EXIT of the DAY:
Exit 30 I-278s: near Brooklyn Navy Yard, Brooklyn Queens Expy, Brooklyn, New York
Ok Road Trippers, as you drive past the old Brooklyn Navy Yard which was right beside the Brooklyn Bridge, let me take you back to the beaches of Normandy on June 6 1944, D-Day. Despite months of planning, for Americans in the first waves to get past the Nazi’s rain of death, a number one trait which gave Americans the edge was the individual soldier’s own ability to take the initiative and to innovate.
In so-called “after-action” reports, military analysts and later historians credit the natural tendency for citizens raised in a free democracy to think outside the box — to try things that soldiers from more dictatorial societies would simply not consider. In general, Nazis and other soldiers from dictatorships are taught to just follow orders. Americans are taught to take the initiative and to improvise. One example was that Americans used their chewing gum to adhere mirrors to gun barrels to see around corners. A broader example was to encounter an unanticipated obstacle away from the chain of command, and then to take the initiative to continue over or around it. On the Nazi side, such obstacles would have left the common foot soldier awaiting his superiors’ orders.
In the era of COVID, Americans needed to re-think everything. Faced with the Federal Government playing a supporting role, governors and municipalities created interstate supply chains to trade ventilators, and medical supplies. When the coronavirus ebbs in one state, that state would send resources to the next state facing a swell of illness.
Small innovators in Logistics and Supply Chain stepped up to the task of marshaling resources. Small entrepreneurs repurpose their businesses to bring support to the frontline. In Manhattan’s trendy Garment District, Stephanie Benedetto’s company, Queen of Raw, has the catchy logo of “Turning Pollution into Profit”. As featured on GOOD MORNING AMERICA and NPR, Queen Of Raw created a virtual market to take unused fabric from the garment trade and re-sell it instead of discard it as waste. Now Queen of Raw sources scraps and remnants of fabric from fashion brands to make Protective Personal Equipment(PPE) and life-saving masks.
Meanwhile in San Diego, former Naval Aviator Jaden Risner created a company called Family Proud. Imagine being alone but having all your friends and caregivers on one platform, on your iPhone, in your pocket? According to the website, "Family Proud" is an internet platform “Created by Patients and Advocates for Patients and Advocates”. Ranging from cancer patients to PTSD victims, the app creates a hub to connect caregivers, patients, friends, and family into a community of support. In the era of Corona Lockdown, this community app became more essential than ever.
In the midst of an unprecedented pandemic, while the broader news may seem grim, in small ways and with huge hearts, America’s innovators conceived new ways to fight the battle. It was true on the beaches of Normandy, just as it is true on the streets of our greatest cities and smallest towns. And like 1944, the battles may rage today — but the war will be won.
#supplychain #Supplychainandlogistics #QueenofRaw #FamilyProud #DDay #CoronaVirus #CoronavirusandDDay #Pandemic #PandemicandSupplyChain #Roadtripper #afteractionreports
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Exit 67 in GA I-95n To: US 17, Coastal Hwy, to S Newport, near Riceboro, GA
In the woods to the right is a church that claims to be the smallest in America. It’s just beyond the El Cheapo Diner there.
Speaking of churches, in the 1730’s, the father of Evangelical Christianity found inspiration in the wilds of Georgia. The Founder of the Methodist Faith, John Wesley’s life is the subject of nearly 400 biographies. But you will be hard-pressed to find anyone more knowledgeable than Reverend Dave Hanson about Wesley’s short time in Georgia especially his stint doing missionary work in the Sea Islands.
Says Reverend Hanson, “John Wesley had a miserable time here.”
When John Wesley set sail from England to the Debtor’s Colony of Georgia, the future Evangelical was a man of quiet faith. Prior to Georgia, Wesley’s sermons were weary affairs, eliciting little more than yawns.
But then he got here and he fell in love. And that passion — un-sated it turns out -- may have impassioned him for inspiring speeches later in life.
Much of his New World troubles occurred on Saint Simons Island. There the Anglican minister wound up in the wrong corner of a love triangle.
Ironically, one of Wesley’s stated intentions in coming to the wilderness was to avoid temptations of the flesh. But Wesley soon found himself bewitched by one Sophie Hopkey, a fetching young Georgia Peach of just 18. But the 32-year-old Wesley was slow to move. A local smooth talker moved in and stole Sophie’s heart.
The lovelorn Wesley sought revenge by refusing communion to Sophie. In response, an arrest warrant was taken out charging Wesley with public embarrassment by banning Sophie from communion.
Wesley hightailed it back to Savannah where he jumped ship back to England. On the voyage, the ship sailed through storm after storm. He prayed and prayed and seemed to find solace in the chaos of the malestrom which, as Reverend Dave Hanson says, "The Dramatic effects he began to seize upon to heighten the engagement of his bored parishners."
As in Georgia, a key aspect of Wesley's ministry was to preach outdoors. He recognized the open-air services were successful in reaching poor folks. They were uncomfortable entering the middle class tidiness of most Anglican churches. Wesley travelled ceaselessly throughout the British Isles. His message resonated with the lower rungs of society.
Soon the poor gathered in the thousands at large outdoor venues to hear the rejuvenated preacher spread his passionate message. “He was the Billy Graham of his day,” Hanson says.
All in all, despite his movement’s huge success in today’s United States, the man who would lay the foundation for Evangelicals was all too happy to leave America far behind.
So why not get off the next exit and check out the nation’s smallest church? It may not be Evangelical, but it is non-denominational. So like John Wesley, it welcomes everyone!
#JohnWesley #Methodist #Evangelicals #BillyGraham #Easter #OutdoorMass
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EXIT of the DAY: I-95n Exit 4 To: Route 4, Portsmouth, New Hampshire and White Mountains
“Hey Road Crew! Off upcoming Exit 4 is the University of New Hampshire. So that means it’s a time for a Test... a Road Test, of course!”
“The winner of this Road Test wins 10% off an IKON Ski Pass. The Ikon Pass allows you to ski or snowboard at many mountain resorts all over North America. Some of Ikon’s mountains are Aspen and Deer Valley out west and Loon and Killington here in New England. The savings offered here represent between $200 to $2000 depending on where you ski and how often.
The evolution of multi mountain ski passes is quite smart business-wise. According to an article in Penske Media Corporation’s Digital Magazine, SPORTICO, written by John Wallstreet, “Vail Resorts and Aspen Skiing Company have led an industry wide consolidation that has dawned an era of multi-resort seasonal passes providing skier discounts on lift tickets, a hedge against warm winters, and incentives to visit different mountains.”
Fabulous Loon Mountain is maybe 90 minutes up approaching Route 4 which cuts over to Interstate 93.
I-93 north drives right up the middle of New Hampshire. A beautiful drive, the highway slices through farmlands and foothills before giving way to serious mountains. In fact, Loon Mountain is just 2 hours from Boston. So world class skiing is just a commute away.
Now, please pay attention, cause here are the Fast Facts:
New Hampshire is nicknamed the “Switzerland of America” because of the beautiful scenery. It is even more famous as the Granite State.
