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March 26: ON THIS DAY in 1943, million pounds of beef to boost city supply

March 26, 2019 Brooklyn Eagle

ON THIS DAY IN 1911, the Eagle reported, “A unique search for blind men and women who are following unusual trades and professions in the United States, Europe and Canada is now being actively pursued by the exhibition and executive committees of the coming Blind Workers Exhibit. The purpose of the search is to get these unusually expert blind workers to attend the coming exhibit at the Metropolitan Opera House from April 26 to April 30, and to demonstrate their skill in various handicrafts … In and around New York, the committee, according to Miss Winifred Holt of the New York Association for the Blind, has already located expert blind workers in over forty lines of trade and also in many unusual callings. The home market supplies a blind barber, several skilled blind masseurs, a blind painter, a wireless operator, at least two blind inventors and a blind man who climbed Mont Blanc.”

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ON THIS DAY IN 1939, the Eagle reported, “Dr. Frederick A. Cook, first to claim discover of the North Pole, was an unexpected guest at the reunion of former students of Public School 37, S. 4th and Berry Sts., as former classmates at that school renewed acquaintances and retold old stories last night at a dinner in the Hotel Granada. Dr. Cook, alumnus of the institution, was recently located by Dr. Daniel M. Driver, Brooklyn dentist, who was instrumental in gathering the group as chairman of the dinner committee. Dr. Driver had been seeking Dr. Cook for some months, and finally was successful when a patient in his office happened to remark that he knew a man in Toms River, N.J., who was acquainted with Dr. Cook. Dr. Driver was enthusiastic in his praise of the Old Timers Page of the Brooklyn Eagle, by which practically all of the 150 old Williamsburg students at the dinner last night were located. ‘The Old Timers Page is something new, and has proven to be highly interesting to old residents of Brooklyn,” Dr. Driver said. “Over in Williamsburg in former times, we were practically a community in ourselves, and everyone knew everyone else. If it hadn’t been for the Old Timers Page, we could not have contacted all those persons.”

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ON THIS DAY IN 1943, the Eagle reported, “An emergency shipment of 1,000,000 extra pounds of beef, in addition to ‘regular’ supplies, has been started on its way from the mid-West to New York City to cope with the meat shortage, Mayor [Fiorello] LaGuardia announced today. The entire shipment will reach the city for sale in butcher shops Monday. Bursting from a budget hearing in the Municipal Building, Manhattan, the mayor, who has been seeking extra meat supplies through the [Office of Price Administration] for some time, said: ‘I have good news. I am happy to be able to announce that due to the splendid co-operation of Sylvester Joseph, regional OPA director, and L.G. Booth, local food rationing director, New York City will be able to get 1,000,000 extra pounds of beef.’ The OPA, according to the mayor, invoked emergency powers vested in it to act when a food shortage ‘interferes with the morale of the civilian population in the war effort.’”

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ON THIS DAY IN 1954, the Eagle reported, “Audrey Hepburn, petite, 24-year-old winner of the Oscar for being the best movie actress of the year, thinks she may grow up to deserve it – someday. ‘My goal is to be a really good actress,’ she said. Winning the award, she added, ‘is like being given something to wear when you’re small that you can grow into.’ Currently starring in the stage play ‘Ondine,’ she was presented her Oscar at the Center Theater, Manhattan, while in Hollywood, the main bulk of the 26th Academy Awards were being presented at the Pantages Theater … Miss Hepburn won the best actress award for her first picture, ‘Roman Holiday’ … Frank Sinatra, to the shouts and applause of 2,800 celebrities and fans in the Pantages Theater, collected the best supporting actor award for his first serious role, that of a tragic GI in ‘From Here to Eternity.’”

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