How Much Do you Know about
The World We Live In ?
Where is the Coldest Place in the World?
East Antarctic Plateau
On the high ridge of the East Antarctic Plateau, the temperature can drop to as low as -135.8 degrees Fahrenheit, which was recorded in August, 2010.
Where is the world's most populated city?
At a whopping 24,150,000 permanent inhabitants, Shanghai is the only city that is home to over 24 million people in one city.
Where is the world's least populated city?
With a paltry population of 842, the city-state of Vatican City is the smallest city and state in the world.
Where is the World's Wealthiest City?
Tokyo tops the charts with a GDP of $1,520 billion,
beating New York City by a mere $310 billion.
Where is the world's poorest city
in the poorest country?
It is the poorest city in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, which is also the poorest country in the world, at a GDP of $55 billion. Many of its residents live on less $1 a day.
What is the highest point in the world?
Towering 29,029 feet in the air, the top of Mount Everest is the closest you can get to touching outer space
while still standing on Earth.
Where is the lowest point in the world?
The Challenger Deep Trench
It is the lowest known natural point in the world at 35,797 ft below sea level at the bottom of the Mariana Trench. Only three people have ever made it to the bottom in a submersible, one of which was filmmaker James Cameron.
What is the most photographed place in the US?
The Guggenheim building in New York
Photos have always told stories, but in today's world of cell phone cameras and social media, that story is relayed as data to companies who monitor everything we do.
Where is the wettest spot on Earth?
In this city in India, it rains an average of 467.35 inches per year, and has a record of 1000 inches in 1985...
much more than any rain forest !
Where is the driest spot on Earth?
The Atacama Desert
The 600 miles of South America's Atacama desert is recorded
as the driest place on Earth. This desert has an average
of only 4 inches of rain every hundred years.
What city claims to be the sunniest place in the US ?
In this city in Arizona, the sun shines for an average of 11 hours a day. The usual forecast is sun for 90 percent of the year,
averaging a total of 4015 daylight hours each year.
Where is the most expensive city to live in?
This city has recently beat out Tokyo, Japan,
for the title of "most expensive city" for 2014.
Where is the least expensive city to live in?
For some comparison, a loaf of bread that would cost $3.36 in Singapore, would only cost $0.91 in Mumbai.
What country consumes the most food capita?
The overweight United States
We eat an average of 3,770 calories a day each.
Where is the world's oldest city?
There is evidence of civilization that extends back over 11,000 years.
Which is the youngest country in the world?
The people of South Sudan
were formally recognized as an independent country in 2011 , making it the youngest country in the world to-date.
Which is the world's most visited city?
After a several years of competition with Bangkok,
London has regained its place as the world's most visited city.
The city sees about 18.69 millions international visitors each year,
generating $19.3 billion in revenue for their city.
What is the world's least popular country?
On that same rating scale, Iran has come in dead last (at a 79% negativity rating) for many years. Only 15% of people polled viewed Iran in a positive light.
Where is the world's most dangerous city to live in?
San Pedro, Honduras
This city averages over three murders a day . The violence stems from the city's role as a major hub for illegal drug and arms trafficking.
Which country consumes the most caffeine
in the world ?
The Swedes consume an average of 388 mg of caffeine in coffee per person, per day (that's almost 5 Red Bulls in the U.S.).
Which country in the world drinks the most alcohol?
In the little country of Belarus, each person above the age of 16 drinks an average of 4.62 gallons of alcohol every year.
Which country is the most bicycle friendly in the world?
By comparing cities using the average number of bicycle trips made daily, one city reigns supreme: Groningen in the Netherlands.
About 50 percent of the population commute via bike daily, making it the city with the greatest proportion of cyclists.
Where is the world's most energy efficient city ?
All of the energy and heat used by the citizens of Reykjavik, Icelandcome from geothermal plants and renewable hydropower making it the most sustainable and energy efficient city in the world. This city has also been replacing traditional buses with hydrogen-fueled buses, from which the only emissions are water.
Which country has the longest
life expectancy in the world?
Monaco tops the charts for longest living citizens with an average life expectancy of 87.2 years. Men in Monaco live an average 85.3 years, and women live longer to an average of 89 years.
Which country has the shortest life expectancy ?
The population of Sierra Leone live only to an average of 47 years. The men of Sierra Leone live to an average of 47 years old, whereas women live an average of 48 years.
What country would qualify
as the most stressed-out nation in the world
because of their living conditions?
By looking at the homicide rate, the GDP per capita, continued income inequality, corruption, lack of education opportunities
and unemployment numbers, Nigeria's people are the most stressed out population in the world.
Which city has the highest average IQ?
Hong Kong has the highest IQ level, at an average of 107 points per person.
Which foreign city is the world's most well-connected one for internet use ?
Seoul, South Korea
With 10,000 government supported free WiFi spots dotting the city, and an internet speed that goes unchallenged globally,
Seoul is an internet junkie's paradise.
This is Your Day
Anthem Opinions wishes all of our readers a ...
Let's look back and say "Thanks" for the 240 years we've been a nation and for the courageous individuals who met in Philadelphia and signed this cherished document !