The rugged terrain is reflected in the independent character of its inhabitants. After all, the state motto on license plates proudly proclaims, “Live Free or Die”.
Speaking of liberty or death, winter sports are a great reason to come to New Hampshire. The Granite State boasts the largest nordic cross country ski trail network in the Northeast. As for alpine sports, well it’s all in the name. The New Hampshire section of the Appalachian Mountains are named the White Mountains. The White Mountains are usually covered with snow from late November to May.
The highest mountain in the New England is Mount Washington — also known for its wild weather. Mount Washington is not a ski Mountain but that’s okay by me.
Being over 6000 feet high, it looms almost two thousand feet over neighboring ski resorts like Loon Mountain. In the warmer months, you can drive or even take an antique train up and relax or get a meal at the Summit House.
But if it’s winter, forget about it. It seems as if Mount Washington breaks its own records for wind speeds and frosty temperatures every few years. For 76 years, Mount Washington held the record for fastest surface wind gust in the world. That blast clocked in at 231 miles per hour.
Washington is the highest of a line of summits, the Presidential Range, that are named after presidents and famous freedom fighters like Revolutionary War General Lafayette.
Speaking of Mountains and Freedom Fighters, world famous Olympic Skier, Bode Miller, should get a mountain named after him.
Bode is a Franconia, New Hampshire native. Known for his go-for-broke ski style, he is equally famous as being an iconoclast who does everything his way. In one memorable interview after he tore down the mountain with skis just barely holding the trail, he revealed that he may have had a little too much to drink!
Regardless, the Granite State local is one of the greatest World Cup racers of all time with 33 victories. In 2008, Bode and fellow American Lindsey Vonn won the overall World Cup titles for the first U.S. sweep in 25 years.
An Olympic Gold Medalist, Bode is just one of 5 skiers to have won Olympic medals in 4 different ski- disciplines — downhill, super- G, slalom, grand slalom, and combined. So if Bode tipples a little, you cannot fault his discipline in skiing! Bad pun, I know.
But maybe for someone in your household, skiing or snowboarding isn’t your winter thing. Well there are beautiful trails for snowmobiling. Fast Fact: the first snowmobile was invented in Ossipee, New Hampshire.
New Hampshire prides itself on being a state concerned with personal liberties and freedoms so get ready to voice your right to win an Ikon Pass!
New Hampshire's state motto is, without a doubt, one of the most well-known of the 50 states. And it makes sense! It represents the American spirit and is said to have been the words spoken by a dying revolutionary soldier from the Granite State. Incidentally, that is the road test. And no peeking at the New Hampshire License plates on cars next to you. Eyes up!
So what is the state motto of New Hampshire? If you answer correctly, you can claim the deal on Deal Radar by saying you want the Ikon Pass Spoken Road discount.
You have 3 seconds to answer or you lose the Ikon Pass. Three… and two and one… what is it?
That’s right: Live Free or Die. Now go for broke like Bode Miller. Claim that Ikon Pass. Just remember, you gotta tell ‘em, “RoadSpoke and Bode Miller sent you!”
#IkonPass #BodeMiller #Olympics #WorldCup #Skiing #Snowboarding #GraniteState #NewHampshire #LoonMountain #LindseyVonn
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EXIT of the Day: I-95 EXIT 11 To: Garden State Parkway to Woodbridge, New Jersey
"As we now drive south into the more typical suburban woodlands, you are now leaving the salt marshes of north Jersey. In the last few Exits we have explored the Statue of Liberty, Jewish Immigrants, lady poets, striking refinery workers, pro football teams, Bald Eagles, and even New Jersey Mobsters. Quite a snapshot of the American tapestry spread across five miles of swamp, right?
Oh and I forgot: we discussed how these salt marshes were once home to massive garbage dumps, so-called lunatic asylums, and the world’s largest hog farm which together helped to tarnish New Jersey’s image as the bucolic Garden State.
Buried in asphalt and suburban sprawl is New Jersey's ancient heritage. In the early 1600s, this area was first settled by the Dutch and it was called New Holland. Then shortly thereafter, came the Brits. Most relocated from New England.
Nearby is the colonial era home of the ancestors of a recent President. This President's family came to America not long after the Pilgrims' First Thanksgiving. And no, it was not a Roosevelt, a Clinton, a Bush or a Trump.
President Barak Obama's American Roots run deep.
While his Dad was from Kenya, Obama's mom's side can trace roots directly to English immigrants arriving at the time of the Pilgrims. In fact, maybe his ancient American heritage might have something to do with his interest in law, morals as well as politics. His direct ancestors were leaders in the Anglican Church in North America and -- not surprisingly -- in colonial era politics.
Way back in 1640, Jonathan Singletary Dunham, Obama’s first America-born ancestor was born up in Massachusetts. John moved to Woodbridge, New Jersey where by 1670 he started a grist mill. It was the first grist mill in New Jersey. And like his presidential descendant, he was a politician. Elected as a Member of the New Jersey Provincial Congress, John Dunham is President Barack Obama’s direct ancestor; he is the president's 8th great-grandfather.
Nearly 400 years ago, John Dunham thrived in Woodbridge. The house the Dunhams built in 1671, the Jonathan Singletary Dunham House, still stands and currently serves as the Rectory of the Trinity Episcopal Church. That's because Obama's 7th great grandfather, Benjamin Dunham, generously built the first of three church buildings at that location. Ben personally paid for that building and donated it to the congregation.
As is the case with many Americans, members of the Dunham family then drifted out West. Generations passed. Ultimately Obama’s mother, Stanley Ann Dunham, was born in Wichita, Kansas. After high school in Wichita, Ann moved to Hawaii, enrolled in the University of Hawaii and studied to become an anthropologist.
Here in Woodbury, the oldest portions of the building are still in use today as the rectory where the presiding minister lives. She spoke to the webpage, mycentraljersey.com.
Said the Reverend Angela Cipolla, the head priest at Woodbridge's Trinity Episcopal Church. “The connection with the president is absolutely something that the parish is incredibly proud of.”
Not surprising, the Rector extends a warm invitation to the President's family to come visit Woodbury, New Jersey. In effect it's an invitation for President Obama to come home.
#PresidentObama #ObamaAncestry #AngelaCipolla #WoodbridgeTrinityChurch #JohnathonSingletaryDunham #WoodbridgeNewJersey
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EXIT 284 I-95n to State Road 204, Route 1, Bunnel & Flagler Beach, near Crescent Lake, FL
“Ok now it is time for a RoadSpoke Road Test. If you get the answer you can get 20% off any purchase of items over $100 at any BASS PRO SHOPS, CABELA'S SUPERSTORE or OUTDOOR WORLD Superstore. This generous deal is offered anywhere in the United States on purchases made in the next 90 days -- even to purchases on line. So think about who is on your Christmas or Easter or Birth Day gift list, then check it twice because you will save money by shopping for fabulous fishing and outdoor gear at these amazing stores. All you need to do is right now, tap the Deal Radar button on your smart-phone and say, "Deal Radar get this deal!"
