Mix a Prankster, Stolen Music, & an App & You get What? Napster & a Billionaire!
This Submission was supplied by Dash VerPlanck, a freshman at Stanford University. No doubt being a Stanford in the middle of silicon Valley makes any student there acutely aware of the nearby kids who are creating apps and tech that could become the next billion dollar unicorn... kind'a like RoadSpoke.
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EXIT 169 I-95s To: Franconia, Virginia and Springfield, Virginia
"Never content with just one gig, super hacker whiz kid Sean Parker attended nearby Oakton High School and Chantilly High School.
When little Sean was 7, his father taught him how to program. Parker’s father, who put his family before his entrepreneurial dreams, told Parker "If you are going to take risks, take them early -- before you have a family."
Maybe Dad also should have told Sean not to break the law. Or maybe not.
One night, while hacking into the network of a Fortune 500 company, Sean was unable to log out after his father unplugged and confiscated his computer keyboard. Because his IP address was exposed, FBI agents tracked down and convicted the 16-year-old. Since Sean was under 18, he was sentenced to community service. Rewind a year. When Sean was 15, he met 14 year-old Shawn Fanning over the Internet where the two bonded over esoteric topics like theoretical physics. Now fast forward a few years. The 2 Shawns co-founded Napster, a free file-sharing service for music. Only problem was, they did not tell the musicians they were freely sharing their songs. Within one year, by June 2000, Napster with its black cat logo had tens of millions of users. Lawsuits by various celebrity musicians including Lars Ulrich and heavy metal band Metallica eventually shut down Napster.
Napster had been called the fastest-growing business of all time. Depending on your perspective, it is credited or demonized with revolutionizing the music industry, and is considered to be a precursor to Apple’s iTunes and Spotify. Incidentally, Spotify one day would ask the original music Napster for an early investment and later Sean even join Spotify’s Board of Directors.
But that is not surprising since Sean has been an early participant in several startups.
Rewind again to the early two thousands. Trolling his desktop in 2004, Sean Parker saw a site he found interesting. That website showed images, profiles, and shared information and musings of college students.
The website was called "The Facebook". He contacted the Harvard student, Mark Zuckerberg who hired him as President. Sean famously advised Mark to change the name from "The Facebook" to simply "Facebook". Mark Zuckerberg said "Sean was pivotal in helping Facebook transform from a college project into a real company." Later in 2014, no less than Justin Timberlake would play the part of Sean Parker in the major motion picture, THE SOCIAL NETWORK.
Sean Parker is now fully reformed. He is married to the beautiful artist Alexandra Lenas. They have two kids. While Sean's tenure as Facebook President ended he is still a major Facebook shareholder.
Sean now busies himself being a big time philanthropist. The former black cat hacker who grew up off the next exit is personally worth over three billion dollars. A husband and father, he travels with his brood in private jets.
Ironically, Sean now hangs out with the same Musicians he used to rip off. He makes the scene with Lady Gaga and Snoop Dogg.
In fact, Sean has even friended his old nemesis Metallica. They kissed and made up in a very public way -- onstage and infront of thousands.
Giving away tens of millions, Sean is a major establishment figure in Silicon Valley. His Sean Parker Foundation’s main targets are eradicating malaria, understanding allergies, and yes, even curing cancer.
Not bad for a former juvenile delinquent from Virginia, right?
#SeanParker #OaktonHighSchool #ChantillyHighSchool #Facebook #JustinTimberlake #MarkZuckerberg #ShawnFanning #FranconiaVirginia #SpringfieldVirginia #SnoopDogg #Metallica #Spotify #LadyGaga
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On "Yankee Doodle Bridge" approaching EXIT 14 I-95s: to South Norwalk & Connecticut Ave, Norwalk Connecticut
Right now, you are driving across the Yankee Doodle Bridge over Norwalk, Connecticut. So Road Trippers, time for a Road Test.
If you get this correct, the person in the driver’s seat will pay you $20.
Driver, keep your eyes on the road. Time for the Fast Facts:
The traditional American song "Yankee Doodle" has Norwalk origins. The song’s lyrics go: “Yankee Doodle went to town, Yankee doodle Dandy. Yankee doodle went to town, Riding on a pony. Yankee doodle went to town, Stuck a feather in his cap, and Called it Macaroni.”
Fifteen years before the American Revolution, during the French and Indian War between the British Colonies and French Canada, Connecticut towns were required to provide citizen soldiers to augment the soldiers of the British Army — the most well provisioned and powerful fighting force on Earth. American Colonials were dirt poor back then.
Reporting for duty, a regiment of poor Norwalk chicken farmers arrived outside Quebec. The smart British cavalry in their bright redcoats, burnished leather bandoliers, and tall thoroughbred horses looked down on this rag-tag crew.
They began to ridicule the rag-tag Connecticut troops.
These Norwalk famers had used chicken feathers to decorate their tattered uniforms. No doubt too, these Yankee doodles came to town, riding a single pony.
A British Officer sang a popular melody of the time but he added words―“He stuck a feather in his cap and called it Macaroni.”
"Macaroni" was London slang at the time for looking like a foppish dandy. You called something “Macaroni” when it was too chic, too stylish — Italian. So the British redcoats were making mockery of these dirt poor partners in arms. The Norwalk Chicken Farmers were humiliated by their own poverty.
Twenty Years later, in the American Revolution, these same Norwalk Chicken Farmers sang the same song. They sang it proud. They sang it loud.
This time, Yankee Doodle Dandy was a victory chorus. The poor troops of the American Colonies rolled back the fancy Red Coats and kicked them into the sea.
Now for the Road Test. What did Yankee Doodle ride, a horse or a pony? I'll give you three seconds: Three. And Two. And One.
You said pony! Correct!
Now Driver pay the winner. You owe twenty dollars.
Cough up friend, and and don’t be a poor sport.
#YankeeDoodleDandy #YankeeDoodleBridge #FrenchandIndianWar #Norwalk #NorwalkConnecticut #AmericanRevolution #Redcoats #BritishArmy #RoadTest #FastFacts #ChickenFarmers #Quebec
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Wendy’s Sign on I-95 approaching EXIT 27s in Florida.
