Daily dose: Local history, more weather records and the Romney/Jimmy John/Rutherford connection

Local history

In 1912, a baby of nine days old was operated upon at Burnham Hospital last evening, the youngest patient ever submitting to an operation at he institution. The child, whose parents are from Kansas, had an incarcerated hernia, the bowels being so interwoven as to form an obstruction that could have been fatal. Today the infant is crying for food and there is every indication of a splendid recovery.

In 1962, two prominent newsmen have been named to the faculty at the University of Illinois College of Journalism and Communications. They are Albion Ross, 56, a foreign correspondent and author, and Henry F. Schulte, 37, manager for United Press International in Madrid, Spain. Both will begin work Sept. 1.

More weather records

Wednesday's high temperature in Champaign-Urbana was 103 degrees, the ninth time this summer that the thermometer has cleared the 100-degree mark. And it was the third time it has hit 103, the highest reading so far this summer.

(The all-time record high temperature for C-U is 109 degrees in 1954.)

The summer of 2012 now ranks third in the number of 100-degree days, with a lot of summer to go.

The only summers with more 100-degree days are 1936 (15 days) and 1934 (11 days). This summer had been tied with the summer of 1954 (eight 100-degree days).

The next record in sight is the number of 90-degree or more days this month. We're now at 22 (of 25 days) in July. The local record is 24 days, set in 1936. The National Weather Service forecasts at least two more 90-degree days this month, today and Friday.

Romney/Jimmy John and Rutherford

From Wednesday's News-Gazette column ...

Last week, a blog on National Public Radio noted that “Jimmy John’s Gourmet Sandwiches are a big part of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s campaign.”

“The story of the sandwich-chain founder’s success is now a regular part of the Romney stump speech, and, according to (NPR) political correspondent Ari Shapiro, ‘It’s a reliable bet that almost any time the Romney press bus provides lunch, it will be a big box of Jimmy John’s subs.’”

During a campaign stop in Pennsylvania last week, Romney highlighted the story of Jimmy John’s founder and CEO James “Jimmy John” Liautaud, who makes his home in Champaign for part of the year.

“And you see, I happen to believe that Jim Liautaud, Jimmy John, built that business with the help of people around him, his friends, the people who worked there in that enterprise. I do not give government credit for having built that, I give free people credit for having built that business,” Romney told the crowd.

But the link between Romney and Liautaud — the man who brought them together — is state Treasurer Dan Rutherford, who is close friends with both.

Rutherford is a longtime supporter of Romney and has received at least $156,000 in campaign contributions from Liautaud since 2005. Liauataud and his wife, Leslie, each have give Romney’s campaign $2,500 in this election cycle and gave $2,300 in the last one.

“Jimmy and Governor Romney spend a lot of time together,” Rutherford said Monday during a stop in Urbana with 13th Congressional District candidate Rodney Davis. “In fact, Jimmy was gracious four years ago, during the last run, to host Governor Romney at his home. Governor Romney was here at Jimmy and Leslie’s home in Champaign. I introduced them and they clicked.

“Jimmy is a self-made, did-it-from-the-bootstraps-up guy, who worked hard with a small personal investment to become a wonder success story,” he said. “And you see Mitt Romney’s story in turnarounds and helping businesses grow and go.”

Rutherford said he was “not surprised that the governor has taken part of his national stage presentation about what true success
in American business can be, and uses Jimmy as an example.”











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rsp wrote on July 26, 2012 at 11:07 am

“Jimmy is a self-made, did-it-from-the-bootstraps-up guy, who worked hard with a small personal investment to become a wonder success story,” he said. “And you see Mitt Romney’s story in turnarounds and helping businesses grow and go.”

That's something both Jimmy and Mitt have in common. Daddy's money. Where would they be without it?