The band Summer Set was chosen to replace Joan Jett on South Dakota’s float in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade.
No doubt the band was chosen because there is a Summerset, South Dakota.
Or, perhaps Macy’s was ticked that it had to redo its parade lineup after ranchers and farmers in Sioux Falls protested Jett, a member of PETA and a non-meat eater, being on the float.
So South Dakota got Summer Set.
I’d never heard of them, and that’s no surprise. But I looked up some of their song lyrices. Most are kind of cloying, but this one is a classic. Here it is, with a lot of bleeping:
Here’s a list of words that we’re supposed to stop using. I’m not saying I disagree with all of them; I’m just saying it won’t happen.
I once tried to never say “you guys” to a group of girls. But saying “you girls” doesn’t seem to have the same function. So my avoidance of that has slipped remarkably, too.
Same with “like.” I cring when I hear myself saying it. Maybe that will be like my New Year’s resolution. Like eliminating it, I mean you guys.
Earlier this week I wrote about the 100th anniversary of the reintroduction of the bison into Wind Cave National Park.
I received this email “supplementing” my information. The name on the email was “lonis lois,” one of the narrarators of the documentary “The Buffalo King,” which airs Dec. 9 on SDPTV.
IMDb identifies the narrators as James Cuthill as James (Scotty) Philip (voice); Denielle Fisher Johnson as narrator (voice), and Sonny Hutchison as William Temple Hornaday (voice)
In any case, here’s the additional information:
Your story was okay, and connecting it to the 100th year since they were brought to Wind Cave Park was a great stroke. I am offering a short follow-up, not as a contradiction but as a supplement to the buffalo story.
However, you probably were not aware of the historical facts, nor were the people at Wind Cave, as to the effort of saving the buffalo that had been going on for several years prior to 1913. By using the Wind Cave, 1913 date as the beginning of the saving of the buffalo, the entire story looses its credibility with people who care about and have studied the Origin and Saving of the Buffalo. None of those people at Wind Cave mentioned George “Bird” Grinnell, William Harnaday, Scotty Phillip, Fred Dupree, Charles Goodnight, Mich Pablo, Charles Allard or Sam Walking Coyote, all of whom saved a few buffalo calves, beginning as far back as 1866.
The real story is the intensity and passion that William Harnaday had for saving the bison, he, as a trained taxidermist in the employ of the Smithsonian Institute, wanted to develop a display of buffalo showing them in their natural habitat, this would have been in 1886. For this display he would need from 8 to 12, bulls, cows or calves. To accomplish this display, he thought he should go on a buffalo hunt, view the habits and habitat of the buffalo, and, bring home several specimens, not only for the Smithsonian, but for a few other prominent museums. As he made his way by train in late October, to Miles City MT, he inquired as to where to find buffalo, and was more or less told, there were none……..he had received permission to use soldiers from Ft. Keough as an escort and to help scout for the elusive bison, and after several days, and a hundred mile ride north toward the Missouri river, they came upon a small herd. After killing 19, one of which was a huge bull, they began their return to Ft. Keough, and were overtaken by a violent winter blizzard. During the ensuing days, he assessed that the buffalo was practically extinct and that his display would show the world what once was the “King of the Plains!” But, his mind began churning, when this startling realization of the finality of extinction came to bear, and his thoughts turned to how or what could be done to save the few remaining buffalo. In his efforts to save the buffalo he crossed paths with Teddy Roosevelt. Both men loved the outdoors, hunting, adventure and conservation. They became lifetime friends. To make a long story short, Harnaday convinced Roosevelt to take the leadership role in the saving of the buffalo on a national scale. To get congress and state governments to get behind the project, an important politician would wield the influence necessary to bring the importance of saving the buffalo to the newspapers, Harpers Weekly, etc which would eventually create momentum for the possibility of saving the buffalo. As the small herds grew, they were carefully parceled out to the different locales shown on the attached chart.
Just a few words to express my own thoughts on this story.
Reference Books are: Heads, Hides, & Horns by Larry Barsness, Harnaday’s War by Stefam Bechtel, American Buffalo by Steven Rinella, and Last Stand by Michael Punke, plus many others.
PS: A documentary of: The Buffalo King is going to be shown on PBS on Dec. 9, 2013. I was fortunate enough to be chosen as one of the narrators.
It’s me again. Actually, Hornaday and a couple others were mentioned for their influence on saving the bison. I was the one who decided to focus on the Wind Cave information, since that was the anniversary date.
A grocery store chain based in Iowa is getting blasted by a portion of social media for having this sign posted on a gas pump:
Whoever runs the chain’s Twitter account is having a loooong day, I’m afraid.It’s trying to be made clear to all the quick boycotters that “The screen message was to clear up reports that we’d gotten rid of straight premium, which we hadn’t.”
I just received a call from someone who had read this column that mentioned what once was known as the Redfield State Hospital and School (and before that the State Hospital and School for the Feeble-Minded).
She wanted to know if there had ever been a fire there that claimed residents’ life. I did a quick Google search but came up with nothing.
I did, however, learn a little bit about eugenics in South Dakota, which was the 15th state to pass a law authorizing sterilization of the mentally disabled and others. Almost 800 people were sterilized, the majority of women.
It took about 15 years for the first sterilization to occur, in the late 1920s, but the practice continued until the early 1960s. Among all states that permitted compulsory sterilization, South Dakota ranked 15th.
The law was repealed in 1974.
I saw this video several times before I ever watched it.
It shows a fox in South Dakota hunting for field mice. Under three feet of snow.
And, yes, I feel sorry for the field mice. But it’s fascinating to watch and learn more about it.
This was posted on Argus Leader Media’s Facebook page today. If you live in the area, please start hunting:
Here’s what the Argus-Leader’s front page looked like 50 years ago today.
And, yes, the original copy belongs to me. I come from a long line of savers. I also have the front page from the day Hubert Humphrey died, if anyone needs that.
I know all about the circle of life, but I’m getting of having it thrust in my face by my precious pets who apparently are reverting back millenia ago when they needed to catch their own meals instead of having me dole it out to them.
So far this week, I’ve had to dispose of a mouse and a half left behind by Calvin the cat’s prowls in my garage.
And last night I was confronted by this:
That, sadly, is not lipstick Neecy is wearing. She and Lizzie somehow got the drop on a rabbit in the backyard, and by the time I got shoes on my feet and out there with a broom, it was too late.
I know they’re dogs (and cats) and they’re doing what dogs (and cats) do. I just don’t like being confronted by it. I have a no-kill policy in my house, meaning I fish spiders out of the bathtub and set them free outside.
Apparently not everyone in my house has read the rules about no-kill thoroughly.
Hey, I’ve got choices this weekend. And I have my movie date all lined up. So it’s just a matter of choosing between one of the first two listed.
The Dallas Buyers Club depicts Matthew McConaughey as a homophobic man who learns he has AIDS, at a time when it was viewed as “gay cancer.” He heads to Mexico where he can pick up quantities of a possible life-saving drug. I’ve grown a little tired of McConaughey in recent films (can you say Magic Mike?), but if he’s willing to take a risk in the role he chose, I’m willing to support him this time.
Delivery Man is my other option for the weekend. I also have grown tired of Vince Vaughan and what seems to be a largely one-note career lately, but the critics are promising me he delivers a whole octave in this story of a man who learns donated sperm has made him a father hundreds of times over.
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is the third option. It’s probably going to be great, but it’s not a series I’ve read or starting viewing. You go, and that way I’ll be sure to have a seat at either TDBC or Deliver Man.