Saturday, May 9, 2009

Mystery Female

OK, in honor of Mother's Day, which is tomorrow, our contest this week features a woman. Also, in honor of Mother's Day, I will be polite in all my responses. No snide or insulting comments from me today. I will be the fine gentleman my mom had always hoped I would be. Ladies and Gentlemen, Start Your Engines, Ready Set GOOOOOOOOOOOO . . .

130 comments:

  1. Is this Helen Frances Pershing?

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  2. Mr. Maas,
    Thank you for entering the contest. We commend your efforts, and want to congratulate you for your efforts. Unfortunately, your response is not correct. We would hope that you would maintain a high self esteeem, and remember that winning is not that important.
    Respectfully,
    PJM

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  3. I think I liked the old PJM better.

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  4. Mr. Maas,
    Blog management is curious how you are up so early this morning. Isnt it like 4:30 AM where you are? We always respected your intillect and deductive powers, but in the past had not known you to be an early riser. Should we add "early riser" to the long list of admirable attributes you pocess?
    Respectfully,
    PJM

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  5. Dear Mr. PJM,

    Your newfound politeness is refreshing but strangely eerie.

    The photo today is NOT that of Anna Jarvis, the lady who started Mother's Day. Just thought I'd clear that out of the way. Now I must off to work for Mother's Day. AARRGGHH! Hope my kids recognize me when I get home.

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  6. Carrie Chapman Catt.

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  7. Marie,
    Blog management is sad you will not be able to play the game this morning. We wish you a wonderful Mother's day. We hope everyone is nice to you today, and that you have success in the contest in future weeks.
    Respectfully,
    PJM

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  8. Mr. Ray,
    Blog management is overjoyed by international participatoin in the blog, particularly by a notable scholar such as yourself. You always add a special color and flavor to the contest with your insightful entries.

    We regret to inform you that your initial entry is not a winner. We tip our hat to your queen, and we promise if in her vicinity, we will mind our manners and not touch her.
    Respectfully,
    PJM

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  9. Well, your blog has completely ruined me for rest on Saturday. Now that my wife has told family around the country that I enjoy this blog, I'm now under pressure to wake early on Saturday. Looks like weekend rest may become a thing of the past.

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  10. Blog management is sadened that heather, smartgirl, pope george, snapshotart, william, Ross from Maine, sheila and others appear to not be participating in this morning's contest. We hope that they are well, and hope even more that they have not grown bored with the contest.
    Respectfully,
    PJM

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  11. Is this a picture of Jovita Idar?

    I like the old PJM better too...this new one is kinda freakin me out!

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  12. Heather,
    We are pleased to see that you are still participating in the contest. Your interest and participation is an encouragement to us. We hope you have a wonderful Mother's Day.

    It is our unfortunate duty to notify you that your entry on this particular occasion is not correct. In keeping with current trends in the public school system, we wish to give you an A+ for your efforts, and give you an opportunity to keep guessingin the hopes you come upon the correct answer.
    Respectfully,
    PJM

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  13. How about Delores Jimenez Y Muro?

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  14. Is it the "unsinkable" Molly Brown?

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  15. Heather,
    We would like to compliment you on your efforts. We are always pleased to see that someone is not discouraged by an incorrect answer, and continues to try to come up with a correct solution. Becuase of this, you will continue to receive an A+ mark.

    Given that, we must still gently tell you that your answer is still incorrect.
    Respectfully,
    PJM

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  16. Anon,
    We applaud your efforts, and we do see a resemblance to the unsinkable molly brown. We also want to inform you that we will not take any points off your grade by not posting under your user name.

    With that, we must sadly tell you that your guess is incorrect.
    Respectfully,
    PJM

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  17. With an eye to the past week of Mexican Revolutionaries, is it Dolores Jiménez y Muro

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  18. I'm here... I just haven't come up with one of my wrong guesses yet.

    Having a hard time matching this to someone with no eyebrows. As soon as I do you can tell me I'm wrong.

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  19. Mathan,
    Blog management wishes to welcome you to the contest, and commend you on your entry.

    Unfortunately, your responce is not correct.

