linda can be contacted at CRONELINDA@aol.com.


Peter Pemantell asks, “Who was the superintendent and principal of the Jamestown School when it opened?”


Peter says the following is a true story that happened at the University of Maryland.

They walked in tandem, each of the 92 students filing into the already-crowded auditorium. With their rich maroon gowns flowing – and the traditional caps – they looked almost as grown up as they felt.

Dads swallowed hard behind broad smiles, and moms freely brushed away tears.

This class would NOT pray during the commencement – not by choice, but because of a recent court ruling prohibiting it.

The principal speaker and several students were careful to stay within the guidelines allowed by the ruling. They gave inspirational and challenging speeches, but no one mentioned divine guidance and no one asked for blessings on the graduates or their families.

The speeches were nice, but they were routine...until the final speech.

A solitary student walked proudly to the microphone. He stood still and silent for just a moment, and then, it happened.

All 92 students, every single one of them, suddenly sneezed!

The student on stage looked at the audience and said, “God bless you,” and he walked off the stage.

The audience exploded into applause.

We hope this year’s grads have a good sneeze at the appropriate time.


Take a mom out for dinner Sunday.


The Atlantica of the Costa line will be back in the East Passage on Saturday.

*** Be true!


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