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Friday, December 27, 2019

Some really old (still true?) news from 100 years ago

The final verse of "Deck the Halls", omitting all the "Fa-la-las", goes "Fast away the old year passes.  Hail the new, ye lads and lasses, Sing we joyous all together, heedless of the wind and weather!"

The coming week is already the new year.  I enjoy the mysteries by Lee Strauss about Ginger Gold set in the 1920s.  In her blog, Strauss comments:
Can you believe that the 1920s are now officially 100 years ago? My grandfather was born in “the twenties” but now I guess we can no longer generalize like that. A brand new generation of people are soon to be born in “the twenties”. Boy do I feel old!
Speaking of the 1920s…

Ginger Gold Mystery #12!

Ginger Gold allows me to live vicariously in the 1920s through her, and I'm so happy about that. The 12th book is coming in January 2020. 
I've been looking back at the 1920s with my newest program, "High Times in the Dry Times" about Prohibition here in Michigan.  It looks primarily at how our two year head-start and location led to our providing 75% of the smuggled alcohol.  (While preparing it I thought that amount sounded high, but, if anything, it may be a bit low.)  A frequent reaction is how much the 1920s sound like today.  My reporter persona looks back from the mid-30s, so I have to let the audience draw their own conclusions.

Take a look at January 3, 1920.  Unfortunately it isn't easily scanned as even the full page size is not the clearest at Historical Newspapers, but the front page of the Detroit Free Press is packed with deportation, murder, banned substances (in 1920 it was alcohol), racial problems, multi-million dollar robbery, a D.U.I. caused car crash, factory explosion, world news, and more, including, yes, the wind and weather.

I hope you have fun with living vicariously in the 1920s, but suspect you may have celebrated the arrival 2020 with something that was illegal back then. 

I'm sure 2020 will have a lot of similar problems, but let's hope it also gives us reason to "Hail the new, ye lads and lasses, Sing we joyous all together" since there's not a lot we can do about the wind and weather.

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