EXIT of the DAY:
Hear this here…I-95 Virginia Northbound Exit 92
To: VA 54, Ashland near Ashland, VA
"If I were a college kid instead of a voice inside your mobile device, I'd want to go to Randolph Macon college. Despite the fact their mascot is a pesky yellow jacket, if you had looked at the campus you would have been no doubt stung by the beauty of the red brick buildings and the gorgeous school grounds.
On top of that I like how they have two semesters - Fall and Spring - pivoting around the month of January. This so-called “J-Term” is a month long semester that students can either stay on campus and study majors intensively, or they can do a study semester abroad, or they can intern off campus in any place or occupation that fits their fancy.
Nice, right? Maybe I’d head south to Florida for fashion design. Or go to Utah to study the industry of skiing. Or maybe even wing it to Italy for some Art History? Sign me up.
Even more sweet is that the well respected school has only about fourteen hundred students but they are offered a dizzying array of course concentrations. The college offers bachelor's degrees in 38 major disciplines in the liberal arts, including political science, business, psychology, biology, international studies, and computer science, as well as 34 minors, including education.
Perhaps since the college is still run according to Methodist principles which include missionary work in distant places, yellow jackets are encouraged to apply their educations in the outside world.
Still, given the attractiveness of the campus, homecoming has got to be just almost as popular as graduation. So even for students returning from a month of skiing in the Rockies or studying on the beach in Miami, your return to campus is no downer, because spring is right around the corner — and you are back with your friends in lovely rural Virginia.
Super sweet! Now do they accept single named students like my close friends, Alexa or Siri?"
#RandolphMaconCollege #Methodist #Yellowjackets #Students #College #AshvilleVirginia #Jterm
EXIT 6, I-95S To: Atlantic Ave at Greenwich/Stamford, Connecticut Border.
NEWS FLASH! “Hot Sexy Girl seeks Millionaire”.
While that is not in fact the Indian translation of the word “Connecticut”, it could be.
If you drop by Happy Hour at “Eastend” Restaurant on upcoming Greenwich Avenue in uber-wealthy Greenwich, Connecticut you will encounter a lot of young pretties conversing earnestly with Hedge Fund managers. After New York City, this moderate sized city of 100,000 boasts the most Hedge Funds of any place in the world.
But little Connecticut is a place of superlatives both big and small.
In fact, the word “Connecticut” is derived from the Algonquian word for “long tidal river”. It refers to the Connecticut River which flows down from Canada. It is the largest river in New England.
Connecticut is the 3rd smallest state by area, the 29th most populous, and the 4th most densely populated of the 50 United States. It is known as the “Constitution State”, and the “Provisions State” because, compared to say, North Carolina, it provisioned so much materiel during the Revolution.
Still well off, per capita personal income in 2016 was over $60,000. That’s the highest of any state.
EXIT of the Day:
Hear this Here! EXIT 16s I-95, to Meadowlands, and Met Life Stadium, Near Secaucus, NJ
"On your right is the Meadowlands Sports Complex anchored by MetLife Stadium. Oddly it is the home to both the New York Jets and the New York Giants. And yet these New York teams play all their home games here in New Jersey, the Garden State, not the Empire State. In fact, th Buffalo Bills are the only team from New York who play games in New York. Maybe there is something about being an Empire state that you play in another state's territory. But I digress because New Jersey is happy to host these mega-buck franchises.
So Sports fans, now it is time for a Road Test. The winner will get a free coffee at the upcoming 7/Eleven off Exit 16. Now pay attention to the Fast Facts:
Known as the Big Blue Wrecking Crew, the New York Giants were one of five teams that joined the NFL in 1925. It is the only one of that group still existing. More impressive, the team ranks third among all NFL franchises with eight NFL titles: four in the pre–Super Bowl era (1927, 1934, 1938, 1956) and four since the advent of the Super Bowl in 1986, 1990, 2007, and 2011, along with more championship appearances than any other team, with 19 overall appearances.
During their history, the Giants have featured 28 Hall of Fame players, including NFL Most Valuable Player (MVP) award winners Frank Gifford, Y. A. Tittle, and Lawrence Taylor. The team as a whole is occasionally referred to as the "Big Blue Wrecking Crew", even though this moniker originally refers to the Giants defensive unit during the 80s and early 90s.
The team's heated rivalry with the Philadelphia Eagles is the oldest rivalry in the NFL, dating all the way back to 1933.
The Giants played their first game as an away game against All New Britain in New Britain, Connecticut, on October 4, 1925. They defeated New Britain 26–0 in front of a crowd of 10,000. After a disappointing fourth season (1928) owner Wellington Mara Senior — whose family still owns the team — pulled a typically New York kinda Wall Street maneuver to improve his struggling squad. He bought the Detroit Wolverines, principally to acquire star quarterback Benny Friedman. Then he merged the two under the Giants name. In so doing, he also managed to eliminate a competing team, but who was counting?
