[2012] Ben Merrick: Ben Merrick Glog

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[2012] Ben Merrick: Ben Merrick Glog

Alexander Fleming discovered Penicillin accidently. He noticed that germs in a culture dish were being killed by a mold that had accidently contaminated the dish. This drastically reduced deaths in the 1940’s.

Model T

The Roaring Twenties

Flagpole Sitting

Red Grange was known as the “Galloping Ghost.” He was an outstanding football player that could run like the wind. He played football in college at the University of Illinois. He played 20 games in three years and ran a total of 3,637 yards. He scored 31 touchdowns during his three years. People didn’t only like him because of his running, but also because he was modest. Red Grange once said, “No one ever taught me, and I can’t teach anyone. If you can’t explain it, how can you take credit for it?” He impacted the football world in a great way. Red Grange will always be known as the “Galloping Ghost.”

Red Grange "Galloping Ghost"

Lost Generation

The Lost Generation is a term used to describe a group of American writers who lived and rose to prominence in Europe. These writers helped create many foundations of literature today.

The St. Valentine’s Day Massacre was truly a horrible event. In 1929 four gangsters that were dressed as policemen shot down seven members of a rival gang in a garage. This created high tensions between rival gangs.

St. Valentines Day Massacre

Jazz is a mixture of American music, African rhythms, American band traditions and instruments, and European harmonies and forms. Jazz was a part of the daily life of most Americans.


The Model T was one of the first cars made. It was created in 1909 by Henry Ford and it made the life of Americans easier. Americans could now travel farther than walking.

Flagpole sitting became a fad in 1924. It was introduced by “Shipwreck” Kelly. He was hired to flagpole sit at movie theaters to draw crowds, and it later became a fad.


Al Capone was one of the most famous gangsters ever. He built a criminal empire in Chicago that became the foundation for present day organized-crime operations. He and his gang dominated Chicago.

Al Capone

Advertising during the twenties was very new and efficient. The radio had just been invented and people could advertise their business over the air to more people therefore bringing in more customers and money.

Twenties Advertising


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