lest we forget
Most people have heard of Koko, the Stanford-educated gorilla who could speak about 1000 words in American Sign Language, and understand about 2000 in English. What most people don’t know, however, is that Koko was an avid Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood fan. As Esquire reported, when Fred Rogers took a trip out to meet Koko for his show, not only did she immediately wrap her arms around him and embrace him, she did what she’d always seen him do onscreen: she proceeded to take his shoes off!
"A decisive moment: The Falling Man. Photographer: Richard Drew. Man falling from World Trade Center, 9:15:15am September 11, 2001."
I always have a curious sort of feeling about some of my things – I hate to show them – I am perfectly inconsistent about it – I am afraid people won’t understand – and I hope they won’t – and am afraid they will. ~ Georgia O’Keeffe
Andrée Peel - Member of the French Resistance, highly decorated woman who risked her life and freedom. She was involved with the dissemination of information to the Allies and for also helping to save more than a 100 Allied pilots. Peel was eventually captured, tortured and finally imprisoned in concentration camps, she miraculously survived and was award many decorations from France, the United Kingdom and the US. She lived until she was 105.
A HERO FROM THE PAST: Born in France in 1905, Andrée Marthe Virot was running a beauty salon in the port city of Brest when the Nazis invaded in 1940. She joined the Resistance, initially distributing clandestine newspapers. Under the code name Agent Rose, she helped over 100 British and American pilots escape from Nazi-occupied territory onto submarines and gunboats, and also guided Allied planes to secret landing strips.
Élise Rivet was the Mother Superior at the convent of “Notre Dame de Compassion”, where she not only hid refugees from the gestapo, but also used the convent to stash some weapons & ammunition for the resistance. She was eventually caught in March of 1944 & sentenced to hard labor at Ravensbrück concentration camp. About a year later, Élise was murdered along with thousands of others just weeks before the war ended.
Mid-1930s, an Australian journalist visited Germany to report on the rise of fascism and interview Adolf Hitler. The atrocities she saw there, which included the public beating of Jews, forever changed the course of her young life. Nancy Wake, who died Sunday Aug 7, 2011 at age 98, would spend World War II fighting Nazism tooth & nail, saving thousands of Allied lives, winding up at the top of the Gestapo’s most-wanted list & ultimately receiving more decorations than any other servicewoman.
Victoria Claflin Woodhull the first woman candidate for President of the United States in 1872 from the Equal Rights Party supporting women's suffrage.