Hollywoodland

Apr

 

I started this blog seven years ago! Can you believe it? I can’t. LOL! :party:

On the virtual traveling front, I can’t seem to get excited about the offerings on my calendar. I need to work up some of my own locations. In the meantime….

Today in history:

  • 1900 – Hawaii became a territory of the United States.
  • 1900 – Casey Jones died in a train wreck in Vaughn, Mississippi, while trying to make up time on the Cannonball Express. Yes, boys and girls, Casey Jones was a real person, not just somebody in a song.
  • 1904 – The Louisiana Purchase Exposition World’s Fair opened in St. Louis, Missouri. This is the world’s fair in the movie Meet Me In St Louis. Now I have that song stuck in my head.
  • 1925 – Automaker Dodge Brothers, Inc was sold to investment bankers Dillon, Read & Company for $146 million plus $50 million for charity. You wouldn’t see any company being sold today for a donation to charity!
  • 1927 – The Federal Industrial Institute for Women opened in Alderson, West Virginia. It was the first women’s federal prison in the United States.
  • 1927 – Douglas Fairbanks and Mary Pickford became the first celebrities to leave their footprints in concrete at Grauman’s Chinese Theater in Hollywood. A tradition that continues to this day.
  • 1938 – The animated cartoon short Porky’s Hare Hunt debuted in movie theaters. It introduced a prototype of Bugs Bunny, named Happy Rabbit.
  • 1939 – The 1939-40 New York World’s Fair opened.
  • 1939 – NBC inaugurated its regularly scheduled television service in New York City by broadcasting President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s N.Y. World’s Fair opening day ceremonial address. Yes, television in 1939!

On TV tonight: Eureka, Castle, and Hawaii Five-O

Reading: I’m still reading the Lord Peter Wimsey books. I’m now to Thrones, Dominations by Dorothy L. Sayers & Jill Paton Walsh.

Apr

 

I swear, I just can’t seem to dredge up anything fun to say here lately. I think I need a vacation. For real. :D

There’s not a lot going on otherwise. My life is boring which I guess isn’t necessarily a bad thing.

Reading: I’m still re-reading the Lord Peter Wimsey series but I took a brief break to read The House of Many Ways by Diana Wynne Jones which was a great YA fantasy. It’s the second sequel to Howl’s Moving Castle.

Apr

 

On Route 66. This isn’t off my calendar. I haven’t been thrilled with the locations it’s been giving me, so I decided to pick my own place. Though Route 66 covers a lot of territory. The highway starts in Chicago and runs all the way across the country and ends in Santa Monica, California. It was begun in 1926 and closed in 1985, though you can still drive portions of the road. Some of the sites along the way:

Today in history:

  • 1906 – An earthquake and fire destroyed a good portion of San Francisco, California.
  • 1912 – The Cunard liner RMS Carpathia delivered 705 survivors from the RMS Titanic to New York City.
  • 1923 – Yankee Stadium opened for the first time.
  • 1924 – Simon & Schuster published the first crossword puzzle book.
  • 1930 – BBC Radio announced there was no news on that day. :rofl: Shouldn’t they have done that the other day when that scientist said it was the dullest day in history?

On TV tonight: Just Ghost Hunters.

Reading: Now I’m re-reading Murder Must Advertise by Dorothy L. Sayers.

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