Taking off.... going out “on the road” is an American rite of passage. It insinuates discovering your homeland — and even yourself. Going on the road answers questions about who we are individually and collectively. "Who am I?" And "What is an American?" In some ways “on the road” is a metaphor for “America”.
RoadSpoke’s app seeks to discover America. It turns drives into explorations by uncovering — at almost every exit and looming landmark — what happened… right....HERE!
But hey, let's face it: as romantic as the concept appears, the drive is often dull as molasses. So that is where we come in! On a bleak 4, 6, or 8 lane "tabla rasa", we add context to everything you see. See that cornfield on your left? That was where African-American Union Soldiers beat back a superior force of Rebel Cavalry. See the empty blighted factory on your left? That was where Remington Rifles, the so-called "gun that won the west" were manufactured. And just behind it was where rapper LL Cool J grew up and dropped his first album in his grand-parent's basement. That's just the sort of thing we do.
Our roadside reveal illuminates our common heritage and unravels our collective DNA. It’s absolutely fascinating how much occurred in our own backyards — to hear where T Rex trod or where Washington rode and which Hollywood actress dumped her useless philandering playboy!
But does RoadSpoke succeed?
Annually lots of folks go out to search for America — to find her secrets and OUR essence. In fact, every year 212 million Americans take a road trip for pleasure.
All of them follow asphalt trails to uncover America’s promise. “On the Road” promises boundless horizons and fruitful plains. Famous Beat writer Jack Kerouac did it.
His joyful stream-of-consciousness novel “On the Road” is credited with being the 1950’s opus that “turned on” an entire generation. It propelled rebellious ’60's kids to forfeit post-war Middle American Values and search for more significance. Hundreds of Thousand hit the road with nothing but a dream and a thumb to hitch-hike by.
Before Kerouac, during the Depression, Nobel Literati John Steinbeck sent his Okies rolling west along Route 66, the Mother Road. Like Americans every day, Steinbeck's protagonists, the hopeful Joad family manifestly searched for a brighter future.
In 1967, CBS Reporter Charles Kuralt started a series called "On the Road”. It became a regular Friday night feature on "The CBS Evening News with Walter Cronkite". Kuralt wandered “America The Beautiful” in a motor home in search of her people and their stories. The show lasted almost 40 years. He wore out 6 RV’s before he was through.
When discussing the show’s popularity, Kuralt said, “The everyday kindness of the back roads more than makes up for the acts of greed in the headlines.”
Kuralt famously avoided the interstates in favor of the nation's side streets. He also said: “Thanks to the Interstate Highway System, it is now possible to travel across the country from coast to coast without seeing anything...”
Thanks to the RoadSpoke app you will see everything along the highway.
Ok…Maybe you still won’t SEE much on RoadSpoke’s Interstates. But like Kuralt’s series, there will be stories by and about local folks…but also about the high and mighty. So you will witness America where it happened.
Rest assured: RoadSpoke’s app empowers Road Trippers to hear all you should love about what happened out there… out on the Open Road — from sea to shining sea!
So Welcome to the Spoken Road!
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On Ramp to I-95 Exit 24 in FL To: FL 84 near Ft Lauderdale
“The next few Exits are in Fort Lauderdale. Fort Lauderdale exists because of the Seminoles. It was built as an outpost to defend against the Seminoles during the Seminole Wars in the years before the Civil War.
The Seminole Tribe of Native Americans gets a lot of respect in Florida. Teams, like Florida State, are named for them. And why not? They are in fact the only Tribe that did not formally sign a treaty of surrender with the US Government.
Another Fast Fact: The Seminole Wars — and not the current Mideast Conflicts — are the longest wars in US History. Starting about 1810, The Seminole Wars spanned over forty years. Around the time of the Second Seminole War in the 1830's and 1840's three forts named Fort Lauderdale were constructed along the New River. These outposts were to keep the Native Americans south in the Everglades.
The Seminole Indians were actually bands from different Indian tribes that had escaped south from what was the United States and had taken refuge in the large un-inhabited tracts of swamp. Many were Creek Indians from Georgia. And many were escaped slaves as well.
In fact as far north as Virginia, so-called Seminole Trails trace the path for Slaves south to Freedom. Many so-called Trails are still called such today and many, like the Seminole Trail in Charlottesville Virginia, are now official state roads. Anyways, intermarriage was common and these people became known as Black Seminoles.
The Seminoles became famous as swamp fighters using guerrilla tactics and eschewing horses for canoes to swiftly navigate the mud sucking swamps. By May 10, 1842, when a frustrated President John Tyler ordered the end of military actions against the Seminoles, over $20 million had been spent, 1500 American soldiers had died. Still no formal peace treaty had been signed.
While many Seminoles had been displaced to Oklahoma's Indian territory, walking the Trail Of Tears, the remaining Seminoles began the 20th century where they had been left at the conclusion of the Seminole Wars - hiding out in remote camps in the wet wilderness areas of South Florida.
They may have been poor. But they were free. And they remain so to this day.
#Seminoles #FortLauderdale #Undefeated #NativeAmericans #BlackSeminoles #Slaves #PresidentTyler #SeminoleRoad
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I-95 South EXT 49B to 695 and I-70 West, near Baltimore, Maryland
Quick! Look Up. See the exit sign? Upcoming Exit 49 b is an innocuous number for a major crossroads. Imagine that from this point in the highway you can pretty much go ANYWHERE in North America. You can drive to California, to Florida to Alaska or to steamy Mexico. Brazil or Peru even!
