Author Archives: Filibert

Celebrating the 1st American Library on this date

Time to say “Thanks” to Ben Franklin. On this date in 1731, Ben and some friends opened The Library Company – the very first lending library in America. There were libraries in England but none in the American colonies. Even for a person in Boston…. Continue reading

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Louie Louie, da da da da da! Play that guitar!

Rock & Roll made the guitar super popular. One of the most popular songs was “Louie Louie” written and recorded by Richard Berry in 1955. It became a huge hit in 1963 when ┬áthe Kingsmen recorded it. Lots of guitars! … Continue reading

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Blue Jean Blues

If you’re like me, when you think about bluejeans you think about American cowboys out west. And their Big Hats, French Poodles, and Jewish Tailors. No! Really? Bluejeans are made from denim, a cotton fabric died blue with indigo. Denim … Continue reading

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Yankee Doodle Independance Day Music

Yankee Doodle was written by an English surgeon in the 1750s to poke fun at the “hick” colonists. In England at the time, “Macaroni” was a nickname for young British men who dressed in very flamboyant Italian style – sticking … Continue reading

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Hot Dog!

Franks and Wieners get their names from the cities of Frankfurt, Germany and Vienna, Austria (Wien, in the local language). Each had a particular type of sausage. Frankfurt’s were all pork, Vienna’s were a mix of pork and beef. Hot … Continue reading

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Today’s Quick Bite

The Sandwich: According to writings from the time, the sandwich got its name from John Montagu, 4th Earl of Sandwich, a British nobleman in the 1700s. One story says that he loved playing card games and wouldn’t get up to … Continue reading

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You Speak a Foreign Language!

Do you like finding hidden treasure? Perhaps you enjoy a bit of archaeology or other types of snooping and sleuthing? Do you think it’s cool to look at foreign money, or stamps, or other stuff that’s travelled a long way? … Continue reading

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Road Food

When Filibert & The Travelers are exploring, one of the great adventures is the food we find to eat. Lots of countries have fast food these days, but before burgers and pizza moved in people had their favorite foods, local-style. … Continue reading

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More Holidays: Dec 26th – Boxing Day, Wren Day, St Stephen’s Day

Today is, in many countries of the British Commonwealth of Nations, a holiday. Known by several names, particularly in England it’s called “Boxing Day.” Where did this come from? It’s not clear, truth be told. The concept of giving gifts … Continue reading

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Rudolph and Johnny

Who knew that Jewish songwriters wrote so many of our most cherished Christmas songs? Well, you are about to know! Continue reading

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