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INSTRUMENTS (continued): • The Fluegelhorn has its origins in the early 18th century, when it was a large semicircular hunting horn, essentially a bugle without valves, played by the “Fluegelmeister.” The modern instrument looks much like a trumpet, but with a much wider bell. It has a richer, mellower, darker sound than the trumpet, about halfway between the tones of a trumpet and a French horn. • Benjamin Franklin invented an instrument called the hydrocrystalophone, which in simpler terms is known as the glass armonica. His armonica consisted of a series of glass bowls of graduated size floating in a tray of water. The varying sizes produced different musical tones based on the size of the bowl. • A thin flat wooden frame with up to 50 strings stretched across its body is known as a zither. Five of the strings are used to play the melody with the remainder used for the harmony. The performer can pluck the strings with either his fingers or a special tool called a plectrum. The zither is common in Austria, Hungary, Croatia, Slovenia, and southern Germany. An early form of the zither was found in the tomb of Chinese royalty dating back to 433 B.C. • The indigenous Australians of northern Australia developed the didgeridoo about 1,500 years ago, and it’s still in use today. The wooden cylinder measures anywhere from 3 to 10 ft. in length. The longer the didgeridoo, the lower the pitch. Aboriginal craftsmen look for hollow live eucalyptus trees, usually ones that have been invaded by termites that have attacked only the heart of the tree. The tree is cleaned out and the bark removed, then shaped into an instrument, with a rim of beeswax added to the mouthpiece end. A British medical study indicates that playing the didgeridoo helps reduce snoring and sleep apnea by strengthening muscles in the upper airway.
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INSTRUMENTS (continued): • Oompah! Where would marching bands be without the sousaphone? Although many folks call it a tuba, this large 40-lb. (18.1 kg) brass instrument that wraps around the player (who supports most of the weight with his or her shoulder) is more accurately called a sousaphone after its designer. John Philip Sousa, conductor of the United States Marine Band in the 1890s, and composer of “Stars and Stripes Forever,” was looking for an improvement to the era’s helicon, a narrower version of the sousaphone. Sousa came up with a design that was submitted to Philadelphia’s J.W. Pepper Company, a design with the bell pointed upward. By the 1920s, the design had been changed to the bell pointing outward for better sound projection. In more recent years, the instruments have been manufactured from fiberglass to lighten the load. • The hurdy-gurdy has been around since about the 12th century when it was known as the organistrum or symphonia. It’s a three-stringed instrument with a wheel or circular bow that is turned by a crank. The strings are attached to keys and when the wheel rubs against the strings, it produces a sound similar to that of a violin. The large organistrum has a guitarshaped body and long neck where the keys are set. The name hurdy-gurdy is often confused with the barrel organ or street piano played by street musicians. That instrument consists of barrels onto which perforated paper rolls are attached. Only a turning of the crank is required to play the barrel organ, with no musical skills required. It’s the instrument seen in illustrations of an organ grinder and his performing monkey.
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INSTRUMENTS (continued): • One of the world’s oldest musical instruments, the harp, was developed from a hunting bow. Pictographs of harps have been found in ancient Egyptian tombs dating back to 3000 B.C. The modern harp has a long hollow side called the column or pillar, in which are situated the rods that control the instrument’s seven pedals. The pedals allow for changing notes and switching keys. Because there are no “black keys” to help the harpist locate notes on the nearly 50 strings, the “C” strings are colored red and “F” strings are black. The harp’s strings are made of nylon, gut, wire, or silk. • The Jew’s harp isn’t a harp and it isn’t Jewish! Its proper name is “plucked idiophone,” and its small lyre-shaped metal frame is played by positioning it on the performer’s teeth. A bent metal tongue inside the frame is plucked by the player’s finger. Ancient frames dating back to the year 1400 have been found in Germany. One of Beethoven’s music teachers, Austrian composer and organist Johann Alberchtsberger, composed several concerti for the Jew’s Harp around 1765.
