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by Ron Kurtus

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Start the Fire No mention of Martin Luther King USA
Start the Fire Facts Wants us to remove information USA
Start the Fire Facts Need to add T. E. Lawrence USA
When Cops were Pigs Many still refer to cops as pigs USA
Communist US Coins Kennedy half dollars USA
Lincoln and Kennedy Interested in conspiracy theories USA
When Cops were Pigs Wore a PIG pin USA
Start the Fire Facts Correction on Rosa Parks USA
Start the Fire Facts Citing web page in Modern Language Association (MLA) Style USA
Start the Fire Facts Mickey Mantle USA

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No mention of Martin Luther King

Topic: Start the Fire


May 19, 2018

Why was there no mention of Martin Luther King in the song, "We Didn't Start the Fire"?

Gary - USA



Yes, it is strange that song-writer Billy Joel did not mention anything about Martin Luther King Jr. in "We Didn't Start the Fire", since he was a major figure in the 1960's. Instead, there are a number of obscure people and events mentioned.

Perhaps he couldn't think of anything that would fit in with the rhythm of the song. But I agree that there should have been mention of MLK.

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Wants us to remove information

Topic: Start the Fire Facts


September 1, 2017

I am a high school librarian. I am planning to do a We Didn't Start the Fire unit with my AP United States History students. They will each have a line of the lyrics to research. They will each create PowerPoint slides for each historical event, person, or thing named. It will all be compiled into one huge PowerPoint. Students will present their slides to the class. I am very excited about doing this with them. I would like to respectfully ask if you could possibly take this info down. I don't want my students to just copy from your site.

Michelle - USA



It is a good project for your students to study the various historical events.

However, asking us to remove information from our website is out of line. What about the many other resources on the Internet? Should they also be removed?

A better lesson is to teach the students to avoid plagiarism and to cite their resources.

Best wishes for success in your class.

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Need to add T. E. Lawrence

Topic: Start the Fire Facts


May 19, 2017

yeah so I'm scrolling down the list and see that for "Laurence of Arabia" you put down the movie and not the actual person himself, "T.E. Laurence".

Ricardo - USA



Thanks for the input. I updated the part on Lawrence of Arabia to include some facts about T. E. Lawrence.

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Many still refer to cops as pigs

Topic: When Cops were Pigs


May 15, 2017

just a comment: I and many people I know still refer to the police as 'pigs'....

campbell - USA



At one time "cops" was a derogatory term for police. Now, that term is accepted and I guess it has changed to "pigs".

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Kennedy half dollars

Topic: Communist US Coins


May 7, 2017

Do all the Kennedy half dollar have the mark on the collar or is it a rare coin

Debra - USA



I haven't seen many Kennedy half-dollars recently, but I don't think they changed the design. It also seems that only the half-dollars and the dimes have the artist's mark on them. Some pennies have a "D" on the front, but that indicates the coin was minted in Denver.

The ideas that the Kennedy half-dollar and the Roosevelt dime have Communist insignia seems to be a silly myth.

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Interested in conspiracy theories

Topic: Lincoln and Kennedy


February 7, 2017

I am very interested in conspiracy theories. I believe that there is something more to the assassinations of JFK and Lincoln. If you would like to discuss more with me I'm available and if you have any more similarity's I'd be delighted to hear them. Thanks.

Anna - USA



Conspiracy theories about both assassinations are interesting.

Apparently John Wilkes Booth recruited a gang of conspirators to kidnap Lincoln. He had recruited Michael O'Laughlen, Samuel Arnold, Lewis Powell (alias Paine or Payne), John Surratt, David Herold, and George Atzerodt. On March 15th Booth met with the entire group at Gautier's Restaurant on Pennsylvania Avenue about three blocks from Ford's Theatre to discuss Lincoln's abduction. Apparently, things didn't work out, so he assassinated Lincoln instead. See John Wilkes Booth Biography.

The life of Lee Harvey Oswald was very strange and included such events as joining the Marines, moving to Russia, then coming back to the U.S., promoting Castro, and then killing Kennedy. Some conspiracy theories say that he couldn't done all this without help--perhaps from the CIA.

Best wishes for success in your studies.

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Wore a PIG pin

Topic: When Cops were Pigs


January 17, 2017

i was a police officer during this time for the city of Kankakee which was a racist dept and we were issued a tie pin with a pig in the middle and words around it said "Pride Integrity Guts. I still have that pin.what happened during my time there you would not believe.

dennis - USA



Thanks for sharing your experience. It was good that the police forces turned what was supposed to be an insult into a positive statement.

I see that some of the recent demonstrators have been calling the police "pigs" again. They could stifle that by wearing pins like you had back then.

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Correction on Rosa Parks

Topic: Start the Fire Facts


January 2, 2017

Rosa Parks did not sit in the white section. Whenever there were not any seats left in the white section, African Americans had to give up the seats in their section of the bus. She refused to move from the seat assigned to African Americans...not the seat assigned to white people. Please check and correct this. Thank you.

Tabitha - USA



Thanks for setting the record straight. I corrected the material at Start the Fire Facts - 1956 - Alabama.

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Citing web page in Modern Language Association (MLA) Style

Topic: Start the Fire Facts


November 8, 2016

How would I cite this in MLA for an Analysis I am writing on this song? thank you so much!

Ray - USA



The book "MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers" states:

Web Page Citation:

Author name (if available). Title of work (italicized if the work is independent; in roman type and quotation marks if part of a larger work). Title of Web Site. Version used. Publisher (if available, if none, use N.p.), date of publication as available - if note use n.d., medium of publication - Web, date of access - day, month, year.

Thus, your could state the citation something like:
Ron Kurtus
"We Didn't Start the Fire" (Facts) History Summary from 1949-1989
School for Champions - History
20 June 2016

I hope that helps. Best wishes on your analysis

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Mickey Mantle

Topic: Start the Fire Facts


May 29, 2016

1957. Mickey Mantle was MVP for 2nd consecutive year

Joseph - USA



Thanks for the info. I updated the page to include this fact about Mantle.

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