In 1930, there were still many who questioned the quality of the professional game, claiming that college "amateurs" played better. In December 1930, the Giants played a team of Notre Dame All Stars at the Polo Grounds in Harlem to raise money for the unemployed of New York City at the height of the Depression. It was also an opportunity to establish the prestige of the pro game.
Legendary Notre Dame coach, Knute Rockne reassembled his Four Horsemen along with the stars of his 1924 Championship squad and told them to score early, then defend. Rockne thought little of pro football and expected an easy win. But from the beginning it was a one-way contest, with Benny Friedman running for two Giant touchdowns and Hap Moran passing for another. Notre Dame failed to score. When it was all over, Coach Rockne told his team, "That was the greatest football machine I ever saw. I am glad none of you got hurt."
The game raised $100,000 for the homeless, and is often credited with establishing the legitimacy of the pro ball. It also was the last game the legendary Rockne ever coached; three months later Knute was killed in an airplane crash. So... better not bad mouth the Giants or it may be bad karma.
Finally, in the 1980’s two Hall Of Fame members of the Wrecking Crew are credited with initiating the now common Gatorade Shower of the victorious coach: Harry Carson and Lawrence Taylor.
Now for the Road Test. What little mill town in Connecticut had a pro Football Team in 1925?
You have 3 seconds to answer. Three… two… and one. If you said New Britain, get over to the right and get ready to receive your free coffee courtesy of 7/Eleven.
And tell 'em RoadSpoke’s Wrecking Crew sent you!
#BigBlueWreckingCrew #NewYorkGiants #KnuteRockney #NotreDame #PoloGrounds #Meadowlands #MetLife #MetLifeStadium #WellingtonMara #FourHorsemen #NewYorkJets #7/Eleven
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EXIT 11 I-95 Northbound to North Miami, Florida
What's more powerful than a couple of Atom bombs? But is not made by man? Well, if you said a hurricane you would be right. And if you want to know what the most devastating hurricane in terms of dollars lost was — accounting for inflation — the record is still held by the so-called “Great Miami Hurricane” of 1926.
Without satellite warnings and without radar, sweeping across unsuspecting islands, cities, and towns, this Category 4 Monster made landfall right here on September 18, 1926.
In an era before names, the anonymous monster blasted away with wind gusts of 150 mph. The tropical cyclone devastated the Greater Miami area having hit both the Bahamas and later the Gulf Coast. It accrued $100,000,000 in damage, a toll that remains the costliest in American history when adjusted using inflation and wealth normalization, yielding a cost of nearly 165 BILLION dollars in today's currency!
Think of that: $165,000,000,000!
Oh my God...That's more money than Jeff Bezos has!
As a result of the destruction in Florida, the Miami Hurricane compelled an early start to the Great Depression. In the storm's aftermath, the state's 1920s land boom crashed and local land prices cratered. Banks failed. Jobs vaporized. For the next years, the economic malaise spread subtly across the nation like the rolling fog of a nuclear cloud.
Fast Fact: August 28, 1929 was the height of the 1920’s Bull Market just before the bottom fell out. The Stock Market would take 40 years — not until the 1960’s — to attain the same level as this day in 1929. Scary huh?
As you drive through today's packed South Florida communities, think about it. A storm actually started the 12 year Great Depression.
Not even a Hydrogen Bomb can do that!
#MiamiHurricane #FloridaHurricane #AtomBomb #NuclearBomb #Hydrogenbomb #Bahamas #GulfCoast #1926 #Landboom #GreatDepression #Category4
EXIT 15W; I-95N, to Meadowlands Sports Complex, Met Life Stadium
Question... how is it that New England Patriots' Quarterback, Tom Brady has the rival New York Jets to thank for his career?
Since the inception of the American Football League in the 1960’s , the Jets have clashed in a marquee rivalry with the New England Patriots. But it was not always such a huge rivalry till the mid 1990’s. The rivalry began to receive increased media attention in 1997 when a disgruntled Hall of Fame Coach Bill Parcells quit his head coaching position with the Patriots to join the Jets. This left New England seeking vengeance on an annual basis. Fast Fact: Parcells was born in nearby Englewood, New Jersey and most famously turned the New York Giants into a Super Bowl winning franchise in the 1980's.
But I digress. Fast forward to 2001. The Patriots star quarterback was Drew Bledsoe. Then just 12 days after 9/11, on September 23, 2001 Jets linebacker Mo Lewis slammed Drew Bledsoe, leaving the New England star with internal bleeding. This provided an opportunity for a young unknown to take over. That unknown was a gangly hard working backup named Tom Brady.
Since that game against the Jets, Tom Brady led New England to four Super Bowl titles and arguably had become a dynasty of sorts. Meanwhile the Jets have struggled in the shadow of not just the Patriots but even their crosstown rivals, the Giants.
