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MONTGOMERY WARD


FDR SEIZES CONTROL OF MONTGOMERY-WARD!

On December 27, 1944, President Franklin D. Roosevelt seized control of the historic mail-order, department store chain Montgomery Ward.  The company was founded in 1872. 


This action was taken because the company refused to comply with a labor agreement negotiated under direction of the National War Labor Board and to avoid strikes in war-related industries.



FDR sent the Army National Guard to Chicago to seize MW’s main plant.  It’s anti New-Deal chairman, Sewell Avery, had to be literally carried out of the plant by Guardsmen (see photo below). The Secretary of War was ordered to seize Ward’s plants in five other states as well.



“HOWDY DOODY” TV SHOW PREMIERS 


On December 27, 1947, the “Howdy Doody Show” premiered.  This show featured a wooden puppet named “Howdy Doody” & was hosted by “Buffalo Bob” & a clown named “Clarabell”. 


The kid’s show opened each episode with kids singing the theme song “It’s How…dy Doo..dy Time…..”  


This was the “signature” TV program of my “Baby Boom” generation.



JFK SAILS ON “HONEY FITZ”


On December 27, 1961, JFK & his family sailed on the “Honey Fitz” at Palm Beach.  The yacht was named in honor of his grandfather, John F. Fitzgerald, his namesake & beloved former Mayor of Boston. 



JFK ASSASSINATION BLOG NEEDS VISITORS!

My JFK Blog on the assassination and related events has been running about one week.  It has received a “new look” & I am converting my US History Power Points used in my classes to this blog.  I realize this topic is most controversial & try to use information which can be supported by evidence.  I also try to give different points of view.  Please check it out.

  



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