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For years we knew him as Pa Cartwright, the patriarch of the Ponderosa Ranch on television’s Bonanza. But there was more to this famous Canadian than running a fictional ranch. Take a look at the life of this noted actor. • Born Lyon Himan Green (without the “e”) to Russian Jewish immigrant parents in Ottawa, Ontario, he became interested in acting while a chemical engineering student at Queen’s University in Kingston. After graduation, he walked away from a career in engineering, finding a job as a radio broadcaster with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. With his rich, deep voice, before long he became known as “The Voice of Canada.” • After a stint as a flying officer in the Royal Canadian Air Force during World War II, Greene returned to Canada to pursue an acting career. His authoritative bass voice lent itself well to the narration of documentary films. • His role in 1957’s Peyton Place led to a guest spot on television’s Wagon Train, which led to his most well-known role, that of Ben Cartwright on the western Bonanza in 1959. Green modeled his character after his own father, a shoemaker. For the next 14 years, Greene played Cartwright on a series that became the second-longest running western series (after Gunsmoke). Within two years, Bonanza was the Number One show on TV, and in the mid-1960s, Greene was making $11,000 a week. • In a TV Guide survey of the “50 Greatest TV Dads of All Time,” Ben Cartwright was ranked as #2 behind Bill Cosby.
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MOMENTS IN TIME • On July 15, 1606, the Dutch master Rembrandt is born in Leiden. His portraits began to go out of style after the 1630s, when his human figures were criticized as being coarse and indecorous. • On July 19, 1779, Massachusetts launches a 4,000-man naval expedition consisting of 19 warships, 24 transport ships and more than 1,000 militiamen to capture a 750man British garrison on the Penobscot Peninsula. The failed expedition was considered the worst naval disaster in American history until the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941. • On July 18, 1914, convicted on meager evidence of murdering two Salt Lake City policemen, Wobbly Joe Hill is sentenced to be executed in Utah. Hill was a member of the International Workers of the World, called Wobblies. Scholars have debated whether Hill was railroaded because of his radical politics.
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LORNE GREENE (continued): • During his Bonanza years, Greene also served as the co-host of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on NBC from 1963 to 1972, beside Betty White. He also released several albums of country western and folk songs, achieving a #1 single on the music charts with his recording of “Ringo,” a spoken-word ballad about the Old West outlaw Johnny Ringo. • In 1973, after a 430-episode run, Bonanza was cancelled. Greene’s next role was that of a private detective in the crime drama Griff, but it was cancelled due to poor ratings after only 13 episodes. However, there was no lack of work for Greene. He immediately began hosting a nature series entitled Last of the Wild, as well as beginning a years-long job as spokesman for Alpo dog food. He also had a major role in the classic miniseries Roots as the master of slave Kunta Kinte. • In 1978, Lorne Green took on the role of Captain Adama in the popular sci-fi series Battlestar Galactica and its follow-up Galactica 1980. Following its cancellation, Greene turned back to nature, hosting a Canadian television documentary series Lorne Greene’s New Wilderness. • In 1987, a made-for-TV movie with a Bonanza reunion was planned, and Greene signed on to reprise his role of Ben Cartwright. Unfortunately, he passed away before the filming began from pneumonia that developed following ulcer surgery. The movie was still produced, with Greene’s daughter playing the role of the love interest of Little Joe Cartwright’s son. • Greene left behind a tribute to his Canadian roots by his founding of Toronto’s Academy of Radio Arts, originally called the Lorne Greene School of Broadcasting.
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CHOCOLATE-Y FACTS In honor of Chocolate Day on July 7, Tidbits checks out the facts on this favorite confection. • A small evergreen tree ranging in height from 15 to 26 feet is the source of cacao beans. The Theobroma cacao, native to Central and South America, produces seeds directly on its trunk rather than on branches. Each seed pod is about the size of a pineapple and holds between 30 and 50 seeds that have a very bitter taste until they undergo a seven-day fermentation process, which develops the flavor. In the ancient Mayan civilization, cacao beans were so valuable, they were used as currency. They were commonly counterfeited, with fakes fashioned out of painted clay.
• Milton Hershey was already a candy manufacturer specializing in caramels when, in 1894, he decided to start producing sweet chocolate as a coating for the caramels. Soon Hershey was producing milk chocolate in 114 different bars and other shapes. He chose a location in south-central Pennsylvania for his operation, which has grown into the largest chocolate manufacturer in North America. • Hershey’s kisses came along in 1907, and today the company produces over 80 million kisses every single day. About one billion pounds of chocolate products are produced annually by Hershey’s.
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• Christopher Columbus brought cacao beans back from what is now Honduras, presenting them to the Spanish king and queen who had financed his journeys. The beans’ value was overlooked for years until fellow explorer Hernando Cortez also brought back a stash of the precious cargo.
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