Now, isn't that easy?... So here now is the Road Test:"
"Upcoming and off to the left in that tangle of Cypress swamp is a sunlit span of water known as Crescent Lake. A large deep lake, it is famous as a prolific fishing hole — especially for Largemouth Bass. Largemouth Bass are little fish that mean BIG business.
The fish inhabit ponds as small as large puddles and lakes as big as small states. Their range is from Canada to South Florida. Personally I can attest: even from muddy ponds, they taste good!
Because they and their even more feisty fast water cousins, the Small Mouth Bass are tough little fighters, they are pursued by hundreds of thousands of American Sportsmen and Sportswomen. And little kids too.
Likely you have passed Bass Pro Shops along I-95. These mega stores service the great American Angler. Founded by a sports man Johnny Morris, this chain of Recreation shops are themselves an 8 billion dollar business. They made a guy from Missouri who sold fishing gear from the back of a truck into a billionaire. Mister Johnny Morris today is worth around 6 Billion bucks.
Starting from a single shop along a well travelled Missouri road, Johnny Morris now not only owns Bass Pro but he recently bought the hunting fishing superstore chain, Cabela’s.
On top of being a sportsman the Springfield Missouri father of 4 is also a conservationist, which only makes sense when you consider there is no sportsmen if the eco systems are depleted. In fact in February 2019, no less than the Audubon Society honored Johnny Morris with its Audubon Medal for Conservation.
Why is that? Well, consider the joy fishing brings. I quote here a David verses Goliath Story from famed Fishing Guide Jim Porter…
…about a kid and his first fishing adventure.
Writes Mister Porter, “Well, so his name is Andrew and not 'David'. I still think the title above fits pretty good!!
He's 4-1/2 years old and weighs in at 35 pounds. And, Andrew Morrisette recently accomplished what most grown-up anglers have never done - he landed a 9-pound largemouth bass. On top of that, he got his trophy from a northeastern State where bass of that size are extremely rare.
On the 1st of June, Andrew and his Dad, Gary, took a trip to Darrah Pond in New Hampshire. Armed with a yellow grub, they proceeded to catch some small fish. Andrew had no trouble with that and proudly displayed his first fish for the camera.
After a short period with no strikes, Dad switched Andrew over to the Rapala minnow. In a few casts, Andrew called out that he was hung up. But, then, the snag started to SWIM. Suddenly, all dickens broke loose and the big bass busted the surface trying to rid itself of the Rapala. Andrew hung right in there and, with a little help from Dad to keep from being pulled into the water, eventually dragged the giant fish up on the sandy shore.
This time, Andrew said he was afraid of the fish because it was so big that his brother had to hold up the fish. As for Andy he was happy to stand behind the camera. That day Andy did not just catch his first fish, he also took his first picture!
But, all ended well for everyone. The big sow bass was released and Andrew got his pictorial proof of the catch of a lifetime. Who knows - maybe he and the bass will meet again when BOTH are older -- and bigger!”
Maybe this is why the Billionaire from Missouri got so rich. He is not selling fishing gear. He is selling experiences that families will remember forever.
OK. Now it is time for the road test. What is the discount offered to you at Bass Pro Shops if you spend $100 any time in the next 90 days? If you said 20 percent... you win. So do not forget to shop at Pro shops soon. "
#BassProShops #JohnnyMorris #AudubonMedalofConservation #BigMouthBass #Cabelas #SpringfieldMissouri #CrescentLake #FlaglerBeachFlorida
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I-95 South EXT 49B to 695 and I-70 West, near Baltimore, Maryland
Quick! Look Up. See the exit sign? Upcoming Exit 49 b is an innocuous number for a major crossroads. Imagine that from this point in the highway you can pretty much go ANYWHERE in North America. You can drive to California, to Florida to Alaska or to steamy Mexico. Brazil or Peru even!
The road promises infinite possibilities. Starting right HERE on I-95, Interstate 70 goes from here — near Baltimore in the mid-Atlantic States— transecting the continent through Missouri, Kansas, Colorado, and ending all the way out in tiny Cove Fort, Utah.
I-70 and I-95 are Cross Roads just above the Mason Dixon line. Cross roads is the theme here where cultures cross and mix. I-70 goes over the highest point on the Interstate in the Colorado Rockies. The road goes through some serious country, right? Well, even more than you can imagine.
Not a lot of music investigates the trials of Life’s long road like Country Music. Do you get crazy when you hear certain Country and Western songs? No? Not really a Country Western fan? Or do you love it? Well that does not matter because with Patsy Cline, let’s just say her music transcended the boundaries of musical genre. Songs which have become world wide classics resonated with all Americans and are today recognized all over the globe. One of those songs, named “Crazy” should immediately come to mind.
There are not a lot of musicians who crossover from Country and Western to pop. Most recently, the brightest star in this rarified firmament is none other than Taylor Swift.
The embodiment of the All American girl who happens to have huge talent, Taylor grew up in a rather bucolic setting on her family’s Christmas tree farm in West Reading, Pennsylvania. West Reading is about an hour west of Philadelphia.
Born in 1989, Taylor shot to the top of the charts when she was just a teenager. For her, the road to fame was relatively easy. Her hit "Our Song", made Taylor the youngest person to single-handedly write and sing a number-one song on the US Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. Swift's second album, “Fearless” explored country pop fusion and won the Grammy Award for Album of the Year. At the age of 18, her singles “You Belong to Me” and “Love Story” became crossover hits garnering huge audiences in both the Pop and Country Western audiences.
However, Taylor owes a lot to a person who had dropped out of high school to help support the family, worked in a Virginia slaughter house plucking and gutting chickens, and was a victim of parental child abuse. This happened all before little Patsy Cline turned 17.
While Patsy Cline had to wait to her mid twenties to achieve her success in the late 1950’s and early ’60's, she was the very first Country artist anywhere who became a major artist on both the Pop and Country Western charts.
No doubt Patsy’s struggles expanded the emotional resonance of her songs. Her limpid clear voice had universal appeal. In fact, she credits a sickness that almost killed her with expanding her vocal range. Abandoned by her father and born to a 16 year old mother at the height of the Great Depression in 1932 east of here in the Blue Ridge community of Windsor, Virginia, Patsy Cline found stability and started her ascent to stardom at the Moose Lodge in nearby Brunswick, Maryland. There she met her first husband who provided some sort of stability for the 16 year old itinerate singer.
If you take the next exit west on Interstate 70, you will be encounter Brunswick in a few miles. But in an interview in 1957, Patsy claimed that her hospitalization and near death at age 13 for rheumatic fever actually improved her voice. Said Patsy, “"I developed a terrible throat infection and my heart even stopped beating. The doctor put me in an oxygen tent. You might say it was my return to the living after several days that launched me as a singer. The fever affected my throat and when I recovered I had this booming voice.”
