The actor appeared on “Our Gang” from 1929 to 1931 and was famed for his endearing crush on school teacher “Miss Crabtree.” The son of a Baltimore electrical worker, Chubby won his role over 2,000 other hopefuls back in the day, but later died at 21 from a glandular condition in 1936. The new marker will be unveiled Saturday; it references the fact he was known as “Chubsy-Ubsy” and features an etched portrait.
“Chubby has entertained and made literally millions of people laugh for more than 80 years. Now it’s our turn to give back and give him the memorial that he deserves,” observes Mikal C.G.
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“Whether they fought in Salerno or Samarra, Heartbreak Ridge or Helmand, Khe Sanh or the Korengal, our veterans are part of an unbroken chain of men and women who have served our country with honor and distinction. On Veterans Day, we show them our deepest thanks. Their sacrifices have helped secure more than two centuries of American progress, and their legacy affirms that no matter what confronts us or what trials we face, there is no challenge we cannot overcome, and our best days are still ahead.”
(From President Obama’s official proclamation recognizing Veterans Day. )
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• 21.5 million: the total number of military veterans living in the U.S.
• 17.2 million are “non-Hispanic white,” 2.3 million are black, 1.6 million are women, 1.2 million are Hispanic.
• 264,695 are Asian, 153,223 American Indian/Alaska Native, 27,469 Native Hawaii/Pacific Islander,
• 9.1 million are in the labor force, 9.2 million are older than 65.
• 7.5 million are Vietnam-era veterans, 5.1 million served in the Gulf wars (Aug. 2, 1990- to present.)
• 5.4 million served in “peacetime only,” 2.4 million served in the Korean War, 1.8 million served in World War II.
• 43,942 served in World War II, the Korean War and Vietnam.
• $35,821: annual median income of veterans.