Daily dose: Local history, CUBS on parade
In 1912, University of Illinois President Edmund James said today that he knows Democratic presidential nominee Woodrow Wilson and proclaimed him “a fine man.” He said, “As a citizen, I think the Democratic Party has selected its best candidate. Of course, I take a special pride in his selection as Wilson is a member of the craft. We are looked upon usually as impractical, as theorists only and unable to do anything in a practical way. I am personally acquainted with Mr. Wilson and admire him greatly.”
In 1962, Champaign-Urbana received a record July rainfall of 3.98 inches in just 16 hours. The rains came in three separate bursts. So far this month, the community already has received 4.03 inches of rain, more than the total July normal of 3.18 inches.
CUBS on parade
The Champaign-Urbana Baseball Stalwarts (CUBS) will march in tomorrow's Champaign-Urbana Freedom Celebration parade, which begins at 1:05 p.m. at the University of Illinois Assembly Hall.
The CUBS are honored to be in the 34th slot, just behind the Owens Funeral Home entry.
All Cubs fans -- and any baseball fans for that matter -- are encouraged to join us. The Freedom to Celebrate Baseball is one of the few rights that the Founding Fathers overlooked in the drafting the Bill of Rights, but I believe we're covered under the freedom to assemble and the freedom to worship.
We will begin assembling in the Assembly Hall parking lot, hopefully under a tree, at noon. We will have water, watermelon, wet wipes and candy to pass out to all the little Cubs fans along the parade route.
Wear your Cubbie Blue, be prepared to be soaked by supersoaking water guns and bring your sense of humor. That's the only way to fight the slings we undoubtedly will receive from Cardinals and White Sox supporters.
I've got a few ideas for signs to hoist in this parade. If you have any more suggestions, please pass them on.
Remember that the parade theme this year is Honoring Our Youth
To the Youth: Life is hard, Being a Cubs fan is good practice
For our 5-year-old granddaughter: My Tee Ball Team Beat the Cubs
Cubs Obey Their Moms, Don't Hit