So, it seems only yesterday that I agreed to design a float for the local July 4 parade. And now, it’s just around the corner. Hmmmmm . . . floats. What a great word for summer. There’s root beer floats. Parade floats. Floating on the lake. Having someone float you a loan. But, yikes, I’ve gotta WORK for my current float. Yikes, it’s 80 degrees inside WITH AC! The theme is Happy Birthday. After all, Poultney, VT is celebrating its 250th anniversary, and Horace Greeley was born 200 years ago. My focus? Horace Greeley. Yep. Horace. The most influencial journalist of his time. After all, as a board member of the Horace Greeley Foundation I’m helping to celebrate his 200th anniversary. So, I’m creating an oversized Northern Spectator. That’s the local (Poultney, VT) newspaper Horace worked on as a boy. Even as a teen, he had become one of the most influential writers (and speakers) locally. Remember those kleenex flowers we made as kids? I’ve gotta make about 60 of them to cover a replica of Horace’s top hat. Am trying to decide which Greeley facts to add to the “newspaper” . . .
He was born in February of, 1811. He started the New York Tribune. He ran for the presidency against Ulysses S. Grant. He was an influencial abolitionist and fighter for women’s rights. He got Abraham Lincoln to go against slavery. It’s long been determined that his influence put politicians into– or out of–office. Yes, there’s a lot of information about Horace Greeley. Oh, did I tell you we’re having our annual Horace Greeley Writers’ Conference on October 15? Check it out at the Horace Greeley Foundation’s website: www.thegreeleyfoundation.com. Oh, did I tell you that my first Johnny Vic historical adventure book has a story about Horace? Check it out at www.annrichduncan.com.
Oh well, gotta go. Gotta get back to the Kleenex. Only 30 more flowers to fold. Then I’ve gotta spread the petals on all 60 of them. Yikes . . . wish I were drinking a root beer float on a float on the lake. Lake St. Catherine.