“Upcoming is a Wendy’s Restaurant. New Jersey 10th Grader Ace Kim loves Wendy’s so much he submitted this Road Test to the creators at RoadSpoke.
Thanks Ace Kim!
"In his book "Dave's Way," Wendy’s founder Dave Thomas recalls how the family dressed up Melinda Lou, his 8 year old daughter, in a striped dress for the opening of the first location. To make her pigtails stick out, Mom put pipe cleaners in her hair. That's the little red-headed girl in the logo.
Now time for a Road Test: So turn down the radio and listen up! This Road Test is not easy. The winner of this gets a free Frosty at the upcoming Wendy's. Here now are the Fast Facts:
Fast food outlets are all along Interstates. You are all familiar with Wendy’s, Burger Kings, McDonald’s or my favorite, Jersey Mike's Subs. Believe it or not though, back in the 1800’s, establishments that sold just food were almost unheard of. Eating out was rare if largely unheard of. That is because everyone ate at home. Eating out was only something travelers would do. And so hotels, inns, or taverns may offer meals to their nightly guests but no one else.
Then just before the Civil War, fine dining became a thing with rich people but mainly in big cities. Delmonico’s in Manhattan is credited with being one of the first eat-only places.
All the fashionable and famous in the Big Apple would gather there to see and be seen.
Then came the Civil War. Perhaps it was then with vast segments of the population traveling far from the farm did offering meals for pay become an idea.
From the Civil War forward, inns, taverns or saloons would offer food to supplement the sale of their profit centers which was liquor or beer. But except for pickled or salted meats and vegetables, almost all food was cooked to order. There was no standardization of meals nor were meals pre- fabricated in industrial capacities.
FAST FACT One: In the 1950’s Fast Food rose in tandem with high speed travel along interstates.
Upcoming is a Wendy’s. Founded in 1969 in Ohio by Dave Thomas and named for his daughter, FAST FACT number Two: Wendy’s claim to fame is being the home of fresh, never frozen beef. Did you know that? Not frozen meat! The chain is also known for its square hamburgers, sea salt fries, and the delicious Frosty, which is a form of soft-serve ice cream.
Fast Fact number 3: Despite being bashful and self effacing Dave Thomas held the record for appearing in his own commercials. He starred in them over 800 times. FAST FACT number 4: Remarkably his daughter Wendy never did. So while you may be familiar with all types of fast food, eating out, Dave Thomas and even Wendy’s fast food, well you nor anyone in America has ever met Wendy herself.
Now for the Road Test:
What was the name of Dave Thomas’ daughter… the one for whom Dave named the chain? If you said Wendy’s you would be wrong. Wendy was just her nick name. Melinda Lou was the daughter’s real name. So I tricked you! Still, if you get off at the next Wendy's in the next 10 minutes you get a free Frosty with any purchase of a burger.
Now let’s get right to exit to Wendy's. But you got to tell 'em, Melinda Lou sent you!
#Wendy’s #McDonald’s #AceKim #DaveThomas #Delmonico’s #BigApple #I95 #RoadTrip
EXIT of the DAY:
Exit 31b I-95s to Silver Spring, Maryland and I-495, Capital Beltway
Silver Spring, Maryland is a nice place to grow up. It is most notable as the hometown for trail blazing environmentalist, Rachel Carson, who wrote SILENT SPRING about the town’s namesake DDT polluted water source. Rachel also wrote a book called THE SEA AROUND US in which she became the first scientist to question the concept that science only brings good things. Plastics and chemical pollution did not easily melt away in the seas that were getting unsustainably polluted even in the early 1960's. Rachel discussed how -- as a rare lady scientist in the US Navy during World War Two --along with the benefits of science we have an obligation to be responsible with the fruits of science. The potential and threat of Nuclear Physics proved her thesis exactly and Rachel would go on to be one of the founders of the environmental movement.
Sadly, the first University of Virginia student to die in combat since the Vietnam war was also from this DC suburb.
Before going to UVA, he attended and graduated in 1996 from nearby John F. Kennedy High School. There he taught swimming to disabled children. This was not surprising because his father was both a lawyer and a humanitarian. As a young child, this student read extensively about Thomas Jefferson, the author of the Declaration of Independence. “We hold these truths to be self evident that all men are created equal. ” His Dad, the lawyer, even kept a mini version of that document in his pocket at all times.
Perhaps this was not surprising either. His family were immigrants from repressive regimes in the Middle East. Civil Rights? Forget about it. In America, his Dad carried a pocket copy of the Constitution everywhere he went. Also not surprising was that the immigrant child would enroll at UVA — the college created by Jefferson himself.
Muslims have served in every American war since the Revolution. An African American Muslim named Peter Salem was at the Battle of Bunker Hill near Boston. He is credited with shooting a British Major sending the redcoats into retreat.
Muslims have fought in the American Civil War, World War I, World War II, and the Vietnam War.
At UVA, the Muslim student from Silver Springs signed up to join the Reserve Officer Training Corps. Upon graduating in 2000, that UVA grad, Humayun Saqib Muazzam Khan, was commissioned as a Captain in the United States Army and was deployed to Iraq.
Only 6 years previous, the US military had commissioned its first ever Muslim Chaplain. Military Chaplains are empowered to support all faiths. Still, it took roughly 200 years before a Muslim got ordained to perform the same duties as countless Protestants, Catholics and Jews had before them.
In military modesty the occasion was discreet. And meaningful. The Frocking Ceremony for the Navy's first Muslim chaplain, was conducted by his colleague Navy Chaplain Arnold Resnicoff. Chaplain Resnicoff attached shoulder boards with a Muslim crescent insignia to the uniform of Imam Monje Malak Abd al-Muta Noel Jr.
It was 1996, the same year that Monaj Khan graduated from John F Kennedy High. While new Chaplain Monje Noel was a Muslim, Chaplain Arnold Resnicoff was himself a Rabbi.
At that time Imam Noel was just one of 2 Muslims to serve the military's growing Muslim community which numbers around 10,000. Noel, a native of Salem, New Jersey, said the unique epaulets on his uniform are a positive sign for Muslims. ``I think it's good for the Muslim community to be able to see them in the service. It lends an air of legitimacy and credibility. We are represented. We are here.’'