The New York Jets was founded in 1959 as the New York Titans, an original member of the American Football League. The current name was adopted in 1963 when the franchise moved to Shea Stadium in Queens.
Led by the quintessential playboy quarterback, “Broadway Joe” Namath, the Jets advanced to the playoffs for the first time in 1968 and went on to compete in Super Bowl 3.
There they faced the much favored Baltimore Colts under Hall of Famer Johnny Unitas. To great surprise, they defeated the Baltimore Colts, becoming the first AFL team to defeat an NFL club in an AFL-NFL World Championship Game.
Since 1968, the Jets have appeared in the playoffs 13 times, and in the AFC Championship Game four times, most recently losing to the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2010. However, the Jets have never returned to the Super Bowl.
On your left is MetLife Stadium. If you are passing it on a Sunday evening in the autumn you can tell which team is playing. Back in the early aughts, the Jets agreed to enter a 50–50 partnership with their rival, the Giants, to build MetLife agreeing to a 99-year lease. MetLife Stadium became the first in the history of the NFL to be jointly built by two franchises. It opened in April 2010 and saw the Jets and Giants open the stadium together in a preseason game.
Except for such so-called “subway series” contests, the stadium is illuminated in different colors depending on which team is hosting a game: blue for the Giants; green for the Jets.
Will this season be the one in which the Jets win their next Super Bowl? If the lights glow green, just ask any nearby fan on the Interstate. The answer is always yes.
Go Gang Green!
#NewYorkJets #GangGreen #BroadwayJoeNamath #SuperBowl #NewYorkGiants #NewYorkTitans #Meadowlands #Englewood #BillParcells #NewEnglandPatriots #TomBrady #DrewBledsoe #MoLewis #NewJersey
Ok Now time for a Road Test. The winner of this Road Test must be over 21 to qualify. That's because the winner gets a free six pack of new Corona Seltzer if you buy 2 six packs of Corona Beer! That's right. A Dos para Uno deal. Just claim the deal now by tapping the Deal Radar icon on your smart-phone. Offer is good any time in the next 14 days. So here now are the Fast Facts...
"Una Cosa que," sorry I mean, en Inglais: "The One thing that” unites the diverse nations that comprise Miami is the love of sports. With warm weather all year round, participation in sports and watching sports is a big activity. In South Florida there is a team involved in every major franchise from basketball to hockey, from football to horse Racing. In Hialeah there is a famous horse racing race course, Hialeah Park.
The Park's grandeur has attracted millions, including such historical names as the Kennedy family, Harry Truman, Winston Churchill and JP Morgan. The Hialeah Park Race Track also holds the distinction of being an Audubon Bird Sanctuary due to its famous pink flamingos.
Hialeah is also the American center of the Spanish or more correctly, the Basque sport of Jai Alai (or Jai Lai) which is a kind of a handball on steroids.
The sport once held the world record for ball speed with a goatskin covered jai alai ball that traveled at 188 miles per hour, whipped by one José Ramón Areitio.
Speaking of steroids, slightly further northwest is Hard Rock Stadium, which is the home of the Miami Dolphins -- which was once under coach Don Shula, a football dynasty.
The Dolphins seem to be always a contender for the Super Bowl. Ask anybody. In any language. They can tell you How the Dolphins are doing this year. And how they will do next season. Better. Right? Always better. Majore! Siempre Better!
Now for the Road Test. How fast was the record in ball speed for Jail Lai? If you said 188 miles per hour, remember to collect your Corona "buy 2 get 1 free" deal.
Now that's even mucho Mejor Right!?
#JoséRamónAreitio #JaiAlai #Hialeah #DonShula #HardRockStadium #HialeahRaceTack #MiamiDolphins #MiamiFlorida
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EXIT 4 I-95s in New Jersey, To Penn’s Landing, PA
Ok Road Crew. At the upcoming Exit, Dunkin' is offering a Flash Deal. It only lasts from 11 am till 12 noon, so if you like free Dunkin’ Donuts, get right to exit. The Dunkin is in a Walmart Supercenter at 1675 S Christopher Columbus Blvd so there is lots of parking. With a purchase of a large Coffee or 16 ounce beverage you get 2 free donuts. But the offer is only good for the next hour. Say "Go to Deal" for directions.
"Speaking of Walmart, the Walton Family — the kids and grand kids of Sam and Helen Walton -- run a charitable foundation that supports a lot of issues in today’s world. Improving education as well as helping the world’s farmers are but 2 of the Walton Family Foundation’s initiatives. Sometimes education and farming are rolled up into one program.
"Along the Interstate you see a lot of farms and fields. If not for Roadspoke and the radio, sometimes you might even get bored looking at all the fields.
Back in the day when kids would get nasty with one another, they might say something like, “You are dumb as dirt!” Well guess what Road Trippers? The dirt in many farmers’ fields is no longer dumb. You might even call it smart soil.