    Blog management has become concerned that we have made the contest too hard this week. Further in keeping with the trends and modern education theories we are considering making he contest easier next week, to ensure all participants maintain a high self esteem. We are considering next week posting a picture of snoop dog or Madona or possibly Michelle Obama.
    Respectfully,
    PJM

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  20. Sheila,
    We encourage you to maintain a positive attitude and have confidence in yourself. Remember, the important thing is to participate. There are not right or wrong answers, it is the participation that matters most.
    Respectfully,
    PJM

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  21. I just have to say, this contest is one of the most educating times for me. I've learned more about fascinating and obscure women of the turn of the century than I think I ever have.

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  22. POPE GEORGE RINGOMay 9, 2009 at 8:24 AM

    I cannot fathom a guess as to the identity of the woman, although the odds are that she was someone's mother and most definitely had a mother! To all the Mothers around our nation and the globe, A Happy Mother's Day. God Bless You All and good luck with the contest!

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  23. Blog management apologizes for being away from the contest for aproximately 15 minutes. Management was notified by Mrs. PJM that the dogs need to be walked. Management learned that "They can wait" was deemed to be the incorrect response. Furthermore blog management is already in hot water. Blog management home office experienced higher than expected winds last night. Management was awoken at 12:00 midnight and notified that the wind was causing flags outside to make a popping noise that was disturbing the blissfull sleep of Mrs. PJM. Management made the determination that going out and lowering flags in the middle of the night would not be prudent, and decided to wait to morning to address the issue. Management has learned that this was not the correct decision, and finds itself out of favor this morning. Management is not sure how to rectify the situation with Mrs. PJM, as she appears to be quiet agitated by lask of said blissful sleep last night. Suggestions on how to rectify situation would be appreciated.
    Respectfully,
    PJM

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  24. Is it Rose Wilder Lane daughter of Laura Ingalls Wilder?

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  25. alpat@suddenlink.netMay 9, 2009 at 8:49 AM

    In reference to your plight with Mrs. PJM, I suggest you use the term "yes Dear" when spoken to for the rest of the day.

    I the lady the wife of Benito Juarez?

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  26. I would suggest that you "lay down...play dead" until such time as she feels better. This may be tomorrow, so get comfortable.

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  27. My condolences PJM for finding yourself in "hot water" with the lovely Mrs. PJM. Perhaps a photo of you on a horse with a guitar serenading her would help. If not, flowers and some delicious chocolates usually do the trick.

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  28. I'm recommending a spa day in San Angelo. While Mrs. PJM is relaxing, I'd recommend a quick trip to the florist to deliver flowers back to your home later this afternoon. Then perhaps take her to a nice lunch before returning home.

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  29. Is it Ann Sullivan?

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  30. Mangement is pleased to inform visitors that the dog walking mission has been completed with partial success. Dogs did not fully cooperate, and only accomplished minor business, with major business left undone. Management fears that if Mrs. PJM returns to find major business accomplished in the house, management will be in deeper trouble.

    Regretably, I must inform Mark and Alpat that their responses are not correct.

    Management further appreciates suggestions by Heather, Shiela, and Nate on how to best rectify said situation with Mrs. PJM.

    Management forgot to mention that it traditionally gets up early to fix Mrs. PJM's breakfast as she works on Saturdays. Management overslept due to poor sleep resulting from excessive flag noise. Management was not up in time, and found Mrs. PJM had already fixed breakfast. Management suspects the possibility that this action might have potentially further agitated the situation.
    Respectfully,
    PJM

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  31. Regretable, management must inform Anon that the mystery person is not Anne Sullivan.
    Respectfully,
    PJM

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  32. wade,
    Welcome to the contest. You should be commended for coming out and giving it a shot. We are dismayed to have to inform you that your entry is not a correct one. You are encouraged to keep guessing, as sooner or later you might stumble upon the right answer.
    Respectfully,
    PJM

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  33. SITUATION UPDATE:
    Management has just noticed that prior to leaving for work, Mrs. PJM left a copy of the DVD "Fireproof" on management's desk. Management is not familiar with this movie, but given that it is not a Western, mindless teenage comedy, nor Action Adventure movie, Mrs. PJM might have something on her mind other than providing for the entertainment interests of management. Management will investigate the movie to see if it holds some sort of clue as to Mrs. PJM's mindset concerning recent unfortunate situatoin.

