A colored school stood here----one big room.
AT AGE 13 she and her 10 YR OLD sidekick--Linda Vickery-- rented the school for one night-- to produce a show. They prepared flyers announcing the big event--charged 25 cents admission---and PACKED THE HOUSE. (she-- modestly--wants me to tell you that this was before television came to Sondheimer) I cringed--fearing the worst. But they proceeded to Wow the crowd with baton twirling, acrobatics, piano playing and joke telling. To my utter amazement--THEY PULLED IT OFF. I WILL NEVER FORGET IT ---She went on to bigger and even gutsier things. Will cover one of them in upcoming blog. Having a sister so bold has always inspired me to be bolder.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ben_Lilly Roosevelt was impressed enough to write a bit about him. Lilly got a small bear--roped him--ready for the president to shoot. But Hey---there's no sport in shooting a roped bear---Roosevelt ordered it released----IT WAS THE FIRST TEDDY BEAR. (and now you know)
Big as this was---It's not the local event that has influenced the life of every American.
I'm coming to that.