Hawthorne Happenings November 2, 2017

News for the City of Good Neighbors from Norb Huber

 Vote YES on HH on Tuesday
What a difference a year makes.  Last year everyone was voting for president, everyone was talking politics. Now, it’s just the Dodgers and the World Series.  Baseball is much more interesting and enjoyable to talk about than who we want or don’t want to mess up our country.  Yes, this year we do have an election.  It will be held next Tuesday, November 7th.  If you have not sent in your absentee ballot, then the polling places will be open.  We will be voting on Measure HH in Hawthorne. If passed, this measure will increase sales tax by only 3/4ths of one penny per dollar spent.  That’s a very small price to pay to help improve our fine city.  There is no question that the added income will help our city.  Use your brain, vote YES. Help Hawthorne move forward.  

 Hawthorne Trivia Answers
No winner, no cold one. None of my several readers got all of the answers correct, so I guess I will have to drink on my own as usual.  Here are the answers: Maryln Monroe lived on New Hampshire Street at the time which later became 134th Street.  Jim Thorpe live on Birch Street.  The Wilson family lived on 119th Street. Holly Park was built first followed by Holly Glen. Jack Northrop start his Northrop Aircraft Company in the old Hawthorne Hotel located on Hawthorne Blvd. The first graduating class from Hawthorne High School was 1958.

The city was founded in 1905 as the "Hawthorne Improvement Company" by B.L. Harding and H.D. Lombard. Harding's daughter shared her birthday—July 4, American Independence Day—with New England author Nathaniel Hawthorne, and a decision was made to name the city after him The organization that had a contest to come up with the current city motto, City of Good Neighbors was the Hawthorne Chamber of Commerce.

 Luther’s Other Reformation: Beer
As most of you know, I am the son of a Lutheran pastor, so Reformation Day was a big event in our church this past Sunday.  I ran across a neat article on Martin Luther’s other reformation: Beer. Looks like we owe Luther a thank you for our cold ones also. Here is the article:

-          On October 31st, 1517, 500 years ago, an obscure Saxon monk launched a protest movement against the Catholic Church that would transform Europe. Martin Luther's Protestant Reformation changed not just the way Europeans lived, fought, worshiped, worked and created art but also how they ate and drank. For among the things it impacted was a drink beloved throughout the world and especially in Luther's native Germany: beer. The change in beer production was wrought by the pale green conical flower of a wildly prolific plant — hops. Every hip craft brewery today peddling expensive hoppy beers owes a debt of gratitude to Luther and his followers for promoting the use of hops as an act of rebellion against the Catholic Church. But why did Protestants decide to embrace this pretty flower, and what did it have to do with religious rebellion? Therein foams a bitter pint of history. In the 16th century, the Catholic Church had a stranglehold on beer production, since it held the monopoly on gruit — the mixture of herbs and botanicals (sweet gale, mug wort, yarrow, ground ivy, heather, rosemary, juniper berries, ginger, cinnamon.) used to flavor and preserve beer. Hops, however, were not taxed. Considered undesirable weeds, they grew plentifully and vigorously — their invasive nature captured by their melodic Latin name, Humulus lupulus (which the music-loving Luther would have loved), which means "climbing wolf." "The church didn't like hops," says William Bostwick, the beer critic for The Wall Street Journal and author of The Brewer's Tale: A History of the World According to Beer. "One reason was that the 12th century German mystic and abbess Hildegard had pronounced that hops were not very good for you, because they 'make the soul of a man sad and weigh down his inner organs.' So, if you were a Protestant brewer and wanted to thumb your nose at Catholicism, you used hops instead of herbs."  My take on all of this, Catholic or Protestant, hoppy or not hoppy, health drink or a weight on your organs, Dodger fan or Giant fan, just forget all that divides, united we enjoy a cold one
Go Dodgers!

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