By Wyatt Earp | June 29, 2011
Today we took the kids to the Please Touch Museum. It’s a completely kickass place that is centered around children, and is both fun and educational. Kyle and Erik couldn’t wait to go, as they have been there before, and it was the first time we took the young ones. (My in-laws took them a few months ago, but without us.)
One exhibit is a living market, where kids can go “shopping” with their own mini cart. Julia took advantage right away. She was making her way down the aisle when she came to the plastic fruit and vegetables. While Kyle, Erik, and Kevin would take a carrot and move on, Julia took every single apple and every single cucumber. Kyle took the bachelor route, and filled his cart with Tastykakes and Pop Tarts. Julia finished her trip with a cart full of apples, cucumbers, and seven loaves of bread.
Another exhibit that got a lot of play was the construction zone. Kyle, Erik, and Julia built a six-foot wall with foam bricks – to the delight of the exhibit helper. He kept saying, “Higher, higher!” When the wall got too big to add on, Erik took a brick from the bottom and toppled the wall, causing hysterical laughter from Julia.
Kevin? He spent his time “driving” the dump truck.
He spent much of his time blaring the truck’s horn. It was a fun, entertaining day.
It’s Wednesday, so it’s time for a Humpday History Highlight.
Blonde bombshell actress Jayne Mansfield is killed instantly on this day in 1967 when the car in which she is riding strikes the rear of a trailer truck on Interstate-90 east of New Orleans, Louisiana.
Mansfield had been on her way to New Orleans from Biloxi, Mississippi, where she had been performing a standing engagement at a local nightclub. Ronald B. Harrison, a driver for the Gus Stevens Dinner Club, was driving Mansfield and her lawyer and companion, Samuel S. Brody, along with three of Mansfield’s children with her ex-husband Mickey Hargitay, in Stevens’ 1966 Buick Electra. On a dark stretch of road, just as the truck was approaching a machine emitting a thick white fog used to spray mosquitoes (which may have obscured it from Harrison’s view), the Electra hit the trailer-truck from behind. Mansfield, Harrison and Brody were all killed in the accident. Eight-year-old Mickey, six-year-old Zoltan and three-year-old Marie, or Mariska, had apparently been sleeping on the rear seat; they were injured but survived.
Damned shame. Jayne was a gorgeous woman.