[Daily article] March 12: Family Trade

Family Trade is an American reality television series broadcast by Game
Show Network (GSN). The show premiered on March 12, 2013, and continued
to air new episodes until April 16, 2013. Filmed in Middlebury, Vermont,
the series chronicles the daily activities of G. Stone Motors
(pictured), a GMC and Ford car dealership that employs the barter system
in selling its automobiles. The business is operated by its founder,
Gardner Stone, his son and daughter, Todd and Darcy, and General Manager
Travis Romano. The series features the shop’s daily interaction with its
customers, who bring in pigs, maple syrup, collectable dolls and other
items for resale to make a down payment on a vehicle they are leasing or
purchasing. Family Trade was part of GSN’s attempt to broaden their
programming beyond traditional game shows. The series was given
unfavorable reviews by critics, and its television ratings fell over
time, losing almost half of its audience between the series premiere and
finale.

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Today’s selected anniversaries:

1622:

Ignatius of Loyola and Francis Xavier, founders of the Jesuits,
were canonized by Pope Gregory XV.

1881:

Andrew Watson made his debut with the Scotland national
football team and became the world’s first black international
footballer.

1933:

U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt broadcast the first of his
“fireside chats” to address the nation directly.

1952:

British diplomat Hastings Ismay was appointed as the first
Secretary General of NATO.

1971:

The Turkish Armed Forces executed a “coup by memorandum”,
forcing the resignation of Prime Minister Süleyman Demirel.

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Wiktionary’s word of the day:

keel over:
1. (intransitive, nautical, also figuratively) Of a vessel: to roll so far
on its side that it cannot recover; to capsize or turn turtle.
2. (intransitive, idiomatic) To collapse in a faint; to black out, to
swoon.
3. (intransitive, idiomatic) To die.

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Wikiquote quote of the day:

  Among all the diseases of the mind there is not one more
epidemical or more pernicious than the love of flattery.  
–Richard Steele

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