In 1961 or 62, when West Virginia was planning its Centennial Celebrations, I was a college student. Someone (who supposedly had something to do with the planning process) asked me to design and submit a seal that could be the official state centennial seal, and used on state materials pertaining to the centennial. This was not to be the official state seal - that was adopted in 1863. The above was my submission, and it was supposed to contain items which would symbolize West Virginia's strengths. I included our state flower, the state bird, coal, the steel and chemical industries, forestry, fishing, bears, etc. I was told I'd get paid for it if my seal was selected. I never got any money or heard any more about it - but years later I saw a design they used in 1963 and it was very similar to this one.
Pride, like laudanum and other poisonous medicines, is beneficial in small, though injurious in large, quantities. No man who is not pleased with himself, even in a personal sense, can please others.
Frederick Saunders, librarian and essayist (1807-1902)
I'm off to the doctor's this morning. Catch you later!
The doc made it official - I have a sinus infection, just as I thought. I've had too many of them over the years not to know, but I was stupid to wait this long to see the doc. Now I'm on two scripts and one behind-the-counter thing that had to be signed for. I hate taking antibiotics, but hopefully they will do the trick and my headaches will go away. Thanks to all who left comments; it's so nice to know that people care.