Later, at a reception including military brass and Muslim leaders, Noel tried to shy away from the Limelight. Said he: ``This is the Navy's night. This is God's night.'' Now new Muslim Soldiers or Chaplains are hardly newsworthy.
Fast forward to 2004. Captain Khan was inspecting a guard post in Iraq when a suspicious vehicle approached. Ordering his troops to stay back, he stepped forward. The car stopped. Then detonated. Later it was determined to have been carrying more than 200 pounds of explosives.
Captain Khan’s father, Khizr Kahn, still carries a miniature of the Constitution in his pocket. He also has a wall dedicated to his son’s service. It’s hung with medals, flags, and photographs.
Despite or perhaps because he is an immigrant and a Muslim, he knows intimately the sacrifices so many other military families have suffered through our history — and other of his countrymen still take for granted.
#KhazirKhan #CaptainKhan #ImanMonjeNoel #FirstMuslimChaplain #KhizrKan #Muslims #JohnFKennedyHighschool #HumayunKhan
The Movie Goddess who Invented WiFi
EXIT 92 on I-4, to Altamonte Springs and Casselberry FL
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"Casselberry is the retirement home and death place of a fascinating cast of characters.
What does the Jewish wife of Hitler’s Arms producer, a major Hollywood Starlet, Howard Hughes girlfriend, and the creator of the original tech that created both wifi and bluetooth have in common?
The answer is, drum roll please, they were all one woman. That woman was Austrian immigrant and Hollywood golden girl Hedy Lamarr.
Best remembered perhaps for playing Delilah to Victor Mature’s Samson in the 1949 classic Samson and Delilah, Hedy was a European beauty queen who before World War Two, fled her Nazi husband because he was enthusiastically underwriting Hitler's hateful war machine.
The fact that the beauty queen was isolated in her husband’s castle did not prohibit her from accompanying him on business trips to meet arms engineers and scientists. A rank amateur, still science fascinated her.
Already a rising star in European Film, her husband disapproved of his 19 year old wife playing sexy ingenues. So she fled the gilded birdcage, jumped the pond, and ended up with a man immensely more wealthy. Hedy landed in Hollywood and soon was the girl friend of aeronautical pioneer and billionaire Howard Hughes.
In the 1930’s Howard owned quite a few businesses including TWA Airlines, RKO Movie Studios, and his two cash cows, Hughes Tool and Hughes Aerospace. Hughes Tool had a patent on drill bits for oil rigs. But Hughes Aerospace made things that fly. Unlike Hedy’s ex husband, during Hedy’s downtimes between films, Howard arranged consultations with his engineers and scientists. A student of life, it is rumored that Hedy encouraged Howard to emulate the streamline aspects of birds, insects, even rain drops to make his planes fly faster. No surprise, Howard won many world speed records in the 1930’s.
Then World War Two broke out. Hedy felt useless. She loathed the fascists. So she started to apply her creativity to make tools which would be helpful for the allies. In her spare time, Hedy created a frequency hopping technology that aided radio controlled torpedoes from being jammed.
Later frequency hopping tech became the basis of tech in blue tooth and wifi.
Reviewing the documentary of Hedy entitled Bombshell, Forbes Magazine writer, Shivaune Field, wrote an article entitled: “Hedy Lamarr: The Incredible Mind Behind Secure WiFi, GPS And Bluetooth.” Ms Fields asserts that, “The striking movie star may be most well-known for her roles in the 1940s Oscar-nominated films ‘Algiers’ and ‘Sampson and Delilah.’ But it is her technical mind that is her greatest legacy.”
Hedy’s musings were patented and became the basis for much of the internet some 50 years later. “The brains of people are more interesting than the looks I think,” Hedy admitted in 1990, 10 years before she passed here in Casselberry, Florida.
So in sum, maybe we misspoke earlier when we said the thing Hedy was best known for, was her role in 'Samson and Delilah'. Perhaps in all likelihood, Hedy may one day be recalled as the mother of the internet.
So move over Steve Jobs, Larry Page, Sergei Bin, Bill Gates, Elon Musk, and Mark Zuckerberg. There is a new girl in the pantheon of Tech Titans.
And best of all, that Beauty Queen was no pasty nerd!
Pretty cool, huh?"
#wifi #Bluetooth #HedyLamarr #Frequency #Moviestar #ForbesMagazine #ShivauneField #Jewish #HowardHughes #TWA #RKO #Hollywood #MarkZukerberg #SteveJobs
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EXIT 10A I-95 northbound; to 125 Street. Hialeah, FL
While the Florida Panthers play hockey up north just west of Fort Lauderdale, their home rink runs up against real panther country. Compared to a bunch of toothless be-muscled hockey jocks, the big cat is no less fierce.
The real cat, the Florida Panther is a species of mountain lion that inhabits the swamps and Everglades just a few miles west of I-95. Even with six million neighbors the lurking panther is seldom seen. The National Park Service writes: "Once common throughout the southeastern United States, fewer than 100 Florida panthers are estimated to live in the wilds today. Florida panthers were heavily hunted after 1832 when a bounty on panthers was created. Perceived as a threat to humans and livestock the species was nearly extinct by the mid-1950s. Today, the primary threats to the remaining panther population are habitat loss and degradation."
Big kitties indeed, males can weigh up to 160 pounds and live within a range that includes the Big Cypress National Preserve, Everglades National Park, and the Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge. This population is currently the only cougar representative in the eastern United States — although some sightings have been recorded in New England of late. In fact, just 25 miles from New York City in suburban Connecticut, a mountain lion was hit and killed by a car along the Merritt Parkway a few years back. Being so elusive, their range and population are not entirely known.
Whether or not it can be said of the Hockey Team, the 100 big cats now represent something of a comeback story. In the 1970s, there were estimated to be only 20 Florida panthers in the wild. An enthusiastic conservation campaign raised awareness. Poaching plummeted. Amateur sightings increased. Rangers used collars to track the animals.
Most significantly, motorists were put on notice — especially drivers crossing the Tamiami Trail between Miami and Naples — to avoid hitting the big cats. That’s because the primary killer of panthers was getting hit by speeding highway vehicles. In 1982, the big cat was even chosen as the official Florida State Animal. Finally, folks were assured that living in panther country was quite safe.