    Any guidance as to potential significance of this action would be appreciated. Does Mrs. PJM perhaps think management should watch said movie?
    Respectfully,
    PJM

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  34. My husband loved Fireproof!

    Although after we saw it the first time he told me he thought we were going to see an action movie.

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  35. PJM, as I am still all thumbs in the research department, especially with what I now realize is adrenaline pulsing through my veins at the thought that I have been actually participating in a LIVE race of discovery, here...I would like to make the guess of this photo being one of your own mother...I'm still looking for her name and info on your site.

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  36. Hmm... you may want to go on blogging hiatus and watch Fireproof.

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  38. I suggest you design a whole event around watching Fireproof with your wife...

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  39. Emma Goldman, maybe?

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  40. Lay down and play dead... Esp. if she has Fireproof out.

    Maria Montessori

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  41. Tina,
    No, this is not a picture of my mother. I do have a picture of my mom on one of my sites, and it can be seen here:

    http://www.sonofthesouth.net/leefoundation/
    abouttheartist.htm

    Nate, Tina,
    Managent has completed the first 10 or 15 minutes of "Fireproof". Upon close inspection, the movie is about a fireman who is not treating his wife nicely. Given that manaement is not a firefighter, management is concluding that there is no hidden meaning behind Mrs. PJM leaving DVD on management's desk.
    Respectfully,
    PJM

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  42. Ray in the UK,
    Management wishes to thank you for reminding us that we have a contest going on, and that managemet got off track on the whole fireproof thing, that turned out to be nothing.

    Unfortunately, your submission has been deemed to be incorrect.
    Respectfully,
    PJM

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  43. oops, I meant grandmother.

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  44. Tina,
    The image is not my grandmother, or other relative. Thank you for your participatoin.
    Respectfully,
    PJM

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  45. I'd recommend continuing to watch Fireproof (although you are probably correct in it not being about you). One of the ways the fireman is not treating his wife nicely is by spending too much time on the computer.

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  46. Ms. Sheila,
    I apologize for not seeeing your entry earlier. I must inform you that the mystery person is not:

    Maria Montessori

    Respectfully,
    PJM

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  47. Was my answer so bad???

    I mean she doesn't have eyebrows. That was my only criteria for the day.

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  48. Mr. Maas,
    Thank you for your input. Management feels sure, however, that if Mrs. PJM had intended on implying such a hidden message, she would have left a movie about a teacher, or an engineer, spending too much time on the computer. Given that I am not a fireman, I feel that she was NOT trying to send a message, and that it was inadvertant that said video was left on desk.
    Respectfully,
    PJM

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  49. PJM, you have successfully distracted my naive attempts at play with the foil of your wife's needs and Fireproof. I now must try to reclaim what I have learned from the movie and lovingly prepare breakfast for my husband, who must leave soon for university graduation festivities...so that he doesn't have to eat cold cereal.

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  50. Anon,
    I assure you that my wife has Eyebrows.
    Respectfully,
    PJM

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  51. *raising the white flag* I must go decorate for a band banquet. I give up. My day won't be the same with this shame on my shoulders.

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  52. Sheila,
    Management suggests you are being much too hard on yourself. Remember, it is not about winning, it is about participating. We do not want you to be discouraged about this. Remember, there are no winners and losers, we are all important.
    Respectfully,
    PJM

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  53. Tina,
    Your diligence is to be commended. You no doubt are a wonderful person. Management must regretably inform you that your entry is not correct.

    Management has no other choice but to consider the possibility that no one will get this one within the 24 hours, and that management might be declared the winner. Given that, we must remember that winning is not important.
    Respectfully,
    PJM

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  54. Brother Dave,
    Thank you for your feedback. Rest assured that management reads and values all comments. Please be advised that after 12:00 pm tonight, management responses will more closely resemble those you have become familiar and comfortable with.
    Respectfully,
    PJM

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  55. I can hardly believe it's not Mother Teresa...but I trust PJM...and will keep looking.

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  56. Tina,
    Your entry reflects that you are likely a kind and loving person, and one who seeks to see the good in other people. I am sure you see a little "Mother Teresa" in all those around your. It is my sad duty to tell you however, that this particular person was not THE Mother Teresa. Please just go on being you, and not get discouraged that this entry is not correct. You are a winner in my book.
    Respectfully,
    PJM

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  57. Does this woman have something to do with politeness, civility, or manners?

