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January 11, 2019 Top Stores with Mark Jackson | Take Me Home with Matt & Laura

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Today’s Top Stories:

  1. Pompeo Egypt Speech (0:17)
  2. Human Trafficking (1:48)
  3. Border Crisis   (3:12)
  4. Public Opinion Polls (3:57)
  5. Candy Recall (4:45)

Today’s quote comes from Abraham Lincoln: (5:17)

“America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.”

Take Me Home: 50th Anniversary of Red Skelton’s Pledge of Allegiance (5:55)

 Today we are celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Red Skelton’s Pledge of Allegiance one of the most influential moments in American history. This was a presentation that was aired live. Red Skelton was a comedian/actor/artist from a small town in Indiana which isn’t too far from where we are. He paved the way for comedians like Carol Burnett’s who is a winner of the lifetime achievement award in television at the 2019 Golden Globes, and even Johnny Carson, that is celebrating a milestone! 

His pledge started with a letter that he wrote to his wife. He formed a habit of writing letters daily to his wife about how much he loved her and things happening during his day which you can buy in a book today but this one is significant. Here is Anne Pratt director of Red Skelton Museum of American Comedy and President of Red Skelton Foundation.


Anne about artifacts:

There was a response of 400,000 fan letters that he wrote back with a copy of the Pledge all out of his own pocket.  They are going to be celebrating by having children say the pledge of allegiance at the museum and there will be a surprise celebrity guest recording that will be aired on their website. 

And at the museum from now until Sept you can go see these artifacts, like the Pledge of Allegiance on a Columbia Record!

and many awards…

So, he was a very special man, a very funny man w/ a big heart for children and America- worth mentioning here on Take Me Home! 

Don’t forget to subscribe and hit the like to hear more about him as we will also publish an interview with his wife Lothian soon here about his life at home and career- and most of all his heart for audience members


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