Unfortunately, they are known to take an occasional Fido or Puss but about 90 percent of their diet is feral hog, white-tailed deer, raccoon, and armadillo. Occasionally they consume rabbits, rats, and birds, and occasionally even alligators.
No wonder the Hockey Team chose the panther to be their team emblem. Any animal that eats alligators is one tough competitor.
#FloridaPanthers #Floridapanthers #Gators #Everglades Park #NationalParkServiceandNationalHockeyLeague #NHL #Extinction #Mountainlions #cougars
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At Exit 106 in GA, I-95s To: Jimmy DeLoach Pkwy No Services near Savannah, GA
You are about to cross the line… a line of march that lives even today in the minds of Georgians.
On the morning of December 20, 1864, if you were stopped right here, right where you are driving now, you would encounter tens of thousands of soldiers in Blue. No doubt there would be smells of breakfast fires and bacon commingled with the sweat of men who had been marching for weeks. You would hear the groans of the suffering, the whinnying of horses and the creak of wagon wheels. You would also see bedraggled former slaves who camped nearby under the protection of the Union Army.
On December 20 in 1864, Union General William Tecumseh Sherman’s troops arrived outside Savannah. Sherman’s army had departed Atlanta on November 15 for his so-called March to the Sea.
History is best told in the words of the combatants themselves. As the sounds of war approached, R.D. Arnold, the Mayor of Savannah, wrote this letter to Sherman:
“The city of Savannah was last night evacuated by the Confederate military and is now entirely defenseless. As chief magistrate of the city I respectfully request your protection of the lives and private property of the citizens and of our women and children. Trusting that this appeal to your generosity and humanity may favorably influence your action, I have the honor to be, your obedient servant.”
Then, the Mayor himself rode out to offer the surrender of the city. After devastating almost every town and homestead in his path, General Sherman surprisingly accepted the terms. Sherman promised to protect Savannah’s citizens and their property. By 8am December 21, Savannah was in Union hands.
Still, visitors to any of Savannah’s homes are not likely to find a portrait of General Sherman. In another Georgia City many miles northwest of here, even today Atlantans jokingly credit Sherman for inspiring an "urban renewal project”.
Atlanta had been the railroad and armaments hub of the Confederacy. Knock out Atlanta and the Southern war effort would die.
Nobody knew that better than Sherman. Starting in July, his torch throwing soldiers reduced 4000 homes to ashes.
Throughout Georgia, they set fire to plantations, blew up factories, slaughtered cattle and turned the rails into twisted steel. They occupied Atlanta for two months. Only a few churches, a medical college and about 400 homes were saved. Then, without supply lines to the North, Sherman's army marched toward the sea. The army would live off the land -- which meant every home and farm was a source of sustenance. The soldiers took everything and left nothing.
But Sherman had plans for Savannah all the same. It would pose as a propaganda piece. A Christmas gift to the Union. And even perhaps a premonition that the north could be forgiving of the Rebel South. In the final five months of the Civil War, Union General William Tecumseh Sherman sent a message to President Lincoln: his three hundred mile “March to the Sea” was done. He had split the heart of the South in two.
Sherman’s letter was published in the December 26 edition of The New York Times. It read, “I beg to present you as a Christmas gift: the city of Savannah.”
President Lincoln wrote back to Sherman:
“Many, many thanks for your Christmas-gift, the capture of Savannah. When you were about to leave Atlanta for the Atlantic coast, I was anxious, if not fearful; but feeling that you were the better judge, and remembering that ‘nothing risked, nothing gained’ I did not interfere. Now, the undertaking being a success, the honor is all yours.”
After Savannah, Sherman did not however lay down his scorched earth policy. Sherman’s troops marched north through the Carolinas, again destroying everything in their path, including the South Carolina capital of Columbia.
Sherman’s tactics remain one of the most controversial subjects of the war. Many argue that he brought unnecessary hardship upon the Southern people. Like his Commanding General, U.S Grant, General Sherman believed the sooner the end of the war, the better for everyone. And being chivalrous just prolonged the suffering interminably.
This then became the future of warfare. It was called "Total War”. But lucky Savannah managed to avoid Total War.
Get off Exit 106 to the Jimmy DeLoach Parkway. It will lead you to an untouched antebellum gem that is the city of Savannah. You will be riding along with tens of thousands of soldiers who trod the road before you. Their footsteps promised hell for some -- but hope for many others.
#marchtothesea #BurningofAtlanta #SavannahGeorgia #Sherman #GeneralSherman #AbrahamLincoln #CivilWar #1864 #ExitoftheDay #TotalWar
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EXIT 15X in NJ: I-95s to Lincoln Tunnel at Meadow Lands, New Jersey
"Up ahead the highway runs up onto elevated pylons along the shoulder of a rocky hill. Even now you may be driving over the bodies of many lost and tortured souls. "
I kid you not... The ground below you was once a graveyard for the un-named and insane. They were deemed beyond the help of even their own loved ones. But more about that later…
Not far from the Holland and Lincoln tunnels which daily belch a hell fire of automobile soot upon the wetlands that were once known as the "New Jersey Dumps", there rises a gnarled and strangulated hill, barren and grey where men once disappeared into a massive lunatic asylum that never would tell their tales.
As Richard Conniff wrote in National Geographic, “In the strange territory called the Meadowlands, just west of Manhattan, a battered volcanic knob of rock juts up from the mudflats and reed thickets. Its history, like its name, is colorful.
Snake Hill was once home to the insane, and prisoners in the county jail here broke up the rock with sledgehammers.
Its solidity once inspired a passing ad man to use “the rock” as the symbol of a great insurance company (though the concept somehow got refined along the way from Snake Hill to Gibraltar).
On a windy evening, this remnant of the Triassic is an excellent spot to sit and look out on one of the weirdest and least reputable landscapes on Earth: the New Jersey Meadowlands. Everybody’s trying to get somewhere else. Rush-hour trains moan and clatter across the wetlands. Trucks on the New Jersey Turnpike roar right through a cut in the rock. A tailwind sends a flight of swallows whipping past and strips back the leaves on the trees so only the pale undersides show.