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  58. Mr. Maas,
    Management would like to re-affirm our confidence in your deductive powers, and superior intellect (not that haveing a superior intellect should make more average people feel unworthy). As a sign of confidence in your obviousely superior mind, we choose to not give hints, so as to not cheapen your inevitable victory in this contest.
    Respectfully,
    PJM

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  59. I'll try again, is it Emily Post?

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  60. Mark,
    Managment appreciates your zeal and tireless enthusiasm. We also recognize your positive attitude. We are sure that you see a little "Emily Post" in all people around you. Regretably, this is not a picture of THE Emily Post. You too, are a winner in my book.
    Respectfully,
    PJM

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  61. Jane Herbert Wilkinson Long?

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  62. Naw, Mrs. Long lived too long ago.

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  63. Tina,
    Please see above message to mark. Where that message says "mark" substitute in "Tina". Where that message says "Emily Post" substitue in "Jane Herbert Wilkinson Long". I respond in this way so as to not waste bandwidth, which uses electricity, which is destroying the planet.
    Respectfully,
    PJM

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  64. I knew you'd run out of syrup. How's the movie coming along?

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  65. My last try before going out to plow the fields. Is it National Women's Party leader Abby Scott Baker?

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  66. Tina,
    Thank you for your interest in the movie. As I have watched the movie, I have noticed striking differences between me and the man in the movie. He runs in the morning, and I dont. He dreams of getting a boat, and I dream of getting a tractor. He has a CRT on his computer, and I have an LCD flatscreen. He has a brick house, and my house is rock. The differences go on and on, so I have come to the definitive conclusion that MRS. PJM did not intend any learning process to occur by me watching the movie.
    Respectfully,
    PJM

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  67. Hi - long time reader/lurker, first time wild guesser. Is it Emmeline Pankhurst?

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  68. Mark,
    You have a tractor !?! You are the man. I dream of a tractor. I read tractor sites on the internet. I dream of all the attachments I could buy for it. I want the trencher, back hoe, front end loader, and mowing attachment. I see myself out on the shiny new tractor, with all my neighbors noticing the bright red color. All my friends and neighbors have tractors, and I only have a weedeater that does not work. MRS PJM does not think I need a tractor, and says that I would get one, and then just buy stuff for it, but not do any work on it after the first week. So, here I sit with no tractor.

    As far as your repsonse goes, it is not correct. Just remember, you have a tractor, and that is what is really important.
    Respectfully,
    PJM

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  70. Nicola,
    Welcome to the contest. We seek worldwide participation in the contest, and particularly from a country with such a distingueshed history. You should be proud.

    Unfortunately your entry into the contest is not a winning one. We hope you continue to participate.
    Respectfully,
    PJM

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  71. Your right Tina, syrups low.
    I think Nate knows. I came up
    with Emily Post, but it doesn't
    look like her.

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  72. Oh well, I'll try again next week! I have four tractors in all - you never can have too many tractors is my motto! Luckily I have Mrs. that loves to farm as much as I do! We live in a 200 year old house on 100 acres that has been in our family for 75 years. I hope you will get a tractor someday too! Rain is forecast so I better get out and get the fields done! Have a great day all!

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  73. Hi, Guy, I'm late!!

    Is is Margaret Sanger?

    PJM:

    My husband goes out and gets coffee for me every day (when he's home).

    Please don't be so polite, it's unnerving.

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  74. Mark,
    Due to the recent fiasco with the flags, I am getting an uneasy feeling that a tractor will not be found out in the driveway for my upcoming Birthday/Father's day. I am fearful that my tractor dreams have slipped further away. I dont want a big tractor, just one of those little New Holland tractors. My daughter is 19, and I have suggested to her on several occasions that she should find a nice young man with a tractor. Better yet, multiple tractors. That way he could come over with his tractor, and we could work on the property. If there are any nice young respectful young men who are available that you know of, please email a picture of the tractor.
    Respectfully,
    PJM

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  75. Is it Lillian Moller Gilbreth, wife of the famous industrial-revolution-era efficiency expert Frank Gilbreth, and mother of 12 children, immortalized in the 1948 book "Cheaper by the Dozen?"