Nowadays, science is getting back to nature and that means getting away from using synthetic fertilizers. Turns out a lot of fertilizers create side effects that are very harmful to the rivers, streams and even the ground itself. Too much fertilizer is poison and harms plants, animals and humans and the ability of the field to grow healthy crops. So what’s a farmer to do?
According to the Walton Family Foundation, the answer lies in “cover crops”.
The Walton Family Foundation, with money earned from Walmart, has found such cover crops as winter wheat, cereal rye, clover or other cold-hardy plants provide a number of ecosystem services.
According to an article about an Iowa farmer Mitchell Hora written by Amy Saltzman in November 2019’s Environment Magazine, cover soils do multiple good things. Writes Saltzman:
“Cover crops prevent soil erosion by keeping plant ‘roots in the ground’ in cool seasons when corn and soybeans aren’t growing, absorbing nutrients that might otherwise leach into rivers and streams. They also increase organic matter and reduce the need for fertilizer. And they help hold water, making land less susceptible to flooding and drought.”
With global warming, this last point is especially pertinent. According to the article, “In Iowa, farmer Mitchell Hora uses cover crops to protect against extreme weather. The rains started in early May 2019, a series of near-constant showers across southeastern Iowa that – over the course of the month – totaled 15 inches in all. But while thousands of farmers across the state and throughout the Midwest endured record rainfalls and heavy flooding that wreaked havoc during planting season, Mitchell Hora’s corn fields weathered the storms just fine. His secret? Cover crops, which he planted the previous fall.”
Said Mitchell about the use of cover crops: “A lot of other farmers had drown-outs where they had to replant. That costs a lot of money. In a farm economy that is super tight, anything you can do to save is huge. Our cover crops pulled the extra moisture out of the soil so our corn and soybeans didn’t drown out. We actually only had one acre that we had to replant, which is fantastic!”
Mitchell began planting cover crops four years ago on land his family has been farming for seven generations. The conservation practice is growing in popularity across Iowa and the Midwest as a way to build soil health and resilience - especially in the fall and winter months when many fields lay fallow.
By planting winter wheat and other cold hardy species, not only do the farmers avoid excess use of fertilizer but they reap another crop.
What’s this all mean to you as you pass these farms and fields? Well for one thing, when kids argue nowadays, they cannot be so rude to describe dirt as dumb. In fact it is pretty smart at least if they are using cover crops.
Now what does this all have to do with Dunkin Donuts at the upcoming Walmart?
The connection there is that the Walton Family Foundation also supports shade grown coffee which does not impact the rain forests in which coffee is grown. Dunkin’ Donuts is also asking its suppliers to balance their harvests with shade grown coffee so that over time more coffee is produced in an environmentally sensitive manner.
So get right to Exit now.
Maybe all this talk of ecology has you less inclined to eat the 2 free donuts. But maybe not. Rest assured there is nothing ecologically or physiologically redeeming about donuts. In fact, the two best things about donuts are one, they taste scrumptious. And two, the first two are free!
#covercrops #MitchellHora #AmySaltzman #WaltonFamilyFoundation #IowaFarmers #ExitoftheDay #Extremeweather #Globalwarming #ClimateChange
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Exit 160b I-95n in SC To: I-20 W, to Columbia near Florence, South Carolina
Hello again Road Crew. At the upcoming EXIT 160, you can get right to exit and just 1 minute off that Exit you'd get a six pack of GATORADE free with any fill up of fuel for over $20. The Service Station is 7/Eleven. Remember, just say RoadSpoke sent you... or present the Deal Radar logo on your phone.
Why Gatorade? Well because not far from here is the birthplace of the gentleman who created the Gatorade Shower. Yup, you heard right. The Guy who dumped a barrel of gatorade on his coach to celebrate a victory was born right here. And this NFL legend did not get a nickel for creating for Gatorade, a juggernaut in free advertising. But that is ok. He uses his fame even years after retirement to advocate for other causes that he is passionate about.
Today, no NFL teams are based in South Carolina. This does not mean South Carolina has not contributed significant talent to the NFL.
In fact, nearby Florence, South Carolina made a Hall of Fame contribution in All-Pro Linebacker, Harry Carson. But that almost did not happen because, after 5 years of losing with the New York Giants, the future Hall Of Famer well... he wanted OUT!
In 1978, Harry Carson was ready to quit. That is hard to believe today. He is considered the greatest Captain and one of the best leaders to ever walk through the doors of any franchise. But when team president John Mara and others talk about the "dark days" of the 1970s - most notably the horror show that was the 1976 season - Carson is quick to offer reminders of how he was fed up. Yet he persevered. And while the Hall of Fame linebacker admits to being "disgruntled", Carson made a pact that he would never give up on the team, on his fans and - most importantly - on himself.
