Saturday, February 28, 2009

Tomorrow is March 1st and today is "Freezing!" "In Like A Lion-Out Like A Lamb"

Last Wed. it was 68 degrees in KC-I had the AC on in my Rodeo, by midnight Wed. night the temperature dropped 50 degrees! Only in Missouri, "want different weather? Just wait 12 hours!!

Kansas City Today, Sat. Feb. 28th
Hi: 17.8° Lo: 11° Clear. Bitterly cold. Lows around 4. North winds 10 to 1...
more... Tomorrow Hi: 32°Lo: 15° Sunny. Highs in the lower 20s. North winds 5 to 10 mph. ...

In Like a Lion out Like A Lamb?
March is almost here, and you've probably heard the saying:
"If March comes in like a lion, it will go out like a lamb."
Is there any truth to this saying?Weather sayings are as colorful as our imagination. While many sayings are based on careful observations and turn out to be accurate, others are merely rhymes or beliefs of the people who came before us.
Those people often believed that bad spirits
could affect the weather adversely, so they were cautious as to what they did or did not do in certain situations. Those beliefs often included ideas that there should be a balance in weather and life. So, if a month came in bad (like a lion), it should go out good and calm (like a lamb). With March being such a changeable month, in which we can see warm spring-like temperatures or late-season snowstorms, you can understand how this saying might hold true in some instances. We can only hope that if March starts off cold and stormy it will end warm and sunny, but the key word is hope. However, this saying seems be to more of a rhyme rather than a true weather predictor.
What will the weather be like in March? Check out our forecasts here.
Watch some great folklore video on other weather sayings.

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Aunt Opal

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Marilyn, Barbara, Kaye and Galen with Aunt Opal, Dad's sister.
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Mom and Dad's Grand Kids and Great Grand Daughter

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Front row L-R, Kelsey, Carter, Christy, Shelley, Conner, Alexis. Back row L-R, Andrew, Marty and Steven.

The Brittingham "Kids"

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Barbara, Marilyn, Kaye and Galen (missing is Thurman)

The "Kids"

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As Mom and Dad ALWAYS called us. Photo by Andrew

Home at Last

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Dad's Flowers From Family and Friends

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Mom was waiting for Dad

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Dad's Police Escort

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April 12, 2007
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Dad's Tree April 2007

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This is the tree that Dad saved. When Marty was buried at the cemetery, the tree was dying. When we visited it was the only shade we had. Dad trimmed the dead branches and he told us he prayed that it would live. It did and it is a beautiful tree and provides lots of shade.
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Christmas at Moore Few 2007

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Last Supper

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I call this Christmas Day Supper the Last Supper because I do not think Dad had a meal again this good.

Last Christmas, 2007

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Dad Drawing His Butterfly For Flora, Dec. 25, 2007

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Tuesday, February 24, 2009

The Brittingham's Radio Center Restaurant "Where the Stars of Screen and Radio Met" 1940's

The Square's original configuration included eight studios. Studio B held 400 seats. Nearby, the Square's large auditorium was capable of seating 1,050 audience members. The complex included Brittingham's Radio Center Restaurant and a branch of the Bank of America. Tours of the studios cost 40 cents and passed by a glass-windowed control room housing Columbia's West Coast master control

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Brittingham's Radio City Restaurant 6121 Sunset Blvd, Hollywood, Ca.

Brittingham's Radio City Restaurant CBS Columbia Square
While searching the name "Brittingham" on Flick'r, I ran across this interesting tidbit??