Still impressive, what you see today is only a fraction of the story. Snake Hill was largely obliterated in the 1960s by quarrying. The rock was used as building material in areas like nearby Jersey City. The soil was used to fill in the graves of so many inmates lost and forgotten.
Today, the remnant of the hill is the defining feature of Laurel Hill County Park. The high point, a 203-foot (62 m) graffiti-covered rock formation, is a familiar landmark to travelers on the New Jersey Turnpike's Eastern Spur, which skirts the hill's southern edge.
Snake Hill was formed by the same intrusion of magma that created the Hudson Palisades. These cliffs are all roughly 200 million years ago. The Dutch colonists who originally settled the area called the 252 foot high bluff 'Slangenbergh' ('Snakes Mountain') because of the many snakes found there.
But for over a hundred years this was a place of insanity and sorrow.
From 1855 to 1962 there were Hudson County penal and charitable institutions on Snake Hill, which was essentially a self-contained city in which hundreds of people lived at any given time. The grounds had its own support facilities that included a sewer system, reservoir, electricity plant and incinerator. The on-site institutions included two almshouses, which provided shelter for the poor and elderly, a penitentiary, quarry and a number of medical facilities, all grouped on the north side of Snake Hill.
In an era of wholesale quarantining, the medical facilities included a Contagious Diseases Hospital, a Tuberculosis Sanatorium, and the Hudson County Lunatic Asylum. The Asylum existed from 1873 to 1939.
When the Asylum opened it had a capacity of 140 patients. Different wings were designated for men and women, and each room held several beds. More feared were the numerous operating rooms where frontal lobotomies were frequently performed to neutralize troublesome patients.
People admitted to the Asylum were not restricted to the mentally ill, and whose conditions ranged from schizophrenia to syphilis. Many people were admitted to the hospital "who had no reason to be there: healthy residents who had been determined by their relatives to be a burden." Residents sometimes signed in their elderly relatives when they could no longer take care of them.
Once committed, these old relatives rarely emerged alive.
It was not difficult to sign in a patient, but harder for one to leave. According to Secaucus Town Historian Dan McDonough, "Anybody could sign somebody in. However, you would need three doctors to sign you out." The causes of death of many patients were not recorded, because the patients had been given pauper's funeral in the potter's field on the grounds, which is known as the Hudson County Burial Grounds.
Society slowly amended its treatment of the mentally ill and indigent. By the late 1920’s Snake Hill was renamed Laurel Hill. Then in the 1930s the Asylum adopted the name Mental Disease Hospital as that was believed to be a less offensive name. At the end of that decade, the hospital was moved to County Avenue in Secaucus, at the location where Meadowview Psychiatric Hospital now exists. In 1939, the Mental Disease Hospital, which by then housed 1,872 people, ceased operations.
In 2003, more than 4,500 bodies of poor people, prisoners and patients were moved from the grounds to make way for the Turnpike's Exit 15X ramp. You may take that Exit now. And do not worry about aggravating avenging angels: all the cadavers of the poor unfortunate inmates of the Snake Hill Asylum have been moved.
Or have they?
#SnakeHill #SnakeHillAsylum #PottersField #Insane #InsaneAsylum #Meadowlands #Secaucus #HudsonCounty
On Ramp gets Basketball's GOAT
EXIT of the Day: Hear this here!
EXIT 81 I-95s To I-40: to Wilmington, NC
Ok road Team listen up. Michael Jordan is widely considered the GOAT of basketball… translation: Michael Jordan is the GREATEST OF ALL TIME... The GOAT. To go visit his modest beginnings, you should get right to exit.
Interestingly, the EXIT sign also points to Michael’s current home. Michael Jordan now lives in Charlotte North Carolina where he owns the Charlotte Hornets basketball team
Wilmington was where Michael grew up. And given that he is so famous, we will take any opportunity to trumpet his North Carolina roots even so slim as to notify you about the upcoming intersection that leads you back to his childhood and adolescence.
We all know that during his pro career, Michael Jordan surpassed greatness. He scored 32,292 points, earned six NBA championships and five NBA MVP titles, and made 14 All-Star Game appearances. He is, by acclamation, the greatest basketball player to ever live.
But back in 1978, Michael Jordan was just another kid in the gym, along with 50 or so of his classmates, trying out for the Emsley A. Laney High School varsity basketball team. According to Newsweek Magazine, there were 15 roster spots. Jordan—then a 15-year-old sophomore — was only 5’ 10”. The Future Air Jordan could not yet dunk. So he did NOT get a spot on Varsity. He was cut.
“It was embarrassing not making the team,” Jordan later said. He went home, locked himself in his room and cried. Then he picked himself up and turned the cut into motivation. “Whenever I was working out and got tired and ﬁgured I ought to stop, I’d close my eyes and see that list in the locker room without my name on it,” Jordan would explain. “That usually got me going again.”
Michael starred that year on the Junior Varsity. He perfected his skills. He was ready when a growth spurt grew him to his final 6’6”. After that, he went to his beloved University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he led them to the National College Championships… with a final second jumper over fellow Future Hall of Famer, Patrick Ewing and his Georgetown team!
But let that be a lesson to all of us who think of quitting. From adversity we can find greatness. For Michael Jordan, the Hall of Fame Career would never have happened if he was not cut from Varsity at high school in Wilmington North Carolina.
#KobeBryant #GianaBryant #MichaelJordan #EmsleyALaneyHighSchool #Newsweek #HallofFame #NBA #WilmingtonNC
EXIT of the DAY:
I-95n Exit 26 in FL To: I-595 , FL 736, Davie Blvd
After graduating from Yale and Harvard Law School, self proclaimed "Man of the people" and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis served as a Navy officer and attorney in the Judge Advocate General's Corps. Yes, Judge Advocate General stands for JAG, and JAG is the subject of the popular CBS TV series now in syndication. But a JAG officer’s life is not half as exciting as shown on TV. While the original TV series was pitched in 1995 as “Top Gun” meets “A Few Good Men” actual JAG work is legal work by attorneys — albeit lawyers in spotless Navy uniforms.