Happy Father's Day !
"Dad"...what a great word and how that name has so many meanings.
We all have or had one, and hopefully those childhood memories of growing up, had a great influence on who and what you were yesterday, are today, and will be, tomorrow.
And...we want to celebrate you "dads" and your "dad'" by asking you to talk about them....not a long discussion, but in a fun manner.
By taking a survey !
Our generation invented the "era of television". We went from small black and white screens with rabbit ear antennas to the giant "H-D" ones we have today....
And TV shows have been a part of our culture for close to 70 years.
Which are your favorites and does any one(s) remind you of your dad ?
Here are our 25 nominees (with theme songs)
"Father Knows Best"
"Make Room for Daddy"
"Leave it to Beaver"
"The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet"
"My Three Sons"
"The Andy Griffith Show"
"The Donna Reed Show"
"Sanford & Son"
"All in the Family"
"Little House on the Prairie"
"The Cosby Show"
"Married with Children"
"The Brady Bunch"
Now it's your turn !
Send your vote(s) and comments to:
Anthem Opinions Administration
Another Famous (Infamous) Vegas Hotel Dies
It will shortly be imploded and become rubble, but those who have come to Las Vegas for years will never forget the "glory" on this monarch....
The Riviera Hotel & Casino
It was allowed to decay over the past decade to a point where the only alternative was to end it all....destroy it...kill it...but emotionally it will never die...
...because history will never allow that to take place.
So let's examine the glory and perhaps somewhat sordid history of that mighty Las Vegas Strip hotel.
It was originally to be called the "Casa Blanca" when the idea was conceived in 1953, but licensing problems in Nevada hampered the project when it was learned that one of the original Miami partners had ties to mobster, Meyer Lansky.
Later in 1953 the Nevada Tax Department approved the investor list that included Harpo & Gummo Marx of the Marx Brothers.
Finally a man named Sam Cohen and a group of Miami investors (and what many believe, influence of the "Chicago Outfit") pursued the dream...
...to build Las Vegas' first "skyscraper" with nine stories having 221 rooms...
...in a town that the 1950 census indicated 24,624 residents (compared to 2010 having 584,378).
It opened on April 20, 1955, 61 years ago, when the original budget of $7.5 million grew by an additional $1 million before the doors would open.
It lasted three months until it went bankrupt, then being taken over by a man named Gus Greenbaum...
...who was murdered in 1958.
It would have a number of owners over the years and was run by some interesting characters, one of which was the ex-husband of singer/actress Pia Zadora, Meshulam Riklis.
...and even Dean Martin had 10% ownership at one time.
But...what "built" the reputation of "The Riv" was the amazing entertainment....
...the greatest performers that Las Vegas would ever see.
And...they "broke the mold" when the hotel opened in 1955 paying an unheard of salary of $50,000 p/week (equivalent to $437,000 in 2016 dollars) to a piano player named Liberace, who opened "The Clover Room" (later named "The Versailles Room") on April 29, 1955.
Here's a poster from a show in 1963.
Liberace's salary would jump to $300,000 p/week in 1972.
Over the years here is a partial list of other famous entertainers who would grace the stages and lounges of The Riviera....
There were shows that lasted for years...
"An Evening at La Cage"
(with a very young Frank Marino...for 23 years)
(for 28 years)
(originally with a revolving stage having guest entertainers...such as
"The Fifth Dimension")
...later to become famous in his own right on the hit TV show "The Sopranos"...
...hired celebrities Dennis Leary, Damon Wayans, Drew Carey, Jeff Dunham, Ellen DeGeneres, Richard Belzer , and Joe Rogan.
"The Riv" was the location of a number of Hollywood films...two of the most memorable....
There was the food.....
Anyone remember "The Hickory Room"?
Back in '55 you wore a coat and tie...and that special person "dressed to the 9s" !
Last but not least..."the stories"...some of the antics that took place over the years.
And then at 2:00am on June 14, 2015...the end finally came...in all it's glory !
So...as this old majestic building joins the ranks of The Dunes, New Frontier, Hacienda, Sands, Stardust, and Desert Inn..
Grant Sawyer Building Honors Vets with Memorial
Over Memorial Day, the Las Vegas Veterans Memorial Foundation dedicated a national memorial on the grounds of the Grant Sawyer State Office Building, just north of downtown Las Vegas.
Built in a park-like setting, the memorial features 18 larger-than-life statues honoring various war veterans surrounded by granite walls that span our nation’s history from the Revolutionary War to today’s Global War on Terrorism, with the centerpiece being a bronze family sculpture looking on at the soldiers.
The memorial was created by award-winning artist, Douwe Blumberg, and is a Must-See for any person residing in or visiting Las Vegas.
555 E. Washington Blvd.
I was working for Joe Louis (the former heavyweight champion of the world) at the time, and had been hired by Louis in 1960 to be the assistant publicist for United World Enterprises, the corporation backing Joe in promoting fights in Los Angeles.
Next up was his former trainer and a personal friend of Louis, the long-time reigning World Light Heavyweight Champion Archie Moore.