The road promises infinite possibilities. Starting right HERE on I-95, Interstate 70 goes from here — near Baltimore in the mid-Atlantic States— transecting the continent through Missouri, Kansas, Colorado, and ending all the way out in tiny Cove Fort, Utah.
I-70 and I-95 are Cross Roads just above the Mason Dixon line. Cross roads is the theme here where cultures cross and mix. I-70 goes over the highest point on the Interstate in the Colorado Rockies. The road goes through some serious country, right? Well, even more than you can imagine.
Not a lot of music investigates the trials of Life’s long road like Country Music. Do you get crazy when you hear certain Country and Western songs? No? Not really a Country Western fan? Or do you love it? Well that does not matter because with Patsy Cline, let’s just say her music transcended the boundaries of musical genre. Songs which have become world wide classics resonated with all Americans and are today recognized all over the globe. One of those songs, named “Crazy” should immediately come to mind.
There are not a lot of musicians who crossover from Country and Western to pop. Most recently, the brightest star in this rarified firmament is none other than Taylor Swift.
The embodiment of the All American girl who happens to have huge talent, Taylor grew up in a rather bucolic setting on her family’s Christmas tree farm in West Reading, Pennsylvania. West Reading is about an hour west of Philadelphia.
Born in 1989, Taylor shot to the top of the charts when she was just a teenager. For her, the road to fame was relatively easy. Her hit "Our Song", made Taylor the youngest person to single-handedly write and sing a number-one song on the US Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. Swift's second album, “Fearless” explored country pop fusion and won the Grammy Award for Album of the Year. At the age of 18, her singles “You Belong to Me” and “Love Story” became crossover hits garnering huge audiences in both the Pop and Country Western audiences.
However, Taylor owes a lot to a person who had dropped out of high school to help support the family, worked in a Virginia slaughter house plucking and gutting chickens, and was a victim of parental child abuse. This happened all before little Patsy Cline turned 17.
While Patsy Cline had to wait to her mid twenties to achieve her success in the late 1950’s and early ’60's, she was the very first Country artist anywhere who became a major artist on both the Pop and Country Western charts.
No doubt Patsy’s struggles expanded the emotional resonance of her songs. Her limpid clear voice had universal appeal. In fact, she credits a sickness that almost killed her with expanding her vocal range. Abandoned by her father and born to a 16 year old mother at the height of the Great Depression in 1932 east of here in the Blue Ridge community of Windsor, Virginia, Patsy Cline found stability and started her ascent to stardom at the Moose Lodge in nearby Brunswick, Maryland. There she met her first husband who provided some sort of stability for the 16 year old itinerate singer.
If you take the next exit west on Interstate 70, you will be encounter Brunswick in a few miles. But in an interview in 1957, Patsy claimed that her hospitalization and near death at age 13 for rheumatic fever actually improved her voice. Said Patsy, “"I developed a terrible throat infection and my heart even stopped beating. The doctor put me in an oxygen tent. You might say it was my return to the living after several days that launched me as a singer. The fever affected my throat and when I recovered I had this booming voice.”
Booming is hardly the adjective to describe Patsy’s hits. Soulful. Melodic. Haunting even. Patsy is best remembered for “Walkin’ After Midnight”, “I Fall to Pieces”, “She’s Got You,” and “Crazy”. Fast Fact: “Crazy” was an early single written by a little known Nashville songwriter named Willie Nelson. Willie originally called the song “Stupid”. No doubt even as “Stupid”, the great Patsy Cline would still have made it a number one hit — in both genres.
As a pioneer for women in Country Music, Patsy was among the first to sell records and headline concerts. Still her career was cut short one night in a storm somewhere over Tennessee.
Returning to Nashville from a concert in Kansas City, Patsy’s plane crashed. She was just 31.
Since her tragic death in that 1963 plane crash, Patsy’s fame has just grown. Patsy Cline has been cited as one of the most influential singers of the 20th Century. Her music has influenced musicians of various styles and genres. But ultimately Patsy Cline’s roots were pure country. No surprise: in 1973, she became the first female performer to be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.
Rest in peace, Patsy Cline. Enjoy your success, Taylor Swift. Across a universe of time and space the road leads directly from Patsy to Taylor. You both owe each other and have much to be thankful for. But Taylor Swift would not have happened without Patsy Cline... and there is nothing crazy about that.
#PatsyCline #CountryMusic #CountryandWestern #TaylorSwift #Crazy #Walkinaftermidnight #WillieNelson #
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EXIT 14b-a; I-95s to: I-78 to Staten Island, Jersey City & Bayonne, New Jersey
Onramp to I-278s; New Jersey, Goethals across I-95 to Elizabeth, NJ & Staten Island NY
You are surrounded by miles of salt marsh which were once considered useless except as a dump yard for New York City’s garbage. Now we know New Jersey’s salt marshes are in fact an essential nursery for many species of commercial fish like stripe bass and flounder as well as hundreds of species of wading birds like egrets and herons.
