MontClairVoyant: Lincoln and Super Bowl – Four Scores and Seven Points Ago

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DEAR MONTCLAIRVOYANT,
“Four score and seven years ago…”

Sincerely,
Cal N. Der

Hillside School opened, in 1931. Lincoln’s birthday is Feb. 12, so I’m about to write a column mixing the Gettysburg Address with Montclair content — even as Abe ignored Super Bowl 52 in his famous 1863 speech.

DEAR MONTCLAIRVOYANT,
“Our fathers brought forth on this continent…”

Sincerely,
What About the Mothers?

They brought forth a NJ Transit bus system that doesn’t adequately serve Montclair High students who live in the South End. Enterprising students discussed this at the recent 4th Ward meeting, soon after Lincoln retired as a driver of the 34 bus.


DEAR MONTCLAIRVOYANT,

“Now we are engaged in a great civil war…”

Sincerely,

Without an Engagement Ring

Actually, just a bit of an academic vs. athletic thing, with capital expenditures for sports dominating the recent Board of School Estimate meeting despite Lincoln never wearing a Fitbit at Woodman Field.

DEAR MONTCLAIRVOYANT,

“The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here…”

Sincerely,
Milk of Amnesia

Well, duh — this IS an obscure local column, though Lincoln once read it before clicking on Baristanet’s “What to Do in February 1863.” Our Planning Board’s 2-5-2018 discussion of bike-friendly “Complete Streets” was inspired by the PB’s earlier 2-5-1863 discussion of “Complete Rock-Strewn Dirt Roads.”

DEAR MONTCLAIRVOYANT,
“But it can never forget what they did here…”

Sincerely,

Total Recall

Yes, we can never forget the recent release of the March 5-22 schedule of Montclair school tours. Glenfield opened in 1896, meaning Lincoln arrived 33 years early for that tour and consequently chose Buzz.


DEAR MONTCLAIRVOYANT,

“It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us…”

Sincerely,
The Grateful Dead-icated

Our task is to collect 1909 coins because Lincoln pennies and Buzz (formerly Mount Hebron) both made their debuts that year.


DEAR MONTCLAIRVOYANT,

“That this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom…”

Sincerely,
Birth of a Notion

Unlike some deluded people today, Lincoln knew Donald Trump wasn’t “God.” And Abe was miffed that Trump avoided going back to 1863 to fight in the Battle of Gettysburg by claiming his time machine had bone spurs.


DEAR MONTCLAIRVOYANT,

“And that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”

Sincerely,
People Magazine, Too

As the Trump-led GOP batters the environment, our Township Council did its small part Feb. 6 to prevent the earth from perishing. And Lincoln knew in 1863 that school lunches hadn’t perished yet at the 1927-opened Bradford.

Dave Astor, author, is the MontClairVoyant. His opinions about politics and local events are strictly his own and do not represent or reflect the views of Baristanet.

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