Booming is hardly the adjective to describe Patsy’s hits. Soulful. Melodic. Haunting even. Patsy is best remembered for “Walkin’ After Midnight”, “I Fall to Pieces”, “She’s Got You,” and “Crazy”. Fast Fact: “Crazy” was an early single written by a little known Nashville songwriter named Willie Nelson. Willie originally called the song “Stupid”. No doubt even as “Stupid”, the great Patsy Cline would still have made it a number one hit — in both genres.
As a pioneer for women in Country Music, Patsy was among the first to sell records and headline concerts. Still her career was cut short one night in a storm somewhere over Tennessee.
Returning to Nashville from a concert in Kansas City, Patsy’s plane crashed. She was just 31.
Since her tragic death in that 1963 plane crash, Patsy’s fame has just grown. Patsy Cline has been cited as one of the most influential singers of the 20th Century. Her music has influenced musicians of various styles and genres. But ultimately Patsy Cline’s roots were pure country. No surprise: in 1973, she became the first female performer to be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.
Rest in peace, Patsy Cline. Enjoy your success, Taylor Swift. Across a universe of time and space the road leads directly from Patsy to Taylor. You both owe each other and have much to be thankful for. But Taylor Swift would not have happened without Patsy Cline... and there is nothing crazy about that.
#PatsyCline #CountryMusic #CountryandWestern #TaylorSwift #Crazy #Walkinaftermidnight #WillieNelson #
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EXIT 188n off I-95 to Patrick AFB, Satellite Beach in Brevard County Florida
No doubt it’s good to get where you are going in good time. But sometimes a detour is well worth the circuitous route since you encounter people and things that make a voyage even better. The next exit offers that kind of detour.
As Rick Neale wrote in the magazine Florida Today: “On Dec. 7, 1941, armor-piercing bullets from Japanese Zero fighter aircraft tore holes into the Battleship Arizona at Pearl Harbor. About 15 minutes into the surprise Pearl Harbor attack, a Japanese bomber dropped a specially converted 1,700-pound projectile onto the Arizona — igniting powder magazines and triggering an immense explosion powerful enough to lift the 33,000-ton vessel out of the water.
That day 1,177 sailors and Marines lost their lives aboard the battleship.
Two generations later, those bullet holes remain visible amid rust-red corrosion on a 4-by-5-foot steel section of the doomed warship's superstructure that has arrived on the Space Coast. Brevard Veterans Memorial Center officials publicly unveiled the World War II relic and accompanying museum exhibit during a Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day ceremony.
Around the grounds and throughout the museum, various decommissioned jets, jeeps, canons and other war mementoes stand testament to the Vets who used them.
Other than sunny skies, a tropical disposition, and this bullet ridden hunk of battleship infrastructure what does the Space Coast of Florida have in common with Pearl Harbor and Honolulu, Hawaii?
Well most relevant was that not far away several veterans from the surprise attack lived out their days as normal senior citizens. No one would identify one of these heroes from the other elderly folks who pass us every day. And even though they experienced the horrors of that day that lives in infamy, they may be said to be the lucky ones. After all, these Vets were there at the beginning of the most destructive war in history and they managed to retire in sunny Florida.
Florida resident Joseph Iscovitz was 103-year-old when he died in 2020. Young Joseph Iscovitz was a supply sergeant that sunny Sunday morning in 1941 in Pearl Harbor. He oversaw a weapons depot.
Speaking to the Associated press on the occasion of his father’s passing, Doug Iscovitz said his father could see the faces of the Japanese pilots as they dropped bombs around the naval base near Honolulu, Hawaii, in 1941. His son says they were woefully unprepared for the attack and feared an amphibious assault later that day. He said his father helped string barbed wire along Waikiki Beach in anticipation of the invasion than thankfully never came.
Sergeant Iscovitz also fought in the Korean War. Like so many others, Sergeant Iscovitz was to be laid to rest at Arlington Cemetery outside the nation’s capital. His wife died in 2000 after 56 years of marriage. Joseph Iscovitz is survived by his four sons.
“With all the turmoil going on in our nation, it will be an honor to have my dad buried at Arlington among the many heroes in our nation's history,” his son Doug said.
If you want to see the bullet ridden relic from the Arizona and other museum displays, like Huey Attack Helicopters from Vietnam or even a Marine Harrier Jump Jet or just things brought back by our veterans from their tours of duty, get right to exit off upcoming Exit 188. Since the museum is located in an active Veteran’s Post, aside from museum pieces, no doubt you will meet the real thing —some real heroes. Now that’s worth a little detour isn’t it? After all, it can be said that America’s Veterans made a little detour in life for their fellow Americans. Now did’t they?
That’s right, nice and slow, now get over… and don’t forget your blinker….
#PealrHarborDay #PearlHarbor #Vets #Arizona #BattleshipArizona #MelbourneFlorida #MerritIsland #BrevardVeteransMemorialCenter
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EXIT 141 I-95n to Gold Rock and Rocky Mount, North Carolina
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"Certain comments are sky high soccer lobs that are meant to be blasted like a “bend it like Beckham” line drive.
This lady's male coach once snootily told her, "You run like a girl." Without missing a beat, she replied, "If you could run faster, you could too!"
Talk about retorting with a line drive after getting a lob, right?
Considered the Pele of her generation, Mia Hamm played college soccer for the North Carolina Tar Heels and helped the team win four consecutive NCAA Division I Women's Soccer Championship titles.
One of the key players and stars of the 1999 United States National Team which won the title at the 1999 World Cup, she scored the key penalty kick in the United States' double overtime victory over the Chinese in the championship game. Named in 1997 by People Magazine as one of the 50 Most Beautiful People in the World, in 1994 she was the recipient of the Honda Broderick Cup, given to the Most Outstanding Female Athlete in all of college sports.
A member of U.S. Team which won the Gold Medal at 1996 Olympic Games in Athens, she previously helped lead the Tar Heels to NCAA championships in 1989, 1990, 1992 and 1993 during which time the Lady Tarheels posted a record of 92 wins, 1 loss and 2 ties — in her four year career. She was a three-time first-team All-American, a three-time Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the Year and led the nation in scoring in 1990, 1992 and 1993.
During that time, Mia set the UNC record for single-season assists with 33 in 1992. She set the NCAA record for single-season scoring with 97 points in 1992. She still holds NCAA Tournament career records for scoring (41 points) and goals (16). Then, while still a college undergrad, Mia started for Team USA when it won America's first-ever FIFA World Championship, played in China in 1991.
After that, Mia graduated from upcoming UNC Chapel Hill and received her degree in political science. Even now — years into her retirement and shortly after the Team USA Ladies won another FIFA world Cup — Mia Hamm is arguably the most famous women's soccer player in the world today.
So yeah Dude, learn to run like a woman!
#MiaHamm #NCAA #UNCChapelHill #FIFAWorldCup #Recordbreaking #Soccer #Football #TeamUSA #AllAmerican
I-295s Exit to SR 9, To New Castle and Wilmington, DE
Some Fast Facts and then a Road Test. So Pay attention. You. Yes... YOU! Get off the snapchat or Tik Tok and listen. Delaware is fascinating. Really.
