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Who Knew Wednesday

Shark Awareness Day

Today, we dove into the oceans of the world to discuss the importance of sharks in our society!

While the media has portrayed these creatures as “menaces” or “beasts”, sharks are a key factor to keeping their environment in tact. Think of the food chain. Sharks eat something else that eats something else, and population control is a real issue in the ocean.

The hunting of sharks are the main reason for such a significant drop in population. Skin, meat, and fins are all profitable parts that are taken away from sharks for our own personal gain. Shark support groups use Shark Awareness Day, every year on this date, to protect and preserve the integrity and importance of these creatures that sit atop the food chain.

Who Am I?

–          I was born this day in 1913 in Omaha, Nebraska
–          My birth name was Leslie King, but I legally changed my name to my stepfather’s name in 1935
–          I was raised mostly in Grand Rapids, Michigan and played college football at the University of Michigan
–          I served in the Navy during World War II
–          I am the only Eagle Scout to end up in the White House
–          I served in the US House for 24 years
–          I was nominated, but never elected, to the Vice-Presidency and the Presidency
–          I died in 2006 and am buried in Grand Rapids

I am…the 38th President of the United States, Gerald Ford.

Congratulations to Maude from Mount Vernon on correctly guessing this week’s trivia and earning a $5 gift card to Everlasting Cup!

Thanks for listening!

-Joe and Jonathon

Don’t Forget to Forgive

Today for Who Knew Wednesday, we focused in on forgiveness! July 7th is Global Forgiveness Day.

We read some very interesting stories and devotionals throughout the day, and this article tells you all that you need to know about the national holiday!

From Our Daily Bread, “Prejudice and Forgiveness” from Arthur Jackson told us a story about a man who had confessed his sin and prejudice in the most bold setting possible.

Who Am I?

  • I was born on this day of 1940 in London, England
  • I received my first drum set at 17 for Christmas, which would be my claim to fame
  • In 1962, I became the drummer for The Beatles, just two days before their next concert
  • After an extremely successful era with the band, I released my first solo album entitled “Sentimental Journey” in 1970
  • I was recently inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2015.
  • I now live peacefully in Los Angeles with my wife after just turning 81.

I am…Ringo Starr!!

Congratulations to Stephanie of Mount Vernon for correctly guessing today’s Who Am I Trivia and winning a $5 gift card to Everlasting Cup!

Thanks for listening,


Walk With Your Work!

Today is Who Knew Wednesday, and it’s also National Social Media Day!

Remember Friendster and MySpace? These two services completely changed the way we communicate with friends, family, and even random strangers when you think about it. The founding of some of the largest social media platforms came much later: Facebook in 2004, Twitter in 2006, Instagram in 2010, and even programs like Facebook Messenger and Snapchat in 2011.

In fact, what you’re reading right now IS social media! Through the internet, we are blessed to have easy access to whatever we may be curious about! So to celebrate, text that old friend from high school that you’ve never had time to reach out to, and tell them “Happy Social Media Day!”

The Knox Chamber of Commerce has announced the Knox Workplace Team Walking Challenge. A perfect opportunity for businesses around the area to get out of the office and get active!

The event runs from September 5th through October 2nd, so you have plenty of time to get your team together and compete for the countywide competition.

Today is the last day of June, and that means July First Friday is just around the corner!

This month is all about “Honoring Our Hometown Heroes” and kicking off July 4th weekend!

The event will begin at 6pm on July 2nd and run through 9pm.

Who am I?

  • I was born in Baltimore on this date in 1985, making this my 36th birthday.
  • I was thrown into the fire at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney at just 15 years old.
  • Despite not earning a medal in those games, I would accumulate 23 golds, the most by one athlete in Olympic history
  • In 2008, I won the most gold medals in a single Olympics with 8, and broke world records in 7 events
  • I am now happily retired and married with three sons

I am…Michael Phelps!

Congratulations to Monica from Mount Vernon for winning this week’s $5 gift card to Everlasting Cup with her correct answer!

