Friday, July 12, 2013

2 new scrambled paragraphs

Answers are below the exercises:

At the tender age of 24, Jim Thorpe sailed with the American Olympic team to Stockholm, Sweden for the 1912 Olympic Games.

_____ (Q) At the Olympics, he blew away the competition in both the pentathlon and the decathlon and set records that would stand for decades. 

_____ (R) Thorpe, never a man to stand on ceremony, answered simply and honestly, "Thanks King." 

_____ (S) King Gustav V, himself, presented Thorpe with his gold medals for his accomplishments. 

_____ (T) Remarkably, he was so dedicated he even trained aboard the ship on the journey across the sea. 

_____ (U) As stated by Bob Berontas: "Before Thorpe could walk away, the king grabbed his hand and uttered the sentence that was to follow him for the rest of his life.’Sir,' he declared, 'you are the greatest athlete in the world.'" 

(Jim Thorpe was a Native-American who grew up on an "Indian" Reservation in Oklahoma.  At that time many "Indian" schools had been built on reservations in an attempt to encourage Native Americans to leave their culture and become integrated into the dominant American culture.  Indian schools taught English (among other subjects) and various types of 'work skills' so that people would leave the reservation and get jobs in US society. Thorpe excelled at sports and became one of the early great football players in America.  Indeed, Thorpe excelled at every sport he played.  He is the only athlete, ever, to participate in 17 different Olympic sports in one Olympics.)

After a move to New York and a stint with the Kiernan News Agency in 1882, Charles Dow started Dow Jones & Co. with two partners, Edward Jones and Charles Bergstresser.

_____ (Q) Dow's publication, therefore, leveled the playing field between the Wall Street elite and the individual investor.

_____ (R) Information about a company's balance sheet was, in fact, rarely published, with management attempting to hide and obscure the full value of their company for fear of a takeover. 

_____ (S) Their first publication was a two-page daily called the Customer's Afternoon Letter started in early 1883, but by 1889 it had evolved into the Wall Street Journal. 

_____ (T) The Letter not only reported consolidated stock tables, but also made public quarterly and annual information regarding company financials -- something that only insiders had available to them before this. 

_____ (U) The Customer's Afternoon Letter was nothing short of revolutionary, since in Dow's time, consolidated stock tables published every day did not exist.

There aren't any good documentaries on this subject on youtube.

Answers are below:


Thorpe - 2,5,3,1,4  -------------->  2_Q, 5_R, 3_S, 1_T, 4_U

Dow - 5,3,1,4,2