End of ADS-L Digest - 29 Jul 1997 to 30 Jul 1997 ************************************************ Subject: ADS-L Digest - 30 Jul 1997 to 31 Jul 1997 There are 3 messages totalling 127 lines in this issue. Topics of the day: 1. "I'm from Missouri-Show Me"--Vandiver's role 2. O. K. ( a new "Oh ki" from Boston) 3. question on a word -Reply ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Date: Thu, 31 Jul 1997 02:45:53 -0400 From: "Barry A. Popik" Subject: "I'm from Missouri-Show Me"--Vandiver's role This is included to my prior postings on this topic for the sake of completeness. In a 1911 "Show Me" article in the New York Herald, Missouri Congressman William D. Vandiver got total credit for originating "I'm from Missouri--Show Me!" at a dinner meeting of the House Naval Committee in Philadelphia at the Five O'Clock Club in 1899. I traced the phrase to the 1898 Transmississippi Fair in Omaha; a copyrighted song followed in August 1898. I told Gerald Cohen (Mo-Rolla) that I looked throught the Five O'Clock Club records for 1898 and 1899, and I didn't find the dinner. I said that my time in Philadelphia was limited that day and I didn't have time to check 1900 and 1901. Gerald Cohen took a trip back east a few weeks ago and called to tell me he thought the dinner was March 1898, the Five O'Clock Club's 15th anniversary. I knew he was wrong, so I went back to Philadelphia to check it out. The dinner was January 27, 1900! The headline in the Philadelphia Inquirer for 28 January 1900, pg. 3, cols. 2-4, is "CONGRESSMEN WERE SHOWN PHILADELPHIA'S ENERGY/Naval Committee Visits Big Establishments and Dines With 5 O'Clock Club." The article briefly mentions that "Mr. Vandiver humorously referred to the hospitality of Philadelphia." Thus, Vandiver neither helped coin nor popularize "Show Me." Take a history book and cross it out.