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I HE PONCHATOULA TIMES, DECEMBER 13, 2012, PAGE 4 I ' FROM PAGE ONE Ernest Walton, ]gobel Prize Physics - splitting' the atom - began the nuclea]~ age; John Phillip Holland, inventor of the first submarine for U.S. Navy; John Joly, inventor o f radiother- apy to treat cancer =- radiation; John Robert Gregg, inventor of the method of shorthand writ- ing; Harry Ferguson, inventor of the modern trac,tor; Frank Pantridge, inventor of the por- table defibrillator; Nicholas Callan, inventor of the induc- tion coil to start auto,4; Sir H.ans Sloane, inventor miik choco- late; Francis Rynd, inventor of the hypodermic needle; Arthur Leared, inventor of the modern stereo stethoscope; Alfred John West, inventor of the steam tur- bine; Louis Brennan, inventor of the first guided missile and , monorail; Sir James Martin, in- ventor of the ejection seat. The essay should be 500-750 words written in MLA style for- mat with parenthetical refer- ences and a Works Cited page listing your sources. 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I now ask their support and others in the parishes of St. Tammany, Washington, East Feliciana, and West Feliciana," he said. Judge Drake is married to Linda Williamson Drake and they are the proud parents of Aliska Drake Fuller, wife of Todd Fuller; and Ernest G Drake III, husband of Dr. Lau- ra Drake, M.D. Judge Drake is also the proud grandparent of two wonderful grandchildren, Cameron Fuller, and Thomas John Drake. Judge Drake and Linda Drake are members of St. Jo- seph Catholic Church in Pon- chatoula, where they reside. FROM PAGE 2 was tasty as is the general case at the hall. Decorations for the event added atmosphere to the performances by St. Joseph's bell and children's choir and St Thomas' choir. A performance by The Asissa Rowe Carolers of Southeastern was a very special performance. A violinist accompanied the carolers and added a few spe- cial melodies after the primary performance. The carolers are very accomplished singers and all that attended the event were very impressed. The final entertainment was provided by Ms. Cynthia David- son. Ms Davidson's clear and beautiful soprano voice brought the program to a fitting close. Those of you that did not have the opportunity to attend must make plans to do so next year. It was truly grand. Last week I began to relate the story of our happy band of travelers to Europe. As our trip continued we left Germany and crossed through Innsbruck, Austria to our next destination of St. Peter, Italy. The small village sits on a mountainside overlooking a very picturesque valley. In the distance, viewing through the Alps, one can see the Dolomites. Our hosts were the Family Rabanser who we have known for many years and generally stay at their guest house, Haus Gabi. Hugo and his wife Hedwig have recently retired and have relinquished to operations of Haus Gabi, to their son Thomas and wife Irene. The property now con- tains several apartments. In past years the facility was general guest rooms and was managed by Hedwig. It was a special treat to have our old friends continue to prepare breakfast for us. In the evenings, after busy shopping hours, we and the Rabanser family would sit about the ]ivh;g area of one of the apartmen ts enjoying each other's company and listening to Thomas playing his accor- dion. The family members are very accomplished musicians and we enjoy the alpine music played. My wife did not feel well one day from the travels and the entire family was constantly checking on her and preparing special items to help her recu- perate. What a special family! This trip would not be complete if we did not visit Alfons and Gabi Runggaldier. Gabi is the daughter to the Rabanser's and her husband is a master carver. He is known worldwide for his carvings and has displays of his art in many churches in Europe, South and North America. After visits to snow covered moun- tains, it was time to say good- bye to our friends and travel to one of our most favorite places - Salzburg, Austria. Making the short drive from St, Peter to Salzburg, we stopped to do some more shopping at the Swarovski factory near Inns- bruck. Our family will enjoy the Christmas gifts we purchased. Salzburg is a large city so we generally stay in a smaller town nearby. Hof bei Salzburg was our destination. Quickly finding our apartment, we struck out for the city of the Sound of Mu- sic. We generally only go to the "old town" for this is where one can see the sights and hear fine m'usic. As soon as we parked, the ATM was my first visit. Bad move on my part, for I had not advised the bank card