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Datebook: January 30 – FDR Turns 130

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Franklin Delano Roosevelt was born on January 30, 1882 (and died April 12, 1945). He was a central figure in world events during the mid-20th century, leading the United States during a time of worldwide economic crisis and world war. FDR’s persistent optimism and activism contributed to a renewal of the national spirit, reflecting his victory over paralytic illness to become the longest serving president in U.S. history. He worked closely with Winston Churchill and Joseph Stalin in leading the Allies against Germany and Japan in World War II, but died just as victory was in sight. Roosevelt instituted the New Deal — a variety of programs designed to produce government jobs, economic growth, and bank and transportation reform. The economy improved rapidly from 1933 to 1937, but then relapsed into a deep recession. The bipartisan Conservative Coalition that formed in 1937 prevented and abolished much of the legislation. Major surviving programs include the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and Social Security. During World War II, FDR gave strong diplomatic and financial support to China and Britain, while remaining officially neutral. He provided Lend-Lease aid to countries fighting against Nazi Germany. He called the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor “a date which will live in infamy.” He ordered the Army to inter 100,000 Japanese American civilians. FDR’s New Deal Coalition united labor unions, big city machines, white ethnics, African Americans and rural white Southerners. Roosevelt’s diplomatic impact led to the United Nations and Bretton Woods. Roosevelt is consistently rated by scholars as one of the top three U.S. Presidents.

It’s Monday, January 30

The McCracken County Cooperative Extension Service hosts a free Slow Cooker Cooking Class tomorrow from 11 to noon. Class members will review slow cooking basics, enjoy taste testing, and leave with new ideas and recipes. Call 554-9520 for more information.

The American Red Cross holds a blood drive at the Murray State University Curris Center tomorrow and Wednesday from 9AM to 3PM. Whole blood and double red cell donations will be accepted. Donors must be healthy, at least seventeen years old, and at least 110 pounds. Schedule an appointment and find out more at

High school juniors may now submit applications for Murray State University’s Commonwealth Honors Academy. The three-week summer enrichment experience lets students earn six hours of college credit at no cost. The program runs June 9th to June 30th. The application deadline is March 1st. Applications are online at

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Datebook: July 26 – FDR freezes Japanese assets 70 years ago

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On July 26, 1941, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt signed Executive Order 8832 – freezing Japanese and Chinese assets in the United States. This measure came with the view of the unlimited national emergency he’d previously declared and was similar to the freezing of European assets a month earlier. The order was designed to prevent the use of the financial facilities of the United States and trade between Japan and the United States. At the request of Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek, Roosevelt extended the freezing control to Chiense assets in the United States, a continuation of the government’s policy of assisting China.

It’s Tuesday, July 26

Tonight the Paducah Symphony Orchestra presents the final concert of its Family Summer Concert Series. The “String-Along” program starts at 7 p.m. at Immanuel Baptist Church at 3465 Buckner Lane. It’s a casual ensemble performance.

Twilight Theatre Productions presents three original plays in one evening in dinner theatre shows this Friday and Saturday at Kenlake State Resort Park. Reservations for dinner at 6:30 p.m. must be made tomorrow by calling 270-436-2399. Curtain is at 8 p.m. Shows are Hills like White Elephants, Cheez Doodles and The Circus Still Comes to Town. See more at

The National Quilt Museum in Paducah offers its annual Quilt Appraisal Day Thursday, August 18, from 9 a.m. to 4:30. Each appraisal takes about 30 minutes and costs $50. Make an appointment in advance at 270-442-8856 or Gerald Roy of Warner, New Hampshire is the nationally known appraiser involved.

Hear musicians of our region remembering the late H. Pruitte, Grumpy Old Men arranger and keyboardist, tomorrow night at nine and Thursday at noon on WKMS. Thanks for listening.

Todd Hill’s Good Read: “Franklin Delano Roosevelt: Champion of Freedom”

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Franklin Delano Roosevelt: Champion of Freedom

by Conrad Black

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Product Description:
Franklin Delano Roosevelt stands astride American history like a colossus. Having pulled the nation out of the Great Depression and led it to victory in the Second World War, in his four terms as president Roosevelt transformed an inward-looking country into the greatest superpower the world had ever known. Few biographies have been able to capture the full scope, the charisma, and the complexities of the man in full-until Conrad Black’s Franklin Delano Roosevelt. In this extraordinary and eminently readable assessment, Black-a staunch conservative-takes to task the Roosevelt naysayers, lays bare the Yalta myth, and makes a surprising and compelling case that that FDR was the most influential and important person of the twentieth century.

“Looks at all sides of his very complex personality, good and bad. Best biography of Roosevelt I’ve read.” – Todd Hill

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Written by Matt Markgraf

March 15, 2010 at 11:09 am