Monday, February 8, 2010

General Robert Baden-Powell

Man Week continues here at OPOD, and today we recognize General Robert Baden-Powell. We choose him not just because of his illustrious service to the British Empire, but because 100 years ago today, on February 8, 1908, he founded the Boy Scouts of America. So, we tip our hat to the good General, and all the young men in the Boy Scouts today.

OK, I guess I should say that the picture was suggested by the Evil Nate Maas. Normally I try to just ignore him, but even a stopped clock is right twice a day.


  1. While Robert Baden-Powell founded the Scouting movement in 1907, William D. Boyce was the founder of the Boy Scouts of America 100 years ago.

  2. Distinguished-looking gentleman.
    I'm so glad the Saints won the superbowl - long overdue.

  3. Enjoy your "feuding" with the ENM, almost as much as the Mrs. PJM stories. Have you received any free animals lately?

  4. Ditto the "Who Dat!" Some of us have a very hard time forgiving the Colts for sneaking out of Baltimore in the middle of the night.

    As for Generals, I'm looking forward to see what you have for Crazy Horse or Joseph.

  5. Please remember the Colts left suddenly and in secret because the city of Baltimore was about to wrest them team from the owner's hands by force of emminent domain.

    Who of you wouldn't have done the same if you were in the same position?

  6. As a former Eagle Scout, I am indebted to Baden-Powell and Boyce for the some of the happiest times of my life. I learned things in Scouting that I use almost daily 50-some years later.

  7. This is really off topic, but I always loved the Baltimore Colts when I was a kid, even though we live in New England. I think I liked the horseshoe logo on their helmets - Johnny Unitas was the quarterback. My local team, the Patriots weren’t much of anything in those days. Of course, we all know that they were in the toilet this year, right from the get-go.

    I’m glad the Saints finally won - and did you guys know that Peyton and Eli Manning’s father, Archie Manning, was the quarterback for the Saints way back in the early 1970s. That’s a nice sort of irony.

    Of course, my favorite football team of all time is the Dallas Cowboys, when they were coached by the one and only Tom Landry, who revolutionized football. They were a total class act.

    And there never was, nor will there ever be, a professional athlete who can compare to Roger Staubach. He epitomizes everything that an athlete should be as a sportsman, citizen, patriot, and role model.

    He was a graduate of Annapolis (where he played football), served in Vietnam, and only played football when he got out of the service for the fun of it. He led the Cowboys to their first Super Bowl victory. He went on to have a successful business career and solid family life. We never heard of Staubach being involved with dog fighting, DWIs, drugs, guns, and sex scandals, along with whatever disgusting behavior some professional athletes engage in today.

    Roger Staubach is the best.

  8. I remember an interview with Roger Stauback back in his hey-day. The interviewer was sort of implying that he was somewhat of a square compared to Joe Namath. Roger replied, "I enjoy Sex as much as Joe Namath, I just enjoy it with the same woman every night". Smartgirl is right, a class act.

  9. My husband was a boyscout in his youth but he could not locate the North Star or build a decent campfire. I guess he forgot how.

  10. Mr. Evil Nate Maas, I salute you.

  11. +JMJ+

    Not being male, I thought I remembered the younger males of my family telling me Dan Beard had a lot to do with American Boy Scouting? Baden-Powell pic is great!
    More men!

  12. Several here are correct, William D. Boyce was the founder of Boy Scouts of America. I suggested Robert Baden-Powell as he was the founder of the Scouting movement and also a general (going along with the theme).

    I just returned from our weekly Troop meeting and my 35 Scouts hold Baden-Powell in greater reverence than most generals from the past. Gave up his distinguished military career to devote himself to youth. It was at the Siege of Mafeking during the Second Boer War that he drew his inspiration for Scouting.

    GeezerNYC, my Scouts would correct you, there is no such thing as a "former" Eagle Scout, it's a lifetime rank.

    Joe in NC, thanks for the shout out!

  13. I loved the Girl Scouts when I was in elementary school.

    It was a great activity, camp, selling cookies, etc.

  14. Nate Maas, you are correct. I wasn't sure how many people would understand. I didn't want anyone to think I was wearing a Scout uniform now.