Three weeks ago when I had my blogiversary, I posted an additional post. Before I continue this post, I want to thank those who came by to congratulate me and wish me continued blogging success. I even got a singing one from Sheri, The Educated Genealogist. Sheri, I hope I get to meet you some day. You are a riot!
Anyway, in the additional post I wrote was about my visits to the Boone County libraries. I described a poster showing one of my favorite actors of all time, Denzel Washington. I really wanted to show that poster to you but of course I could not. This evening while I am doing some blogger maintenance, I get an epiphany and decide to go check out the ALA's website. I first thought that I could write the ALA and ask for a copyright release and post a pic of their poster. Then realized that they may have a copy of it on their site. They DO! Here it is and is available for only $16. You might want to go check this out, your favorite celebrity may also have a READ poster. Go on.... Posters at the ALA Store
Agnes Grayce HARGROVE and Elmer WHITE. That is them on the left. This photo was taken late 1940s or early 1950s. The couple on the right may be their friends, Mr & Mrs Smith. Mrs Smith's name is Katherine and Mr Smith was always called UC; his first name was Ulysses. If that couple is not Mr & Mrs Smith, then I have no idea who else it might be. I recently got Agnes' & Elmer's marriage certificate from Montgomery County Probate Court. They married 22 November 1952. Agnes was my mother's oldest sibling and only sister. Happy Anniversary Aunt Ag and Uncle Bo.
I have recently moved from Ohio to Kentucky. I actually moved several months ago but had not changed my address until recently for legal reasons. Anyway during the transition, I have found most of the libraries in Boone County and Kenton County Kentucky. They have reciprocal agreements, and I was able to get library cards with both of them. See? During my inaugural visit to one of the Boone County Libraries, I was visiting during the after school hour. This specific branch library is really close to an elementary, junior high and a high school. Since the library is pretty small and with just a few patrons, the tables were nearly full. Through my browsing, I find the genealogy section. It was down the left aisle on the left photo. Genealogy books are on the left side near the bottom. I had already seen that there was a side chair near one of the windows. See the chair in the last photo? The chair is near the opposite end of the same aisle where the genealogy books are. The opposite end
of the same aisle is the first aisle on your right across from the chair. I was scanning through a couple of reference books I had not seen and another one that is area specific: A Guide to Genealogical Resources in Cincinnati & Hamilton County, Ohio.
I looked up from where I was sitting in the chair and whatever book I happened to be scanning at that moment. I was in deep thought about whatever tidbit I had just read. I didn't look up to look at anything, I was just thinking. Looking up, I did see a poster, but had not focused on it. See the poster in the last photo? Reading some more, I looked up again, this time I happened to focus on the poster. Guess who is in the poster? If you have never seen the poster before, I'm going to hold you for a few more moments. I wish I could show you the poster full front, but of course I cannot because of copyright. When I looked up at the poster the second time, those eyes were looking right at me. And that billion dollar smile... I studied the poster some from where I was sitting to the left and then got up and walked over to the end of the genealogy aisle on the other side of the poster. He's still looking straight at me. I went back to my original position, yep he's still looking straight at me. That photographer is goooooood! I wondered how did he do that? OK, for those of you who have spent just a few incidences on my blog, probably know who it is. Those who haven't, give me one more minute. What is the caption of the poster? I think you can see that. READ. He is holding a book and what book is it? Dr. Suess' Green Eggs and Ham. Are you ready for the reveal? The sub-caption says, "Denzel Washington for America's Libraries". I am just a fan.
Today is the 1st anniversary of the My Colored Roots blog. I am so happy to have survived a full year. You can see over the summer that I have slowed down my blogging. I noted that, but I didn't stop.
I also noted a few other things, some of which you may have noticed as well. I have posted a couple of blogs here and here that are multi-part articles. I still owe you those posts. In the future, to continue posting multi-part blogs, I will post them all by insuring when I post the first one, that all of them are completely written.
I have known for well over a month that my Blogiversary was coming. Somehow I was thinking it was on the 9th. I look back at my first post and saw it is today. Oh boy. What kind of kewl post do I put up? I wanted to thank my readers, (no, I'm not going to do the Emmy & Oscar thing). I want to thank those who provided me awards, including the ones I have not acknowledged and thank Druscilla Pair at Find Your Folks for dragging me, oops I mean convincing me that I should blog. I already knew that I could blog or should blog. I just needed a compelling reason, that Professor Dru did provide. Paraphrased compelling reason: this blog would be the makings of my book.
You may have seen before the movie War Games with young Matthew Broderick, 1983. Near the end of the clip, young Airman Dougherty(sp) says, "Jesus H Christ! We're still here!"
I am remembering the clip to say, "Hot damn! We're still here!" Oh well, I hope you get the point. We're Still Here!