It’s a line that those of my generation grew up with: “Look! Up in the sky! It’s a bird! No, it’s a plane! No! It’s SUPERMAN!” How I loved that show! Every time it was on my sister and I would gather in front of the tiny black and white screen in the little farmhouse in Iowa where we lived and we’d watch it. I don’t think I ever missed an episode: George Reeves played the Man of Steel. I bet you remember it, too!!!
Today’s picture is a photo I took of our third boxer, Ramses. At the time I took this picture, we didn’t know anything was wrong with him. Later, he’d be diagnosed with dilated cardio-myopathy that would eventually take his life, but at this point we had no clue.
This photo was taken of him as he was laying on the carpet in our house in Tracy, California. Boxers have rather large tongues and it is not unusual to see part of it sticking out….but it always cracked me up when I’d reach out and touch it and he’d just look at me with those big brown eyes and I’d crack up! He was my buddy…
ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY: in 1991, George Jo Hennard drove his truck through a window in Luby’s Cafeteria in Kileen, Texas, and then opened fire on a lunch crowd of over 100 people, killing 23 and injuring 20 more. Hennard then turned the gun on himself and committed suicide. The incident was one of the deadliest shootings in U.S. history.
The rampage at the Central Texas restaurant began at approximately 12:45 p.m. and lasted about 15 minutes. Witnesses reported that the 35-year-old gunman moved methodically through the large crowd, shooting people randomly and reloading his weapon several times. Hennard, of nearby Belton, Texas, was shot several times by police before he committed suicide. No clear motive for his actions was ever determined.
In the aftermath of the Luby’s massacre, Killeen residents urged officials at Luby’s corporate headquarters to let the restaurant re-open so people wouldn’t lose their jobs. Five months after the shootings, the cafeteria was back in business and stayed open for nine more years before permanently shutting its doors in September 2000. Another outcome of the Luby’s massacre was that in 1995 the Texas legislature passed a law allowing residents with gun permits to carry concealed weapons. Suzanna Gratia Hupp, who was at Luby’s with her parents on the day of the massacre and watched as they were murdered, was instrumental in getting the law passed. Hupp had a handgun with her that day, but left it in her car to comply with the law that forbid people from carrying concealed firearms.
TRIVIA FOR TODAY: Christmas stockings allegedly evolved from three sisters who were too poor to afford a marriage dowry and were, therefore, doomed to a life of prostitution. They were saved, however, when the wealthy Bishop Saint Nicholas of Smyrna (the precursor to Santa Claus) crept down their chimney and generously filled their stockings with gold coins.