Tony Soprano knows something about Fresh Kills. Tony Soprano is in the waste removal business. A lot of his garbage ended up in these wetlands. “The Sopranos” television show made much use of the wetlands in and around Staten Island and North Jersey. Utilizing the gritty beauty and the sad industrial patches of these wetlands, scenes were shot showing recyclables being dumped, hijacked trucks getting offloaded, and bodies being disappeared.
In reality there are many mob bodies buried out there since much of the show's inspiration derived from true life. Just look around. How hard is it to hide a body in all that swamp?
The Sopranos is a crime drama television series created by David Chase. The story revolves around the fictional character, New Jersey-based mobster Tony Soprano played by the late great James Gandolfini. The series portrays the difficulties he faces as he tries to balance the conflict of his family life with his well... "family" life.
Drawing heavily from his personal experiences growing up in New Jersey, David Chase says he tried to "apply his own family dynamic to mobsters.” For instance, the tumultuous relationship between Tony Soprano and his mother, Livia, is partially based on Chase's relationship with his own mother. Chase was also in therapy at the time and modeled the character of Doctor Jennifer Melfi after his own psychiatrist.
The TV show is widely regarded as one of the greatest television series of all time. The series also won a multitude of awards, including Peabody Awards for its first two seasons, 21 Primetime Emmy Awards and five Golden Globe Awards. A staple of 2000s American popular culture, the series has been the subject of controversy and parody. It has spawned books, a video game, high-charting soundtrack albums, and a large amount of assorted merchandise.
In 2013, the Writers Guild of America named The Sopranos the best-written TV series of all time while TV Guide ranked it the best television series of all time.
Chase had been fascinated by the mafia from an early age, witnessing such people growing up. The series is partly inspired by the Boiardo family and the DeCavalcante family. Both were prominent New Jersey organized crime families when Chase was growing up near here in Clifton and North Caldwell.
What you may ask does a guy named David Chase know about Italian mob guys? Well, David Chase's real name is David DeCeasare. And in case you were wondering, David Chase is indeed a family man -- but is not in the Family! After all, David kills it on TV. So he does not need to dump any bodies out here, in New Jersey's bountiful eco-sensitive Fresh Kills.
#Sopranos #TonySoprano #FreshKills #Meadowlands #NewJersey #StatenIsland #DavidChase #Boiardo
EXIT Of The DAY: EXIT 101b I-4s To: Heathrow, Florida
This is what you would hear if you had the RoadSpoke app and drove past this Exit:
Off this Exit is the AAA National Headquarters. Triple A may be considered the mother of all RoadTrippers. Or not. That honor really belongs to a so-called "plucky housewife" from New Jersey. The female with Pluck was named Alice Huyler Ramsey.
On a Saturday in August 1909, 59 days after starting in New York, Alice Ramsey drove off a ferry into San Francisco. She thus became the first woman to drive a motor car across the United States.
The Hackensack native discovered that the lack of suitable roads made the adventure more similar to a trip by gold seekers in the days of ’49 than it did to modern day travelers. Only 152 of the 3600 miles were paved.
Despite this, Newspapers remarked on the good shape of her Maxwell car. It was dusty but clean. They said it was not battered and scarred but showed that it had received treatment "much more considerate than would have given by a man."
Still, Ramsey had it right when she said, "Good driving has nothing to do with sex. It's all above the collar.” As for the transcontinental trip itself, articles described the machine climbing steep grades, crawling roads made from goop, extracting the machine from an irrigation ditch, suffering multiple blow outs and the necessity of driving as much as possible alongside the railroad tracks of the Transcontinental Union Pacific in order not to lose contact with civilization.
Other than the tracks, Ramsey used maps provided by Triple A. She needed the best horse trails wide enough for car travel.
By the time she had reached Sacramento, Alice was leading a parade of vehicular well-wishers who followed in her dust. They honked to announce her extraordinary feat.
Remarkably it is very difficult to imagine how stone aged vehicle travel was just a few generations ago. In 1960 she was named Woman Motorist of the Century by Triple A and she would live until 1983.
In large part, the safety standards of both highways and vehicles as advocated by the Triple A are responsible for today’s smart standards. And so it will be as the world embarks into a future of driverless cars. Then as now, safety, technology and the Triple A lead the way.
Thanks Triple A! Thanks Alice Ramsey!
#CrossCountry #Roadtrippers #RoadWarrior #Firstladytodriveacrosscountry #AAA #TripleA #AAAMaps #WomanMotoristoftheCentury #Motorist #SpokenRoad #
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Exit 190 I-95s in SC To: SC 34, to Dillon near Dillon,SC
The name Shiloh comes from the Bible. It means Place of Peace. Peace is not usually associated with Dixie’s racial history. But the same cannot be said about religious tolerance. Over 300 years, South Carolinians have been welcoming of many faiths.
Not to be confused with the famous Battleground in Tennessee, the upcoming town of Shiloh is over fifty percent African American. For almost 230 years, African Americans from 1708 to 1930 were a majority of the South Carolina’s population. While discrimination was long enforced on racial grounds, the state promoted religious toleration to encourage white immigration. By the 1800 census the population had increased 38 per cent to nearly 340,000 of which about 150,000 were slaves.
Simultaneously — and perhaps surprisingly -- South Carolina had the largest population of Jews in all the 16 United States. Most Jews lived in Charleston, which had been the country's fifth largest city.
