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Morning Update, February 4, 2013


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Nov 4, 2005
In case you are new to these daily updates, let me just quickly tell you that our friend and fellow Cheffer, Paige Dixon Birgfeld, disappeared without a trace on June 28, 2007. You can follow the entire story in a thread called "One of Our Own Is Missing" at the top of this page. Human remains were found in Colorado on March 8, 2012. Two days later, dental records tentatively identified the remains as those of Paige. On March 28, DNA testing confirmed that Paige had been found. As of this date, all we know is that Paige's remains have been found, law enforcement is considering this case a homicide, and everything is in the hands of forensics experts. All we can do now is wait, because once again, we have nothing new to report.

In news of Candles for Paige we had 12 candles as of this post. Remember, candles go out after 48 hours so keep lighting candles for Paige, her family and her three children.

Instructions for lighting candles for Paige are in the Missing thread, in this post.

On this date in History...

...in 1789, George Washington became the first, and only, candidate for president to be elected unanimously by the Electoral College. The event would be repeated on this date in 1792. In those early days of presidential elections, the electors in the college were presented with two names for president and were given two ballots. All ballots were cast for Washington, and since John Adams was presented as a candidate but received no votes, he finished second and served as vice-president for both of Washington's terms. The problem with the Electoral College evolved in 1796 when supporters of John Adams' Federalist party cast only one of their two ballots, ensuring Adams' becoming President, but it also meant that his opponent, the Democratic-Republican party candidate, Thomas Jefferson, would be Adams' vice president. In 1800, the situation repeated when a tie between Jefferson and Aaron Burr, both Democratic-Republicans. The election went to the house, where the Federalists voted for Burr, because they despised Jefferson. There were 35 tie votes until the Federalists conceded the election to Jefferson. (There's nothing new under the sun, I guess.) In 1804, the 12th Amendment to the Constitution ended the problem by specifying that separate votes be cast for president and vice-president.

...in 1826, James Fenimore Cooper published The Last of the Mohicans. The uniquely American novel was the second of a five-novel series known as The Leather Stocking Tales, featuring a hero with the unlikely name of Natty Bumppo. He is more commonly known by his nickname of Hawkeye, derived from his expertise with the rifled musket, his motto being "One shot, one kill." Hawkeye was born of white parents but was raised with Native Americans, his "brother" being Chingachgook. The five novels in the pentology are The Deerslayer, The Last of the Mohicans, The Pathfinder, The Pioneers and The Prairie. Cooper died in 1851 in Cooperstown, New York, founded by and named for his father. And yes, it's the same Cooperstown as the Baseball Hall of Fame.


James Fenimore Cooper (1789-1851)

...in 1922, Ford Motor Company acquired the financially troubled Lincoln Motor Car Company for $8 million. Old Henry had insisted on building nothing but Model T Fords and some industry analysts saw the purchase of Lincoln as a move toward diversification, to match the many offerings of GM. However, the purchase was driven by Henry Ford's personal interest in Lincoln, which ran much deeper. In 1901, the Henry Ford Company was founded with Henry as the chief engineer. He designed an automobile but was never quite ready to release it into production. Nervous investors were not happy, and brought in Henry Leland. Leland had a reputation for building precision components. Leyland supplied engines to Ransom E. Olds' Oldsmobiles, adding to the reputation of Oldsmobiles in the early days. Leland brought his engine and transmission to the company and in 1902, the investors fired Ford - who left to found the Ford Motor Company. Meanwhile, Leland's engine was put into Henry's Ford. It was renamed "Cadillac" and went on to some success in the industry. Even with his success with Ford Motor Company, Henry Ford was one to carry a grudge forever. He was delighted with the chance to purchase Lincoln, which had been founded by Henry Leland. Henry Ford returned Leland's favor from 1902 - and fired him from the company he founded.


Henry Leland's design for the Lincoln was actually
quite old and stodgy, well behind the times. It didn't help
sales of his cars, either. After Henry Ford bought the
company, Edsel Ford's design guidance made it into a
beautiful automobile.

...in 1974, 19 year old heiress Patrica Hearst was kidnapped from her Berkley, California apartment. The daughter of William Randolph Hearst, the billionaire newspaper mogul, was contacted by leaders of the Symbionese Liberation Army, a radical activist group led by Donald DeFreeze. The SLA demanded Hearst distribute $70 in food to every poor person from Santa Rosa to Los Angeles. The distribution was to be handled by the Black Muslims, but the distribution turned into a riot as more than 10,000 people showed up for the free food. After the mess was cleaned up, the SLA demanded an additional $6 million giveaway, which Hearst refused. An unexpected twist to the plot occurred when the SLA held up the Hibernia Bank in San Francisco, because one of the bank robbers was Patty Hearst. She was eventually arrested, tried, and convicted of bank robbery. Her defense was that she had been brainwashed by isolation and rape into joining the SLA. Prosecutors weren't so sure, and the argument continues whether she was complicit or displaying symptoms of Stockholm Syndrome. President Jimmy Carter commuted her sentence and President Bill Clinton pardoned her in the wave of pardons he made on his way out the door in January 2001.


Patty Hearst in an SLA poster.
Stockholm Syndrome victim or terrorist?

That's it. That's all we know as of 12:01 AM, EST.