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Winner: Bea

Bea’s return to the winner’s circle surprised even her daughter, but not FrankC, who finished a close second along with Chris and the Driver. For the Driver it was deja vu all over again. Perfect thru the first 13, he then proceeded to miss 6 of the last 7.

Mistress Daphne was in town for a few days to gather provisions before returning to the high seas. She joined us to moderate the game tonight and ran her usual tight ship. She told us she gets to feeling dizzy when she’s on land these days, that she needs that gentle rocking she feels on the big boats. Maybe that was Pete Caroll’s problem. He sure coached like he was dizzy.

Good Question!: Until 1786 there was a state in the US called Franklin. Today it is known as ?

Choices: a.Pennsylvania  b.Tennessee  c.Arkansas  d.Missouri

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Answer: Tennessee

Well, not exactly, but “America’s Lost State” sure makes a good headline and story.

In 1784 the people who lived in what is now upper east Tennessee attempted to form a state called Franklin (named, of course, after Ben Franklin — arguably the most popular American alive at that time). They declared themselves independent of North Carolina, elected a governor and a legislature; wrote a constitution; and began going about the business of running their affairs (collecting taxes, holding courts, raising an army as needed against the hostile Native American tribes of the day).

Had the state of North Carolina not been bitterly opposed to the formation of the new state, Franklin almost certainly would have been accepted into the union by the Continental Congress.

In the spring of 1785 they asked Congress to admit Franklin as the 14th state. Needing 9 affirmative votes, the state of Franklin got 7 — those being Connecticut, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Georgia. (States that voted “no” did so mainly because of North Carolina’s opposition.) Although this attempt at statehood was a close call, Franklin later ceased to exist, becoming a footnote in history and one of the more vivid examples of the failure of the short-lived American confederation government.

Now, when I think of Tennessee, I think of Mr. David Crockett:

 

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“Born on a mountain top in Tennessee,
Greenest state in the land of the free.
Raised in the woods so’s he knew every tree,
Killed him a bear when he was only three.

Davy, Davy Crockett King of the Wild Frontier.

Fought single handed through the Injun war,
Till the Creeks was whipped and peace was restored.
And while he was handling this risky chore,
Made himself a legend, forevermore.

Davy, Davy Crockett the man who don’t know fear.”

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For a very extended version of the life and times of
Davy Crockett:

 

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