Archive for August 2007

History of Labor Day

HISTORY OF LABOR DAY Labor Day is the day we celebrate the process our mothers went through in order to deliver us at birth. Sorry, wrong holiday. Labor Day is the day we celebrate the achievements of the American labor movement. While it is still disputed whether the holiday was first proposed by Peter J.…

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Concert Review: Diana Krall at Red Rocks in Denver

DIANA KRALL AT RED ROCKS IN DENVER I discovered this singer several years ago while traveling through Canada when my wife played me her CD. I asked her “Who is this fabulous old black singer? She sounds like Ella Fitzgerald.” When she showed me the CD cover, I was stunned. Diana Krall is a 41…

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History of the Holidays

Welcome to this year’s edition of the History of the Holidays. I’m Bill Petro, your friendly neighborhood historian. This is a series that recounts the history behind the major American holidays, and some of the minor ones as well. Many of the sacred holidays in our American “Judeo-Christian” heritage have secular associations, as many of…

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Concert Review: 1964 Beatles Tribute at Red Rocks in Denver

“1964” BEATLES TRIBUTE AT RED ROCKS IN DENVER It was 43 years ago today Sgt Pepper taught the band to play They’ve been going in and out of style But they’re guaranteed to raise a smile Indeed, 43 years ago today, on August 26, 1964 the Beatles performed a concert at Red Rocks, a beautiful…

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History of August

HISTORY OF AUGUST What’s in a name? The name of this month wasn’t always August, previously it was called Sextilis by the Romans. The Roman Senate, in 8 B.C. decided to honor their first Emperor, Augustus Caesar, by changing the name of the month to Augustus. Now Augustus wasn’t his name, it was more of…

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