Monday, April 21, 2008

City of Broad Shoulders and One Little Statue

MARK TWAIN AWARD spent the weekend with ANN and BRIAN COOPER in CHICAGO, where he took in some of the landmarks and sights along and around Michigan Avenue.
The street musician seemed particularly inspired by Mark Twain Award's presence.

Monday, April 14, 2008

Mark Twain Award likes the poutine, eh?

We pretended to be CANADIAN the other day, eh, and MARK TWAIN AWARD did his best to follow suit.
We enjoyed eating POUTINE, or as Quebec Anglophones might say, THE poutine. The quintessential Canadian comfort food consists of French fries topped with cheddar cheese curds and smothered in gravy. Mmm, eh?
Good stuff.
We also tried to introduce Mark Twain Award to some common examples of Canadiana.
What's that, you say, common Canadiana? Then where is the BUNNY HUG or the TUQUE, eh?

Sunday, April 6, 2008

Take Mark Twain Award out to the ballgame

Legend has it, Samuel Clemens attended a baseball game on May 18, 1875 -- he reportedly saw the Hartford Dark Blues defeat the Boston Red Stockings, 10-5.
His namesake, MARK TWAIN AWARD, received a taste of the national pastime when the MILWAUKEE BREWERS recently hosted the SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS at Miller Park.

The July 2, 1887 Elmira (N.Y.) Daily Advertiser reported that Mark Twain umpired a contest of "the old-fashioned game of base ball" between the Alerts and the Unions.
Mark Twain Award took no officially active role in the contest between the Brewers and the Giants. However, he did take up a prominent position with the "Miller Park Heroes," including former Gov. Tommy Thompson.