In the early '80's, Carson thrived. He ended up crushing the opposing offense his entire 13-year career with the BIG BLUE WRECKING CREW. Ten of those seasons he was Captain, including the franchise's first Super Bowl victory in 1986.
Carson retired shortly thereafter in 1988.
Fast Fact: Harry Carson even was one of the first instigators of the The Gatorade Shower. This winning team tradition is now a fixture in all sorts of sports all around the world. No doubt it is a promotional stunt worth billions of dollars awarded by Harry Carson and fellow Hall of Fame Linebacker Lawrence Taylor to the Gatorade Corporation. Gatorade ought to say ... "Thanks Big Blue Wrecking Crew!"
Today the thinking man’s linebacker -- who was 2 time MVP when he played at South Carolina State University where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education in 1976 -- has now made a new commitment. He seeks to broaden awareness for brain injuries in football. Convinced that his grandkids should NOT play tackle football until high school, Harry Carson joined his wife, other former pro players, and their families to address concussions in a forum which explores what should be done to make the game of Football safer.
Said Carson, “Every parent should be informed. They should be informed as to what risks they are subjecting their kids to. There’s a physical risk that you assume when you play. I think all of us understood the physical risk. But when we played back then…there was no information on the neurological risk.”
Harry Carson’s number and jersey has been retired by the New York Giants. Now he has won honorary degrees for his crusade to enlighten people about the risks inherent in contact sports.
So no doubt, such sage, considered advice about physiology and sport from a respected, thoughtful, six foot five inch muscle-bound 240 pound quarterback-crusher, parents everywhere will listen -- or else! 😤
#HarryCarson #HurricaneDorian #HurricaneDorianandOpeningDay #NFL #NFLOpeningDay #NewYorkGiants #FlorenceSouthCarolina #Concussions #BIGBLUEWRECKINGCREW
Exit of the Day… is a Factory.
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EXIT 67A I-95s to: Bellwood, Virginia
In March 2020 in Seattle, Washington, the giant health management organization, Kaiser Permanente was first to develop and test vaccinate 44 volunteers to immunize against the Coronavirus. The first to be vaccinated was Jennifer Kaller, a tech worker and mother of two.
Since World War 2, companies created by the late Henry Kaiser have been in the forefront of many industries. So today we explore a prominent landmark which drivers can see from Interstate 95 and which — like the COVID-19 Vaccine — is a legacy of an American Immigrant…
Off to the left you can see a huge hulking factory. It is a Kaiser Aluminum Plant. The founder of Kaiser Aluminum was an immigrant who rose from very humble beginnings. Born in 1882 to impoverished German immigrants, Henry’s mom was a homemaker and his father was a shoemaker. Although in time he would become one of America’s wealthiest citizens, he did not forget his origins.
From the high seas to Healthcare, Henry Kaiser pioneered many firsts. An inveterate tinkerer and a stickler for efficiencies, Kaiser became known as the father of modern American shipbuilding. On the west coast, he established the Kaiser Shipyards, which during World War Two built Liberty Ships launching almost one freighter a day.
Liberty Ships were essential as merchant ships to supply the far flung war efforts and which kept beleaguered allies like Britain and Russia supplied with weapons and food.
After getting a contract to provide ships to the US military during World War two, he began to worry about his workers lack of health care.
To provide affordable care and economies of scale for his thousands of ship-builders Kaiser took over the local Permanente Hospital in Oakland, California. Therefore, Kaiser Permanente (now Kaiser Permanente Thrive) became the first voluntary group plan in the country to feature group medical practice, prepayment, and comprehensive medical facilities on a large scale.
Kaiser's Healthcare became a forerunner to company health plans and pioneered today's HMO's.
After the war, Kaiser founded Kaiser Aluminum by leasing and later purchasing surplus aluminum facilities in Washington state from the United States government. Buying huge factories cheap and running them lean made him a wealthy man.
With his wealth, he established the Kaiser Family Foundation, a nonprofit, non-partisan, charitable organization which focused on health care issues.
While the man, Henry Kaiser, died in 1967, his intrepid legacy lives on in this trail blazing Foundation which is not associated with Kaiser Permanente nor Kaiser Industries.
In fact, the Kaiser Family Foundation operates independently as a think tank; it makes facts and analysis available to policymakers, health care groups, and the media. A leading authority on many issues, The Foundation echoes its founder’s nature. Both valued independent thinking and innovation. So apart from hulking factories, the Kaiser Family Foundation and Kaiser’s various medical companies continue to be the best legacy in Henry Kaiser's life.
#HenryKaiser #KaiserHealthCare #KaiserShipBuilding #KaiserAluminum #KaiserFamilyFoundation #LibertyShips #WWII #Industrialist #Philanthropist #COVID19VACCINE #FirstCOVID19Vaccines #Coronavirus
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EXIT OF THE DAY: I-287 Exit 4 To: Hartsdale, New York
Okay Road Crew, since you are driving by Hartsdale New York, you are entitled to something sweet. So this Flash Deal is only good for next 2 Hours. Buy One get one free! But First you must answer the Road Test. Yes. Nothing is that easy, right?
