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American Goddesses?
Extraordinary Women in the USA

American Goddesses??   There certainly are!

And all these goddesses aren't celebrities, though many of them are.  We are grateful to Chaz Allen for giving us permission to print one of the many delightful, but little known, stories of extraordinary women who have, like goddesses, shaped the history of the USA.   

Can you guess the identity of the Atalanta who could have prevented World War II and
later regretted that she hadn't?

Which Demeter, a famous movie star,
used her own money to  start the
first day care center in America?

And who was the Artemis that became America's
 first investigative journalist
and was responsible for the reform of the care for
 the nation's mentally ill?

(And all this when she was only twenty!)

Chaz, five time Addy Award winner and syndicated columnist, wrote these stories celebrating the contributions of American Women  for the  Little Known Facts radio series.  

Here's the story of one American goddess. Which type was she?
An Athena (Patron of Crafts and the Arts) or an Artemis (Protector of the Young)?  
YOU decide . . .


The Violin Maker

Virginia had a great passion in life, and that passion was for classical music. She had a day job all right, and was pretty good at it, but nothing came close to her musical passion.

She became quite accomplished on both the cello and the viola, but it wasn't enough for her to play the instruments. After a while, Virginia decided to try her hand at make the instruments.

To everyone's surprise, even her own, she did very well. Her reputation spread, and even the famous violinist Isaac Stern purchased and frequently played a violin Virginia had made.

Virginia was an absolute perfectionist. Everything about her instruments had to be just right or she'd scrap the whole thing and start over. The construction had to be perfect, the strings just so, right down to the kind of wood. She'd search all over for the perfect wood.

Virginia started one viola and finished the front part of the frame, but she wasn't satisfied with the wood for the back. So she started looking around -- and looking and looking.

Where did she finally find a piece of wood she thought was perfect?  Well, it was a shelf inside a phone booth in New York City! This was at a time when phone booths still had nice shelves to hold the phone books.

So Virginia called the phone company and asked if she could buy the shelf out of the booth. They thought she was crazy, of course, and told her no. She made outrageous offers of money for that little piece of wood, but the phone company wouldn't budge.

Well, she had to have that piece of wood, so one night Virginia and a friend came up with a plan to steal the shelf out of the phone booth. She got it out all right, but, being a good citizen, she'd replaced it with another piece of wood. But then she ran into problems: the new piece wasn't the right size! It didn't fit into the phone booth.

Virginia and her friend became a little frantic, for they knew they had to replace that shelf. There was a hospital across the street from the booth, and they took the wood there to a restroom where Virginia's friend took a saw and started to fix the new shelf.

Virginia stood guard, and when a nurse stopped and asked her what all the racket was in the restroom in the middle of the night, Virginia mumbled something about it being the only time workmen could get in there!

Well, they finally replaced the shelf,  the phone company never knew what happened, and Virginia finished her viola.
By all accounts it was one of the finest instruments she'd ever made.

Virginia's name isn't remembered today for her being a great musician or instrument maker, even though she was both. But her name does live on.

People with children have heard Virginia's name mentioned in the delivery room. That's right! Virginia was a doctor. It's a little known fact that the wonderful musician and physician created a system for the evaluation newborn babies to see if they needed special medical attention. It's probably saved the lives of millions of babies.

And it bears her name -- the Apgar Score, created by Dr. Virginia Apgar.

from Extraordinary Women
by Chaz Allen

Goddesses archetypes abound in these true stories of legendary American women and the things they did to make this country great. You are a goddess too!

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