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Wrong Winner Announced..

I remember as a small child going with my family downtown on a summer evening or whenever we were looking for something to do. We didn’t go shopping, we went watching. Since we only had a radio for evening entertainment we often went in the car downtown and parked. We would get out of the car and sit on the curb and visit with other families or just sit and watch the cars or people go by. One of the favorite places was in front of the newspaper building. If there was something important happening in America we could get information quickly from the newspaper people who would be watching the ticker tape.

There was a variety of publications, which were going to press every minute, every second, during twelve hours of the day. When there was some big event on hand it would stay on the job the whole twenty-four hours, bringing out an edition at every tick of the clock. This minute-by-minute publication was the strip of paper tape which unreeled itself from the ticker machines.

Usually it was stock market news, but the ringside story of a prizefight, the arrival of an ocean liner, the weather conditions in some far-off section, the occurrence of a big railroad accident, of a calamitous earthquake, events big and little, thrilling and trivial, would be duly recorded on this little strip of paper tape. There are lots of us who have at some time or other, stood outside the newspaper office waiting for the ticker to let us all know what was going on in a condensed story of the current history event.

I remember, in particular, the night when we waited for the ticker to tell us who was going to win the Presidential race between Harry S Truman and Thomas E Dewey. The newspaper people would post the state ballot count on a black board on the sidewalk. Does anyone remember Harry? He coined the phrase “The Buck Stops Here”…………Someone else needs that sign on the desk. That was the night of the wrong person being confirmed the winner. Guess you could call it the “most famous newspaper error”.

“Dewey Defeats Truman” was a famously inaccurate banner headline on the front page of the Chicago Tribune on November 3, 1948, the day after incumbent United States President Harry S. Truman beat Republican challenger and Governor of New York Thomas E. Dewey in the 1948 presidential election in an upset victory.

The paper’s erroneous headline became notorious after a jubilant Truman was photographed holding a copy of the paper during a stop at St. Louis Union Station while returning by train from his home in Independence, Missouri to Washington, D.C. Truman’s joy was no doubt increased by the gaffe from the staunchly conservative Republican Chicago Tribune, which had once referred to Truman as a “nincompoop”. In a retrospective article over half a century later about the newspaper’s most famous and most embarrassing headline, the Tribune wrote that Truman “had as low an opinion of the Tribune as it did of him.”

How did Jefferson know ???

 John F. Kennedy held a dinner in the white House for a group of the
brightest minds in the nation at that time. He made this statement:
 “This is perhaps the assembly of the most intelligence ever to
gather at one time in the White House with the exception of
when Thomas Jefferson dined alone.”
Especially read the last quote from 1802. 
When we get piled 
upon one another in large cities, as in Europe, 
we shall become as corrupt as   Europe  .
Thomas Jefferson   

The democracy will cease to exist 
when you take away from those 
who are willing to work and give to those who would not. 
Thomas Jefferson   

It is incumbent on every 
generation to pay its own debts as it goes. 
A principle which if acted on would save 
one-half the wars of the world. 
Thomas Jefferson 

I predict future happiness for 
Americans if they can prevent the government 
from wasting the labors of the people under the 
pretense of taking care of them. 
Thomas Jefferson   

My reading of history convinces me 
that most bad government results from too much 
Thomas Jefferson  

No free man shall ever be debarred 
the use of arms. 
Thomas Jefferson   

The strongest reason for the 
people to retain the right to keep and bear arms 
is, as a last resort, to protect themselves 
against tyranny in government. 
Thomas Jefferson   

The tree of liberty must be 
refreshed from time to time with the blood of 
patriots and tyrants. 
Thomas Jefferson  

To compel a man to subsidize with 
his taxes the propagation of ideas which he 
disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical. 
Thomas Jefferson   

Thomas  Jefferson said in 1802:
‘I believe that 
banking institutions are more dangerous to 
our liberties than standing armies. 
If the American people ever allow 
private banks to control the issue of their 
currency, first by inflation, then by 
deflation, the banks and corporations that will 
grow up around the banks will deprive the people 
of all property – until their children 
wake-up homeless on the continent their fathers 

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