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Mark C. N. Sullivan is an editor at a Massachusetts university. He is married and the father of three children. Email
The gist…Retrieve and share the first sentence of the first blog post of each of the twelve months of (r.i.p.) 2008.
Here, then, is the Irish Elk Year in Review in 12 Sentences (give or take a sentence or two): *
Jan. 1, 2008: Tea sets & missing teeth: The national pastime of Moosejaw and Medicine Hat is a game after the Monarchist's heart, with hard-fighting players, stitched and toothless, who bow to the Queen, and are rewarded for their icy bloodletting with Hyacinth Bucket-worthy Edwardian hardware like the Lady Byng Trophy.
Feb. 2, 2008: Phil? Ned Ryerson wishes you a Happy Groundhog Day. (With Portuguese subtitles. Bing de novo!)
March 2, 2008: Canada in a Box: The Canadian past, as stored in old cigar boxes.
April 1, 2008: Zip, the What-is-it: Born in 1842 as William Henry Johnson, Zip the Pinhead was one of P.T. Barnum's biggest stars in the 19th century, performing as "The Man-Monkey," "The Missing Link," and the "What is it" -- the last what an incredulous Charles Dickens reportedly asked on seeing him at the Barnum Museum.
May 5, 2008:A Belated Happy St. Tammany's Day: The Roman Catholic Boys for Art (Ivy League Division) hope it is not too late to raise a walrus-tusk-stirred toast of New England rum to Dartmouth's hidden Hovey Murals.
July 2, 2008: Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain: "In great deeds something abides. On great fields something stays. Forms change and pass; bodies disappear; but spirits linger to consecrate ground for the vision-place of souls...This is the great reward of service. To live, far out and on, in the life of others;...to give life's best for such high sake that it shall be found again unto life eternal."
Aug. 1, 2008: Exit Manny. Don't let the door hit you on your malingering, overpaid, baggy-pantsed arse.
Sept. 1, 2008: Purgatory Chasm ~ Sutton, Mass., Labor Day 2008. We saw the Corn Crib and Lovers' Leap, but missed the Fat Man's Misery. The name we gave the great rock to slide down at the entrance: the Devil's Wedgie.
Oct. 1, 2008:Nota Bene: Say what you will about the crazy old right-wing Manchester Union Leader in the William Loeb days, it made no pretense about its bias. The same can't be said for today's Boston Globe, which not only has shelved any sense of objectivity in covering the presidential election, but is resorting to outright dishonesty in its role of shilling for the Democrats.
Nov. 1, 2008: "Our Good and Honest Taft" ~ A waltz by Annie R. Waln Bassett, 1908
Dec. 1, 2008: Hot Stove: Uni Watch wades through the baseball pictures in the Life Archive.
* In some cases of multiple posts the top or most interesting post has been chosen.