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Know It All
November 07, 2012, 05:00 AM

J. M. Barrie (1860-1937) wrote "Peter Pan.” The novel, originally titled "Peter and Wendy,” was published in 1911.

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Barrie bequeathed the copyright for "Peter Pan” as a gift to the Great Ormand Street Children’s Hospital in England. The hospital uses the millions of dollars it earns from the copyright to help needy children.

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Do you know what these people have in common? Maude Adams, Mary Martin, Sandy Duncan and Cathy Rigby. See answer at end.

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Dustin Hoffman played the pirate Captain Hook, Peter Pan’s nemesis, in the 1991 movie "Hook.”

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Pirates flew the Jolly Roger flag on their ships as a warning that anyone captured would be killed. The flag pictured skull and crossbones.

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Edward Thatch, better known as the notorious pirate Blackbeard, was born in 1680 in Bristol, England. He committed thefts and terror along the Virginia and Carolina coasts in his ship called Queen Anne’s Revenge.

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Robert Maynard, a lieutenant of the English Navy, was the hero that killed Blackbeard the Pirate. In an ambush, Maynard shot Blackbeard five times and stabbed him 20 times. With Blackbeard’s head as proof of his death, Maynard earned the reward of 100 pounds.

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Forbes Field opened in 1909. The ballpark was built in Pittsburgh, Penn. for the Pittsburgh Pirates baseball team. It was the first National League ballpark constructed of concrete and steel.

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Baseball was played at Forbes Field for 61 years. In that time, there was never a no-hitter pitched there.

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The first time a Major League ball game was aired on the radio was on Aug. 5, 1921. Harold Arlin announced the game on station KDKA. The Philadelphia Pirates beat the Pittsburgh Corsairs, 8-5 at Forbes Field.

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The first football game was broadcast on the radio two months after the first baseball game was broadcast. Harold Arlin was the announcer for that historic radio broadcast, on Oct. 8, 1921. The University of Pittsburgh beat West Virginia University, 21-13.

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Since 1890, the school mascot for West Virginia University has been the Mountaineer. Each year, a student is selected to be the Mountaineer. The student wears a coonskin cap and fires a traditional rifle at the opening of school sporting events.

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The state of West Virginia has the lowest crime rate in the country.

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"Virginia is for Lovers” has been the slogan for Virginia tourism since 1969. The slogan debuted in an ad in "Modern Bride” magazine.

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Graphic artist Milton Glaser created the "I love NY” slogan and logo, first used in 1977.

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Included among the many ad slogans that have the word love in them are Delta Airlines "We love to fly and it shows,” Pillsbury "Nothing says lovin’ like something form the oven” and McDonalds "I’m lovin’ it.”

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Answer: They all played the title character of Peter Pan on Broadway. Maude Adams (1872-1953) performed in 1,500 performances of "Peter Pan” between 1905 and 1918. Mary Martin (1913-1990) was Peter Pan in 1954. She is the mother of actor Larry Hagman. Sandy Duncan (born 1946) played Peter Pan in 1979-80. Duncan is blind in her left eye as a result of a tumor removed in 1971. Cathy Rigby (born 1952) was a gymnast, named the Los Angeles Times’ Sportswoman of the Year in 1972. She starred as Peter Pan from 1990-91.



Know It All is by Kerry McArdle. It runs in the weekend and Wednesday editions of the Daily Journal. Questions? Comments? Email knowitall@smdailyjournal.com or call 344-5200 ext. 114.


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