CBS Columbia Square, located at 6121 Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood, California, was the home of CBS' Los Angeles radio and television operations from 1938 until 2007. The building housed the CBS Radio Network's West Coast facilities, as well as CBS' original Los Angeles radio stations, KNX and KCBS-FM. What is now KCBS-TV moved into the complex when CBS acquired that station in 1951, and the CBS Television Network's West Coast operations were based there until it moved to the larger CBS Television City in November 1952. After its purchase by CBS in 2002, KCAL-TV moved to the Square from studios adjacent to CBS' then-corporate sibling Paramount Pictures. Between 2005 and 2007 all of these operations moved to other facilities in the Los Angeles area. Architecture and dedication
Columbia Square was built for KNX and as the Columbia Broadcasting System's West Coast operations headquarters on the site of the Nestor Film Company, Hollywood's first movie studio. The Christie Film Company eventually took over operation of Nestor Studios and filmed comedies on the site, originally the location of an early Hollywood roadhouse. Prior to moving to Columbia Square, KNX had been situated at several Hollywood locations.
Columbia Square was designed by Swiss-born architect William Lescaze[1] in the style of International Modernism and built over a year at a cost of two million dollars — more money than had ever been spent on a broadcasting facility.
Lescaze's sweeping streamline motifs, porthole windows and glass brick were true to Modernist design, though CBS President William Paley insisted the Square's form follow function. In his dedicatory speech, he remarked, "It is because we believe these new Hollywood headquarters, reflecting many innovations of design and acoustics and control, will improve the art of broadcasting that we have built them and are dedicating them here tonight."

Columbia Square opened on April 30, 1938 with a full day of special broadcasts culminating in the star-studded evening special, "A Salute to Columbia Square" featuring Bob Hope, Al Jolson and Cecil B. DeMille. Crowds thronged Sunset Boulevard and a blimp bathed in searchlights hovered overhead as the program was carried coast-to-coast on the Columbia Broadcasting System, beamed to Europe via short wave, and carried across Canada on the CBC. On that premiere broadcast, Hope joked that Columbia Square looked like "the Taj Mahal with a permanent wave." Jolson quipped, "It looks like Flash Gordon's bathroom."

The Square's original configuration included eight studios. Studio B held 400 seats. Nearby, the Square's large auditorium was capable of seating 1,050 audience members. The complex included Brittingham's Radio Center Restaurant and a branch of the Bank of America. Tours of the studios cost 40 cents and passed by a glass-windowed control room housing Columbia's West Coast master control.
"Columbia Square was one of the glories of radio. It was somewhat sacred to those in the industry. There was nothing comparable to its splendor in New York" says writer-producer Norman Corwin whose most famous broadcast, On a Note of Triumph, originated from the Square on VE Day, 1945.

Columbia Square became home to some of the best-known comedies of radio's golden age. Jack Benny, Burns and Allen, Edgar Bergen, Red Skelton, Eve Arden "(Our Miss Brooks)," "Blondie," Jack Oakie and Steve Allen sparked to the airways from the Square.
Dramas included "Suspense," "Gunsmoke," "Dr. Christian," "The Whistler," "Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar," "The CBS Radio Workshop" (author Aldous Huxley introduced a production of "Brave New World") and "Columbia Presents Corwin" (dramas produced by Norman Corwin.)
Musical acts performing at Columbia Square included Eddie Cantor, Rosemary Clooney, Bing Crosby and Gene Autry. Composer Bernard Hermann frequently scored and conducted Columbia Square broadcasts. Through the facilities of KNX, the Columbia network broadcast big band music from nearby ballrooms including the Hollywood Palladium and the Earl Caroll Theater.
In the 2005 KNX broadcast, "A Salute to Columbia Square," announcer George Walsh recalled crowds jamming the Square's forecourt for tickets to live broadcasts. (Ushers would sometimes walk down Sunset Blvd. to NBC's studios at Vine Street to urge audience members to watch a Columbia Square broadcast instead.) After their on-air appearances, actors would dash to the Radio Actors Telephone Exchange in the Square's lobby to check with their agents about their next bookings.
Bob Crane was a top-rated KNX deejay at Columbia Square in the 1960s. James Dean was an usher. The pilot for I Love Lucy was filmed on the Square's stages in TV's early years. Some of the Square's once-luxurious radio theaters were converted to recording studios for Columbia Records where Bob Dylan and Barbra Streisand, among many top stars, recorded albums. Today
KNX moved into new studios in the Miracle Mile neighborhood on L.A.'s Wilshire Boulevard which it shares with CBS Radio stations KFWB, KTWV, KRTH and KLSX. KNX, the last radio station to operate in Hollywood, moved after 67 years of operation at the Square just after 11:00 p.m. on August 12, 2005 following a farewell broadcast from its Columbia Square studios.