He really was "The Greatest" is so many ways.
Rest in peace, champ, there will never be another one like you.
The Final Toast
They once were among the most universally admired and revered men in the United States.
There were 80 of them in April 1942, when they carried out one of the most courageous and heart-stirring military operations in this nation's history.
The mere mention of their unit's name, in those years, would bring tears to the eyes of grateful Americans.
Now only two survive.
After Japan's attack on Pearl Harbor, with the United States reeling and wounded, something dramatic was needed to turn the war effort around.
Even though there were no friendly airfields close enough to Japan for the United States to launch a retaliation, a daring plan was devised.
Sixteen B-25s were modified so that they could take off from the deck of an aircraft carrier.
This had never before been tried...sending such big, heavy bombers from a carrier.
The 16 five-man crews, under the command of Lt. Col. James Doolittle, who himself flew the lead plane off the USS Hornet, knew that they would not be able to return to the carrier.
They would have to hit Japan and then hope to make it to China for a safe landing.
But on the day of the raid, the Japanese military caught wind of the plan.
The Raiders were told that they would have to take off from much farther out in the Pacific Ocean than they had counted on.
They were told that because of this they would not have enough fuel to make it to safety.
And those men went anyway!
They bombed Tokyo and then flew as far as they could.
Four planes crash-landed; 11 more crews bailed out, and three of the Raiders died.
Eight more were captured; three were executed.
Another died of starvation in a Japanese prison camp.
One crew made it to Russia.
Lt. Colonel Robert Hite
The Doolittle Raiders sent a message from the United States to its enemies, and to the rest of the world:
We will fight. And, no matter what it takes, we will win.
Of the 80 Raiders, 62 survived the war. They were celebrated as national heroes, models of bravery.
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer produced a motion picture based on the raid; "Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo ," starring Spencer Tracy and Van Johnson. It was a patriotic and emotional box-office hit, and the phrase became part of the national lexicon.
In the movie-theater previews for the film, MGM proclaimed that it was presenting the story "with supreme pride."
This scene from the movie has been acclaimed as one of the greatest scenes in movie history.
Beginning in 1946, the surviving Raiders held a reunion each April, to commemorate the mission.
The reunion was in a different city each year.
In 1959, the city of Tucson, Arizona, as a gesture of respect and gratitude, presented the Doolittle Raiders with a set of 80 silver goblets.
Each goblet was engraved with the name of a Raider.
Every year, a wooden display case bearing all 80 goblets was transported to the reunion city. Each time a Raider passed away, his goblet was turned upside down in the case at the next reunion, as his old friends bore solemn witness.
Also in the wooden case was a bottle of 1896 Hennessy Very Special cognac.
The year is not happenstance:
1896 was when Jimmy Doolittle was born.
There had always been a plan:
When there are only two surviving Raiders, they would open the bottle, at last drink from it, and toast their comrades who preceded them in death.
As 2013 began, there were five living Raiders; then, in February, Tom Griffin passed away at age 96.
What a man he was. After bailing out of his plane over a mountainous Chinese forest after the Tokyo raid, he became ill with malaria, and almost died.
When he recovered, he was sent to Europe to fly more combat missions.
He was shot down, captured, and spent 22 months in a German prisoner of war camp.
The selflessness of these men, the sheer guts ... There was a passage in the Cincinnati Enquirer obituary for Mr. Griffin that, on the surface, had nothing to do with the war, but that was emblematic of the depth of his sense of duty and devotion:
"When his wife became ill and needed to go into a nursing home, he visited her every day. He walked from his house to the nursing home, fed his wife, and at the end of the day brought home her clothes.
At night, he washed and ironed her clothes. Then he walked then up to her room the next morning. He did that for three years until her death in 2005."
In 2012, the 70th anniversary of the Doolittle Raid, of the original 80, only four Raiders remained: Dick Cole (Doolittle's co-pilot on the Tokyo raid), Robert Hite, Edward Saylor, and David Thatcher.
All were in their 90s at that time. They decided that there are too few of them for the public reunions to continue.
And in 2012, the event in Fort Walton Beach marked the end.
It had come full circle; Florida's nearby Eglin Field was where the Raiders trained in secrecy for the Tokyo mission.
The town planned to do all it could to honor the men: a six-day celebration of their valor, including luncheons, a dinner and a parade.
Did the men ever wonder if those of us for whom they helped save the country were worthy of their sacrifice?
They didn't talk about that, at least not around other people.
They decided that after that final public reunion in 2012, they would wait until a later date during that year...to get together once more, informally, and in absolute privacy.
This is when they opened the bottle of brandy.
The years were flowing by too swiftly now; they are not going to wait until there are only two of them. They will fill the four remaining upturned goblets.
And raise them in a toast to those who are gone.
70th Anniversary Photo
It's four years later...two more have left us....
Edward Saylor died on January 24, 2015 at the age of 94, and Robert Hite passed away March 29, 2015 at the age of 95.
And then there were only two...Dick Cole, who will turn age 101 on September 7, 2016, and David Thatcher, who will be 92 on July 31, 2016.
