Wednesday, March 6, 2013

March 7: Cereal Day

Snap, crackle, pop! Thursday, March 7, is National Cereal Day. Eat your Wheaties tomorrow with pride.

Alexander Graham Bell received a patent for the telephone on March 7, 1876. Thus, Thursday is also considered to be Alexander Graham Bell Day in some circles. Of course, there is controversy over whether Bell really should be credited with inventing the telephone. As the linked Wikipedia article notes, "Innocenzo Manzetti, Antonio Meucci, Johann Philipp Reis, Elisha Gray, Alexander Graham Bell, and Thomas Edison, among others, have all been credited with pioneering work on the telephone."

Did you ever hear a parent or grandparent or other older person refer to the telephone as an "Ameche?" The reference is Hollywood actor Don Ameche who had the title role in the 1939 movie, The Story of Alexander Graham Bell. (Some readers may better recall Mr. Ameche as Mortimer Duke in the 1983 movie, Trading Places. The other Duke brother was Ralph Bellamy.)

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