Daily Bread for 6.7.12

Good morning.

Whitewater’s Thursday will be sunny, with a high of eighty-two.

Whitewater’s Landmarks Commission meets at 6 PM, and Common Council meets tonight at 6:30 PM.

On this day in 1913, America saw the first successful assent of Mt. McKinley (Denali):

In March 1913, the adventure-seeking [Hudson] Stuck set out from Fairbanks for Mt. McKinley with three companions, Harry Karstens, co-leader of the expedition, Walter Harper, whose mother was a Native Indian, and Robert Tatum, a theology student. Their arduous journey was made more challenging by difficult weather and a fire at one of their camps, which destroyed food and supplies. However, the group persevered and on June 7, Harper, followed by the rest of the party, was the first person to set foot on McKinley’s south peak, considered the mountain’s true summit. (In 1910, a group of climbers had reached the lower north peak.)

The Wisconsin Historical Society writes about recognition for an extraordinary inventor:

1924 – Monument to Wisconsin Inventor Unveiled

On this date the bronze tablet memorializing C. Latham Sholes was unveiled. Sholes, who lived in Milwaukee, invented the typewriter in 1867. The plaque gives thanks to the “one who materially aided in the world’s progress,” and can be seen at the Forest Home Cemetery, Milwaukee, where Sholes rests. [Source: Badger Saints and Sinners by Fred L. Homes]

Google’s daily puzzle‘s right up the alley of a materials scientist: “What material is your fork made of if it contains the same polysaccharides (C6H10O5)n as the corn that you’re eating?”

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