But these sons of Abraham were not the first immigrants of their faith. Dutch Jews landed on Manhattan as early as the 1630’s — just a few years after the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock. By the late 1790’s through the 1830’s German Jewish Peddlers wandered the dirt roads between Southern towns selling goods from packs and wagons.
But it was not long before ambitious traders profited by their close familial connections to relatives back in the old country. Peddlers became store owners, store owners became wholesalers, wholesalers became commodity traders, and commodity traders became brokers and bankers.
As Marshall Sklare wrote in Commentary Magazine:
“The scions of banking families would marry the offspring of the owners of German-Jewish companies in a variety of fields, and these companies—some of them later to become the country’s leading department stores and mail-order firms—would then raise capital through the banking houses with whom they had formed family connections. There were banking families, of course, which had even closer ties to the retailing business, having themselves engaged in it at one time. In fact, several of the most important banking houses were established by one or another Bavarian villager who began his American business career by carrying a pack on his back, and later graduated to a horse and wagon.
Not all the Jewish banking houses, to be sure, could point to such Horatio-Alger beginnings; some were originated by immigrants who had served their apprenticeship as bankers rather than as peddlers. A few of the founders had come to America with wealth or connections, and others were assisted by European Jewish financiers (and in some cases served as their American representatives).”
This German Jewish aristocracy — with names like Loeb, Levi Strauss, Guggenheim, Goldman, Schiff, Seligman, Belmont and Warburg — generally started out in southern trading centers like Memphis and here in Charleston. Only later would they migrate north and join the ranks of other robber barons like JP Morgan, John D Rockefeller, and Cornelius Vanderbilt.
These families, Christian and Jewish, turned monopolies in trade or commodities into famed Wall Street banking houses such as Goldman Sachs, Lehman Brothers, JP Morgan, and Chase Bank.
After the Civil War, a new wave of Jews arrived in South Carolina. These were not German Jews but Eastern European Jews who were escaping the progroms of the Russian Czar. The Czar’s dreaded troops destroyed Jewish neighborhoods. Many Eastern European Jews immigrated to post Civil War South Carolina because the devastation of the Civil War provided opportunity for poor traveling merchants and seasoned cart traders. Just as they had in the towns of Poland, Austria, and Russia, Jewish push carts would carry essential goods throughout the south.
Fast Fact about those most famous of Jewish dynasties: while Goldman Sachs, Bloomingdales, B. Altman’s, Abraham Strauss, Macy’s, Marshalls, and even Levi’s Blue Jeans are the product of Jewish merchant princes...
...why are generations of Rothschilds still a financial force in Europe — but not much mentioned on this side of the pond?
Well, you see, the Rothschilds were true to their Southern partners. The Rothschild Bank lost its cachet in the United States right after the Civil War. Banking is full of risks and that storied bank made the unforgivable mistake of investing in the Confederacy not the Union, which is why post-Civil War, the Rothschild Bank never rose in New York.
Still despite the Rothschild's failed investment, South Carolina celebrates today more than two centuries of vibrant Jewish Heritage.
#OurCrowd #Jew #GermanJews #SouthCarolinaJews #Bloomingdales #GoldmanSachs #LehmanBrothers #Banking #Macys #BAltmans
"I think that I shall never see. A poem lovely as a tree."
Happy Memorial Day!
EXIT of the DAY:
Alfred “Joyce Kilmer” Service Area NJ Tpke n;
When Alfred Joyce Kilmer's daughter Rose was stricken with polio shortly after birth Alfred and his wife, Aline, turned to their new religion, Catholicism, for comfort.
Born in New Brunswick, New Jersey, Alfred was the son of Doctor Frederick Kilmer a physician employed by the Johnson and Johnson Company. Doctor Joyce Kilmer is notable in his own right as the inventor of the iconic Johnson & Johnson Baby Powder.
His son, Alfred, was a poet/ soldier best known for his 1913 poem “Trees”.
He was married to Aline Murray, also an accomplished poet, with whom he had five children. Later he is also credited with naming the 69th Infantry of the New York National Guard; he called his 69th Regiment from New York City, "The Fighting Irish".
Or rather, Joyce Kilmer re-named the unit since in the Civil War, Robert E Lee, admiringly named this Union unit, "The Fighting 69th".
As converts to Roman Catholicism from Episcopalianism. the young poets were received in the Catholic church in 1913. Kilmer writes that he "wanted something not intellectual, some conviction not mental – in fact I wanted Faith." He claimed that when "faith did come, it came, I think, by way of my little paralyzed daughter. Her lifeless hands led me. I think her tiny feet know beautiful paths. You understand this. And it gives me a selfish pleasure to write it down.”
When the Great War began, seeking a higher calling, Kilmer enlisted and was deployed to France with his famous "Fighting Irish" in 1917. Then he received sad news. His daughter had died.
In France, fighting the Germans, Kilmer sought increasingly hazardous duty.
He was transferred to the military intelligence section where his coolness under fire was admired. One day his Commanding Officer, Wild Bill Donovan -- who would later go on to be the founder of the Central Intelligence Agency (the CIA) -- had Kilmer scout out a machine gun nest.
When Wild Bill Donovan later ran up upon him, he thought Kilmer was just lying down, cooly watching the enemy. But when Donovan touched him, he found that he was dead. Kilmer had taken a sniper's bullet to the brain... and no doubt he followed his beloved Rose on a path her paralyzed feet had blazed to Heaven.
