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Good Morning Semmes

February 20

The second day of a diet is always easier than the first. By the second day you’re off it.

Jackie Gleason, born Feb. 20, 1916

Today is the 51th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar.
There are 314 days remaining until the end of the year (315 in leap years).


Useless Facts Of The Day

  • Banana trees are not actually trees – they are giant herbs.
  • Ketchup was originally a fish sauce originating in the orient
  • 7-Up – invented in 1920 contained Lithium – the drug commonly prescribed now to sufferers of bi-polar disorder.

Today In History

  • 1976 Muhammad Ali KOs Jan Pierre Coopman in 5 for heavyweight boxing title
  • 1965 Ranger 8 crashed on the moon after sending back thousands of pictures of its surface.
  • 1962 John Glenn made space history when he orbited the world three times in 4 hours, 55 minutes. He was the first American to orbit the Earth. He was aboard the Friendship 7 Mercury capsule.
  • 1944 The “Big Week” began with American bomber raids on German aircraft manufacturing centers.
  • 1933 The Congress of the United States proposes the Twenty-first Amendment to the United States Constitution that will end Prohibition in the United States.
  • 1872 In New York City the Metropolitan Museum of Art opens.
  • 1864 Battle of Olustee: The largest battle fought in Florida during the American Civil War.
  • 1792 President George Washington signed the Post Office Act, establishing a permanent Post Office Department


Just when the caterpillar thought the world was ending, he turned into a butterfly.


Old-Fashioned Boiled Corned Beef

1 corned beef brisket
1 onion
3 stalks celery, cut 1-inch pieces
1 bay leaf
1 clove garlic or garlic powder
2 tsp. peppercorns
5 carrots, cut in 2-inch pieces
4 white potatoes, cut in half
1 cabbage, cut in wedges


Place brisket in a Dutch oven, add enough water to cover. Add onion, celery, peppercorns, bay leaf and garlic. Bring to a boil and reduce heat and simmer for 3 hours or more until tender. Remove brisket and strain broth. Return broth to pan, add carrots. Cook for about 5 minutes, then add potatoes, cook until done. Remove carrots and potatoes and add cabbage, cook until done. Do not over cook. Slice brisket thinly across the grain. Serves 8 to 10.


For Your Garden

Propagate some new plants from cuttings
Continue planting cool season vegetables like: broccoli, cabbage, kale, lettuce, onions
Harvest winter crops before they bolt
Plant out cold hard annuals like: pansies and Icelandic poppies
Start seeds of warm season vegetables and flowers
Begin dividing perennials
Plant bare root roses and fruit trees
Finish pruning roses and fruit trees

  • Lettuce
    Start a crop of salad mix greens that gets bright sun but not all day. Great for spring crops until the lettuce begins to bolt in the summer sun.
  • Onions
    Get those onion seeds growing. Plant short day onions.
  • Peppers
    A garden favorite. Peppers take up little space and produce high yields when planted close together. Plant as many different varieties as possible. Start seeds 8-10 weeks before your last frost date indoors for best results.
  • Tomatoes
    The most popular garden vegetable. Growing tomatoes is not only fun but treats you to some of the best tasting fruits in the world. Grow a few new varieties every year to find your favorites! Start seeds 6-8 weeks before your last frost date indoors for best results.


Poor Richard’s Almanack (sometimes Almanac) was a yearly almanac published by Benjamin Franklin, who adopted the pseudonym of “Poor Richard” or “Richard Saunders” for this purpose. The publication appeared continually from 1732 to 1758. It was a best seller for a pamphlet published in the American colonies; print runs reached 10,000 per year.

“Success has ruined many a man” 
Benjamin Franklin, Poor Richard’s Almanack, 1752


“There is no one holy like the LORD; there is no one besides you; there is no Rock like our God.

1 Samuel 2:2


February 20, 1962 John Glenn Circles World In Friendship 7

Glenn Circles World
Biographical Data


PERSONAL DATA: Born July 18, 1921 in Cambridge, Ohio. Married to the former Anna Margaret Castor of New Concord, Ohio. They have two grown children and two grandchildren.