company of my travels. Goodbye debit card, but that did not stop me. The Christmas markets were open and there were large crowds shopping for that perfect ornament. In the area we have some dear friends that we have known for many years. When we arrived at our apartment, there was a note from Daniela and Mathaus Rosenegger. Plans were made for all of us to meet with their children Barbara and Alex and see some sights. We began by a visit to a castle and then plans to take a lake cruise to visit a market in St. Wolfgang. The trip on the ferry was pleasant and allowed us to renew old friendships. Having known the Rosenegger fam- ily for years, we have seen the children grow from little ones to young adults. They still recall that many years ago I put sugar on French fries rather than salt and got a good laugh from their remembrances. The next day we visited the sites of the Sound of Music from the gardens to the cemetery where one will remember the Von Trapp family hid from the German soldiers during their 2012 FORDS! TAKE ADVANTAGE OF %APR ON NEW 2012 FORD FOCUS NEW 2012 FORD FUSION NEW 2012 F.150 TRUCKS NEW 2012 FORD TAURUS II FORGOET AN ADDITIONAL FACTBRY REBATE! SEE DEALER FOR DETAILS, AMERICA'S. BEST-SELUNG escape. The sights and sounds of the many sites visited are too numerous to thoroughly de- scribe. We next had the oppor- tunity to have lunch with Dan- iela's father, Harald Neurmayer. Harald is the retiring president of the K&K Hotels in Europe. Again, we have known him for years and value this fine gentle- man's friendship. Having lunch with him allowed us to renew old time memories including his visit to New Orleans. After several days of sightseeing, our merry band of travelers was off to our last visit of Munich, Ger- many. Arriving in Munich, the snow at last began to fall. Again we visited the sites that the visitor would want to see. Christmas markets were present in Marin- platz in the shadow of the world famous glockenspiel (large clock with moving marionettes), and again we had the chance to view and select those items that were of interest. Of course, we made a visit to the HofbrauHaus and enjoyed the traditional music and friend- ships, both old and new. Several churches, museums, and pal- aces were visited. By pure ac- cident we had lunch where the then-Archbishop of Munich, now Pope, once lived and dined. After several more days of sightseeing and dining, we were off for home and a wel- come rest. Blue Christmas FROM PAGE 3 Country music. Chicago of 1947 was rich with recording art- ists because it was home to Bill Putnum and the country's first independent recording studio, Universal Recording. Times were different then. Recording artists would often purchase work from a song- writer and call it their own. The industry didn't care, and the songwriters--like Arbie--were usually too broke to complain. Arbie was happy to have the few dollars he was paid for a song, and he sincerely wished the buyer well with it. Red still remembers the jam session he had with Arbie that night. Arbie played a Christ- mas song he had just written and sold. It was a beautiful song about unrequited love dur- ing the holidays. Red learned it quickly, and played it for the rest of the band whenthey ar- rived in Chicago the next day. . They loved it, and added it to their set play list. The next year, in 1948, Doye O'Dell released a record with Arbie's Christmas song on it, and evidently, artists were pay- ing attention because three separate recordings of it were made in 1949, by Ernest Tubb, Hugo Winterhatter and Russ Morgan and their orchestras. Ernest Tubb's version spent the first week of 1950 at the num- ber one spot on Billboard Maga- zine's chart, while the other two made it to "9" and "11" respec- tively. The song has since gone on to be recorded and revised by various recording artists--the most notable change was made in 1957, when Elvis Presley re- moved a verse from Tubbs ver- sion, and had the back-up vocal line replace many major and minor thirds with neutral and septimal minor thirds, which gave the song a more "oluesy" sound. Red, now eighty-one years old, retells this story every year during Christmas with a tear in his eye. He feels like Arbie should get some credit for this song becoming a classic, and uses it as a cautionary tale for his children and grandchildren to follow their hearts and take the road less traveled. History does not recall the screwdriver maker, Arbie Gib- son, but one can only wonder if the world would have ever heard his song, Blue Christmas, if he had not been so anxious to sell it one day in December, 1947. 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