At age 41, DeSantis is today the youngest governor of any state. While being a a vocal supporter of President Trump, he has supported locally enlightened policies. An apt snapshot for Ron DeSantis’ policies is his hosting a Python Super Bowl. Hunters were invited to the Everglades to hunt the invasive Burmese Python species which are wiping out local wildlife on an unprecedented level. In doing so, he appeals to conservative hunters as well as aligns himself with left leaning conservation groups. The Governor posed for photographs in front of a huge snake. He hoisted a python skin football.
Following his inauguration, DeSantis increased bipartisanship with State Democrats. In stark contrast to Trump policy, he even started progressive reforms to environment and drug policies. DeSantis allocated $2.5 billion for water resource projects including $360 million for the Everglades National Park. He also supported legislation to support marijuana legalization not to mention, appointed several Democrats to positions in his cabinet — moves that drew praise from liberal pundits. DeSantis casually told the Tampa Bay Times that he was "basically doing what I said I was going to do.”
Still DeSantis usually defers to President Trump’s base. DeSantis attacked Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russia’s support in the 2016 election. He urged Trump to shut down the investigation. This keeps him tops in the Trump sphere even while he creates a workable environment to do horse trading on a local level.
Never one to be easily pigeonholed, back in 2007, DeSantis was assigned to SEAL Team One and deployed to Iraq .
Did that mean he was a SEAL?… Well not Really but…
During the so-called Surge, according to the Miami Herald, DeSantis served as a senior legal advisor to the SEAL Commander of Special Operations in Task Force-West in Fallujah. DeSantis helped ensure that the missions of both Navy SEALs as well as Army Special Forces were planned according to the rule of law. At the time, a lot of prisoners were picked up and transferred to Iraqi Authorities. Lawyer DeSantis was responsible for overseeing that this process was done legally.
Given his role, it is quite — well — interesting why he later touted photographs of himself tricked out in combat gear and hoisting serious firepower — when he really was dressed far more often as a Navy orderly who did paper work. In other words, Governor DeSantis was a paper pusher not a soldier. DeSantis later made his association with SEALS a pillar of his campaign. Mailers featuring that one photo of him in uniform and holding a gun were sent statewide.
According to the Florida Department of Veterans' Affairs, there are more than 1.5 million veterans living in Florida. Clerk or SEAL, every Veteran counts. That said, we are not sure how many paralegals live in Florida. Governor De Santis has not touted images of him working behind piles of books — even if it was his actual role in the military.
Lawyer or soldier it may not matter much since hopefully, today he now wears a uniform with snake boots.
#RonDeSantis #GovernorRonDeSantis #FloridaGovernor #SEAL #JAG #SURGE #BurmesePythons #PythonSuperBowl
For Whom the Bell Tolls: a Front Line Healthcare Worker & Nobel Laureate
In World War 1, a young front line healthcare worker from a Chicago Suburb survived his wounds and went on to become a world famous author. Two years before America got involved in the conflict, Nobel Laureate Ernest Hemingway volunteered to drive ambulances for the Italian Army. In Hospital, the young volunteer fell in love with a nurse. His experiences there ultimately were fictionalized into one of his most famous Novels, A FAREWELL TO ARMS.
EXIT of the DAY: Exit 1a on I-95n to Key Biscayne Causeway, in Miami, Florida
About 120 miles southwest of this first northbound EXIT on Interstate 95 is the funky enclave of Key West. Key West is connected by culture and history to many, many cultures.
Back in 1939, just before the Nazis invaded Poland to start World War Two, the Spanish Civil War ended and for many American volunteers it was a sad day since Fascism defeated Democracy. One American sympathizer for the defeated side was the famous author Ernest Hemingway.
Papa Hemingway had been a long time lover of all things Spanish. He annually would travel to Spain to follow the Bullfight circuit, he often went to Pamplona for the Running of the Bulls, and he vacationed often in Spain’s Pyrenee Mountains fly fishing for trout. Papa also owned homes on either side of the Gulf Stream in both Key West, Florida and in Havana, Cuba. There he immersed himself in writing, marlin fishing, and hanging out at the birthplace of the daiquiri, Bar Floridita, La Habana, cuna del Daiquirí, with his Cuban amigos speaking Spanish fluently.
So when Spanish General, Francisco Franco sought to overthrow the left-leaning popularly elected government in Madrid, Hemingway took the threat to democracy personally. He got involved the best way he knew how.
As per Hemingway Historian and University of Idaho Professor Dale Graden :
"This brutal war lasted for nearly three years (July 1936-March 1939), claiming at least one-half million lives and sending another one-half million refugees into exile. For Ernest Hemingway, the fight against General Francisco Franco became a cause of utmost importance. In March 1937, he traveled to Madrid to observe conditions firsthand. Reporting on the war for the North American Newspaper Alliance (NANA), Hemingway penned 31 dispatches from Spain. "
"He also helped to produce a pro-Republican film, "The Spanish Earth." His experiences during the civil war provided the material for what many consider to be Hemingway’s most famous novel, "For Whom the Bell Tolls" (1940).
After Franco's victory, Spain became a dictatorship until 1975 whereupon, with the help of the Spanish Royal Family, Spain became a true democracy again. But it was one of the last Western European countries to throw off the chains of a dictator.
Whether it be encroaching autocracy or a world at war, it is good to appreciate the artistry of a First Responder from an earlier era — and era not too distant nor too different from our own.
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#PapaHemingway #LaFloridita #LifeMagazine #firstresponder #NobelLaureate
I-95 Delaware Northbound Exit 1b To: DE 896, to Newark, Middletown, near Newark, DE
Ok now it’s time for a Road Test so get ready to hear the Fast Facts.
Folks you are now in Delaware. Congratulations. Really. Nearby is the home of the University of Delaware. Originally surrounded by farmland nearby Newark, Delaware is now surrounded by housing developments -- although farmland plays an important part in locally based University of Delaware's creation. Both forward thinking and internationally oriented, U Delaware boasts one of the highest number of students from foreign countries as well as ranks in top tiers for chemical engineering and bio-engineering as well as International Business. Perhaps that is because of the presence of locally headquartered chemical giant, Du Pont Corporation.
Beginning in 1802, not long after the American Revolution, globally oriented DuPont was originally a manufacturer of gunpowder. Today the industrial behemoth is the creator of such famed products as teflon, velcro, kevlar and even nylon — amongst about a million other things!
