The SAR Magazine

Winter 2018-2019

The SAR MAGAZINE is the official quarterly publication of the National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution published quarterly.

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6 SAR MAGAZINE LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Thank you for a very interesting article, "Patriots Who Died in Darkness: The Prison Ship Martyrs." I noticed that the author (John A. Schatzel) referred, on page 23 (Fall 2018), to William Howard Taft and Charles Evans Hughes as having both served as "chief justice of the Supreme Court." However, the correct title was and is actually "Chief Justice of the United States." This is largely due to the efforts of Salmon P. Chase, an Ohioan, who was appointed chief justice by President Lincoln in 1864. Chase was somewhat egotistical and wanted a grander title than it had originally been, so he dubbed himself "Chief Justice of the United States" (and thus, not just of the Supreme Court itself). Congress went along shortly afterwards, and later chief justices have all borne the modified title. On the Supreme Court, the chief justice is primus inter pares, but he is not the boss. The current title emphasizes the chief justice's role as the leader of the judiciary, a coequal branch of the federal government. For further information, I refer you to Robert J. Steamer's Chief Justice: Leadership and the Supreme Court (University of South Carolina Press 1986) and The Office of the Chief Justice, published by the White Burkett Miller Center of Public Affairs (University of Virginia 1984). Very truly yours, William Vodrey, Western Reserve Society encourage all Trustees and interested members to attend. If you can't travel to Louisville, make sure you invite your State Trustee or State President (assuming they go) to your chapter meeting and ask for an update on what occurred. Hopefully, they are sharing it in your chapter and state newsletters, too. Remember, communication is a priority! At the beginning of my article, I commented that each year seems to fly by, so why is that? It is simple math: When we are born, our first year is 100 percent of our life and experience. When we are 5 years old, a year is 20 percent of our life experience. When we are 10 years old, 10 percent of our life, and so forth. Therefore, is it any wonder that the older you get, the faster each year seems to pass? It is important to remember that with each passing day, what we do matters! And that is regardless of how old or young you are. If you don't believe it, watch a video of an infant who may be only a few months old on Facebook or YouTube. You cannot tell me that watching and listening to a happy baby doesn't affect you and make you smile. So why is it that what we do matters? I am sure most of you have heard of the Butterfly Effect, because there have been many scientific articles, books, movies and discussions about it. Some of the best discussions I found on the subject were in a book and YouTube presentation by motivational speaker Andy Andrews. For those of you not familiar with the Butterfly Effect, it is a phenomenon discovered by Edward Lorenz for which scientists have been studying the impact and effect. Lorenz found that the exact time or formation and path of a tornado could change by relatively minor and seemingly insignificant movements such as the flapping of the wings of a distant butterfly. In a YouTube presentation on the Butterfly Effect, Andrews relates how seemingly small and, perhaps to some, insignificant actions by individuals can change and impact future behaviors and actions by others. And he describes that it may take going back several generations to see who is truly responsible for some of our most significant accomplishments today. This thinking may not be such a far stretch of the imagination to members of the SAR who often spend a lifetime identifying and studying Patriot ancestors and their descendants. I suspect many of us have become far more educated, patriotic and family oriented because of our involvement with SAR and the actions of our ancestors. But remember, you also are impacting others. Whether you are a color guard member who teaches students at a school or commemorates a historic battle to the public or a chapter member who is responsible for arranging guest speakers, you are impacting and changing the lives of those present, which may influence others in the future. The impact may be generations down the road, and you may never live to see it, but know that what you do matters. I believe that each of us can think back to a friend, relative, teacher, mentor, or some other person who, though a small act or a small gesture, changed our lives for the better or the worse. The Butterfly Effect can be harmful, too, but I choose to focus only on the positive effect. Don't pass up an opportunity to do something good or kind for someone. Make a difference in another person's life; be a mentor, advisor or coach. Show kindness to a stranger. Live each day knowing that whatever we do, WHAT WE DO MATTERS! Fraternally, Warren M. Alter President General The SAR Magazine welcomes submissions from Compatriots, who often ask, "How do I get my story in The SAR Magazine?" Here are some tips: 1. Keep your piece as short as you can while still telling the story. Send stories in Microsoft Word format to 2. Send digital photographs as attachments and not embedded into the Word document. They also should be sent to sarmag@ 3. Make sure your images are high- resolution, at least 300 DPI and that no time or stamps appear on the images. 4. Limit the number of photographs to those you'd most like to see. Please don't send a dozen and then question why the photo you liked least was the one selected. 5. Meet the deadlines published on the first page of "State & Chapter News" in each issue. SAR HOW - TO Salmon P. Chase

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