Now for the Fast Facts. So listen up.
Fast Fact One: the next roadspoke was written and submitted to us by Jeanie and Stephen Cho. Steve and Jeanie are newly weds who live and run a business in Hartsdale. So that is extra sweet. Thanks Mr and Mrs Cho.
Ok so speaking about hot and cold, mix a hot summer day, a broken down truck, and a load of melting ice cream and what do you get? Answer: an empire!
In upcoming Hartsdale New York, a twenty-eight year old Greek immigrant's truck broke down on Memorial Day Weekend in 1934. He pulled into the parking lot of a pottery store. He was in big trouble since his load was all ice cream and it was melting. So instead of freaking out, he threw open the back and he started to sell. In a few minutes he sold his entire load.
He knew he was on to something. Later that year, he developed a secret soft-serve recipe, and concocted the “buy one, get one” promotional tactic. Funny coincidence huh?
Two years later, the Greek immigrant incorporated his business and bought the Hartsdale pottery store, which became the first location of his iconic Ice cream empire. His ice cream featured ice cream cakes and funny whales. And he himself became famous for his rough voice in radio and later in TV ads. He then anglicized his greek name. Who do you think that certain Athanassios Karvelas is better known as? Maybe you will recognize him better by the ice cream shop's name, Carvel!
Founder Tom Carvel was born in in Greece in 1906.
In the 1930's he invented a machine to dispense soft ice cream (which was also known as “frozen custard”). The machine would be the first of some 300 ice-cream related patents, trademarks, and copyrights held by Tom Carvel who incidentally, is also considered to be one of the founding fathers of the franchise system in America. He created characters and wedding cakes from ice cream. He even invented Fudgie the whale.
Talk about turning lemons into lemonade! Or rather turning a broken down truck into a sweet fortune!
Now for the Test. If you get right to Exit at the Next Exit and bear right to get you to the nearby Carvel ’s Ice cream and you buy one ice cream, what do you get free?
That’s right! So bear right now and in 2 minutes you will be enjoying a free carvel Ice cream. You will save money. And guess what? Your valentine will like it too! And also guess what? Jeanie and Stephen Cho will like it to, because super guess what? They own the Franchise. and look forward to seeing you at the Carvels in Hartsdale!
Thanks Mr and Mrs Cho… Happy Valentines Day and many more.
#Carvel #TomCarvel #Hartsdale #Fudgie #StephenCho #JiniCho
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I-95n Exit 13 in MA To: University Ave, (in Norwood) No Services, and Rt 128
OK Road Trippers, consider this: while tech in California tends to come from start ups, in Massachusetts, a lot of innovation is created by long established companies like Raytheon or General Electric or IBM.
Just because the entities are huge, their tech makes the innovation no less imaginative, useful, or disruptive.
Underneath and alongside I-95 runs Massachusetts Route 128. Like I-95, Route 128 makes more than a 180-degree arc around Boston. The area along the western part of Route 128 is home to a number of high tech divisions. This part of Route 128 is even signed as "America's Technology Highway” and “America’s Tech Region”.
Silicon Valley and Route 128 are two of the premiere technological concentrations, not only in the United States, but in the world. Like Silicon Valley, the development of electronics-related companies on the 65-mile highway surrounding Boston and Cambridge was influenced by the area's major research universities. In Silicon Valley it was Stanford and UC Berkley. Here it is MIT, Harvard, Boston University, Boston College, Brown University and hundreds of other academic institutions.
The professors and grad students in the universities devote their energies toward a greater understanding of the world around them. The government, particularly the Defense Department and the National Science Foundation, provides the financial support for the academicians to perform the experiments. The firms would then produce the physical manifestations of these ideas for the marketplace. Think knee replacements, medical devices, and robots.
One major distinction between Silicon Valley and Route 128 is that much tech here is devoted to military uses. One local example: Waltham based Raytheon creates drones and drone technology as well as the brains for smart bombs and cruise missiles. Such innovations are used to fight our country's wars. Not exactly Twitter or Facebook but it is essential tech nonetheless!
#128 #Route128 #Massachusetts #Hightech #Defensetech #Raytheon #IBM #GE #Waltham #RoadTrippers #MIT #Harvard #BostonUniversity #Brown #Stanford #Berkley #BostonDynamics
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Georgia/Florida Line: Exit 1 I-95n in GA To: St Mary’s Rd Welcome Center northbound, near Kingsland, GA 32 lines/20
Welcome to Georgia! Now how bout them peaches? I know corny right. But I had to. After all, Georgia is the state of peaches, pecans, peanuts and coke. By that I mean the soft drink which was invented here in the late eighteen hundreds.