Did you know that Delaware is home to the first log cabins in America, dating back to the 1600's? So log cabins are older than your Dad even. Bet that fact is not on Tik Tok today! One ancient log cabin is still on display in Dover at the Delaware Agricultural Museum. Their style is not so much All-American as it is All-Finnish. Yup. The All-American Log Cabin first came to America brought by fur trappers from Finland. Fascinating right?
Delaware is also home to the nation’s first scheduled railroad. It started in New Castle in 1831. Before that time, trains just ran and passengers would just stand along railroad tracks and wave down the train like a taxi cab. But you with the Tik Tok… you probably don’t know what a cab is. Correct? Just Uber… you know about Uber.
Speaking of transportation, Delawarean Oliver Evans built the first automobile in America, though it would be hardly recognizable as an automobile by today’s standards. More like a horseless carriage. Or a small locomotive from a train. Does anyone know what a locomotive looks like anymore? I wonder.
In certain parts of Delaware, it’s illegal to serve alcohol in an establishment if there’s dancing going on at the same time. Obviously that would not be popular on Tik Tok. No dancing or silly stuff -- which may make sense because Delaware is very serious. Delaware has the highest percentage of Ph. D.'s in the country…
…and Delaware is the only state NOT to have a National Park.
On the other hand, Dogfish Head Brewery in Milton, Delaware produces one hundred and seventy five thousand barrels of beer every year. That’s almost 700 million bottles of beer, enough for everyone in the United States to have two beers every day for a year.
So now we know what people do in Delaware instead of Tik Tok or National Parks. They study for Ph. D's -- and drink craft beer!
Now for the Road Test.
Where is Dog Fish Head Brewery located? If you cannot remember you are obviously not a candidate for a Ph.D. Nor are you likely a reader of John Milton, the great philosopher and writer of “Paradise Lost” for whom the brewery's town, Milton, Delaware, is named. I bet you have not even heard of "Paradise Lost" because it is not posted on Instagram. Right?
Ha! Put that in your Tik Tok and Snap it!
#NewCastle #Delaware #Logcabin #Finnish #FinlandinDelaware #Wilmington #Ticktock #instagram #snapchat
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EXIT 93 I-95n: Smithfield Brogden Road
Upcoming is a cross road on which if you head north, you get to Durham and if you head south you get to Goldsboro. Speaking of gold, when this woman died in 2012, Duke University’s Chapel was filled to capacity. Overflow mourners had to watch the proceedings on a screen in an adjacent auditorium. The pews were filled with people from all walks of life and by all creeds and colors.
Mary Duke Biddle Trent Semans was an American activist and philanthropist. Despite receiving a lot through inheritance, in the spiritual balance sheet of life, Mary Duke Biddle was a supreme giver.
Mary was the granddaughter of Benjamin Duke and the great-granddaughter of Washington Duke. These men were both tobacco and later hydro-electric energy tycoons who helped start Duke Tobacco, Duke Energy and Duke University. Their flaxen haired grand-daughter Mary is remembered for promoting science and humanities through various philanthropic entities — many associated with her beloved Duke University and all beneficial to the Carolinas.
The Rural Advancement Foundation International helps farm communities all over the world. In a memorial, RAFI founder Scott Marlow wrote, “Back in my days as a Duke student, one of my jobs was running a sound board at the groundbreaking of one of the huge science buildings – big crowd, all major players and big money. I might as well have been invisible..."
As soon as the program ended, Mary walked directly through this crowd of powerful people to the back of the tent to thank and compliment us for our good work and spent a few minutes chatting with us. That will always be my impression of her – a woman who sought out and appreciated the invisible people. That night, every member of the crew would have moved heaven and earth for her.”
Little Mary Duke Biddle was born in 1920 in New York City to Mary Lillian Duke and Anthony Drexel Biddle, Jr.. No doubt she lived a privileged life yet it was by no means all roses. What she did with her privilege was what we can only be called class. In fact, she was inspired by her innovative parents: Mary’s Mom was an aspiring opera singer and her father a foreign service officer and ambassador. Her dad served with valor in the trenches of World War One as an Army Captain.
At the age of fourteen, her parents divorced and she moved to Durham, North Carolina to live with her grandmother. In 1935 she enrolled in Duke's Women’s College..
There she met and married Josiah Charles Trent, a talented medical student who eventually became the chief of Duke Hospital’s Division of Thoracic Surgery. Despite getting her degree in Art History, her husband exposed her to the exciting promises of modern science. Then in 1948, Trent died of lymphoma, leaving Mary alone to raise four little girls.
Enrolling again at Duke to get an advanced degree, Mary met and married Doctor James Semans, a surgeon. Together they had three more children. If you are counting, yes that meant seven kids!
On the professional front, the couple became full time community activists. In 1953 Mary was the one of the 2 first women ever elected to Durham’s City Council and for 2 years she served as mayor pro tem of the city. While in office, she advocated against voter suppression of African Americans and focused on civil rights, cultural enrichment, and affordable housing.
Mary was always passionate about her namesake university. Her ambition was to make the institution as good as any Ivy League college up north. Mary financially supported many projects at her alma mater.
She also spent many years as chair of the Mary Duke Biddle Foundation, started by and named after her mother, and focusing on children and the arts. These were projects her Mom loved. The foundation was not exclusive to Duke University but rather expanded in the community around the Raleigh Durham Chapel Hill Triangle.
She also served 45 years as a trustee of The Duke Endowment. The mission of the endowment is to “strengthen communities in North Carolina and South Carolina by nurturing children, promoting health, educating minds and enriching spirits.” A central initiative was to encourage, educate, and support rural residents to join medical professions.
The Duke Endowment can be considered a progressive model for later rural focused foundations like the Walton Family Foundation in Arkansas and even Warren Buffet’s philanthropic initiatives. Duke applied modern business metrics such as “return on investment” to measure and steer their non-profit initiatives.
In 1982, Mary became the Endowment’s first female chair, a position she retained until 2001. Through her position she and her husband started the Josiah Charles Trent Memorial Foundation, the Josiah Charles Trent Collection of the History of Medicine, both named after her first husband.
Duke today is one of the foremost Medical colleges in the world and true to her dream, the University often ranks in the top 5 universities worldwide — ahead of many of those Ivy League colleges up north.
At the end of her life in 2012, when asked for a reflection on her work, she replied that she “sees that word ‘philanthropy’ all the time,” but never thought it applied to her. She was simply “giving at times when someone needed it”. Indeed Mary was a giver. The state you are driving through was her greatest beneficiary.
#MaryDukeBiddle #DukeFoundation #DukeEndowment #DukeEnergy #BiddleDuke #MaryDukeTrentSemans
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EXIT 21, I-95s; Mill Plain Road, to Fairfield and Westport, Connecticut
Westport Connecticut resident, the late great Actor Paul Newman survived death in World War Two and thank God he did! His good twist of fate helped literally hundreds of thousands of people later in life.
All Right Road Crew, now it is time for a deal and a very charitable deal at that. Do you love pasta? I mean who does not love pasta? Every kitchen cabinet is stocked with pasta and pasta sauce. If you tap the Deal Radar button on your smart phone...