On April 15, 2015 the final two received the Congressional Gold Medal in Washington on behalf of the Doolittle Raiders....
...presenting it to the National Museum of the US Air Force three days later on April 18th...the 73rd anniversary of the raid.
It is on display at the museum near Dayton, Ohio, joining an exhibit depicting the launch from an aircraft carrier of the Raiders' daring 1942 attack on Japan.
Let us all keep the original oath and raise a goblet to them as a tribute to the heroism of those brave 80 men, known to history as....
The Doolittle Raiders
Breaker 19....A Look Back at Trucks !
They may look like this today....but ....
Did you ever think that riding down a highway and just looking out your window and seeing those "18 wheelers" pass you by....that they too...
...have a history?
And it goes well past the love America discovered for them in 1975 when just about all of us bought that "CB radio" and had a "handle".
I too was guilty.....I was the "Classy Chassis" !
(OK....I concede....time has changed that one time appropriate moniker !)
Remember this tune?
Believe it or not, the first "truck" was invented in 1896 by a German automotive pioneer named Gottlieb Daimler, a name I'm sure many of you are not familiar.
Mr. Daimler (1834-1900) was a man "before his time" when he developed a four horsepower engine and a belt drive with two forward speeds and one reverse.
It was the first "pick-up" truck.
When we think of the "horseless carriage", we often associate it with Henry Ford, but when Ford was first named Chief Engineer at the Edison Illuminating Company in 1893, Daimler had already been a noted inventor.
Daimler invented the first motorcycle in 1885, and is credited for inventing the first taxi in 1897, four years before Henry Ford established the Ford Motor Company.
But this article is about "trucks" and how they seem to have captivated the imagination of the American public....and entrepreneurs as the years passed...
....and I happen to be one of those individuals.
I think it all started when I first watched an old movie that was made before I was born, John Steinbeck's "The Grapes of Wrath".
Watching "Tom Joad" drive across the country with his family, looking for a new beginning during the great depression's "Dust Bowl", somehow began my fascination with them.
That old truck "matured" , and it began to take on a new meaning as the years passed...and leave it up to good old American ingenuity to turn them into what now...patrols our highways....
...bringing us needed goods to every city and state.
I have to admit, I've always been fascinated with strange looking things...and over time, those "trucks" .....well....run the gambit from, "What were they thinking", to "that's pretty cool."
I kinda miss that when I see creations like the following motoring optic delights that have graced our highways and byways over the years.
They were so simple, yet told the story of what they were all about...
And so....let's take a look at some of the more "creative" usages of what Gottlieb Daimler invented in 1896.
And My favorite....when I actually met the "Captain of this Ship", "Little Oscar" when I was a teenager working at Treasure Island Foods in Chicago
So...when you get stuck in traffic behind one of these babies.....
...or one that looks like this....
Don't lose your "cool"...and have some respect for a piece of "Americana" they all represent.
Think of Gottieb Daimler, and this song !
The Man Who Should Have Been
With Spring training now behind us, Major League's million dollar players have begun the 2016 Baseball season...
...and the smell of the popcorn, hot dogs, and beer brought back those days as a kid when Baseball meant Spring ... the playground, and the joy of walking to Wrigley Field in Chicago as often as the profits from my "Kook-Aid" stand would allow me to go !
It didn't matter what the temperature was; that the vines in Wrigley Field were still brown awaiting nature's green birth, and it certainly didn't matter if it was a school day....
Nope...it was every kid's National Holiday...it was Opening Day !
I was just 9 years old in 1956 when "Mosie", my fellow baseball fanatic friend, and I, decided to "divert" our path from Our Lady of Mt. Carmel grade school, down Belmont Avenue to Clark Street...turn right and eventually visit our shrine, Wrigley Field.
Our Cubs were going to win it all that year!
It didn't matter that they'd finished 6th out of an 8 team National League Division in 1955....
We were convinced....Wait 'til next year......was here !
And why were we so confident ?
The Cubs had landed one of the greatest baseball players we'd ever seen....a man who had led the New York Giants to winning pennants, and was actually on that great Giants team of 1951 when Bobby Thomson hit "the shot heard 'round the world" as the Giants won a playoff game against the crosstown Brooklyn Dodgers.
We had a guy named Monte Irvin !
It didn't matter that 1956 would be his last season in major league baseball....because when you're nine years old, players never get old...they're ageless !
The Cubs finished in last place that year losing 94 games in their 154 game schedule, but "Mosie" and I got to see a man who would become one of the greatest "unsung" players of all time...
...and that's what this bit of history is all about...the man who should have been what Jackie Robinson eventually became....
History has a habit of forgetting some of its true heroes, and Monte Irvin certainly was one of those who was never properly credited with the accolades he always deserved...until 1973.
His story starts back in the early 1930s in Orange, New Jersey; when, in an attempt to keep this black kid out of trouble, his parents got him interested in sports.
A natural athlete in high school, starring in four sports and even setting the state's record in the javelin throw, he received a full football scholarship to the University of Michigan, but had to turn it down...
Monte couldn't afford to move to Ann Arbor.
