The Last Day of September 2016

Angie Dickinson is 85 today.

Chances are Johnny Mathis is 81.

Greg Brady (Barry Williams) is 62.

Marion Cotillard is 41 today.

Die ZauberflöteThe Magic Flute — premiered in Vienna 225 years ago tonight; libretto by Emanuel Schikaneder, music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. That night Mozart conducted the orchestra, Schikaneder played Papageno. Mozart died less than 10 weeks later at age 35.

James Dean was killed 61 years ago today at the junction of California Highways 41 and 46. He was 24.

NewMexiKen’s very own grandfather, John Louis Beyett, was born in Alvord, Wise County, Texas, 135 years ago today. He died before I was born, but I met his mother, my great-grandmother when I was 8-years-old. She was born in 1865 and was just 15 when my grandfather was born; the first of her nine children. She was 87 when I met her (and lived to be 93). It has always amazed me that I met an ancestor who was born the year Abraham Lincoln died.

Nothing Changes

Gillette 1948

“We will sign this contract with a heavy heart. … With a few scratches of the pen, we will sell the best part of our reservation. Right now the future doesn’t look too good to us.”
George Gillette, chairman of the Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara Nation, 1948, pictured left at signing.

A Pipeline Fight and America’s Dark Past

It’s Fall in Albuquerque

In May the highest official temperature in Albuquerque was 87º.

In June the official high temperature in Albuquerque reached 90º or higher 27 out of 30 days. It got to 100º twice (actually 103º one of those two times). The average high was 93.3º.

In July the official high temperature in Albuquerque reached 90º or higher 29 out of 31 days. It got to 100º three times. The average high was 95.6º.

In August, so far, the official high temperature in Albuquerque has reached 90º or higher just six out of 25 days. 93º is the highest and 86.7º the average. Twice the high hasn’t even reached 80º.

At a mile above sea level the summer really is perfect. Warm but confined to 2-1/2 months!

Update September 5th: Hasn’t been 90° since August 15th.