...and say "Deal Radar get me the Deal," you can get 1 free pasta sauce from Newman's Own, with every 2 Newman's Own products purchased.
You all know Newman's Own, right? The Famous Movie Star, Paul Newman who starred in such great movies as "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid" and "The Sting" donates all profits to charity. This socially conscious product line is in every supermarket. So stock up on "Newman's Own" because no other company gives its profits to kids in need. And that is what Newman's Own does.
During World War Two back in the spring of 1945, shortly before the Battle of Okinawa, as an aerial gunner on a torpedo dive bomber, the young Paul Newman was ordered aboard the aircraft carrier USS Bunker Hill. But his pilot was sick. The pilot's ear infection kept their two man plane grounded at base while the rest of their squadron continued onto the aircraft carrier. Days later a kamikaze blasted the ship. All their unit died. No doubt Paul Newman's story would have died that day as well.
In the 1950’s Paul became a major movie star co-starring opposite such greats as Jackie Gleason and Elizabeth Taylor.
Another major milestone was that he met then married actress Joanne Woodward. As movie stars, their's was a union unique in its breadth and depth. They shared 3 daughters and 50 plus years together. Once when asked about the secret to his marriage’s success, Newman famously answered, “Why would I go out for hamburger when I have steak at home?”
In the sixties and seventies he is most famous perhaps playing a series of Oscar winning films, “The Sting” and “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” with pal Robert Redford.
Nominated nine times, he finally won an Oscar for Best Actor in the 1987 movie, THE COLOR OF MONEY opposite Tom Cruise.
In 1982, along with author AE Hotchner and wife actress Joanne Woodward, Paul founded Newman's Own, a food company from which Newman donates all post-tax profits and royalties to charity. These donations totaled about five hundred million dollars by 2016.
Paul was also a co-founder of Safe Water Network and the SeriousFun Children's Network, a global family of camps and programs for children with serious illness. The camps are seriously altruistic: it has served over three hundred thousand kids.
The Westport Country Playhouse is a world famous theater in Westport. Joanne Woodward, Paul Newman's wife, was artistic director from 2000-2006. Liza Minnelli, Eartha Kitt, Gene Wilder, James Earl Jones, Jane Curtin, Henry Fonda, Hume Cronyn, Jessica Tandy, Olivia de Havilland, Eva Gabor, Jane Fonda, and of course both Joanne Woodward and Paul Newman are among the actors having performed there.
The Playhouse Theater is off the upcoming exit. Why not get right to exit and see where all those famous actors have strode the stage? Oh and get some of Newman's Own Popcorn or maybe so chips and salsa before you do.
An avid race car driver and recipient of numerous humanitarian awards, Paul Newman died in 2008 from lung cancer surrounded by his wife and kids. Not to be morbid, but Paul Newman’s missing the Battle of Okinawa did a lot of people good who otherwise had no connection to World War 2.
Funny where the road leads us, isn't it?
#PaulNewman #Okinawa #NewmansOwn #Westport #WestportPlayhouse #JoanneWoodward #SeriousFun #Safewaternetwork
“I think that I shall never see. A poem lovely as a tree.”
Happy Veteran's Day! On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, the guns fell silent ending the First World War in 1918.
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Alfred “Joyce Kilmer” Service Area NJ Tpke n;
“When Alfred Joyce Kilmer's daughter Rose was stricken with polio shortly after birth Alfred and his wife, Aline turned to their new religion, Catholicism, for comfort.
Born in New Brunswick, New Jersey, Alfred Joyce was the son of Doctor Frederick Kilmer a physician employed by the Johnson and Johnson Company. Doctor Kilmer is notable in his own right as the inventor of the iconic Johnson & Johnson Baby Powder.
His son, Joyce Kilmer was a poet/ soldier best known for his 1913 poem “Trees”.
He was married to Aline Murray, also an accomplished poet, with whom he had five children. Later he is also credited with naming the 69th Infantry of the New York National Guard; he called his 69th Regiment from New York City, "The Fighting Irish". Or rather, Kilmer re-named the unit since in the Civil War, Robert E Lee, admiringly named this Union unit largely composed even then of tough Irish immigrants, "The Fighting 69th".
As converts to Roman Catholicism from Episcopalianism. the young poets were received in the Catholic church in 1913. Kilmer writes that he "wanted something not intellectual, some conviction not mental – in fact I wanted Faith." He claimed that when "faith did come, it came, I think, by way of my little paralyzed daughter. Her lifeless hands led me. I think her tiny feet know beautiful paths. You understand this. And it gives me a selfish pleasure to write it down.”
When the Great War began, seeking a higher calling, Kilmer enlisted and was deployed to France with his famous "Fighting Irish" in 1917. Then he received sad news. Little Rose had died.
In France, fighting the Germans, Kilmer sought increasingly hazardous duty. He was transferred to the military intelligence section where his coolness under fire was admired. One day his Commanding Officer, Wild Bill Donovan -- who would later go on to be the founder of the Central Intelligence Agency (the CIA) -- had Kilmer scout out a German machine gun nest.
When Wild Bill Donovan later ran up upon him, he thought Kilmer was just lying down, cooly watching the enemy. But when Donovan touched him, he found that he was dead. Kilmer had taken a sniper's bullet to the brain... and no doubt he followed his beloved Rose on a path her paralyzed feet had blazed to Heaven.
Happy Veterans' Day!
#Veteran'sDay #TreesPoem #AlfredJoyceKilmer #PoetSoldier
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EXIT of the DAY: EXIT 48 I-95 To I-91n to Hartford CT, Springfield Mass in New Haven
If you bear right here up the onramp of Interstate 91 it’s a long road up to Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts. But that road is nothing compared to the road of so many of the women that went there before 1919. The long road is a breeze when compared to the struggle of women to claim the honest rights that all Americans should share. It took almost 130 years for women to get the right to vote in 1919.
Dorothy Kenyon liked losers. And good thing for them. Dorothy was a feminist lawyer and an inspiration for Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
Growing up in the late 1800’s her parents had a country home near Lakeville, Connecticut. It was in Connecticut, on the frozen ponds, that she learned to stand up and give as good as she takes. She loved to play Hockey with the boys. But it was back in New York City where she scored her most points.
“Years ago,” she recalled, “my lawyer father said the words I should like to hear everybody use today. Holding tight to his hand and skipping to keep up with his long stride, the little girl that was me suddenly popped this question out of nowhere to him: ‘Can girls be lawyers, father?’
“And he answered, smiling, ‘Why not, my dear?’”
A grad of Horace Mann School and later of Smith College, Dorothy received her law degree from NYU. A snap researcher, she worked on the Versailles Accords to settle World War One and then made her bones in the 1930's advocating against Injustice.
For most of her career, Kenyon advocated for causes such as the New Deal, the Labor Movement and most of all, for Women’s Rights. During the Depression she was appointed to municipal relief agencies in the city and notably agitated for birth control, the rights of prostitutes and the equal treatment before the law of the men who paid for their services.
