Topic: "This Day in History"(3)
Frodo has wondered, often, about the parallels of history. It is much more than a statistical fact that some things happen when they happen because of the time of year. Suicides, for example, occur with frequency during the holiday seasons, amid periods of great joy, when depression is accentuated for those who suffer. Frodo enjoys marking events on the date that they occur, and to compare them with prior history. It is, to some, mildly amusing to note that Frodo was born on the date which 17 years previously would forever become known as "Black Friday." Frodo adds, in his defense, that his birth actually occurred on a Wednesday, and the New York Stock Exchange has been on an upward spiral ever since.
Prohibition, and the Constitutional Amendment which brought it into being, ended 75 years ago today. The social engineering of the time helped to produce the growth of Organized Crime. J. Edgar Hoover, a meglomaniac of substantial proportions, rose to become an influence on the subsequent course of the Cold War. Federal regulation was extended into the mountains and the valleys occupied by those with little, if any, prior involvement with their national government. And, of course, people died, either because of violence or by the poison produced to meet the consumer demand.
Perhaps, someday, someone such as Frodo, will make the parallel to the Pre-Emptive War and note that the unintended consequences which it propelled upon history were just as mindless. Frodo, however, would simply prefer to note that on that exact same day, 75 years ago, one of his all-time favorite people came into being. Frodo is struck by the fact that as the madness ended, so did it begin in an entirely different format.
What would our world be like without Little Richard?
Happy Birthday! Frodo tips, legally, his glass to you.