April, 2012


Shades – Earth Day/Birthday edition

  It was a dark and stormy night. In fact it had been a dark and stormy day. My name’s Craig and I work out of the 99th precinct. But tonight I was on a caper of my own. It was raining (did I mention it was a dark and stormy night?), So I pulled my trench coat around me …Continue reading →

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1940 Census Release: Meanwhile, Back in New Mexico. . .

. . . The Santa Fe New Mexican reported in an AP wire story that “130,000 enumerators are going to ring 40,000,000 doorbells between April 1 ad April 30 and ask three and quarter billion questions.” Pre-census estimates put the  U.S. population at about 132,000,000. (Apr 1, 1940, p. 3) . . . The Albuquerque Journal said that 1000 enumerators …Continue reading →

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Celebrating a Census Release: It was 1940 When . . .

. . . Walt Disney’s Pinocchio made its cinematic debut (Feb 7). . . . Hattie McDaniel won an Oscar for Gone With the Wind, becoming the first African-American Academy award winner (Feb 29). . . . Hitler and Mussolini decided to fight Britain and France (Mar 18). . . . Germany invaded Denmark and Norway (Apr 9). . . …Continue reading →

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