In the Communist baiting McCarthy era, Kenyon was accused of being a communist. This prompted many plain old feminists to support her. Foremost of her supporters was none other than Former First Lady, Eleanor Roosevelt. Eleanor drew on Dorothy's words to craft the United Nations Declaration of Universal Rights. These rights protect women and even men all over the globe.
Thereafter, she prepared briefs for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and worked for the American Civil Liberties Union.
Dorothy would join African American female lawyer, Dr Pauli Murray to advocate for women having the right to serve on Juries. Can you imagine that? People wanted to serve on juries!
Wonder if that is something most men or women would willingly roll back now? But in the 1950’s it was quite revolutionary... So much so that then lawyer and future Supreme Court Justice, Ruth Bader Ginsburg cited Dorothy’s work as an inspiration — an Honorary co-author even -- in her successful court fight to allow women equal rights to work under the law.
While Dorothy had several long relationships with men, she did not marry. Perhaps this was out of deference to her crusading ways. “I always pick the losing cause,” she said in an interview in 1936. “1 guess I'm’ crazy about the underdog. But I think I'm helping women by my kind of life.”
A champion of women, people of color, and anyone who seemed to face a losing cause, Dorothy worked up to the day she died in 1972 at age 84.
Dorothy Kenyon... A winner to the end.
#DorothyKenyon #RBG #RuthBaderGinsberg #19thAmendment #Womensrighttovote #SmithCollege #HoraceMann #NYU #PauliMurray
EXIT 351A I-95S To I-10w and Highway 17w, in Jacksonville FL
Upcoming is an EXIT to Interstate 10 which if you drove 365 miles you would come to The Pensacola Navy Base. You can bet a lot of young people from all different backgrounds exit here, drive the 6 hours to the aviator school and become different people. In many ways they become one. By that, I mean their shared experience in the Navy Flight School makes them one person. And you can bet on one other thing too. They wish they were not driving to Pensacola. They wish they were flying... already.
Back in the last years of World War Two, a couple of guys drove to Pensacola hoping to be fighter pilots in that war. But they were late so by the time they graduated, the Big Show was over. One was an upwardly mobile middle class Irish guy from near Boston. His parents wanted the best for him, so they had sent him to Phillips Academy Andover, an elite Prep School that had graduated the likes of both President Bushes, and many titans of industry and politics.
The other was the first African American graduate of Navy Flight training school. His parents were penniless Mississippi sharecroppers. They too wanted the best for their brilliant son.
Despite being raised in a cabin with no plumbing or electricity, he had graduated as salutatorian of his segregated Hattiesburg high school, where he met his future wife, Daisy Pearl Nix.
After, he got his degree from Ohio State University, he signed up for Reserve Officer Training and joined the Navy. Both Ohio State and The Navy were largely segregated at the time. That meant Jesse LeRoy Brown was only one of 2 African Americans enlisted in ROTC and only one of seven blacks to graduate that year from Ohio State. It was 1946.
After Ohio, Jesse continued flight training at Pensacola Naval Air Station. The only African American in the program, Jesse anticipated antagonism. But he was pleasantly surprised. White cadets were welcoming. Ironically, he found it was the black janitors and mess hall staff who were hostile to him.
Because naval cadets were not allowed to marry, Jesse Brown and Daisy Nix married in secret. If caught it would mean immediate dismissal. But Daisy moved discreetly to Pensacola and lived off-base with Jesse rushing to her on his free weekends.
In October 1948, Jessie became the first Black to graduate from Navy Flight School which means he became the first African American to earn the Navy’s coveted Wings Of Gold.
Fast Forward to a freezing December day in 1950 over snowbound Korea. Approximately 100,000 Chinese troops had surrounded 15,000 U.S. Marines beside the Chosin Reservoir.
Jessie Brown was now wingman to the Andover grad whose name was Tommy Hudner. The two pilots flew dozens of close support missions. They rolled in and strafed the Red Army to prevent them from overrunning the vastly outnumbered Americans.
At some point, Tommy Hudner noticed that Jesse Brown’s plane was trailing fuel.
He had been hit. Jesse was going down.
Jessie survived the crash. Still to Tommy’s perspective, Jesse was in deep trouble. Jesse’s aircraft started to burn and Tommy could see that Jesse was trapped in the cockpit. Worse, the Chinese Troops were rushing through the woods. So what does Tommy do? He radios for helicopter help and then crash-lands his own plane. Desperately he tries to extract Jesse from the cockpit before the fire can consume them both. But it is too late. Jesse cannot extract Jessie and Jesse is losing consciousness. The Helicopter lands and before Jesse dies he says one thing: “Tell Daisy I love her.”
Lieutenant Tom Hudner got out that day and Jesse became the first Naval Officer to die in the Korean War.
As for Tommy Hudner, he won the Medal Of Honor for his bravery. However, it was thereafter prohibited to crash your own aircraft in an attempt to save your comrade. Turns out Tommy did not need to do that again. He lived long enough to speak at the commissioning of the first Navy Ship named for an African American Sailor. It was a frigate named for his wingman, The Jesse L. Brown.
With no doubt South Koreans as well as African Americans in mind, said Tom Hudner of his friend, “Jessie willingly gave his life to tear down barriers to freedom of others.”
To this day, Jesse LeRoy Brown’s remains have never been recovered from the North Koreans.
#KoreanWar #JesseLeroyBrown #Pensacola #NavalAirStation #Cadets #WingsofGold #ChosinReservoir #ChineseTroops #PensacolaNavalAirStation #Andover
EXIT of the DAY: I-95s Exit 22 in FL To: FL 848, Stirling Rd, to Cooper City, Florida
In the 1950’s, Pro Football running back Brian Piccolo grew up nearby. There is the Brian Piccolo Sports Park & Velodrome, a Brian Piccolo Skatepark and even a Brian Piccolo Middle School. All are named for him. However, Brian Piccolo did not win many awards in his NFL Football career. In fact, playing for the Chicago Bears, Piccolo only scored 2 touchdowns. He was hardly any kid’s hero.
It is what he did in the era before racial integration that made him a hero.
Before the Bears, Piccolo played college football at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. There, during his senior season in 1964, he led the nation in rushing and scoring and was named the Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the Year.
In a game against rival University of Maryland, Piccolo's own fans were yelling racial epithets at Darryl Hill of the University of Maryland who was the first and only African-American football player in the entire ACC.
Piccolo went over to the Maryland bench and then walked Darryl Hill over to the area in front of the Wake Forest student section. Brian, their All Star player, put his arm around Darryl. This silenced the crowd.
Later Piccolo would play blocking back in for the Chicago Bears. He was no longer a star. The team’s offensive star was Chicago Bears halfback, Gayle Sayers — Piccolo’s African-American room-mate. Gayle Sayers would go on to become a Hall Of Famer.
In November 1969, midway through a game and just after he had scored his second career touchdown, Piccolo removed himself from the field. It turned out he could not breath. He was spitting up blood. Tests showed it was lung cancer.