EDUCATION: Glenn attended primary and secondary schools in New Concord, Ohio. He attended Muskingum College in New Concord and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering. Muskingum College also awarded him an honorary Doctor of Science degree in engineering. He has received honorary doctoral degrees from nine colleges or universities.

SPECIAL HONORS: Glenn has been awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross on six occasions, and holds the Air Medal with 18 Clusters for his service during World War II and Korea. Glenn also holds the Navy Unit Commendation for service in Korea, the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, the American Campaign Medal, the World War II Victory Medal, the China Service Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Korean Service Medal, the United Nations Service Medal, the Korean Presidential Unit Citation, the Navy’s Astronaut Wings, the Marine Corps’ Astronaut Medal, the NASA Distinguished Service Medal, and the Congressional Space Medal of Honor.

EXPERIENCE: He entered the Naval Aviation Cadet Program in March 1942 and was graduated from this program and commissioned in the Marine Corps in 1943. After advanced training, he joined Marine Fighter Squadron 155 and spent a year flying F-4U fighters in the Marshall Islands.

During his World War II service, he flew 59 combat missions. After the war, he was a member of Marine Fighter Squadron 218 on the North China patrol and served on Guam. From June 1948 to December 1950 Glenn was an instructor in advanced flight training at Corpus Christi, Texas. He then attended Amphibious Warfare Training at Quantico, Virginia. In Korea he flew 63 missions with Marine Fighter Squadron 311. As an exchange pilot with the Air Force Glenn flew 27 missions in the in F-86 Sabrejet. In the last nine days of fighting in Korea Glenn downed three MIG’s in combat along the Yalu River.

After Korea, Glenn attended Test Pilot School at the Naval Air Test Center, Patuxent River, Maryland. After graduation, he was project officer on a number of aircraft. He was assigned to the Fighter Design Branch of the Navy Bureau of Aeronautics (now Bureau of Naval Weapons) in Washington from November 1956 to April 1959, during which time he also attended the University of Maryland.

In July 1957, while project officer of the F8U Crusader, he set a transcontinental speed record from Los Angeles to New York, spanning the country in 3 hours and 23 minutes. This was the first transcontinental flight to average supersonic speed. Glenn has nearly 9,000 hours of flying time, with approximately 3,000 hours in jet aircraft.

NASA EXPERIENCE: Glenn was assigned to the NASA Space Task Group at Langley Research Center, Hampton, Virginia, in April 1959 after his selection as a Project Mercury Astronaut. The Space Task Group was moved to Houston and became part of the NASA Manned Spacecraft Center in 1962. Glenn flew on Mercury-6 (February 20, 1962) and STS-95 (October 29 to November 7, 1998), and has logged over 218 hours in space. Prior to his first flight, Glenn had served as backup pilot for Astronauts Shepard and Grissom. When astronauts were given special assignments to ensure pilot input into the design and development of spacecraft, Glenn specialized in cockpit layout and control functioning, including some of the early designs for the Apollo Project. Glenn resigned from the Manned Spacecraft Center on January 16, 1964. He was promoted to the rank of Colonel in October 1964 and retired from the Marine Corps on January 1, 1965. He was a business executive from 1965 until his election to the United States Senate in November 1974. Glenn retired from the U.S. Senate in January 1999.

SPACE FLIGHT EXPERIENCE: On February 20, 1962, Glenn piloted the Mercury-Atlas 6 “Friendship 7” spacecraft on the first manned orbital mission of the United States. Launched from Kennedy Space Center, Florida, he completed a successful three-orbit mission around the earth, reaching a maximum altitude (apogee) of approximately 162 statute miles and an orbital velocity of approximately 17,500 miles per hour. Glenn’s “Friendship 7” Mercury spacecraft landed approximately 800 miles southeast of KSC in the vicinity of Grand Turk Island. Mission duration from launch to impact was 4 hours, 55 minutes, and 23 seconds.


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