did you guys see today’s Google Doodle? Today would have been Maurice Sendak’s 85 birthday. The animation for the doodle is too cute. Go check it out if you haven’t already!
As I was reading an article on LifeHacker about Facebook and privacy, I wondered how much info about me was visible to the general public. I did a search on myself and sifted through the results. The information that appeared first was for my Pinterest activity, FB page, and listings for my book at various websites. One site in particular had a listing of books written by people with the same last name as me. One of the results was a book that I had completely forgotten about: African-American Almanac: Day-by-Day Black History by Leon T. Ross and Kenneth A. Mimms. The book that my Dad and his friend, Mr. Ross wrote together. The copy available on Amazon looks like this, but the copy that I have is a slim hard cover. After I found my copy of the book, I decided to flip to the page for tomorrow, which also happens to be my 26th birthday. Here is a bit of what was listed under the 15th:
1822 -In Charleston, South Carolina, a planned slave uprising to be led by former slave DENMARK VESEY was aborted because informants were discovered among the plotters.
1877 -2nd Lt. HENRY OSSIAN FLIPPER, USA, became the first African American to graduate from the army’s West Point Military Academy. (see also 3/31)
1966 -The USS George Washington Carver, a nuclear powered ballistic missile submarine, was commissioned. The ship was named for scientist GEORGE WASHINGTON CARVER. It was the second naval vessel and first Navy ship named for Carver (see also 1/5)
The timing of this couldn’t be more ironic with Father’s Day coming up this Sunday. My Dad passed away when I was 12 from Alzheimer’s disease. My mom told me that Mr. Ross stepped up to the plate and finished the corrections needed for the book, when my Dad became too sick finish the work. He has also since passed away. I suppose one could say that writing runs in my family, on the both sides.