Again...Happy Memorial Day.
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
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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 music companies they were sharing their songs. Within one year, by June 2000, Napster with its black cat logo had tens of millions of users. Lawsuits by various industry groups including heavy metal band Metallica eventually shut down the business.
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.
In 2004, Sean Parker saw a site called "The Facebook". He contacted the Harvard student, Mark Zuckerberg who hired him as President. He famously advised Zuckerberg to change the name from "The Facebook" to simply "Facebook".
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 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 major philanthropist. The former hacker who grew up off the next exit’s net worth is over three billion dollars. Giving away millions, Sean is a major establishment figure in Silicon Valley. His Foundation’s main targets are eradicating malaria, understanding allergies, and curing cancer.
Not bad for a former juvenile delinquent from Virginia, right?
#SeanParker #OaktonHighSchool #ChantillyHighSchool #Facebook #JustinTimberlake #MarkZuckerberg #ShawnFanning #FranconiaVirginia #SpringfieldVirginia
EXIT of the DAY: Exit 22 I-95 s to Bordentown NJ.
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"OK Road Scholars, listen up! This RoadSpoke was submitted to us by Jungyung Kim, a ninth grader from Harrington Park, New Jersey. Thanks Jungyung!
Here now is the spoken road...
"Upcoming is a Wendy’s Restaurant. In his book "Dave's Way," Wendy's Founder Dave Thomas recalls how the family dressed up 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: The winner gets a free Frosty from the upcoming Wendy's off the next EXIT. So get right now and listen up for the Fast Facts!
Fast food outlets are all along Interstates so you are all familiar with Wendy’s, Burger Kings, and McDonald’s. 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. Everyone ate at home. Eating out was only something travelers would do and so Hotels 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.
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, Wendy’s claim to fame is being the home of fresh, never frozen beef. The chain is also known for its square hamburgers, sea salt fries, and Frosty, a form of soft-serve ice cream.
Despite being bashful and self effacing Dave held the record for appearing in his own commercials. He starred in them over 800 times. 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 the so-called Wendy herself. Was she real. And was that her real name?
Now for the answer to the Road Test:
What was the name of Dave Thomas’ daughter… the one for whom Dave named the chain?
If you said "Wendy" , technically you would be wrong. Wendy or Wenda was just her baby name. Melinda Lou was the lady’s real name.
Now let’s get right to exit. I want a Frosty from Melinda Lou’s. And don't forget... you gotta tell em RoadSpoke sent you!"
#Wendy's #DaveThomas #Frosty #NewJersey #ExitofThe Day #Delmonico's
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EXIT of the DAY: I-95n Exit 4 To: Route 4, Portsmouth, New Hampshire and White Mountains
“Hey Road Crew! Off upcoming Exit 4 is the University of New Hampshire. So that means it’s a time for a Test... a Road Test, of course!”
“The winner of this Road Test wins 10% off an IKON Ski Pass. The Ikon Pass allows you to ski or snowboard at many mountain resorts all over North America. Some of Ikon’s mountains are Aspen and Deer Valley out west and Loon and Killington here in New England. The savings offered here represent between $200 to $2000 depending on where you ski and how often.
The evolution of multi mountain ski passes is quite smart business-wise. According to an article in Penske Media Corporation’s Digital Magazine, SPORTICO, written by John Wallstreet, “Vail Resorts and Aspen Skiing Company have led an industry wide consolidation that has dawned an era of multi-resort seasonal passes providing skier discounts on lift tickets, a hedge against warm winters, and incentives to visit different mountains.”
Fabulous Loon Mountain is maybe 90 minutes up approaching Route 4 which cuts over to Interstate 93.
I-93 north drives right up the middle of New Hampshire. A beautiful drive, the highway slices through farmlands and foothills before giving way to serious mountains. In fact, Loon Mountain is just 2 hours from Boston. So world class skiing is just a commute away.
Now, please pay attention, cause here are the Fast Facts:
New Hampshire is nicknamed the “Switzerland of America” because of the beautiful scenery. It is even more famous as the Granite State.
The rugged terrain is reflected in the independent character of its inhabitants. After all, the state motto on license plates proudly proclaims, “Live Free or Die”.
Speaking of liberty or death, winter sports are a great reason to come to New Hampshire. The Granite State boasts the largest nordic cross country ski trail network in the Northeast. As for alpine sports, well it’s all in the name. The New Hampshire section of the Appalachian Mountains are named the White Mountains. The White Mountains are usually covered with snow from late November to May.
The highest mountain in the New England is Mount Washington — also known for its wild weather. Mount Washington is not a ski Mountain but that’s okay by me.
Being over 6000 feet high, it looms almost two thousand feet over neighboring ski resorts like Loon Mountain. In the warmer months, you can drive or even take an antique train up and relax or get a meal at the Summit House.
But if it’s winter, forget about it. It seems as if Mount Washington breaks its own records for wind speeds and frosty temperatures every few years. For 76 years, Mount Washington held the record for fastest surface wind gust in the world. That blast clocked in at 231 miles per hour.
Washington is the highest of a line of summits, the Presidential Range, that are named after presidents and famous freedom fighters like Revolutionary War General Lafayette.
Speaking of Mountains and Freedom Fighters, world famous Olympic Skier, Bode Miller, should get a mountain named after him.