On April 21, 2007, KCBS-TV and KCAL-TV left the building and moved their operations to the CBS Studio Center in Studio City, thus ending Columbia Square's status as a broadcast facility, one of a very few remaining in Hollywood.
The Square fell into disrepair during the years in which Laurence Tisch was at the helm of CBS, and asbestos problems have been cited as a reason to demolish the broadcasting venue.

Columbia Square was acquired for $15 million by Sungow Corp in 2003. In August 2006, the property was acquired by Las Vegas-based developer Molasky Pacific LLC, for $66 million. It plans to redevelop the 125,000-square-foot (11,600 m2) complex to continue to attract entertainment industry tenants. It is considering options that would include adding some residential units to the office and broadcasting facility. The project is valued at $850-million and is the largest development project in Hollywood, California. Developers plan a major mixed-use project that will take up an entire city block and restore the 105,000-square-foot (9,800 m2) historic CBS building as creative office space. Other proposed elements include a 380,000-square-foot (35,000 m2) office tower, 400 housing units, 12,200 square feet (1,130 m2) of retail and a 125-room boutique style hotel. Groundbreaking is hoped for 2009.
Helmi Hisserich, regional administrator for the City of Los Angeles’ Community Redevelopment Agency, says redevelopment of Columbia Square will provide new housing, office and entertainment uses “while preserving the key historical elements of the property.”
In the fall of 2007, the location was chosen for the site of MTV's Real World: Hollywood, which is a Viacom owned show.
The National Trust for Historic Preservation and Los Angeles Conservancy have been actively engaged in efforts to preserve the Hollywood landmark.
These efforts have been hindered by recent developments, including a car wash worker strike.

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Monday, February 23, 2009

Brittingham Best Kisses-Check it out!

I submitted a couple of my favorite family kisses and they are posted today on the Best Kisses website today!

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Saturday, February 21, 2009

A Funeral is Part of Life

While searching Marty's Flick'r pictures I found this very meaningful picture of Andrew saying goodbye to Mom, one of my favorite pictures that tells an entire story, it's like the rest of the world disappeared and it was just Mom and Andrew. Andrew's look says it all.

From Andrew Hergert,

Grandma,I still can't believe I won't be seeing you again. Will always remember you reading the signs in cartoons to me, before I could read. Even though we often missed them because they go by so fast. I will remember all the cherry mash and Kentucky fried chicken we ate. Here's to a better place,
Love, Andrew

Marty and Amy Smooch!

I am starting to get to Marty and Andrew and their part in "growing up Brittingham" I googled "Marty Hergert" and found this adorable picture, also the website is fun!

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Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Barbara and I Tour the Nelly Don Estate Which Will be A Bed and Breakfast

On Sunday Feb. 8th Barbara and I toured the Nelly Don Estate before the Women's Smphony decorates it for this year's show home. The Estate is privately owned and will be a Bed and Breakfast after the Symphony event. Why are we so interested in Nelly Don? Well, we had a Nelly Don factory in Nevada in the 50's and 60's. I remember picking up one of my friend's mother there one day after work. A "quick" flashback! I think it may have been our neighbor Eileen Pulliam, not sure. It was on 71 Highway on the North end of Nevada, the building is still there. Mom had several Nelly Don House Dresses.

JWSA (Junior Women's Symphony Alliance) is now KCSA.
We're particularly thrilled about the upcoming40th Anniversary Showhouse!
We'll continue to update this site with newinformation about this once-in-a-lifetimeShowhouse, so visit often!

PUBLIC PREVIEWTour design areas before thedesigners work their magic.February 7, 2009: Open 10am - 5pm February 8, 2009: Open Noon - 5pmAdmission: $5 at the door
SHOWHOUSE 40 OPENApril 25 - May 17, 2009Contact: Judy Barackman
KENTUCKY DERBY PARTYMay 2, 2009Contact: Marti Miller
HOST A PRIVATE PARTYApril 19-May 16, 2009Contact: Susie Shatz
Symphony Designers'Showhouse 40!
KCSA's 40th Anniversary Showhouse: The Nelly Don Estate.

