Welcome to Tuesday Trivia Tie-in. Each Tuesday readers are invited to share a blog post about one of their collection and a bit of related trivia.
This feature was inspired by a great deal I got on an entire rack of ties at an indoor flea market. Added to the ties I already had, I realized I had quite a collection of neat ties.
This week I will also be joining:
Also, just for kicks, I'm going to join a party I have never joined before:
Earlier in the week, I wrote about the St Jude Children's Research Hospital, in Memphis Tennessee. You can read that post here. This is an incredible hospital, that does remarkable work. But, as we all know, even with the new health care reform bill, health care isn't cheap.
It costs about $1.5 million per day (yes, I said per day) to run this hospital.
Danny Thomas knew when he founded the hospital, that it would be expensive. So he turned to his fellow Americans of Arabic-speaking heritage. Believing deeply that these Americans should, as a group, thank the United States for the gifts of freedom given their parents, Danny also felt the support of St. Jude would be a noble way of honoring his immigrant forefathers who had come to America.
His request struck a responsive chord. In 1957, 100 representatives of the Arab-American community met in Chicago to form ALSAC® (American Lebanese Syrian Associated Charities) with a sole purpose of raising funds for the support of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
The current CEO of ALSAC is Richard Shadyac shown in this picture, standing next to a portrait of his father, Richard C. Shadyac Sr., who was the CEO for 13 years.
(photo taken by Alan Spearman, staff photographer,The Commercial Appeal, Memphis TN, used by permission)
Where am I going with this, you may ask? Well, look closely at the tie worn in the portrait on the wall.
Need a closer look?
What about it you ask?
Well, that tie was designed by Richard C. Shadyac Sr. And was sold, along with many other items, and was used as part of the fundraising effort.
Still can't see it very well? How's this?
Diann found this tie for me recently and I thought it was cool even before I knew the story.
It was one of Mr Shadyacs favorite ties, and therefore the one he chose to wear for his official portrait.
From what I have been able to identify, it features the flags of The USA, Canada, Great Britain, Japan, Lebanon, Australia, Guyana, and Senagal, as well as one flag that I cannot identify at all.
If anyone knows what country is represented by a vertical tribar flag of Green, White and Yellow, please let me know.
So, that is my cool tie of the week. A bright colorful tie, with a colorful story behind it.
You can learn more about St. Jude Childrern's Research Hospital, or make a donation by going to their website at https://shop.stjude.org/GiftCatalog/express-donation.do?fnl=don_sin&plt=STJGENLKALSAC1000002
A special thanks to Amanda Robbins, Information Supervisor at St Jude Childrens Research Hospital, for the information she provided to me for this post.
Ok, Now it's your turn to add your post that shows off one of your treasures and shares some background information. Enter your link below. Make sure you link to your post and not just your main blog.
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