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Gary E Moore
“The Rest of the Story” was a daily radio program originally hosted by Paul Harvey in the 1970s through the 1990s. Mr. Harvey would tell a story about some forgotten fact or person then conclude the story by revealing an interesting fact that had been held back; such as the true identity of the person (click here for an example). Mr. Harvey would…
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Gary E Moore
Last week we looked at the “public” material (FFA Convention Proceedings and FFA Board Minutes) about the controversy regarding the inclusion of girls in the FFA during the 1930s. My plan was to next reveal the “private” material (primarily letters) to see what was going on behind the scenes. However, since nearly all of the letters were sent to…
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Gary E Moore
Happy New Year! This year, 2019, is a momentous year in the history of the FFA – it marks the 50th anniversary of the decision to allow girls to be members of the FFA. But it also marks the 89th anniversary of the decision to EXCLUDE girls from becoming members of the FFA. Most folks believe the 1960s was the decade in which the struggle to admit…
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Gary E Moore
Joe Scatterscrew is a fictitious agriculture teacher. He was a created in the 1950s by the Head of Agricultural Education at Texas A&M University,  E. V. Walton. Professor Walton wrote the stories to use in preparing future teachers. The characters and setting are from Texas; yet the message found in each story is universal. The stories are funny…
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Gary E Moore
Assume it is December 7, 1946. You are planning for next year and need to order some FFA supplies. You have developed the following list of items to order. For each item, see if you can identify the supplier! It is possible to use the same answer more than once.  Note: be careful not to get tricked because typically the Footnoter is nice but could…
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Gary E Moore
In the song “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” there is a line that says “He’s making a list and checking it twice.” At this time of year, many folks are making Christmas lists. I often put books on my Christmas list. If I did not already own a signed copy of Tom of Peace Valley, it would be at the top of my list. This is an exciting juvenile novel…
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Gary E Moore
This Friday Footnote will be somewhat brief because you have more important things to do after Thanksgiving such as snagging Black Friday deals, eating leftovers and watching football games.  But really the most important thing you have to do is to spend time with your family and friends. Research shows agriculture teachers work 55+ hours a week.…
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Gary E Moore
Prior to 1969 about the only way a female could be involved with the FFA was to be a chapter sweetheart. In the early days of the FFA, it was common for a chapter to have an FFA Sweetheart. The Sweetheart was typically voted on by the members and the selection of the sweetheart more often than not was a popularity/beauty contest. The Sweetheart,…
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Gary E Moore
Last week’s Friday Footnote mentioned two organizations, the Masons and the Grange, who have “secret” ceremonies. Are you aware of the existence of a “secret” agricultural education society?  This secret agricultural education society is the Yellow Dogs (officially The Omnivorous and Amiable Order of the Yellow Dogs). If you are from Oregon or…
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