Are you smarter than an 8th grader?

Thursday, June 3, 1943

This is not an idle question as Rep. J. S. Mundy of Marshall, IL today introduced a bill requiring all Illinois legislators to have at least an 8th grade education. He claimed to know of two Illinois legislators who could neither read nor write. (Nothing I can say about Illinois politics today could possibly top this.) Less amusing was the news that only 4 Japanese soldiers had been captured out at least 1500 fighting on Attu. It was a frightening indication of what an invasion of Japan might cost in lives. Also of note, British actor Leslie Howard and 16 others, including women and children, were feared dead when their civilian plane was shot down by German fighters. Just two years earlier Howard’s 1941 classic “49th Parallel” (also with Laurence Olivier, Raymond Massey, and a young Glynis Johns) sounded a call to arms to America to join the United Kingdom in the fight against Fascism.





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