Tuesday, June 27, 2006

"Hot" Carter

I'm taking a class on organization of information and we have been discussing different names that people use for different purposes or at different times of their lives. Now I could give you a technical discussion on what librarians do about this to make it easy for you find people, etc, but that has nothing to do with this blog. BUT what does is that my professor kept calling President Carter "Hot" Carter. Now I had heard a lot of nicknames for President Carter, but never this one so of course this made me curious. So I had to go look!

According to the PBS's American Experience website this is how the nickname originated:
"As a child my greatest ambition was to be valuable around the farm and to please my father," Carter wrote in a book about his childhood, An Hour Before Daylight. "He was the center of my life and the focus of my admiration." This striving personality earned him the nickname "Hot Shot" from his father, who demanded much from his first-born son.

The rest of the section of this site offers a lot of great facts on President Carter as well. The page where I got the nickname information is a nice summary of his life. The site is based from a PBS documentary and you can get the transcript on the site. There is also a great teacher's guide. There are also some great primary source materials available. There is news footage and newspaper article that date from from various days of the Iranian hostage crisis. This site is easy to navigate and offers a lot of excellent teaching tools. This is definitely a good site for educators!

So go learn something new about President Carter - I did!


M said...

I have heard Carter called everything from the second coming of Christ to the worst President ever.

This is the first time I have heard him called hot!

Jennie W said...

It confused me as well!

Robert D. said...

Ditto me on all of the above, "Hot Shot"? Yuppers, a first for me too. Thanks for the great reading (Blog) team, I look forward to visiting often...