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  76. Smartgirl,
    Thank you for your entry and details of your marrige. I am sure that you deserve the wonderful gesture of coffee in the morning. Unfortunately we must inform you of your incorrect response.

    As for politeness, as I mentioned to brother dave, after 12:00 tonight, responses will return the to the format you have grown accustomed to.
    Respectfully,
    PJM

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  77. Smargirl,
    We commend your rapid fire entries in today's contest. It shows a real fire in the belly that we all respect.

    We must regretfully inform you that your latest entry is not correct.
    Respectfully,
    PJM

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  78. Could this woman be Annie Webb Blanton? Her clothes would suggest the early 1900's.

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  79. Dear Anon and Tina,
    We are encouraed that you have continued to participate in the game. We hope that you will not grow discouraged. Remember that we value incorrect answers just as much as correct one. We regret to inform you that you have not happened upon a correct response yet.
    Respectfully,
    PJM

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  80. I would suggest that starting this evening at sundown you go out and bring our beautiful flag down. Isn't that what we are suppose to do?

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  81. OK, PJM:

    These are my last guesses - I have to leave to take my daughter shopping at the designer outlets in Wrentham, Mass., very important.

    How about either Belle Boyd, who was a Confederate spy during the Civil War, or Molly Brown of Titanic fame?

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  82. Anon,
    Thank you for your feedback. Management reads and considers all feedback. While we are not able to respond to all suggestions, we are able to respond to this one. Proper flag etiquette requires the american flag to be lowered in the evening, UNLESS the flag is illuminated by suitable lighting. As such, flag etiqueete would not require lowering the flags in our situation. The question of domestic tranquility is another matter and will be suitably considered as evening approaches.
    Respectfully,
    PJM

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  83. Belle Guinness? I can't find this picture anywhere, but it looks like her.

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  84. Ms. Startgirl,
    Management full supports mothers and daughters spending time together on this most cherished holiday weekend.

    We must unfortnunately inform you that your "two fer" entry contained two incorrect guesses.

    Did I mention that the other thing I want for my Birthday/Father's day, which in my case is about the same day would be two buffalo. I could get one from Mrs. PJM, which would be consdered a birthday gift, and one from my daughter which could be considered a Father's day gift. Such a gesture could reduce the sting of me not having a tractor.
    Respectfully,
    PJM

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  85. Danica,
    Thank you for your entry, and your spirited sense of competition. Unfortunately we must inform you that your guess is incorrect. We hope that this does not discourage you from further participation in the contest.
    Respectfully,
    PJM

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  86. So, what would your wife like for Mother's Day?

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  87. (Long time lurker, first time commenter)

    Awesome. ROFLMAO!

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  88. Tina,
    Management apologizes for its delay in responding to your question. Management was surprised to learn that Mrs. PJM did not leave a lunch in the refrigerator, as is her custom. Management is reconsidering the question of whether their was perhaps a message intended to be left by said "fireproof" movie being left on the desk. Management is unaware of Mrs. PJM's wish list for Mother's Day, as management had assumed the matter to be between said daughter and said mother. Management was not aware of need for husband to participate in gift purchase for wife on Mother's day. Management assumed that focus should be on mother, not wife on this particular holiday. If in error, please notify at your earliest possible convenience.
    Respectfully,
    PJM

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  89. +JMJ+

    Mother Jones?

    And for marriage troubles, try romance--and don't forget to thank her for the movie!

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  90. Wow, i forgot all about this today. Forgive me. I will guess St. Frances Xavier Cabrini

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  91. Anon,
    Thank you for your feedback. As management wants to proceed with caution, management asks if you are certified to give counceling advice. Management would not want to go down the wrong path here.

    As for the guess, no, it is unfortunately not correct.
    Respectfully,
    PJM

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  92. +JMJ+

    Wait a minute, Amy Vanderbilt??
    because I just got the "polite" part . . . ;-o

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  93. William,
    Thank you for your participation. Punctuality is not important, what is important is that you participated. Please note that your guess is not a winning entry. We look forward to your continued participation.
    Respectfully,
    PJM

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  94. Anon,
    We are encouraged by your continued participation in the contest. We regret to inform you that it is not a Vanderbilt pictured on this particular occasion.
    Respectfully,
    PJM

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  95. +JMJ+

    Calamity Jane?
    I just figured out how to stop posting as anonymous!
    Also, as for counseling, well, I'm still married!