Public Open House PreviewSaturday, Feb. 7 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 8 from noon to 5 p.m Join us for a public preview of the 40th-annual Kansas City Symphony Designers' Showhouse before the design work has begun. Then, return April 25 through May 17 to see what the designers have created. The house is located at the former Nelly Don estate at 5236 Cherry, Kansas City, Mo. This property has never been available for tour. This is a rare property for the showhouse project, rich in history and elegant in style. The main house has three stories and a full, finished basement. There is a manor house and a small cottage. The preview is $5 per person and is payable at the door. Only the main house (four stories) will be open for the preview. The carriage house and cottage will be open for the spring show.
Nell Donnelly lived at this home with her second husband, James A. Reed, while she designed and produced dresses in her Nelly Don collection for "modern" housewives and career women.

Nell's story is important for many reasons: she is one of the first and most successful self-made women millionaires in American business; she designed and sold more dresses in the 20th century than any other single person in the United States and she challenged the notion that women were best suited for domesticity. Nell was greatly loved by her employees and she was the largest manufacturer of women's military and work clothing during World War II. In 1947, she built the largest dress manufacturing plant in the world.

The Kansas City Symphony Alliance, previously called the Junior Women's Symphony Alliance, coordinates the showhouse each year as a fundraiser for the Kansas City Symphony.

Nelly Don, her own celebrity, creating a reputation for herself as one of
the first and most successful self-made women millionaires
in American business. She designed and sold more dresses
in the 20th century than any single other person in the
United States. By 1949, the company posted $14 million in
sales, making dresses that sold in stores across the nation
for between $4 and $13 each. At that time, Nelly Don was
the single largest dress manufacturing plant in the world,
covering two Kansas City blocks.
Marla Day, curator for the Historic Costume and
Textiles Museum, said that Nelly Don’s attention to detail,
quality and workmanship forever changed American
clothing design.
In addition to the housedress, Nelly Don is also
remembered for contributions to
American fashion and history
during World War II.
During the war, she
developed one-piece,
Rosie the Riveter-style
work coveralls for women
who worked in industry
and uniforms for American
service women.
As a businesswoman, the
way she ran her company and
cared about her employees
— offering benefits
such as day care, tuition
money, good working
conditions, an on-site
infirmary, a clubhouse
and farm exclusively
for employee activities,
and a reasonably priced
cafeteria — made her
ahead of her time.
“She was such a pioneer in Kansas,” Day said. “She
deserves a special place in the collection because of her
innovative marketing strategies and her progressive support
for working women.”
But it’s the drama of her personal life that makes
the Nelly Don story legendary. Her first husband, Paul,
suffered from depression and often threatened to commit
suicide if Nell were to become pregnant. He later became
an alcoholic and the couple grew apart. While still married
to Paul, Nell began an affair with married U.S. Senator
James A. Reed. In September 1931, she traveled to Europe
ostensibly to adopt a child. In truth, while in Europe she
bore a healthy son to Reed.
Three months after returning to Kansas City, she and
her chauffeur were kidnapped in front of her home. Reed
came to her rescue, threatening the kidnappers that if they
“harmed a hair on her head” he would track them down
and ensure they’d get the death penalty. Reed then contacted
Kansas City gangster Johnny Lazia and ordered him to find
Nell within 24 hours or else Reed would buy national radio
time to expose Lazia’s illegal operations. So, Lazia sent 25
carloads of gangsters who did find and rescue Nell.
Nell lived to be 102 years old, outliving all 12 of her
brothers and sisters and dying 47 years to the day after Reed
died. Her life was recently brought to the silver screen in a
documentary titled “A Stitch in Time.” A companion website
and book are available at
“She’s absolutely fascinating,” Day said. “There was a lot
of interest in her when the book and movie came out, which
brought her to the forefront. We knew we had to have some
of these pieces in the collection.”
The Friends of the K-State
Costume and Textile
Museum are leading
an initiative to bring
Nelly Don to K-State.
Recently the group
purchased four dresses
and donated them to the
Museum, a first for the
group that was founded
to help publicize the
Museum and raise
funds to improve and
expand its facilities
and staff. The dresses
were purchased with
proceeds from past
fund-raising events.
The Friends hope
their gift will inspire
others to donate Nelly
Don dresses that may
be packed away in cedar
chests and family attics.
High on the Museum’s wish list are
early garments made by the Donnelly Garment Company;
Handy Dandy Aprons, which sold in the millions during
the Depression and kept the company afloat; and Donall,
“scientifically planned,” utilitarian work garments for women
made during the World War II era.
Mary Don Peterson, president of the Friends and
emeritus professor of Apparel, Textiles, and Interior Design,
encourages anyone with an existing Nelly Don dress to
contact the museum, regardless of its condition. She said
there is an unfounded perception that because these dresses
were worn for work around the home — and often show
signs of wear — that they are unworthy of a place in a
“These dresses are integral to the history of fashion
in Kansas — and the nation,” Peterson said. “Nelly Don
is important because her company addressed the needs of
women at the time. We hope to increase our holdings so that