Thanks for listening!


They make it happen, so we don’t have to!

Thank you to all of our PUBLIC SERVANTS on this day designated by the United Nations to honor them.

To engage in public service is, in general, to work to improve our fundamental human rights, such as access to water, homes, and medical treatment. Those who work with Volunteer Fire Departments and Ambulance Corps are involved in providing services like these, and aiding the security of our homes and ourselves every day. Without them, our cities and towns wouldn’t be nearly as safe, and there’d be no-one to respond when danger calls.

You may be surprised how many people you know that are involved in the public service industry. Do you know a mail carrier? How about a librarian? A trash collector? Did anyone you know serve in the military or work in education? All of these are types of public service, and without them, we wouldn’t live in the world of safety and security we do today.

How can you celebrate Public Service Day??

One way is to head to your local utility providers, city or county agencies, or local fire departments, and send them an email or a social media post, and deliver a hearty thank you to the people who work there and provide you with the services you need. Thank them for restoring power after a nasty storm, or checking to ensure that you have no gas leaks after an earthquake.

Today we also heard a little bit about the Centerburg Heart of Ohio USA Days Festival, starting tomorrow.

Click here for the full conversations on The Morning Thing blog!

  • I was born today in 1929 in Maces Spring, Virginia
  • I was born into a musical family and started performing when I was 10
  • I sang with my family, as a solo artist, and with my famous husband
  • He proposed to me during a live performance in 1968 in London
  • I also acted in Gunsmoke, and Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman
  • I won 5 Grammy Awards
  • I died in May 2003

Who Am I? I’m June Carter Cash. Congratulations to Faith from Mount Vernon, who guessed correctly and wins the $5 gift card to Everlasting Cup.

Thanks for listening!
– Joe and Jonathon

A book, a duck, and a PTPer!

Today’s Who Knew focuses on two significant June 9th events…

1- the release of the Book of Common Prayer in 1549

2- the debut (and birthday) of Donald Duck in 1934

The Book of Common Prayer originated from the Church of England as part of the English Reformation after the break with Rome. BOC was the first prayer book to include the complete forms of service for daily and Sunday worship in English.

Read more about its history from Britannica by clicking here.

Click this link for the online version

Donald Duck first appeared in a 1934 film called The Wise Little Hen, a retelling of the original little red hen story. The exasperated, sometimes angry Donald we came to know and love didn’t really show up until later that August in this first movie with Mickey Mouse, Orphan’s Benefit. Since then he has gone on to appear in video games, episodes of cartoons, and stands out as the Disney character who has appeared in the most films to date.

Read more about Donald Duck here! (from D23)

  • I was born today in 1939 in New Jersey
  • I am a graduate of Seton Hall University
  • I coached my high school alma mater to two state championships
  • I took my first head coaching job at the University of Detroit
  • I also coached the Detroit Pistons for just over a year before being fired in November 1979
  • I started at ESPN in December 1979 and haven’t left since
  • I’ve called over 1,000 college basketball games
  • I’m in the Italian American sports hall of fame

Who Am I? Dick Vitale!

Congratulations to Bonnie from Mount Vernon, who guessed correctly and wins the $5 gift card to Everlasting Cup.

Thanks for listening!
– Joe

Get active at the park!

Today’s Who Knew Wednesday focused on the free summer fitness activities at Mount Vernon’s Ariel-Foundation Park. These opportunities are all free and sponsored in part by the United Way of Knox County. They include cardio drumming

Find out more by clicking here!

–          I was born on this day in 1904 in Hungary
–          I moved to the US as a baby and eventually my family settled in Chicago
–          I started competitive swimming when I was 12 at the local YMCA
–          I set two world swimming records at 17
–          I won Olympic medals in swimming and water polo, 5 gold and one bronze
–          I played Tarzan in five movies
–          I was in 16 Jungle Jim movies
–          I died in Mexico in 1984

I am…Johnny Weissmuller – congratulations to Theresa from Mount Vernon, who guessed correctly and wins the $5 gift card to Everlasting Cup.
(image courtesy iMDB)

Thanks for listening!
– Joe and Jonathon

Fun facts for a sunny day!