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  96. Betty Anne,
    Thank you for your most noble entry. We regret to inform you that it will not be a winning entry. We appreciate the details presented on your credentials. We will take earlier suggestion under consideration.
    Respectfully,
    PJM

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  97. William,
    Management is encouraged by your continued participation in the game. We wish we could tell you that your answer is correct, but we are unable to as the person pictured is not Ida Tarbell.
    Respectfully,
    PJM

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  98. Sorry for the delay in my response, I was having a telephone visit with my mother.

    Our daughter is 19, as well; and, despite her absence (away at college), my husband has acknowledged my motherhood...and our daughter is adopted. I'm just saying that you'd be one buffalo shy on your wish list, were it not for your wife.

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  99. Tina,
    Management acknowledges receipt of your message and associated advise. Management is in certain different situation, as daughter lives at home, and drives to school. As such, management assumed daughter had fulfilled all responsibilities associated with said holiday. Upon checking, management has become aware that said daughter had inadvertantly forgotten duties, with a claimed reason being college final exams. Said daughter is scrambling to figure out what to do before 4:30 PM, when said Mrs. PJM returns home.
    Respectfully,
    PJM

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  100. You keep going on about tractors, so thought it might be John Deere's mother, but no, so how about Sonora Smart Dodd, founder of Father's Day?

    (I sleep late and it's usually over by the time I get up)

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  101. Apple,
    It is OK to sleep late, I am sure you are a hard worker, and just catching up. Unfortunately, your anwer has been deamed to be incorrect.

    UPDATE:

    New 24 hour politeness policy precludes management from gloating over potential/probable(?) outcome that no one will correctly answer in this contest.

    Viewers should be advised that politeness policy will expire at 12:00 midnight tonight. Viewers should be advised that cerain pent up unpoliteness might emerge after expiration of said politeness policy.
    PJM

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  102. Okay, I'm back. How about the architect, Mary Colter?

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  103. Ross_from_MaineMay 9, 2009 at 1:10 PM

    Corral Villa?



    PJM, please remind the family used tractors are very inexpensive...till you start the restoration process and quite a hobby in themselves...

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  104. Mr. Maas,
    Your new entry has been received, and we acknowledge that you have reentered the contest after a brief hiatus. We regret to inform you that your entry, "Mary Colter" is not a winning entry. We hope you maintain your confidence, and have a nice day.
    Respectfully,
    PJM

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  105. Kate "Ma" Barker?

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  106. Management is pleased to announce after careful consideration that we have a winner in this most difficult contest.

    The mystery person is in fact:

    Maria Luz Corral de Villa,

    Better known as Mrs. Pancho Villa.

    Ross is the winner.

    Nate was amazingly close on his first guess, which was Mrs. Pershing. The theme this week was around Mexico and Bandits. Pershing was sent to pursue Villa in Mexico. He guessed the wife of the WRONG side of the conflict. It was in fact, the wife of Pershing's nemisis, Pancho Villa.

    Good effort on all parts.
    Respectfully,
    PJM

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  107. POPE GEORGE RINGOMay 9, 2009 at 1:19 PM

    This is the best contest ever; better than any TV show! Nobody asked me, but doesn't Nate look a lot like John Edwards?

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  108. Mr. Pope George Ringo,
    The 24 hour politeness policy precludes me from commenting.
    Respectfully,
    PJM

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  110. Tina,
    Why do you keep posting and then deleting the posts. We are curious what you are writing, and then deleting.

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  111. I had a feeling she had something to do with your Mexican theme. Great game, PJM!

    And I love her earrings and hat!

    Good luck with the home fires there, PJM. I've gone Mother's Days without acknowledgment from our daughter in the past (which pinched); but my husband has always managed a card...or at least a note. (of course, he also held my hand through many tearful Mother's Days during our infertility years). Mother's Day can be for anyone who has ever mothered you, or for anyone you have observed mothering in a particularly poignant way.

    This year, I received a lovely book ("Saying It Like It Is"), ordered and sent by our lovely daughter. If the weather holds out, Steve's taking me to a college baseball game this afternoon; which is MY favorite pastime, not his!).