Instead, he chose to enter the world of semi-pro baseball, playing for a local team, the Orange Triangles.
There, Monte caught the eyes of scouts from Lincoln University and after saving the money from his meager Orange Triangles income, could finally afford attending college, receiving a second athletic scholarship..for football.
Monte was a star...had a mind of his own, and had some difficulty with his football coach, who eventually dropped him from the Lincoln University team...which also meant the end of his scholarship.
Confused about his future, he went back to New Jersey and signed with the Newark Eagles of the Negro League in 1938.
And that...is where the REAL STORY of Monte Irvin begins !
After two years with the Newark Eagles, hitting .422 and .396 in 1940 and 1941, he left the Eagles for a short stint in the Mexican League, batting .397, in his first year, hitting 20 home runs in just 63 games, and eventually was named the League's Most Valuable Player.
The World was at war in the early 1940s and Monte served his country from 1943 to 1945, then returned to the Eagles, hitting .401 in a season that ended with the Eagles defeating the Kansas City Monarchs in the 7th game of the Negro World Series.
About that time, a man named Branch Rickey from the Brooklyn Dodgers began to see that these men of a different race, were pretty good ballplayers...that the world of the all-white major leagues was ready for change.
And who was the first man Branch Rickey approached to "break the
...but...as previously stated....history deals some a bad break...and Monte Irvin was one of those victims.
First, Monte felt that, after being in the army, he needed to get in better shape...
Second, Newark Eagles business manager...
...demanded compensation for his release.
That...Mr. Rickey refused !
Rickey was known to be a shrewd businessman....
...and he "covered himself" by also holding secret negotiations with another Negro baseball player...
...this time, without having to pay compensation to anyone.
The name of that "2nd choice"....
Monte Irvin was the real valued commodity...not Robinson !
If it weren't for $$$$$...history would have changed as a result.
Years later, Irvin made this comment:
"... from a purely business standpoint, Mrs Manley felt that Branch Rickey was obligated to compensate her for my contract. That position probably delayed my entry into the major leagues ... Mrs. Manley told Rickey that he had taken Don Newcombe for no money, but she wasn't going to let him take me without some compensation. Furthermore, if he tried to do it, she would sue and fight him in court ... Rickey contacted her to say he was no longer interested ".
Monte Irvin would then play in the Puerto Rican Winter League in 1945 and 1946, winning MVP honors in both years; played two additional years there, and spent the winters of 1948 and 1949 in Cuba.
By then Jackie Robinson had made his 1947 debut with the Brooklyn Dodgers.
Jackie was a star...and...well...he was..."The First" black man to break the Major League color barrier on the field....
But...it didn't take long before the name of Monte Irvin would make a mark in the baseball world.
The Giants came calling in 1949 and offered him a $5,000 contract.
Playing a short time in the minor leagues in 1949 and 1950...hitting .510 in just 18 games, Monte Irvin got to "the bigs" in 1950.
He was not just a great hitter, he was a great influence on those who would follow him, and it was a man named Leo Durocher, who realized that Monte Irvin was just as valuable off the field, as he was on it.
In 1951, then Giants Manager Leo Durocher...
... approached Monte to keep an eye on a new kid who had just joined the team...to "big brother him"....'to mentor him"...in the early years.
Monte was happy to do so...
...and that kid's name was Willie Mays...
...who would eventually become one of the greatest...if not THE greatest, baseball player I ever had the honor of watching on a baseball diamond.
Mays later said of Monte Irvin...
"In my time, when I was coming up, you had to have some kind of guidance. And Monte was like my brother... I couldn't go anywhere without him, especially on the road... It was just a treat to be around him. I didn't understand life in New York until I met Monte. He knew everything about what was going on and he protected me dearly."
...and in typical Monte Irvin fashion, Monte replied...
"I did that for two years and in the third year he started showing me around."
Monte remained with the New York Giants for the next 5 years before being traded to the Chicago Cubs in 1956 at the age of 30....his last full year in professional baseball.
...and being a "diehard" Cub fan...that allows us "Windy City" folks to claim him as one of our own as well...if only for a short time.
After years of professional baseball, Monte Irvin would finally "hang up his spikes" in 1957 following numerous back problems.
But...baseball soon learned it required the presence of Monte Irvin.
He would later become a scout for the New York Mets in 1967 and 1968 until Baseball Commissioner Bowie Kuhn would name him a Public Relations Specialist, a position in which he served until 1984.
Monte Irvin with Bowie Kuhn
In 1972 Monte Irvin was named to the Mexican Professional Baseball Hall of Fame.
1973 would bring Monte Irvin the greatest honor bestowed on any American professional baseball player. He was named to the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
On June 26, 2010, the San Francisco Giants retired his number.
Monte Irvin passed away on January 11, 2016 at the age of 96.
He may not have been the first black player to set foot on a "white" filled diamond, but he was...
BLACK EXECUTIVE IN MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL
Since 1997 on April 15th of each baseball season...
...all players of all major league teams proudly display the number 42 on the backs of their uniforms...
...a tribute to Jackie Robinson.
