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Thumbs: No snow, Stuck on a Truck, Shirley Temple

Posted: February 14, 2014 - 8:59pm

Welcomed error. Like most folks, we were glad the predictions of snow Tuesday did not come about. Meteorologists and weather folks on television are reading off the same page, but let’s not criticize them for this miss. Keep in mind that we have had a series of mild winters before this one. Maybe snow and ice are to be expected.

End of an era. All right, Stuck on a Truck has been canceled. Marketing strategies change for most businesses, banks included. Stuck on a Truck has run its course. Times change. Once we had hula hoop contests and long before that, dance marathons. Still, there will be some reminiscing and wishes that Stuck would come back.

Out of fashion. Sure, the Razorbacks won a basketball game on the road while wearing gosh-awful anthracite uniforms. Coaches talk about ugly wins, but we haven’t heard the phrase “ugly uniform win.” Most Hog fans will say, “Let them wear pink polka dots if they win basketball games away from home.” OK, we’ll go along.

Cold weather appeal. We hustle home from cold weather, snow and ice then click on television and sit down to watch the Winter Olympics. Few of us around here know diddly about the various events, but we can appreciate skill, talent and bravery. As in all Olympics, we like the assorted people stories that come forth.

Feathery entertainment. Birders, and don’t call them bird watchers, call our attention to several interesting rarities this winter. Long-tailed ducks, white winged scoters, trumpeter swans and white pelicans have all turned up at Beaverfork Lake, and sandhill cranes have been hanging out near the Little Rock airport.

A child’s impact. It’s difficult to describe the effect Shirley Temple had on the nation when she was just a young child. Depths of the Great Depression, and she brought smiles out of despair. Movies were her vehicle in those days. Many years later, she functioned well as a diplomat to several foreign nations.

“It is a splendid thing that for just 15 cents an American can go to a movie and look at the smiling face of a baby and forget his troubles.”

— President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1934, referring to Shirley Temple.

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