Although initially conceived as a slave-free prison colony for England’s over-flowing debtor's prison inmates, Georgia was really established relatively late in 1732 as a buffer zone to protect wealthy South Carolina from invasions from Spanish soldiers in Florida. But imagine that: Georgia was essentially like Australia would become: a penal colony to dump perceived criminals. Anyone who today would declare bankruptcy might end up here.
Since entire families went to prison for not paying their debts, entire English families were shipped to Georgia on British Prison ships.
Today Georgia is the largest state east of the Mississippi. The state rolls down from the Appalachians through the piedmont and the swamps and eventually to the Atlantic Ocean. In the nearby Okefenokee it encompasses the fifth largest swamp in the world.
The Okefenokee is as big as Rhode Island and many other superlatives including being the last state included in the thirteen colonies.
Georgia also boasts some rather alternative claims. At its founding it outlawed slavery. It also outlawed Catholics and lawyers. Of course paradise did not last...
Famous people from Georgia include Ray Charles, President Jimmy Carter, First Brother Billy Carter, Ty Cobb, James Bowie, Jackie Robinson, Julia Roberts, Hulk Hogan , Trisha Yearwood, Supreme Court Judge Clarence Thomas and Civil Rights Icon Martin Luther King Junior.
Speaking of Kings, everyone brought their crowns, right? It’s time to put them on, because we’re now entering Kings Bay, Georgia. This town’s claim to fame is that it is the home of the Ohio Class Naval Submarine Base. These boomers can wipe out most countries in the world in a matter of minutes. So yes, welcome to Georgia, home of peaches, peanuts, and Armageddon!
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I-95n at Exit 10 to Fairmont, North Carolina
Ok Road Trippers, time for a Road Test. And no you do NOT win a Drivers License! But you do win $5 worth of Pepsi or Dorito Products with a fill up of fuel at the upcoming Exit 10 to Fairmont. If you take the Exit bare right to the Extra Mile Chevron and tell em RoadSpoke sent you. So get right to Exit.
Now for the Fast Facts.
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, as a pro ball player, 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 Doughnuts was indeed founded here, in Winston-Salem. That’s true! In fact, local legend has it that in 1937, Vernon Rudolph opened his first Krispy Kreme store, deciding on Winston-Salem, North Carolina for the location because his favorite cigarette company, Camel Cigarettes, was headquartered in Winston-Salem. Apparently in an era where everyone smoked, Vernon Rudolph liked his cigs fresh! Vernon also learned something about fresh baked Krispy Kreme donuts when customers began lining up at midnight which was when Vernon began to bake the next day's inventory. By 4 am the fresh baked donuts were sold out!
Anyways, returning to our Road Test... 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 Cola 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 round of sodas or maybe a soda and some Doritos. 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 OF THE DAY: EXIT 100B I-95 southbound Maryland Border
"Ok now, At-ten-tion! Listen up Road Crew. And that means you — the one with the hair. Watching Charli D'Amelio on TikTok... "
"...Or Instagram. Or SnapChat. Actually this upcoming Road Test includes posting something with one of those online platforms and it means a bonus candy bar so pay close attention…
This Road Test may qualify as a Million Dollar Milepost. It's brought to you by 7-Eleven. If you fill up with $25 in fuel at any 7-11 in the next 50 miles you will win a free Slurpy or similarly priced beverage. But you gotta play to pay. If you do get the RoadTest right and claim your prize, you can get any Hershey or Mars candy for free if you do a Snap or TikTok, Tweet, or post on Instagram in front of the next 7-Eleven, so here now is the Road Test and the Fast Facts:
Welcome to the Oriole State! Speaking of Orioles, on September 6, 1995, Baltimore Orioles shortstop Cal Ripken Jr. aka The Iron Man breaks the record of Yankee great Lou Gehrig aka The Iron Horse for consecutive games played: 2,131.
Cal Ripken, Junior might as well be a god to Marylanders. He’s played in 19 MLB All Star Games, and he has won two MVP awards. He’s no slacker. Strange coincidence, like that other work horse and legend Lou Gehrig who was born in New York City's Upper East Side and played for the hometown New York Yankees, Cal was born in Maryland and played his career with the hometown Baltimore Orioles.
Even now in retirement, Cal is not taking it easy. He’s basically, like, the most charitable man in Maryland and is super active in establishing youth programs in baseball. In fact, you will pass his Cal Ripken, Junior Youth Baseball Camp in 1 minute coming up on the right. Keep your eye out to see Cal’s sports stadium.
Speaking of local sports, Lacrosse is Maryland's unofficial state sport. Lacrosse was first played by Native Americans and entire villages essentially killed each other with sticks and rocks and used it to settle arguments.
