Heart of Glass - Blenko Glass

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Sunday, April 27, 2008

A Day in Time

Note: Photo of Everette ' Shorty' Finley - Milton, W. Va. - Retired Blenko Craftsman, Milton City Councilman, life long resident of Milton, West Virginia taken April 26, 2007. photo and history info from Steve Rowe - Webmaster.
Today is Saturday, April 26, the 117th day of 2008. There are 249 days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in History:
On April 26, 1607, English colonists went ashore at present-day Cape Henry, Va., on an expedition to establish the first permanent English settlement in the Western Hemisphere. (They later settled at Jamestown.)
On this date:
In 1785, American naturalist and artist John James Audubon was born in present-day Haiti.
In 1865, John Wilkes Booth, the assassin of President Lincoln, was surrounded by federal troops near Bowling Green, Va., and killed.
In 1937, planes from Nazi Germany raided the Basque town of Guernica during the Spanish Civil War.
In 1945, Marshal Henri Philippe Petain, the head of France's Vichy government during World War II, was arrested.
In 1964, the African nations of Tanganyika and Zanzibar merged to form Tanzania.
In 1968, the United States exploded beneath the Nevada desert a 1.3 megaton nuclear device called "Boxcar."
In 1970, the Stephen Sondheim musical "Company" opened at the Alvin Theatre in New York.
In 1986, the world's worst nuclear accident occurred at the Chernobyl plant in the Soviet Union.
In 1993, Conan O'Brien was named to succeed David Letterman as host of NBC's "Late Night" program.
In 2000, Vermont Gov. Howard Dean signed the nation's first bill allowing same-sex couples to form civil unions.
Ten years ago: Auxiliary Bishop Juan Gerardi Conedera, a leading human rights activist in Guatemala, was bludgeoned to death two days after the public release of a report he had compiled on atrocities during Guatemala's 36-year civil war.
Five years ago: A Soyuz rocket carrying American astronaut Edward Lu and Russian cosmonaut Yuri Malenchenko blasted off for the international space station. .One year ago: The Senate joined the House in clearing legislation calling for the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq to begin by Oct. 1, 2007, with a goal of a complete pullout six months later. (President Bush vetoed the measure.) Eight Democratic presidential hopefuls gathered in Orangeburg, S.C., for their first debate of the 2008 campaign, during which they heaped criticism on President Bush's Iraq policy.
Thought for Today: "Whatever crushes individuality is despotism, by whatever name it may be called." — John Stuart Mill, English political philosopher (1806-1873).


Phani said...


Thank you for the History update. I am sure you would continue doing the same thing everyweek, perhaps everyday? if possible. Its easier for a blog reader like me to just get onthis blog and read about history and the events of the day.


westvirginiajanis said...

And on THIS day in history of 2008, I just finished reading the latest edition of the WVU alumni magazine and ours truly, Miss Hillary J. Homburg is featured. The article talks about her maintaining this blog, about her donating her birthday collection to WVU, and about her commitment to "giving back" to her state. In an era when many people will tell you, "I don't owe anybody ANYTHING," Ms. Homburg is a breath of fresh air.

Way to go Hillary!

West Virginia Janis

Dr.BOB said...

W VA. Janis
So you are a WVU ALUM? Great!
I saw the article, she said " the idea is to get Blenko and word about Blenko out to as many people as possible. The WVU Magazine will certainly reach a large number." Good Job Hilary.

West Virginia products are quality products - including your WVU Education.
What department?

sweetdoc said...

Can / Will you provide a link to the Alumni Mag article?
Many of us are not WVU affiliated.

sweetdoc said...

Does Blenko have a new line for 2008?
If so what?
Will you provide photos?
Just asking -

Hillary J Homburg said...

Phani - Welcome New Reader!
You are welcome to add or send any info to the blog so - if you want to do daily history updates - Great!
You and Dr Bob are much too kind.
Thank you -
No link to be provided by me!
Re: Blenko 2008 - the Bayliss line was late coming out - so 2007 is still very new...if you haven't purchase the entire selection.

lewisdvdphd said...

Well done, now update on yuor bichons, your dent school, your life, your next vacation, your grades, the prince(s) or frog(s) in your life.
Do you fight crabgrass? Do your dogs get fleas, the simple things in your life, waiting, to hear.

Hillary J Homburg said...

Thank you for the smile on my face. I do have both crab grass, and dandelions (sp), in my Morgantown yard, School etc life is wonderful and full. Ms. B (aka Blenko) has cherry eye and will have a surgery next week, this is my only major concern. Otherwise life is on schedule. Thank you (& others) for asking.
Are you buying Blenko?