Bode is a Franconia, New Hampshire native. Known for his go-for-broke ski style, he is equally famous as being an iconoclast who does everything his way. In one memorable interview after he tore down the mountain with skis just barely holding the trail, he revealed that he may have had a little too much to drink!
Regardless, the Granite State local is one of the greatest World Cup racers of all time with 33 victories. In 2008, Bode and fellow American Lindsey Vonn won the overall World Cup titles for the first U.S. sweep in 25 years.
An Olympic Gold Medalist, Bode is just one of 5 skiers to have won Olympic medals in 4 different ski- disciplines — downhill, super- G, slalom, grand slalom, and combined. So if Bode tipples a little, you cannot fault his discipline in skiing! Bad pun, I know.
But maybe for someone in your household, skiing or snowboarding isn’t your winter thing. Well there are beautiful trails for snowmobiling. Fast Fact: the first snowmobile was invented in Ossipee, New Hampshire.
New Hampshire prides itself on being a state concerned with personal liberties and freedoms so get ready to voice your right to win an Ikon Pass!
New Hampshire's state motto is, without a doubt, one of the most well-known of the 50 states. And it makes sense! It represents the American spirit and is said to have been the words spoken by a dying revolutionary soldier from the Granite State. Incidentally, that is the road test. And no peeking at the New Hampshire License plates on cars next to you. Eyes up!
So what is the state motto of New Hampshire? If you answer correctly, you can claim the deal on Deal Radar by saying you want the Ikon Pass Spoken Road discount.
You have 3 seconds to answer or you lose the Ikon Pass. Three… and two and one… what is it?
That’s right: Live Free or Die. Now go for broke like Bode Miller. Claim that Ikon Pass. Just remember, you gotta tell ‘em, “RoadSpoke and Bode Miller sent you!”
#IkonPass #BodeMiller #Olympics #WorldCup #Skiing #Snowboarding #GraniteState #NewHampshire #LoonMountain #LindseyVonn
EXIT of the DAY: EXIT 5 on New Jersey Turnpike I-295 To: Burlington, New Jersey, and Mount Holly,New Jersey
Ok Road Crew, what do you do on a typical Christmas night? Gather around a fire and digest the over-served remains of the day? Pack up the wrapping paper and play with the new toys? Kinda anti-climatic right?
Well on the night of Christmas 1776, our future President, General George Washington was rowing across the turbulent, wide and freezing Delaware River in pitch darkness. Ahead of him lay the British Army and a battle to determine the future of the United States.
Fast Fact: A Christmas Gift of epic proportions, on a freezing Christmas day in 1776, if not for the contributions of some pre-teen Jersey Boys, America may never have won its freedom.
Mount Holly, New Jersey played a seminal role in securing Washington's first major victory against the British at the Battle of Trenton. The year of 1776 was about to end badly since Washington had lost both the morale of his troops as well as lost every battle since the British had landed at Long Island and had chased him across New Jersey to the Delaware River near Trenton. Christmas was approaching and typically, armies reduced their hostilities during the winter. Marching troops was not easy so over the course of centuries, most European Armies camped and waited out the long winters.
The Hessians under the British stopped pursuing Washington and set up their winter quarters. Meanwhile Washington made it look like his army was camping in Pennsylvania. The broad Delaware River would provide a moat between the two armies preventing any easy attacks.
On December 17, 1776, Colonel Samuel Griffin of the Continental American Army slipped across the Delaware River with 600 untrained boys. He marched to Mount Holly, where he set up a few "3-pounder" artillery pieces on Iron Works Hill. Moving up and down the line, they blasted away making more noise than damage. This was a decoy to draw away a portion of the main enemy army from their camp at Trenton.
It worked. Hessian commander Carl von Donop, was told that there were 3,000 American troops at Mount Holly. Two days before Christmas, December 23, 2,000 Hessians grudgingly decamped to Mount Holly. There they engaged in an artillery exchange, known as the Battle of Mount Holly.
Late Christmas Eve, the American boys slipped away having successfully divided the enemy's forces.
On Christmas Night,in the dead of night with the Hessians celebrating the holiday, George Washington crossed the Delaware in a daring surprise attack. After George Washington crossed, the fact that thousands of Hessian troops had been drawn to Mount Holly aided his success in the Battle of Trenton at dawn December 26.
A total surprise, the hung-over Hessians were caught asleep in their tents.
Washington's victory sparked America's fading morale. Arguably without the success of Trenton, Washington's Army would have lost the financial support of the Colonial Congress in Philadelphia as well as the moral support to fight from his bedraggled troops. Facing mass desertions, it would not have lasted the winter.
But without the heroism of some young patriots at Mount Holly, Freedom for America could have been lost forever.
#MountHolly #AmericanRevolution #WashingtonCrossingtheDelaware #ColonialCongress #Trenton #BattleofTrenton #BattleofMountHolly
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I-95s EXIT 260B to onramp I-4s To Orlando, Florida
“Ok Road Crew, listen up. Whoever is first to get this Road Test correct gets $20 off admission to Disney World any time in the next 30 days? Yup, that’s right. You can claim the discount by just tapping your smart device's DEAL RADAR button -- which is flashing on your phone right now --and saying out loud, "CLAIM MY DEAL!"
