Satiric radio commentary for the 90s from the man who drained Lake Michigan and filled it with hot chocolate!!!

Those Who Don't Remember History

Stan Freberg here. When 22,000 high school kids quizzed on U.S. history were asked "Who sewed our first American flag," 5000 of them checked off "Betty Crocker" instead of "Betsy Ross." Hmm. More, after this. [:60 SPOT BREAK]

Freberg here. The Department of Education gave 22,000 kids history questions with multiple choice answers. Their responses make you wonder. For example, "In 1776, Patrick BLANK uttered the words, 'Give me liberty or give me death.'" Over 10,000 kids picked actor Patrick Swayze; and nearly 7000 kids said Abraham Lincoln was the guy who invented the Lincoln car.

One of the reasons I recorded my satirical CD, "Stan Freberg presents The United States of America," was to entertain kids into trying to remember history, and history teachers write to thank me for giving them a teaching aid.

Now that my Grammy-nominated CD "U.S.A., Volume 2" is out from Rhino, maybe that'll continue to help. Let's hope so.

Stan Freberg here.

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