Did you know? If you are ever in Montgomery, Alabama you might want to make your way downtown to City Hall. Directly across the street you’ll see a life-size statue of Hiram King ‘Hank’ Williams, country music’s first megastar. The statue sits on the site of many of his concerts and his funeral. While you're in Montgomery, be sure to visit the Hank Williams Museum and view the world’s largest collection of ‘Hank’ memorabilia (including his iconic eggshell blue 1952 Cadillac). Ranked #1 on Life Magazine’s list of “The 100 Most Important People in Country Music, Hank William’s legacy is stronger now than it’s ever been. He wasn’t with us for long, but he made a lasting impact on country music that runs deep. In his short five year career, he recorded 225 songs many of which he also composed. Hank performed his final concert in Austin, Texas, on December 19, 1952. He ‘stepped on a rainbow’ thirteen days later in the back of his Cadillac on the way to a show in Canton, Ohio. He was only 29.
PEZ first came on the market in 1927. Eduard Haas lll was convinced that his tiny mints could be of use to those unfortunates who were trying to kick the cigarette habit. The original choice of flavors was limited to one, namely, peppermint. The lozenge was named using the German spelling of peppermint. By extracting the letters P, E and Z from ‘pfefserminz’, voila, PEZ! Original versions of the mint were round and called PEZ drops. Next came the rectangular PEZ which proved easier for machines to wrap and significantly lowered production costs. The 1940’s saw the introduction of the dispenser, which used springs to deliver the mints, as a fresh look in containers for PEZ. Coming to America in 1953, the product was met with lukewarm interest. To generate more enthusiasm, Haas Food Manufacturing decided to introduce various fruit flavors and to redirect their marketing towards children using colorful, fun and crazy dispensers. The rest is confectionery history1 As far as serious PEZ collecting, it didn’t become popular until the 1990s when vintage PEZ dispensers began to literally skyrocket in price!
Legend has it that Steve Jobs’ secretary once experienced car trouble and as a result was late for work. That same afternoon Jobs presented her with a new Jaguar and pointed out that there was no reason for her to ever be late again.
When Apple employee numbers were assigned, it seems that Steve Wozniak landed #1. This was very unsettling for Steve Jobs. He felt entitled to #1 so he solved the issue in his own ‘different’ way by taking #0 instead!
$905,000 was the astounding amount received at auction for an original 1976 Apple l computer built in Steve Jobs’ Los Altos, California garage (which has been named as a historic site).
When the prototype of the iPod was presented to Steve he proceeded to drop it in an aquarium. He told his befuddled engineers that the resulting air bubbles were proof that there was empty space inside. He sent them back with the mission to make the device even smaller!
Every advertisement for the Apple iPhone shows the time 9:41. This commemorates the exact time of the product’s unveiling in 2007.
Steve Jobs did not let his children use iPads and was vigilant about closely monitoring and limiting their technology time.
Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak and Jobs first met in high school. Wozniak was 18 and Jobs was only 13.
Steve Jobs’ long time rival, Bill Gates, wrote him a sympathetic letter during the final months of Jobs’ battle with pancreatic cancer. Steve kept the comforting letter by his bed throughout his fight for life.
While gazing over his family’s shoulders, Steve Jobs’ last words were, ”Oh, wow. Oh, wow. Oh, wow”. He is buried in an unmarked grave.
Apple, Microsoft and the Walt Disney Co. flew their flags at half-staff when Steve Jobs died.
Did you know? She was born Anne Paloma Ruiz-Picasso y Gilot on April 19, 1949 in a commune in southeastern France known as Vallauris. She is the youngest daughter of renowned artist Pablo Picasso. A highly successful designer and businesswoman, Paloma is best known for designing jewelry for Tiffany & Company and for her ever popular signature perfumes. She began her career as a costume designer in Paris in the 1960’s but switched her focus to jewelry leading her to pursue formal schooling in jewelry design. In 1980 Paloma began her work as a premier jewelry designer for Tiffany & Company. The year 2010 marked her 30th anniversary with Tiffany's. FYI: Paloma’s favorite jewelry designs always incorporate the color red!
Did you know? He was born (February 8, 1931) in Marion, a small town in Indiana. James Byron Dean, an only child, was sent to live with with his aunt and uncle after the death of his mother when James was only nine years old. A popular and exemplary high school student, Dean excelled in sports, (varsity baseball and basketball), public speaking and drama. He decided to quit college to pursue a full-time career in acting. What is astounding about James Dean is that he achieved such fame and Hollywood cult status after only starring in three movies! The big three being; “East of Eden”, “Rebel Without a Cause” and “Giant” which co-starred Liz Taylor and Rock Hudson. Many more movies were in the works for him, but sadly Dean was killed in his Porsche 550 Spyder “Little Bastard” on September 30, 1955 in a high-speed crash before any of those films could materialize. James Dean became the first actor to win two Academy Award nominations posthumously.
