Tuesday, 2 October 2007

More Old Farmer's Almanac - 1968

In January, it reads:

Crunch
or squeaks,
Is how
cold snow
speaks.
No
thaw,
instead
it is
braw.
Throw
on an-
other
log
for me
and
the dog.
Warm
winds
with
rain
raises
Cain.
From
Omaha
to
Salem,
It's one
big
slalom.

And on Friday, 26 January 1968, the sun rose at 0704 and set 1650. The Moon rose 0447 and set 1317. Venus and the Moon were in conjunction. It reads "Grissom, White and Chaffe, 1967". I have no idea what that means... so it is off to Wikipedia!

Oh, that's depressing. "Virgil Ivan "Gus" Grissom (April 3, 1926January 27, 1967) was a United States Air Force pilot and a NASA astronaut. A native of Mitchell, Indiana, he was the second American to fly in space. He was killed during a training exercise for the Apollo One mission on January 27, 1967, at Launch Complex 34 at Cape Kennedy, along with fellow astronauts Ed White and Roger Chaffee. Grissom was a posthumous recipient of the Congressional Space Medal of Honor."

26 January 1968 was also MacArthur Day - in Arkansas. How curious...

As the wild air stirs and sways
The tree-swung cradle of a child,
So the breath of these rude days
Rocks the year, be calm and mild
Trembling hours; she will arise
With new love in her eyes.
-P. B. Shelley
Pretty cool, eh?

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