Tuesday, June 29, 2010


Each Christmas my stocking has a wonderful small desk calendar and my 2010 gift covered trivia. Thus, each morning there is another interesting factoid that can be amusing, informative or surprising, which often starts the day with a smile.

Today was just such an example, and I want to share it with you, because it proves that we should not make quick judgments before we know all the facts. The question today was, “What Pulitzer Prize-winning American poet was granted a conditional appointment to West Point, but had to leave after failing the grammar and math section of the entrance exam?”

The answer is Carl Sandburg, in 1899. One quickly must wonder just what kind of an Army Officer Sandburg would have made. This just proves an old expression my late Scottish Mother-in-law frequently said, “What is for you won’t go passed you.” Sandburg may have suffered a huge disappointment when he did not make it into West Point, but just look at what his future held


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