But...perhaps another day will come when the number 20 will also be displayed on their backs...
..for the man who should have been "the first" !
You did good, Monte Irvin....all true baseball fans owe you so much for the contributions you made to the game we call our "national pastime".
PLAY BALL !
Another Historical Treasure
The Nevada State Museum relocated from Lorenzi Park and opened on the Springs Preserve property in October 2011.
The two-level, 70,000-square-foot building is now closer to the Strip (about 15 minutes) and is twice the size of its old location.
According to a museum tour guide, visitors to the museum have stayed as short as 15 minutes and as long as nine hours.
The museum features a 13,000-square-foot gallery with permanent exhibits, a research library, a gift shop, lecture rooms and a banquet hall, complete with a spacious outdoor balcony overlooking the Springs Preserve and the Strip.
It is divided into two sections -- its permanent fixtures and a rotating exhibit, which changes every few months.
The museum's permanent exhibit takes you through Nevada's geology, fossil and desert wildlife, as well as mining and railroad history.
One section of note covers the Great Basin (the desert covering central and Northern Nevada, and parts of Utah, California, Oregon and Wyoming) from dusk to dawn.
It features low level dusk-like lighting and the sounds of desert animals (as well as specimens) -- like the great horned owl, cougar and Mojave rattlesnake -- to set the mood.
It's a whole new level of Vegas nightlife!
Another standout is the skeletal replica of Nevada's state fossil, the ichthyosaur.
This reptile swam in the seas of Central Nevada 225 million years ago and measured 48 feet long.
Nearby, you can view real fossil bones and take a closer peek at other fossil findings with a magnifying glass -- it's science class all over again.
Speaking of school, for those who loved learning about the Oregon Trail, the museum also offers an interactive travel game by testing your surviving skills in Old Nevada.
The game is part of a larger section on Nevada settlers, highlighted by a nearby covered wagon and makeshift campfire.
Walk inside a nearby cave and learn about the importance of mining to early settlers -- even see examples of fluorescent minerals.
Outside the cave, you can explore the tools and technology of the mining profession and learn how precious metals like silver, gold and copper are formed.
From there you will learn about the boom time of the railway, the formation of the Nevada government and the construction of Hoover Dam.
The museum also offers extensive teachings and interactive exhibits on early Native American inhabitants of Nevada.
As you learn about the state's history in more modern times, you'll see an interactive Nevada nuclear test site section, World War II history, the "real" truth about Bugsy Siegel and the Flamingo hotel, a Las Vegas timeline from 1905 to today and much more.
The museum even showcases items sealed in the home of Las Vegas mogul Howard Hughes after his death in 1976, like Grape Nuts cereal boxes, a brown sugar package and other household staples.
Old slot machines, neon signs, and trinkets like a $25,000 poker chip from the old Dunes hotel (imploded in 1994) will make you nostalgic for vintage Vegas.
At the entrance to the museum you can stand next to a 1911 Desert Love Buggy, considered one of the most popular cars to cruise Fremont Street.
Used mainly for promotional purposes, it made its first appearance in a parade in 1939, with its last one in 1994.
Another fantastic piece of vintage Vegas is one of the most brilliant displays of showgirl costumes through the ages.
Lining a large pink sequined wall, the costumes and headpieces are encased behind oval cut-out glass windows. It's rare visitors get to see such elaborate, colorful costumes up close.
On the other half of the exhibit space, the "changing" gallery rotates every three to four months and includes a variety of Nevada art work.
If you're a real history buff, the museum includes a research library.
You'll find Northern and Southern Nevada periodicals from 1905 to present day.
The research library also includes files of all Nevada births, marriages and deaths from the early 1900s.
After you're finished, there's an extensive gift shop with all sorts of fun trinkets, art, jewelry, stuffed animals and more.
The Nevada State Museum is located inside Springs Preserve.
Monday: 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Thursday: 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Friday: 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Saturday: 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Sunday: 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Admission to the Nevada State Museum is included with paid admission to the Spring Preserve.
$18.95 for adults, $17.05 for seniors 65 and older, students 18 and older and $10.95 for children 5-17 years old. Children 5 and younger are free.
Our Entertainment Editor
Remembers a Las Vegas Legend
April 20, 1932 – January 24, 2016
Our Entertainment Contributor Tells a Story of "Old Vegas"
Greenspun was holding the phone away from his ear as I walked in, and signaled for me to sit down.
“Well listen Moe, I have Johnson in the office right now and are you telling me that the story he wrote was not truthful?”
The phone went quiet for what felt like an hour to me but probably was a couple of seconds.
“Well, no, but why did he have to write about it in the first place?” he screamed.
Mr. Dalitz didn’t like that column either, which was no surprise to me or Hank.
Once again guess who called the boss?
Greenspun again stood up to Dalitz.
The one good thing, however, was that this time I didn’t have to sit and listen to him yelling at my boss.
Read more about Moe Dalitz
Read more about Hank Greenspun
You've decided to buy a home here because you enjoy the lights of Las Vegas, the daily sunshine, the entertainment, and in all likelihood, the gaming enjoyed previously as a tourist.