    BTW, we don't live in a brick house,either; Steve dreams of guns and another American Revolution, not boats (in fact, he let my antique wooden 15' motor boat get stolen from his range...ouch); he's a professor, not a firefighter; and he's not big on relationship movies; but, we own mirrors to see the reflection of our true selves...even if we have to spit-shine them every once in awhile for clarity.

    PS. In addition to the plans I'm sure you are now preparing, may I point out that: "Dare to Love" is a book... and it goes nicely as a *promise* with a simply pan-prepaired Fillet Mignon dinner (my last year's gift from Steve) or whatever is Mrs. PJM's favorite meal, and a set of those little orange thingys one sticks in one's ears while shooting guns for her use in absence of your 'unconscious' ability to fulfill a nicely prepared a coupon for future nocturnal flag securing.

    Create a happy weekend! ;o)

    May 9, 2009 1:45 PM

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  112. Wow. Okay, I was just not seeing her as Villas' wife. I even took a quick glance at a bad photo of her with her husband and figured it wasn't her.

    Thanks to Ross from Maine for saving me the rest of my Saturday!

    And Pope George Ringo, seriously - John Edwards?!? Last week it was the Craig's List Killer and now this? I suppose I'll need to hire an image consultant.

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  113. Nate,
    The politeness policy precludes me from commenting at this time.
    Respectfully,
    PJM

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  114. Anon,

    I kept forgetting that PJM was oozing syrup today, and I was afraid I was a bit too quippy the first time I deleted today.

    Just now, I hit "publish" before "preview" so that I could edit my poor typing, as I think much faster and more clearly than I type...plus, I rephrased some of the quip...a-n-d now I'm embarrassed that y'all can see me doing that.

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  115. Well, boogers! I started down the right road, but, carried away with the story of Las Soldadas. Then, duty called and I had to run errands for Mi esposa.

    Once upon a time, I discovered that Houston had an "on call" barbershop quartet which I hired for a nominal fee to show up at our house, present my wife with a red rose, and sing a couple love songs. Got me out of trouble for months.

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  116. ONE of Villa's wives... He was "a bit of a ladies man".

    After Villa's rather messy and sudden (though not entirely unpredictable) end, the courts had to decide which of a long list of "ladies" was the "legal" Mrs. Villa. Maria Luz Corral de Villa won out. She was his first wife.

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  117. WONDERFUL! So glad there is a winner and mad at myself because I looked up Pancho Villa's mother, María Micaela Arambula but I couldn't find a picture of her. I never even thought to look up his WIFE! Great job Ross!

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  118. Ross_from_MaineMay 9, 2009 at 4:31 PM

    Like Nate, the picture I saw with her and the family was of poor quality and you had to imagine her older... But a look at some of the ladies who served in the war from that period, and politician's wives, none seem to come as close.

    Even tried Mexican Aviatrix's thinking PJM might have combined two theme's...

    Great quality picture PJM, did your class clean it up? Any idea what the artifacts are to the left of her? Looks like rain, but why only on one side?

    (BTW, perhaps you could tell Mrs PJM a tractor would be of great help in lowering flags during a wind storm...)

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  119. Great going Ross from Maine.

    I suspected a Mexican connection
    and looked for women of that
    period. Didn't think of wife.
    So looked for other ideas

    Extraordinary Contest.

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  120. Nate also reminds me of the author, Nicholas Sparks. :-)

    Great game today.

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  121. Nate reminds me also of the author, Nicholas Sparks. :-)

    Great game today. PJM.

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  122. Ms. E.R.Smith.....early suffragist?

    Thanks,
    Fred S.

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  123. I know who it is!!!!! It's Herbert Hoover; when FDR was elected, Hoover wanted to stay in the White House so bad that he dressed up like Eleanor. The shocking hoax wasn't discovered until several years later, and when all the shouting was over, they decided to stay together for the sake of the children. (I wish to heaven I could say I originated this).

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  124. I have thoroughly enjoyed your blog today! Thank you for the polite voice - it was quite humorous! Especially in light of past posts I have read on this site :) I am clueless about history, but I am learning so much through these pictures and posts.
    p.s. (My husband didn't care too much for Fireproof. I loved it.)

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