Did you know? They were commonly referred to as knuckle knives. An effective, deadly weapon was needed for soldiers to fight in close quarters combat in the trenches during World War l. The soldiers themselves were keenly aware of this urgent need long before any knife manufacturers. The first trench knives were fashioned primarily by the soldiers themselves, in the field, by shortening military issue bayonets. Eventually the first official military-issue trench knife (created by a lieutenant colonel in the French army) was introduced and designed with a heavy knuckle guard which served two extremely important functions: to protect the fingers and to provide the combatant with a deadly striking tool. Long-term durability and versatility were issues with early trench knives and in time improved versions appeared such as the popular, all-purpose K-Bar which served well as both a combat knife and a reliable utility tool.
Did you know? At two in the morning on Wednesday, July 31, 1715, the legendary Spanish Plate Fleet, consisting of twelve ships destined for Spain was lost, save one ship, as a result of a devastating Atlantic Ocean hurricane. Fourteen million pesos and more than a thousand lives were lost! Even still, priceless remnants of the disaster continue to be discovered off the coast of Florida. In 2015, the 300th anniversary of the Spanish Fleet disaster, more that 350 gold coins (estimated total value, $4.5M) were recovered by the 1715 Fleet-Queens Jewels, LLC, a celebrated shipwreck recovery company. The discovery was made in only six feet of water and a mere one hundred feet from the shore in Vero Beach, Florida! Fleet-Queens Jewels, LLC say they will keep searching for more treasure because there is still $400M down there!
Is it James Cameron’s ultimate cinematic life accomplishment and possibly the best film ever made? Many would say, absolutely, yes!. The blockbuster film, Titanic, one of the biggest box office hits in movie history (a worldwide gross of over $1.84 billion - becoming the first film to break the billion-dollar mark), undoubtedly also set the bar for the biggest tear-jerker of all time, to be sure! Here are some odd and interesting facts relating to James Cameron’s Titanic:
The role of Jack Dawson was almost snagged by actor Jeremy Sisto. After screen tests were concluded, it became instantly evident to the casting powers that be that DiCaprio would be the chosen one!
The pool in which they filmed the ocean scenes was a mere three feet deep!
The time on the clock in the last scene of the movie was actually set to the exact time that the actual Titanic sank!
The band that supposedly continued to play while the giant ship sank, in the movie, is called Gaelic Storm and is still actively touring and recording!
The casting people actually hired short extras in order to make the engine room appear bigger!
The characters that Kate and Leo portrayed were real passengers aboard the Titanic. Ida and Isidor Strauss were the owners of Macy’s and did indeed perish on the Titanic. According to surviving witnesses, Isidor took his beloved bride to a lifeboat but she refused to get on without him. Survivors reported that Ida’s words to her husband were, “We have lived together for many years. Where you go, I go.” Anyone have a Kleenex?
Did you know? On Main Street In the center of downtown Cooperstown, New York is a majestic red brick, three-story building which undoubtedly appears often on the bucket lists of sports fans. The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum pays tribute to the ‘best of the best’ in professional baseball. As the distinguished HOF itself proclaims, “Our mission is to preserve history, honor excellence and connect generations.” So very well said. The Hall of Fame pays homage to such legendary players as Mantle, Williams, Ruth, Gehrig, DiMaggio, Wagner, Speaker, Robinson, Stengel, Feller and so many more. Only one percent of all of baseball’s former major leaguers have earned a spot in the Baseball Hall of Fame! The newest 2019 inductees, deserving of djrpro’s sincere congratulations, include Mariano Rivera, Roy Halladay, Edgar Martinez and Mike Mussina. So, who were the first inductees into the Hall of Fame? In baseball’s first Hall of Fame class, Ty Cobb, Walter Johnson, Christy Mathewson, Honus Wagner and Babe Ruth were selected as five of the finest players in the 1936 election ballots! The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, New York is every fan’s “Field of Dreams”.
Did you know? Fred Peshlakai (1896-1974), born in Crystal, New Mexico and the son of famed artist and silversmith Slender Maker, successfully bridged the gap between the early Navajo silversmiths of the 19th century and the Native modernists of the mid 20th century. Fred’s father learned silverwork from legendary artist Atsidi Chon one of the earliest Navajo silversmiths. Peshlakai owned and operated a shop on Olvera Street in Los Angeles for nearly 20 years. His work is widely collected as a result of his ground breaking designs and consistent use of gem quality turquoise stones. Examples of Peshlakai’s creations can be viewed at New Mexico’s Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian which offers unique exhibitions of contemporary and historic Native American art.
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