..so much so....
...that you've decided to make it the perfect retirement atmosphere.
Did ya know...
How Henderson got its Name?
This town many of us now call "home" is currently the 2nd largest populated city in the state of Nevada. In 2013, the estimated population exceeded 270,800..and it continues to grow on a daily basis.
And best of all, it has been named as one of the safest cities in the United States.
In 2011 Forbes magazine rated Henderson as the second safest city in the country; and in 2014, according to the "FBI Uniform Crime Report", was named as one of the top 10 "Safest Cities in the United States".
But those who have resided in the Las Vegas valley for years often smile when the subject of "Henderson" comes up in conversation, using these words from an old TV commercial to explain its growth..
"You've come a long way, baby"
The year was 1941 and our nation was preparing for war; and included in that preparation was the need for materials to preserve its strength.
Airplane engines, their frames, as well as incendiary munitions, had to be built...and one key ingredient in doing so...was...magnesium.
...because magnesium strengthens aluminum.
...and a project completed a few years prior to 1941...Hoover Dam, was the perfect place to build a plant to provide it.
Why that location?
...because the power of the dam could be used to separate the metal from its ore by electrolysis.
A man named Fred D. Gibson, an engineer, was sent to England to learn the secret of creating "the miracle metal" (aluminum).
Fred D. Gibson was the grandfather of subsequent three term Mayor of Henderson, James Gibson (1997 to 2009).
And...on September 15, 1941, a ground breaking ceremony took place establishing the " Basic Magnesium Incorporated" company...
Basic Magnesium Incorporated Ground Breaking
... with 13,000 SEGREGATED workers...residing in a small "tent city" near the plant.
Between its construction through the conclusion of the war, "Basic Magnesium Incorporated" produced more than 166 million tons of magnesium for the war effort.
At one time the crew of the "Enola Gay", the plane which was subsequently designated to drop the atomic bomb on Hiroshima, visited the plant.
Enola Gay Crew at Basic Magnesium plant
(the sign says "from Basic Magnesium to Berlin")
When World War II concluded in August, 1945, the need for a "war effort" no longer existed, and with the production of magnesium no longer necessary, the majority of the 13,000 original employees moved from the area, leaving the "tent city" in a state of decline.
The school district was reduced by two-thirds, and over half of the homes in the town site became vacant.
In 1947 the US Asset Management Administration even offered this unofficially named community called "Henderson" for sale as WAR SURPLUS PROPERTY.
The small town seemed doomed until the Nevada legislature sent a delegation to evaluate the possibility of the state's purchasing "Basic Magnesium Incorporated" and within days of the visit...
...the Nevada legislature UNANIMOUSLY voted to approve a bill giving the Colorado River Commission of Nevada the authority to purchase the industrial plants.
It was on March 27, 1946 that then Governor Vail Pittman...
Nevada Governor Vail M. Pittman
...signed the bill, saving Henderson from being sold as war surplus.
The town of "Henderson" was officially incorporated on April 16, 1953, and on May 23, 1953, it elected its first mayor, Dr. James French.
First Mayor of Henderson, Nevada
Its population at that time was 7,410 and its boundaries included a mere 13 square miles...compared to today's 94 square miles.
and...the small town was finally officially named
"Henderson"in honor of....
Senator Charles B. Henderson
Charles B. Henderson moved to Nevada with his parents in 1876 and attended public schools in Elko, receiving his law degree from the University of Michigan in 1895.
He served as a First Lieutenant in Teddy Roosevelt's "Rough Riders" during the Spanish-American War.
Returning to Elko, he was the district attorney of Elko County from 1901 to 1905 when he was elected and served in the Nevada assembly from 1905 to 1907.
In 1907 he was appointed a regent of the University of Nevada, and served in that position until 1917.
Mr. Henderson was appointed to the US Senate on January 12, 1918 to fill the vacancy of Senator Francis Newlands, who had died in office, and was elected in his own rite that same year, serving until 1921, when he was defeated for reelection.
He remained active in political activities, serving as a member of the board of directors of the Reconstruction Finance Corporation, which in elected him as Chairman in 1941, resigning in 1947.
He then entered the private sector as the president and director of the Elko Telephone & Telegraph Company and also served as a a director for the Western Pacific Railroad.
He died on November 8, 1954 at the age of 81.
But...the City of Henderson's record historic growth was the result of a tragedy...
...a tragedy known as the PEPCON explosion.
In 1988 the "Pacific Engineering & Production Company of Nevada" (PEPCON), a rocket fuel factory...suddenly caught fire...
...and the resulting explosion spewed rocket fuel, smoke, and toxic fumes over Henderson, sending shockwaves throughout the city as well as parts of the Las Vegas valley...
(May 4, 1988)
...even causing minor earthquakes, some of which were recorded over 3.0 on the Richter Scale.
Two people were killed and 372 additional people were injured.
The result of this tragedy...is the evolution of how we see Henderson today....from a city built on industrial development to commercial development.
And now you know, not just the name of the individual for whom our hometown is named, but the important contribution it made in the annals of US history.