“Ok, so get ready for the Road Test. Listen now for the fast facts:
Back in the early 1930's in early days of Movies, a cartoonist created a mouse. That Mouse, Mickey Mouse, had friends like Daffy Duck. Together they created a film studio. That Film Studio then spun off a theme park in sunny southern California. It was called DisneyLand after the creator, Walt Disney.
In the early 1960’s, Walt Disney and his brother Roy Disney embarked on a super-secret endeavor, known simply as “Project X”. They scoured the nation for a new location for a follow on theme park to their Anaheim based DisneyLand. First and foremost, they were looking for cheap land.
Second, they wanted it to be an all season location with great highway access. Reportedly, when Walt’s plane crossed over the intersection of Interstate 4 to land in Orlando Florida, he knew he found his spot.
Orlando was a sleepy citrus and cattle town. But soon that was to change...
To keep secret and not to drive up land prices, the Disneys set up many “dummy” corporations to purchase swampland, orchards and cow pastures. By May of 1965, there had been major land purchases, although no one suspected that Disney had anything to do with it.
In late June of that same year, the Orlando Sentinel reported that over 27,000 acres had recently changed hands. Speculation was that it was aerospace related as Kennedy Space Center is located nearby. People speculated that large aerospace corporations such as Hughes Aircraft and Boeing were the likely culprits. In October, though, the Orlando Sentinel reported that Walt Disney was behind it all. Of course, once it was revealed, the price of land jumped more than one thousand percent! By comparison, Walt bought his first acre of land in Florida for $80 dollars and his last for $80,000!
With the governor of Florida by his side, Walt described the $400,000,000 project that would become Walt Disney World. In exchange for boosting the area’s economy, the Disneys negotiated their own, autonomous government, known as the Reedy Creek Improvement District. This gave Walt the ability to do his own zoning and create his own residential community.
In total, Disney purchased 47 square miles. That’s equal to the city of San Francisco or about 30,000 acres. However, Only about 1,100 acres is devoted to the 4 theme parks. In fact, with only 7,000 acres developed, there’s still quite a lot of room for expansion.
This raises the question: why did Disney buy up all that extra land? The answer lies in Anaheim California. When DisneyLand was developed in the early 1950’s it was surrounded by beautiful orange orchards. But with the theme park’s success, cheapo motels, fast food restaurants and tourist traps moved in.
Walt did not want that to happen in Orlando. He would be sure that they could control the surroundings, which would include first-class facilities for recreation and accommodation. On top of that there are acres of open space.
Today, Orlando has become one of the top tourism destinations not just in Florida but in the world. So, as much as it has impacted the local economy, it certainly has fulfilled if not exceeded Walt’s vision.
Sadly the original Imagineer never saw the fruits of his dreams. Walt Disney was a heavy smoker all his life. He died of Lung Cancer in 1966, 5 years before Disney World ever even opened.
Now for the road test: What world famous theme park and resort is off the upcoming exit to Orlando? You have 3 seconds to answer. 3 and a 2… and 1. That’s correct!
If you said Disney World you get $20 Dollars off admission from now till June 13, 2021. Just remember to say, RoadSpoke sent you!"
#WaltDisney #DisneyLand #DisneyWorld #Orlando #ReedyCreek #RoyDisney #Citrus #Anaheim #ThemeParks #Florida
EXIT of the DAY: Exit 34 on I-278 To Queens, Mid-Town Tunnel and Long Island Expressway in Sunnyside, Queens.
Ok Road Crew, check out the white sign for the upcoming Exit - the Queens Midtown Tunnel. It distinguishes the largely working class borough of Queens from Midtown Manhattan -- the access point for major corporate players on Media, Advertising and Communications. One person who embodies a player in all those sectors crossed over from Queens but never forgot where he came from. Like the tunnel itself, he connects his humble roots to touch millions. In doing so, he has become an industry unto himself.
"Going back to Cali" by Queens native LL Cool J is ranked as one of the Top 50 Road Trip Songs according to Time Out magazine. Maybe because it boasts the coolest sax solo in all hip-hop. Or maybe because Mister Ladies Love Cool James really does not care if he goes anywhere specific-- so long as he is Road Trippin' in his tricked out Corvette, cruising with his beautiful wife, Simone -- and family... and, of course, listening to RoadSpoke Talking Tours!
LL Cool J stands for Ladies Love Cool James. But before he was LLCoolJ, he simply was "James". Always searching, James Todd Smith's first hit at the ripe old age of 16 investigated the lack of musical inspiration in a rap anthem called "I need a Beat." In March 1984, when NYU student Rick Rubin and promoter-manager Russell Simmons founded the then-independent Def Jam label, 16-year-old Hollis, Queens-native LL Cool J was creating demo tapes in his grandparents' home. The commercial success of "I Need a Beat", along with the Beastie Boys' single "Rock Hard" (1984), helped launch the iconic label, Def Jam.
Concurrently his first film role was in a high school football movie called "Wildcats". Cool J then landed the role of Captain Patrick Zevo in the 1992 film "Toys" in which he shared the silver screen with Robin Williams.
As we all know, LL Cool J is currently a series lead with Chris O'Donnell on "NCIS: Los Angeles".
Cool J portrays NCIS Special Agent Sam Hanna, an ex–Navy SEAL who is fluent in Arabic and an expert on West Asian culture.