Sunday, February 15, 2009

"nuh-VAY-dah" was once know as Hog Eye Mo.

THANK GOD THEY CHANGED IT!! Can you imagine saying I was born in Hog Eye, Mo.!!!
Origin of name Nevada-
Before its incorporation in 1855, the area had the names Fair View and Hog-Eye. The latter name was considered too homey and the former name had already been taken as a post office name in Missouri. The town was named after Nevada City, California by circuit and county clerk DeWitt C. Hunter after his travels to California during the Gold Rush of 1849. The pronunciation of the city's name, though, is different than the state's. The first "a" is pronounced long (rhymes with hay), giving the name "nuh-VAY-dah".

Did you know John Huston was born in Nevada Mo.!

John Marcellus Huston (August 5, 1906August 28, 1987) was an American film director and actor. He was known for directing the films, The Maltese Falcon (1941), The Asphalt Jungle (1950), The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948), Key Largo (1948), The African Queen (1951), The Misfits (1960), and The Man Who Would Be King (1975). He was the son of actor Walter Huston and the father of actress Anjelica Huston and actor Danny Huston.
Early life
Huston (pronounced "Hew'-stun", like the city Houston) was born in Nevada, Missouri, the son of the Canadian-born actor, Walter Huston, and Rhea Gore, a sports reporter; he was of Scots-Irish descent on his father's side, his ancestral surname was Houston[1], and English and Welsh on his mother's. Huston was raised by his maternal grandparents, Adelia Richardson and John Marcellus Gore.
As a ten year old he was stricken by a serious illness which left him all but bedridden for several years. On his recuperation, this acted as the spur to pursue a full life, both intellectually and physically.
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For Dad for Valentine's Day

I was watching Dad's memory DVD this morning and the beginning of the DVD makes such a true statement about Dad and me-
"My Father didn't tell me how to live...he lived and let me watch him do it."
"I think back of all the mistakes and life choices I made and Dad NEVER once questioned my choices. Mom did the same, for all of us.
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Valentine's Day 2008 and 2009

Last year on Valentine's Day I had spent the week trying to get Dad released from Freeman Serenity Center in Joplin. There was all kinds of mixups! First the Doctor released him and there was no transport for him back to Moore Few?? Seems they got him down there real quick with no problems! #1. It would take hours or days for Freeman to get arrangements to transfer him. #2. Moore Few's Van was in use that day. So Barbara and I were at Moore Few trying to get him transferred and finally just went and got him ourselves!!

This Valentine's Day I attended Joyce's Mom's funeral. Ironic I think, this is the day to love and care about another person and I had the opportunity to do exactly that.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

My Christmas Cupcake Gift for Valentine's Day Cupcakes!

Marty, Amy, Flora and Charley gave me a cupcake kit and really girly-girly pink cupcake pan for Christmas. Today I was home negotiating real estate deals and got a "Sweet Tooth" so I made the cupcakes! YUM! YUM! Thanks Guy's!!
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My Rodeo is 100000!

I stopped to get gas last week and noticed I was really close to making car history, turning over the big 100000! So I made it a point to watch and record the event. Last Thursday afternoon it happened! My Rodeo is a 2002, we bought it the day after 911, 2001. It has been a really good car! We will probably keep it another 100000 miles because we can't afford anything on a Real Estate Agent budget.

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