Today is May 19, also known in some parts as MAY RAY DAY!

Get yourself out into the sun! That’s the best way to celebrate May Ray Day.

Get a new wardrobe of pretty spring clothes and take your family out on a picnic!

Been exercising inside all winter? Get yourself out into the sun and go for a walk or a jog, breathe in that fresh air, and if you have allergies, take a Benadryl…

May Ray Day is your reminder to go outside and soak up some sun in the great outdoors, so get out there!

Today is also NUMERACY DAY…

The aim is to celebrate numbers and how we use them in everyday life. The day is designed to encourage people to feel curious about numbers, explore how they can benefit them in their day to day life and give them the confidence to develop and improve their numeracy skills.

  • I was born on this day in 1942 in Greensboro, North Carolina
  • My real first name is Frederick
  • I went to college at Smith University in Charlotte and was all-conference in basketball
  • My career took me to 97 countries and over 6,000 games and I was in a cartoon series
  • My nickname was inspired by one of the Three Stooges
  • My number 22 was retired in 2008
  • I passed away last spring in Houston at the age of 77

I am…former Harlem Globetrotter, Curly Neal. Congratulations to Ruth Ann from Sugarcreek, who guessed correctly and wins the $5 gift card to Everlasting Cup!

Thanks for listening!
– Joe and Jonathon

Main Street update!

Today for Who Knew Wednesday, we heard from Main Street Mount Vernon’s Anthony McNeal about the return of First Fridays in downtown Mount Vernon. Click here to find the links to Anthony’s conversation with our own Wesley Boston on our Soundcloud account!

Today’s profile:
  • I was born on this date in 1820 in Tuscany, Italy, but I am British
  • The city where I was born is also my first name
  • I felt a call from God in 1837 to devote my life to the service of others
  • I was courted by a man for nine years, but rejected his proposal so I could pursue my calling
  • My signature work was in the Crimean War in reducing death rates among the wounded
  • One of my nicknames was “The Lady with the Lamp”
  • The British Government developed a fund in my name to help train nurses

I am…Florence Nightingale!

Congratulations to Maude from Mount Vernon, who guessed correctly and wins the $5 gift card to Everlasting Cup.

Thanks for listening!
– Joe and Jonathon

The first week of May – so much happening!

Today is one of those Who Knew Wednesday shows that has a lot to cover!

It’s Cinco de Mayo…here’s the scoop if you’re heading out for some Mexican food tonight:

Cinco de Mayo, or the fifth of May, is a holiday that celebrates the date of the Mexican army’s May 5, 1862 victory over France at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War. The day, which falls on Wednesday, May 5 in 2021, is also known as Battle of Puebla Day. While it is a relatively minor holiday in Mexico, in the United States, Cinco de Mayo has evolved into a commemoration of Mexican culture and heritage, particularly in areas with large Mexican-American populations.

Read more here from the History Channel’s website.

Tomorrow is the National Day of Prayerread more at our WNZR page by clicking here.

Mother’s Day is Sunday! Don’t forget…

Jonathon found some fun facts about Mother’s Day from Town and Country magazine. Click here to read more.

Who Am I? Who Knew Wednesday Trivia:

  • I was born on this date in 1988 in London, England
  • I started singing when I was four
  • My mom raised me while working as a furniture maker
  • I attended the BRIT School for Performing Arts and Technology
  • I’ve won 15 Grammy Awards, including Best New Artist in 2009
  • I was appointed an MBE in 2013, which means Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, and received my award from Prince Charles
  • I’m also a mother to one son

I am…singer and songwriter Adele (Laurie Blue Adkins). Congratulations to Becky from St. Louisville, who guessed correctly and wins the $5 gift card to Everlasting Cup.

Thanks for listening!
– Joe and Jonathon

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