Since that time, nothing has changed. Maryland uses lacrosse to settle many disputes especially between colleges and high schools. In Baltimore, Maryland everyone loves the professional home teams like the Orioles and the Ravens. But the city splits into 2 vicious camps when local colleges Johns Hopkins University plays cross town rival Loyola University Maryland.
But if you get into an argument you can always settle it by finding common ground. Just say you love Cal Ripken. No one in Maryland argues with that!
Now for the Road Test: who is the sponsor for the Million Dollar Milepost?
If you said 7-Eleven you are correct!
But to qualify you need to get right to Exit and take part in the RoadSpoke offer by filling up your tank at the upcoming 7-Eleven. You qualify with a purchase of at least $25 in fuel and claiming a free Slurpy or beverage. And of course you cannot qualify unless you tell them Cal Ripken and RoadSpoke sent you!
Oh Yeah. And about the Hershey’s or Mars brand candy bar including M&M’s.
"If you Tweet, Snap or post a selfie at the 7-Eleven, show the cashier and you will get a bonus prize. You can choose a regular size candy.
Just remember, somewhere out there is a Million Dollar Milepost! But like the great Cal Ripken Jr, you got to play! Carry on Road Crew. Over and Out!"
#CalRipkenJunior #BaltimoreOrioles #Lacrosse #JohnsHopkins #LoyolaUniversityMaryland #MLBBaseball #LouGehrig #IronHorse #IronMan
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EXIT 150- 154 I-95s To: Whitakers, NC
"Ok Road Crew, now we play a game called "Name that recording artist." The winner gets to claim a free month of Pandora app.
But you got to "Claim" the deal by either saying , "Deal Radar, save that deal" or by tapping the Deal Radar button on this smart device during this narration. Tap it now, go ahead. It's blinking!
Ok. Good tap. We got the message and you get the Pandora deal should you want it. So Now....Today's recording artist is a soft spoken sweet balladeer who has recently been honored by Taylor Swift and Selena Gomez. In his youth, this Carolina tar heal was supported by no less than the late great Beatle, George Harrison. In fact George and Paul McCartney sang un-credited back up vocals on one of his first hits about growing up in North Carolina. But this adoptive Southerner was born up north. He was born at Mass General in Boston on March 12 1948, where his father worked as a resident physician.
His father came from a wealthy Scottish family from the South. His mom studied singing at the New England Conservatory of Music and was an aspiring opera singer. In 1951, the family moved back south to Chapel Hill, where Dad took a job as an assistant professor of medicine at the UNC School of Medicine.
Years later our artist would recall, “Chapel Hill, the Piedmont, the outlying hills, were tranquil, rural, beautiful, but quiet. Thinking of the red soil, the seasons, the way things smelled down there, I feel as though my experience of coming of age there was more a matter of landscape and climate than people.” His Dad later rose to become dean of the School of Medicine and...
...having summers off, beginning in 1953, the family spent summers on Martha's Vineyard. Regardless of his privileged upbringing, our hero suffered from depression so much so that between his prep school and college year, he committed himself to a psychiatric hospital in Massachusetts. Between the meds and the organized schedule he started to achieve structure which he credits for saving his life and influencing his music. Still he lived chaotically and despite getting signed by the Beatles Apple Records he wound up becoming addicted to heroin. However he continued to be productive. He wrote songs, including "Carolina on My Mind”. Paul McCartney and an uncredited George Harrison guest sang on "Carolina on My Mind", whose lyric "holy host of others standing around me" referred to the anonymous Beatle pals.
Once he recovered, our hero moved to California, and there he produced his second album. Titled "Sweet Baby James", and featuring the participation of Carole King, the album was a triumph. Memorably, it included the single "Fire and Rain," a song about experiences in rehab and the suicide of his friend, Suzanne Schnerr. In 1970, the album and the single reached #3 on the Billboard charts, with Sweet Baby James selling more than 3 million in the United States alone.
The entire album was received as a folk-rock masterpiece, marking a direction he would take in following years. In following years there were many more triumphs than personal slips including a ten year marriage to singer Carly Simon. Quick aside: Carly Simon likely appreciated her husband's literary chops because her dad was the founder of Book Publisher "Simon & Schuster."
So now can you name that artist? You have 3 seconds to guess. Three, two... and one.
This recording artist is a once and forever native of upcoming Chapel Hill. And I think you know by now, his name is none other than sweet baby James Taylor.
And you can get a free month of Freemium ad free Pandora since you tapped the Deal Radar icon.
Like James Taylor's song says, "How Sweet it is" to be using the RoadSpoke app!
Ok. I know it was a stretch. Now I'll leave you alone."
#HappyBirthdayJamesTaylor #SweetbabyJames #JamesTaylor #FireandRain #CarlySimon #Beatles #GeorgeHarrison #PaulMcCartney #UNC #CarolinaonmyMind
#ChapelHill UNCMedicalSchool #CarolKing