|Great uncle Lyndon King Armstrong,|
pictured in Spokane, Washington, 1937.
Starting this month, when we publish a post on my great uncle, Lyndon King Armstrong, born in 1859 (and the first of our clan, I might add, to migrate to Montana), we will be rolling out more Road to Bathgate stories. Stay tuned.
2. Along the Gradyent's all time top ranked post, The Golf Channel: Spouses Guide to Sanity, stayed strong at number two in August. It is chock full of advice on how to unravel the mysteries of televised tournament golf. The wife reduces the 208 fine print pages of USGA rule book esoterica to a single rule -- play the ball as it lies -- you can (almost) never go wrong. Thanks to Teresa for gifting the most viewed post on Father's Day, 2013.
3. At Along the Gradyent central, we knew something was up the morning after the Emmy awards show because there was a run on our post, On the Road to Bathgate Act 1: "Fargo" the Movie. Carrying on the tradition of excellence, FX's new production of Fargo won the award for the best miniseries. Read to learn with legions of others about the intersection of the classic flick with my father's hometown, population 43 according to the 2010 census. If you are ever in or near Bathgate make sure to stop by Reiny's Bar and tell them I say "Hi."
4. Look! Where? Over there! Here it Comes! Comes what? Why, Five Guys to Bozeman, you don't say!
|The offensive, invective inducing data.|
Sadly, my "controversial" statement unleashed pathetic anonymous invective and unprovoked attacks on myself, veterans, Indians and my Montana neighbors, ending with (including the caps) "FUCK YOU." The cowardly, cloaked in anonymity actor hiding behind the curtain, who posted those comments, is my brother, Scott Foster, a real estate agent in the City of Chicago.
6. My wife's great grandfather was a Czech immigrant, musician, boot maker and founder of the Fightin' Texas Aggie Band, as the marching men and women musicians at Texas A&M in College Station are known. They are legendary and so is Joseph Holick who is the subject of Lone Star Legacy: Introducing Joseph Holick. We are proud to branch off onto our wife's side of the family in our searches into past and ancestry, though the next such post will be a sad remembrance of kin too soon and very recently passed.
|Wisconsin Badgers celebrating "the goal," March 16, 1973.|
8. Dear President did it again. Economic patriotism is his new gimmick. He uses mean spirited rhetoric instead of sound policy and practical choices to pursue his political agenda. He snarks at people who respond to the reality of a noncompetitive tax code and the incentives it creates, for being unpatriotic, while standing stalwart with friends, supporters and associates (cue Warren Buffett and Burger King) who engage in the very practices he decries. Read about the leading Democrat's hollow and ineffective hypocrisy here in Democrats are Phonies and Economic Hypocrites.
|Wisconsin Culvert Co. fallout shelter ad.|
On the word of the kind housemother at the Gamma Phi Beta sorority house, we were commended to the owners, and came to work three summers at Wisconsin Culvert Co., along the tracks on the industrial east side of Madison Wisconsin, building the corrugated galvanized steel drainage pipe. I so truly wish you had elected a President who did this type of hard and difficult, productive work in his youth, because that would be a person who understands the industrial economy and who knows that we do the dirty, sweaty and dangerous work -- Mr. Elitist Snarkmeister doesn't do it for us. Barack Obama is a loser for our society, for our economy and for a culture of hard work and responsibility.
|The Dells is torched for good, October 7, 1934.|