Those Who Left Us
October thru December
October 6th...Age 66
(American Actor....best known in Walt Disney productions "Spin & Marty", "Old Yeller". "Polyanna", "Swiss Family Robinson"...and as "Moochie" the Mousketeer)
Billy Joe Royal
October 6th...Age 73
(American Singer...best known for his hit" Down in the Boondocks")
October 11th...Age 74
(Major League pitcher for 11 years....winner of the Cy Young Award in 1964...pitched a No-hitter in 1967)
October 12th...Age 90
(American Actress with roles in such films as "HIgh Sierra", "Sargeant York", but best known as in the role as "Mary", the wife of George M. Cohan, in "Yankee Doodle Dandy")
October 14th...Age 54
(American Silver Medalist long distance runner in the 1983 World Marathon Championship in Helsinki, Finland)
October 20th...Age 74
(Co-founder and continuing member of the American rock group
"Three Dog Night")
October 21st...Age 79
(American actor...best known for his TV series "I'm Dickens, He's Fenster" and his many cartoon voice overs ...married to actress Shirley Jones for 38 years before his death)
August 24th...Age 95
(American actress best known for her roles in Christmas favorite "Miracle on 34th Street", "The Long Gray Line", and "The Quiet Man")
October 30th...Age 96
(American Actor...best known as "Al Delvecchio" on the TV series "Happy Days" and as "Murray the Cop" on the TV series "The Odd Couple"....recommended an unknown comic named "Robin Williams" to play the part of an alien named "Mork from Ork")
November 1st...Age 73
(A man who had "done it all"...American actor who starred in the TV series "Law & Order"...U.S. Senator from Tennessee from 1994 to 2003)
November 4th...Age 65
(First wife of Harrison Ford...best known for writing the screenplays for "The Black Stallion" and "ET: The Extra-Terrestrial"...coined the phrase "ET Phone Home")
November 8th...Age 81
(husband of the late Country & Pop singer, Patsy Cline ...1963....whose life and death was dramatized in the film "Sweet Dreams")
November 14th...Age 80
(former American Wrestling Association Champion...best known for ending Verne Gagne's 7 year reign at champ at the age of 40 in 1980)
George T. "Joe" Sakato
December 2nd...Age 94
(Congressional Medal of Honor....Private George T. Sakato distinguished himself by extraordinary heroism in action on 29 October 1944, on hill 617 in the vicinity of Biffontaine, France. After his platoon had virtually destroyed two enemy defense lines, during which he personally killed five enemy soldiers and captured four, his unit was pinned down by heavy enemy fire. Disregarding the enemy fire, Private Sakato made a one-man rush that encouraged his platoon to charge and destroy the enemy strong point. While his platoon was reorganizing, he proved to be the inspiration of his squad in halting a counter-attack on the left flank during which his squad leader was killed. Taking charge of the squad, he continued his relentless tactics, using an enemy rifle and P-38 pistol to stop an organized enemy attack. During this entire action, he killed 12 and wounded two, personally captured four and assisted his platoon in taking 34 prisoners. By continuously ignoring enemy fire, and by his gallant courage and fighting spirit, he turned impending defeat into victory and helped his platoon complete its mission. Private Sakato's extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty are in keeping with the highest traditions of military service and reflect great credit on him, his unit, and the United States Army.)
December 4th...Age 85
(American actor....nominated for Best Supporting Actor in 1985 in the film "Jagged Edge....but probably best known for playing "Mr. MacMillan, Tom Hanks boss in "Big"
December 7th...Age 90
(American actor....best known for playing "Dr. Rudy Wells" on the TV shows "Six MIllion Dollar Man" and "The Bionic Woman")
December 8th...Age 91
(Country & Western singer of the 1950s and was a rockabilly pioneer singer)
Patricia ElliottDecember 20th...Age 77
(American Actress....best known as "Renee Buchannan" on the ABC Soap Opera, "One Life to Live"...winner of Tony Award for her portrayal of "Countess Charlotte Malcom" in the Sondheim musical "A Little Night Music)
December 20th...Age 81
(American actress...best known as "Peg Nagy" in the 2013 Oscar nominated film "Nebraska)
December 27th...Age 83)
(Perhaps the most beloved and comedica Harlem Globetrotter who ever played on that team)
December 30th..Age 85
(Chicago Bears "#81"...elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1982 and the College Football Hall of Fame in 1985...member of the NFL 1960s All Decade Team..member of the NFL 1954 Cleveland Browns and 1963 Chicago Bears NFL championship teams)
December 31st...Age 82
("Trapper John" on the TV series "Mash" and subsequently a financial contributor on FOX Business Network)
December 31st...Age 65
(American singer....Grammy Award winner...daughter of the late Nat King Cole)
Those Who Left Us
July thru September
July 3rd...Age 88
(Sheriff of Clark County, Nevada from 1961-1978...made famous by the TV Show "Vegas")
July 3rd...Age 92
(American actress...first wife of Kirk Douglas and mother of Michael Douglas....best known for her roles in TV's "Days of Our Lives" and movie, ""Planes Trains & Automobiles")