U.D. is a so-called “land-grant” university. Land grant colleges began after 1862 in a program whereby government land would be converted into college property. Before land grant colleges existed, most Private Universities only served the nation’s rich and elite. Think the Ivy League with its sky high tuitions.
Land Grant colleges specifically focused on teaching useful trades, like farming and engineering, mostly to poor citizens. This heritage is likely why the mascot of University of Delaware is a farm animal: The University of Delaware Fightin' Blue Hens.
And since hens are quite nasty when provoked, they also fit the fighting spirit of the student body at sports games. Right?
Speaking of useful trades like engineering and farming, one former Fighting Blue Hen has the useful trade of throwing touchdowns for millions of dollars. How many millions of dollars? Say about one hundred and twenty millions of dollars.
University of Delaware grad Joe Flacco has a record for being one of the best post-season quarterbacks to play football.
He has tied Hall Of Famer, Joe Montana for most points in Post Season Games and having won the Super Bowl in 2012 with the nearby Baltimore Ravens over Joe Montana’s former team, The San Francisco Forty Niners, I’d say Flacco has won the bragging rights.
No chicken wing he — Joe is alleged to have the strongest arm in the league. They say this empowers Joe Flacco to have an aggressive deep downfield game which is a high risk threat to the defending squad.
If birds are not Mr Flacco’s animal of choice, they should be. This Blue Hen turned Raven was born in nearby Audubon, New Jersey and attended Audubon High School.
But given his arm strength I will not call Joe “Bird brained” — at least not to his face. I say this not just because he can cold cock me with some serious fists, I say that because Joe Flacco is a real class act. Joe dearly loves the University of Delaware. In an occupation of great wealth and generous college alums, Joe Flacco broke another record. In 2018, the university touted "a significant gift to the future of UD Athletics" made by the alumnus and his wife, Dana, as the largest gift from a UD football alumnus in all the NFL. The exact amount has not been disclosed.
Finally, another Joe is a University of Delaware alumnus who also hopes to win with the long game. That Joe is President Joe Biden. President Joe Biden graduated from University of Delaware in 1965.
Also an enthusiastic alumnus, Biden has a school there named for him: the “Biden Institute of Public Policy and Administration.”
Now for the Road Test: who is the college's fine feathered mascot? You have three seconds. Three…. and two….and One. If you said Fighting Blue Hens, then go to the head of your class. And if you are already attending University of Delaware, that means you are amongst a lot of very smart kids. So great job!
#UniversityofDelaware #FightingBlueHens #NewarkDelaware #Delaware #UD #engineering #StudyAbroad #DuPont #JoeFlacco
Onika Tanya, Up from Trini!
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Exit 35 I-278n: Calvary Cemetery, Maspeth and Woodside, Queens
“As you come up on the Calvary Cemetery, which with about 3 million burials, it has the largest number of interments of any cemetery in the United States. So you may naturally ponder mortality, immortality, death and even birth.
“An immigrant to Queens, Onika Tanya Maraj was born on the Caribbean Island of Trinidad on December 8 nineteen eighty two. Her father is of Indian descent. He was a financial executive and part-time gospel singer. Her Mom, also a gospel singer, is of African ancestry. Onika's dad was an alcoholic and had a violent temper. He burned down their house in nineteen eighty seven. As a small child, Onika and a sibling lived with her grandmother in Saint James, Trinidad."
The population of Trinidad is composed of two large ethnic groups of Africans and Indians from India — both of whom were brought in to work the once vast sugar plantations.
Today, Trinidad is famous for celebrating the biggest and most outrageous Carnival in all the Caribbean. It’s probably bigger than New Orleans Mardi Gras. People in Trinidad, who call themselves Trinis, work for months to create the most imaginative and beautiful costumes. Then they party for days. This may have later resonated with little Onika when she finally found her calling.
Seeking opportunity, Onika’s mother moved to New York to attend Monroe College, and later like many immigrants, brought the kids to Queens. No surprise she ran a strict household and her kids had structured times for study every night.
Still living at home, her mom impressed upon her the need for higher education. But to attend college and to work menial jobs was mutually prohibitive. Plus she wanted to keep the dancing dream alive. So what’s a curvaceous lady to do? Onika today suggests she began moonlighting as a pole dancer earning large tips from appreciative men as she slithered and writhed in a stripper bar. During the day, she answered audition calls for song n dance while acting in off-broadway theater.
Meanwhile Onika moonlighted on her moonlighting gig by singing back up vocals in rap videos. Using her actor chops Onika debuted various accents often conversing between several alter egos. But the debut in the R&B community was not just her songs’ characters but also her own — Onika Tanya Maraj became Nicki Minaj.
No surprise, that tough attitude, resourceful work ethic, and frankly her signature backside got Onika noticed by the Hip Hop community. Rapper Lil Wayne saw her rapping in 2009 and was impressed. That November, she premiered with Gucci Mane and Trina on the remix of "5 Star Bitch" by Yo Gotti.
Late in 2009, Nicki dropped her first solo album, Pink Friday. Pink Friday boasted 375,000 sales in week one and quickly became number 1.
Soon she got a third name. Folks in the R&B community crowned Nicki Minaj “Queen of Rap.”
Now hanging with other young stars like her pal Taylor Swift, Nicki also appeared on "BedRock" and "Roger That" on the compilation album, “We Are Young Money”. Largely due to her recent fame, the singles peaked at numbers two and 56, respectively, on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100.
Other solo songs and albums followed. Her cumulative sales exceeded 100 million. To share some perspective, by comparison fellow New Yorker Billy Joel has sold 150 Million albums in his long career.
Nicki Minaj is now celebrated as one of the all time greatest female rappers ever. Her rapping is distinctive for its fast flow and the use of alter egos. Early in her career, Minaj was known for her colorful costumes and wigs. Today, she does not need any shtick,unless she wants to! She has the most Billboard Hot 100 entries for a female artist in the chart's history, while being #9 overall.
That said, she does love her outrageous outfits and the loud lifestyle. She even honors her Trinidad heritage by dressing for Carnival — whether she is shopping on Fifth Avenue or stopping traffic in Beverly Hills.
