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Monday, March 23, 2015

Article of the Week - The Codex Mendoza

The Codex Mendoza is an Aztec codex, created about twenty years after the 1521 Spanish conquest of Mexico with the intent that it be seen by Charles V, the Holy Roman Emperor and King of Spain. It contains a history of the Aztec rulers and their conquests, a list of the tribute paid by the conquered, and a description of daily Aztec life, in traditional Aztec pictograms with Spanish explanations and commentary.

The codex is named after Don Antonio de Mendoza, then the viceroy of New Spain, who may have commissioned it. It is also known as the Codex Mendocino and La colección Mendoza, and has been held at the Bodleian Library at Oxford University since 1659. It was removed from public exhibition on December 23, 2011.

The Codex Mendoza was hurriedly created in Mexico City, to be sent by ship to Spain. The fleet was attacked by French privateers, and the codex, along with the rest of the booty, taken to France. There it came into the possession of André Thévet, cosmographer to King Henry II of France. Thévet wrote his name in five places on the codex, twice with the date 1553. It was later bought by the Englishman Richard Hakluyt for 20 French francs. Some time after 1616 it was passed to Samuel Purchase, then to his son, and then to John Selden. The codex was deposited into the Bodleian Library at Oxford University in 1659, 5 years after Selden's death, where it remained in obscurity until 1831, when it was rediscovered by Viscount Kingsborough and brought to the attention of scholars.

Monday, March 16, 2015

Article of the Week - Elvis Presley's Wedding

Shortly before Christmas 1966, more than seven years since they first met, Presley proposed to Priscilla Beaulieu. They were married on May 1, 1967, in a brief ceremony in their suite at the Aladdin Hotel in Las Vegas. The flow of formulaic movies and assembly-line soundtracks rolled on. It was not until October 1967, when the Clambake soundtrack LP registered record low sales for a new Presley album, that RCA executives recognized a problem. "By then, of course, the damage had been done", as historians Connie Kirchberg and Marc Hendrickx put it. "Elvis was viewed as a joke by serious music lovers and a has-been to all but his most loyal fans."

Presley and his wife became increasingly distant, barely cohabiting. In 1971, an affair he had with Joyce Bova resulted—unbeknownst to him—in her pregnancy and an abortion. He often raised the possibility of her moving into Graceland, saying that he was likely to leave Priscilla. The Presleys separated on February 23, 1972, after Priscilla disclosed her relationship with Mike Stone, a karate instructor Presley had recommended to her. Priscilla relates that when she told him, Presley "grabbed ... and forcefully made love to" her, declaring, "This is how a real man makes love to his woman." Five months later, Presley's new girlfriend, Linda Thompson, a songwriter and one-time Memphis beauty queen, moved in with him. Presley and his wife filed for divorce on August 18. According to Joe Moscheo of the Imperials, the failure of Presley's marriage "was a blow from which he never recovered."

Monday, March 9, 2015

Article of the Week - Savile Row

Savile Row is a street in Mayfair, central London. Known principally for its traditional bespoke tailoring for men, the street has had a varied history that has included accommodating the headquarters of the Royal Geographical Society at 1 Savile Row, where significant British explorations to Africa and the South Pole were planned; and more recently, the Apple office of the Beatles at 3 Savile Row, where the band's final live performance was held on the roof of the building.

Tailors started doing business in the area in the late 18th century; first in Cork Street, about 1790, then by 1803 in Savile Row itself. In 1846, Henry Poole, later credited as the creator of the dinner jacket or tuxedo, opened an entrance to Savile Row from his tailoring premises in Old Burlington Street. In 1969, Nutters of Savile Row modernised the style and approach of traditional Savile Row tailoring; a modernisation that continued in the 1990s with the "New Bespoke Movement", involving the designers Richard James, Ozwald Boateng, and Timothy Everest. The term bespoke as applied to fine tailoring is understood to have originated in Savile Row, and came to mean a suit cut and made by hand.

Friday, March 6, 2015

Happy March!

Ten teams showed up to play trivia with Quizmistress Mal on Monday at Camp Bar. Bar owner Paul had a little surprise waiting for the trivia host - a new wireless mic! It's the little things in life people - dreams really do come true when you're a hostess with the mostest. Let's take a look to see how our teams did.

Comin in hot - first place and a $30 tab went to The Slammin' HJs. Its about time you show your faces again in this bar for trivia, I've missed you! Congrats team.

Second place for a second week in a row goes to the most romantic team out there... I Didn't Think The Islands Went That Far North To Canada.

Last but not least, best team name goes to Rhonda Rousey Can Finish Me In 14 Seconds Any Day.

The was also the first team that has ever included the lovely host in a picture, so thank you. Couldn't get here without me! And your good yet slightly inappropriate sense of humor.

See you pals next week! (Mic drop).

Until next time Milwaukee, drink while you think...

Monday March 2nd, 2015 scores:

  1. 50 The Slammin' HJs
  2. 48 I Didn't Think The Islands Went That Far North To Canada
  3. 45 More Like Rhonda A-Rousey
  4. 43 I Don't Pull Out But My Futon Does
  5. 42 Hanging Out With Beethoven Watching Rhonda Rousey Tap Out Mr. Spock
  6. 39 Moose Knuckle Sandwich
  7. 38 Bridget Jones Diaphragm
  8. 36 On My Birthday Katy Perry Let Me Inspect Her Gadget
  9. 34 Rhonda Rousey Can Finish Me In 14 Seconds Any Day
  10. 30 Inspect My Gadget

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