After the season, Gayle Sayers was nominated that year for The George Halas Trophy for most Courageous Player. But he declined the honor. He said the honor belonged to his best friend.
Brian Piccolo died from cancer in 1970. A movie, “Brian's Song”, was made recalling his life. Major Movie Star, James Caan played the part of Brian Piccolo. The movie was rightfully a real tear jerker. And Brian Piccolo was rightfully a real star.
No wonder they honor him here.
#KobeBryant #GigiBryant #SuperBowl #NFL #Football #BriansSong #GayleSayers #BrianPiccolo #FortLauderdale #WakeForest #ChicagoBears
I-95n at Exit 10 to Fairmont, North Carolina
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Let’s play a game. Can you guess which of the following Fast Facts about the state of North Carolina is false? Three of them are true, and just one is false. Here we go.
1. Krispy Kreme Doughnut was founded here in North Carolina.
2. The first miniature golf course was built here.
3. Coke was invented here.
4. Babe Ruth hit his first home run here.
What do you think? Which is false? Krispy Creme? Mini Golf? Coke? Or Babe Ruth? First I’ll reveal which are true.
Krispy Kreme Doughnut was indeed founded here, in Winston-Salem. That’s true! The first mini golf course was built here, in Fayetteville. That is also a fact. You know what else happened in Fayetteville? Babe Ruth hit his first home run! On March 7 in 1914.
Which means that if you guessed Coke wasn’t invented here, you’re correct! But in this case, the lie is not too far from the truth. Because even though Coke wasn’t invented here, Pepsi was!
Pepsi was first introduced as a product called "Brad's Drink" in New Bern, North Carolina, in 1893 by Caleb Bradham, who made it at his drugstore where the drink was sold. It was renamed Pepsi-Cola in 1898.
In 1931 at the depth of the Great Depression the Pepsi-Cola Company entered bankruptcy. Eventually Pepsi's assets were purchased by Charles Guth, who was the president of a candy manufacturing company with retail stores that contained soda fountains. He was interested in Pepsi because he wanted to replace Coca-Cola at his stores' fountains after Coke refused to give him a discount on syrup. Think about it, if Coke had just given that discount way back when, there would be no Pepsi to rival them! And even after Pepsi took off, the Coca Cola company was offered the opportunity to purchase the Pepsi-Cola company not just once but on three separate occasions between 1922 and 1933. But they declined on each occasion and the rivalry has just kept growing.
Time to play another game. I’ll give you four Pepsi slogans from the past sixty years or so. Three will be true and one will be false. Can you guess the false one? Here we go. The first slogan is "Any Weather is Pepsi Weather.” The second slogan is “More Bounce to the Ounce.” Here’s your third option: “Born in the Carolinas.” And finally the fourth option is “If you’re peppy, get Pepsi.”
Are you ready to answer? Do you think it was the slogan that said “born In the Carolinas”? Well you’re wrong, that’s a real Pepsi slogan from 2011! The false slogan was “if you’re peppy, get Pepsi.”
Why not get right and take the next exit to Fairmount. I know I am thirsty, and you are likely too. Let’s get a soda at the local 7/11. And when in Carolina do what the locals do. Make it a Pepsi!
#Pepsi #KrispyKreme #NorthCarolina #BradsDrink #NewBern #BabeRuth #CocaCola
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EXIT 46; I-95n To: Long Wharf Drive, Sargent Ave, in New Haven, CT
"Despite inspiration being everywhere, sometimes we at The SpokenRode need to dig to find material… by that, we mean we need to dig to find material relevant to a landmark, factory, or Exit when it connects to something that is relevant today — not just by place (where we excel) but by that old fashioned arbiter of relevance — time. After all, aside from coming upon a new “place” nothing is "News" unless it is new.
"For example, let’s just say we want to talk about a person, place, or thing that has to do with the current internet phenomena relevant to the Getty Museum Challenge. In the COVID Pandemic, The Getty Museum Challenge has gone viral BIG time!
It challenges families in lockdown to replicate the world’s great art.
The problem of course is that the Getty Museum is in Los Angeles and the art is all around the world. So how do we tie the challenge that suddenly has millions of followers to a location along I-95?
Well, that’s easy actually. We just get on the internet and dig.
The first thing we dug into is who invented this challenge that asks quarantined folks to re-create famous pieces of art using just a few household items that suggest the age of COVID. For example, recreations of Vincent van Gogh self Portrait (he of the missing ear) must replicate his stance exactly in his self portrait. Or how about Frida Kahlo posing with parrots? Here the self portrait replaces colorful parrots with brilliant household cleaning products.
Another portrait replaces a massive Renaissance collar with rolls of much in-demand toilet paper.
Absurd right? But genius!
Speaking of collars, a lot of the replicas were re-created by home-bound art counterfeiters substituting their dogs instead of humans. Stately Vermeers in the 1600’s showed a princess in pearls. The new knock-offs feature pugs — presumably drool and all.
Personally we at Roadspoke think the counterfeits will some day be as valuable as the real Picassos, Michelangelo's, Van Gogh's and Davinci's. The collective imagination is superlative and in this time of collective distress, truly uplifting.
The challenge has become an unmitigated success with many millions of viewers and thousands of submissions. People from all around the world have the time and inclination to choose a favorite famous pieces of art and re-create them just by using cleaning products or medical supplies or even, heaven help us, plundered toilet products. Describing the images from the esoteric art historian plane…todays interpretations are just a hoot!
So how do we link this phenomena back to this upcoming exit? Well it turns out that the Getty has 2 young digital media marketers who created it: Annelisa Stephan and Sarah Waldorf. They created the challenge. Ms Waldorf it turns out is an accomplished digital marketer with tons of illustrative accomplishments — but she is 110% a product of Southern California. She does not even have a record of flying over the I-95 corridor. So no go.
Similarly, Annelisa Stephan is also a child of Southern California. Before she joined the Getty Museum, she was once employed by the Shoah Foundation involved in the recording of thousands of surviving Holocaust Survivors.
This seems like a dead end too until we checked more of her social media. By checking her Linked IN Profile we discovered she attended Yale University. BINGO!
So thanks to Annelisa Stephan, a SoCal girl from Los Angeles, we can give thanks in New Haven, Connecticut to the amazingly inspired artistry of COVID quarantined Americans replicating great art pieces all across America. And if you thought the was amazing, the Getty Iris Challenge can be only superseded by one thing: Our challenge.
The RoadSpoke Spoken Road Challenge is to say that ten times fast.
Repeat after me… “Give thanks to the amazingly inspired artistry of COVID quarantined Americans replicating great art pieces all across America… Give thanks to the amazingly inspired artistry of COVID quarantined Americans replicating great art pieces all across America… Give thanks to the amazingly inspired artistry of COVID quarantined Americans replicating great art pieces all across America.”
Now, if only that too would go viral and not like the coronavirus… but in the good way.
#Yale #NewHaven #GettyMuseum #GettyIrisChallenge #Art #AnnelisaStephan #SarahWaldorf