Returning to the nearby graveyard theme, such accomplishments make Nicki Minaj -- not just a rags to riches immigrant -- but nearly immortal!
If you want to claim 20% off a copy of the Pink Friday Album, you can claim it here by saying "Claim Pink Friday and RoadSpoke sent you."
#NickiMinaj #Onika #HipHop #Stripper #Trindad #YoGotti #TaylorSwift #LilWayne
EXIT of the DAY
EXIT 67 I-95 s: TO SR 17 & Harris Neck Road, Jones Rd in South Newport Georgia
In the South, churches are big business. Except here. Quick. Look over to the left. Did you see it? White with a little bitty steeple? Nope? Well that is because you just passed the smallest church in America. Actually I was joking. You cannot see it from the Highway. But the smallest church is off the next exit.
Being the smallest church in America is the claim of South Newport’s Memory Park Christ Chapel. Incidentally that is the same claim of churches in Upstate New York, in West Virginia, in Washington State, in New Hampshire and even 2 chapels in Iowa. Strikes me that all you need to do is measure to determine the winner. And being small, well it would not take too long. Anyhow I digress.
Built in 1950, the still active Memory Park Christ Chapel was constructed by local grocer, Agnes Harper.
The tiny house of worship is indeed God’s House. In fact, Agnes wrote out the Deed in the name of one “Jesus Christ”. Talk about having the best “landlord”!
Anyhow, the building measures just 10 feet by 15 feet. The interior has enough room for a shrimpy pulpit, a few chairs, and space for 13 people. Presumably that comes to a dozen worshipers, 1 minister, and of course, Jesus.
The tiny Memory Park Chapel is very inclusive. Truly Christian. It is non-denominational and open 24/7 — so all are welcome. Why not get off the upcoming Exit and check it out. Say a prayer even. Prayer is always good.
#MemoryParkChurch #SouthNewport #AgnesHarper #JesusChrist #DeedinChristsName #SouthNewportGeorgia #GodsHouse
Swing Music up: Duke Ellington’s Jungle Nights in Harlem.
EXIT of the Day: EXIT 44 I-95n to West Palmetto Park Road.
On April 29, 1899 Edward Kennedy Ellington, America’s greatest composer, was born up in Washington D.C. to Daisy and Jim Ellington. At the dawn of the 20th century, Washington DC was actually the biggest African American community. It was attractive to African Americans because of high paying jobs in the growing metropolis but most of all, because it managed to flout the Jim Crowe humiliations just across the river in Virginia.
Both of young Edward's parents were amateur pianists and taught their son opera and gospel music. Mom Daisy had ambitions for her handsome son and she dressed him well and insisted he learned proper manners. Young Edward’s regal bearing soon earned him the name, "Duke". And so not far into he’s teens, Edward Ellington faded from history and Duke Ellington was born.
Despite his parents ambitions, in his teens, Ellington had dreams of becoming first a baseball player, then an artist. But instead, being musically gifted, he started a small band called the Washingtonians that evolved into The Duke Ellington Orchestra.
In the "Roaring Twenties", the group’s big break came when they travelled to New York and won the job of house band for Harlem’s Cotton Club.
New Orleans Blues, Ragtime, and a whole lot of Swing… it all went into the rich mix that made up Duke Ellington's groundbreaking Big Band jazz. Always borrowing from other genres, Ellington soon composed tropical Latin themed pieces and exotic-sounding ensembles that were called “jungle music”. You are listening to Jungle Nights in Harlem now and can Claim the Duke Ellington song now by saying, "Claim my Duke Ellington song and RoadSpoke sent me!"
After the Cotton Club’s heyday in the 1920’s, Ellington’s band toured tirelessly. Not long after World War Two, in 1950 he toured Europe and played 70 of 74 nights. Some years he played 340 nights. The Duke worked with almost every great musician of his time from Count Basie, Ella Fitzgerald, to Frank Sinatra, and Nat King Cole. Ellington took his band on the road for thousands of gigs: clubs, concerts, dances.
Despite white demand for his music, he was not welcome in many towns along the way. In 1955, on a Tour of the South, the Duke came here to Boca Raton, Florida. In 1955 Florida, the greatest band leader in the United States was forced to stay in run-down Negroes Only Motels. There are images of The Duke and his band playing baseball outside his hotel amongst the palm trees.
Still, he was only allowed to visit certain stores and restaurants denoted by the Jim Crowe era Green Book.
The Green Book was a motorist guide written by Harlem post office employee, Victor Hugo Green. The Green Book provided African American motorists information about safe motels and restaurants that welcomed Black travelers. Otherwise blacks were persecuted and denied access throughout the south. In fact entire towns had sundowner laws that said that African Americans had to be out of town by dark or they may be brutally treated. Updated regularly, The Green Book became the one of the Biggest selling travel guides of its era. . Step into the wrong shop or cafe and a black man could get beaten or worse. A World Famous performer like Duke Ellington was treated no better.
Still, throughout all Duke’s non-stop touring, he managed to compose dozens of hit songs that found their way into the Great American Songbook :“Sophisticated Lady,” “Mood Indigo,” “In a Sentimental Mood,” “Don’t Get Around Much Anymore,” “Take the A Train”, “I’m Beginning to See the Light,” “Cotton Club Stomp” and “Satin Doll”. He worked until the day he died in 1974.
The breadth, importance, and significance of his music has only grown in the succeeding decades. The triumph of his artistry stands in stark contrast under the conditions from which it sprung.
Almost 30 years after his passing, in 1999 Duke Ellington was awarded the Pulitzer Prize. On February 24, 2009, The United States Mint issued a 25 cent coin with Duke Ellington on it, making him the first African American to appear by himself on a circulating U.S. coin. The Duke appears above “E Pluribus Unum” on the reverse side of the District of Columbia quarter. And finally, not to be out classed, in 2011, the Duke received a posthumous star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
From Jim Crowe to Pulitzer Prize, by way of Boca Raton, Florida… one never knows where your road will lead you. But just like the Duke, you got to keep on driving.
#DukeEllington #Greenbook #VictorHugoGreen #SatinDoll
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.
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Origin Story for Evangelical Christians in America.
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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