But perhaps what best accounts for his getting a 2016 Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, is the fact that he appeared on Sesame Street.
LL Cool J appeared in Sesame Street's 39th season where he introduced the word of the day, "Unanimous".
Obviously it is unanimous that the Ladies Love Cool James and so do people of all sexes -- especially fans from Queens who love road trips!
#LLCoolJ #JamesToddSmith #RobinWilliams #RockHard #IneedaBeat #NCIS #GoingBackToCali #Toys #BeastieBoys #DefJam #RussellSimmons #RickRubin #Hollis
EXIT of the Day: Hear this here…
I-4, EXIT 108s onramp I-4S: To Valdez, Deltona FL
“Ok Road Trippers, as we approach Deltona, it is time for a Road Test. So you, the one with the hair, get off Tik Tok and listen up! You might learn something worthless.
This Road Test is brought to you by Joe’s Gas and Convenience Store 1 minute off upcoming Exit 108. If you get the answer correct, you can get a Buy 1 Get 1 free deal of any Pepsi or Dorito Product with a fill up of fuel above $15. So get right to exit. Now listen to the Fast Facts!
There are some ridiculous laws on the books in the state of Florida. We did some research and found some of the silliest. Many of these laws are only in effect in certain cities. So for example, selling fruit in one city is all right but you could spend hard time if you cross the county line. Up in Destin, Florida please don't set off any torpedoes. It's illegal there. Not sure about the rest of the state, but they have a problem with torpedoes in Destin. Must be a lot of large alligators or something.
Also Good to know: in all of Florida, men are not allowed in public wearing a strapless dress. As long as you've got straps of some sort, you're cool.
Also, in Destin, it is illegal for an ice-cream man to sell ice cream in a cemetery. But what’s really weird, in Hialeah, strolling or ambling is a misdemeanor.
Still all that’s nothing compared to selling certain fruits in Miami. In Miami, you could face up to 30 days in jail for selling oranges on the sidewalk. And don't even think about showering naked! It's an actionable offense.
Maybe the cops perp walk you with your handcuffs in front.... Raincoats must be popular round here. And as if people do not have enough outdoor activities to entertain them, in Daytona Beach, you're banned from molesting trash cans. In Key West, don't molest the chickens. They're a protected species. But they need to hear that in Key West…
Finally, here is one that does make sense. In the state of Florida, it's illegal to have physical relations with a porcupine. Ouch! But maybe you can have relations with a chicken outside of Key West. The State Law is not clear on that issue
And finally, in case you are riding down the interstate on Jumbo, know this: When you tie it to a parking meter, your elephant gets charged just the same as your car would.
Now for the Road Test. How many days do you get in jail for selling Grapefruits in Miami? You have three seconds. 3…2…and 1. The answer is no time. You get no time in jail. That’s because it is only illegal to sell Oranges. Now go park your elephant and feed the meter. And when you visit upcoming Deltona, no romancing porcupines. Pervert!
Oh and go get your Buy 1 Get 1 Free Deal of Pepsi or Doritos at Joe’s. Just tell em RoadSpoke’s Silly Laws sent you!”
#sillyFloridalaws #Roadtrippers #FastFacts #Jumbo #ParkingElephants #Florida #Snowbirds
Exit of the Day... to DeSoto County
EXIT OF THE DAY: I-95n Exit 129, To: RT 70 West to Okeechobee, Florida, east to Ft Pierce, FL
“Ok Road Crew, now we are going back to the times when the first Europeans came to America.
Way back in 1539 — just 47 years after Columbus — Hernando de Soto is credited with discovering Florida. I say credited because upon coming ashore with his flotilla of 700 Conquistadors at lower Tampa Bay on Florida’s Gulf Coast, they immediately came upon a shipwrecked Spanish Sailor.
That European had lived already for some time among the local Native Americans. This castaway then served as De Soto’s guide on his epic 3 year trek from Florida up through Georgia, crossing the Appalachians from North Carolina into Tennessee and Alabama, crossing the Mississippi into Louisiana, and thus becoming the first Europeans to cross the River into the west.
In fact, DeSoto’s expedition was credited as the first Europeans to “discover” the Mississippi. But of course tens of thousands of Native Americans lived along its banks every day for thousands of years.
De Soto’s Guide was named Juan Ortiz. A gifted linguist who likely also used Native American sign language, he recruited guides from each tribe along the route.
The main initiative of the trek of course was to seek gold. And Native Americans must have propelled the army forward with fables of vast bonanzas just a little further up the trail “toward the setting sun.”
The expedition was generally belligerent with one battle alone inflicting over 2000 fatalities on a single Mississippian Tribe.
What peaceful exchange occurred no doubt was thanks to Juan Ortiz. Still Juan Ortiz caused tension within the Spanish Officer Corps since he refused to dress as a Spaniard.
When Gold was not forthcoming, other officers questioned Juan's motives. However, De Soto remained loyal to Juan Ortiz, allowing him the freedom to dress and commingle freely with the Native Americans.
After 3 years, in 1542, the army of 700 Conquistadors was ultimately reduced to just over 300. But neither Juan Cortiz nor Hernando De Soto made it back to Mexico City.
Juan Cortiz died anonymously along the western part of the trek, while De Soto died of Fever in May 1542. Fearing mutilation by vengeful Indians, De Soto's body was weighted and after night fall commended to the waters of the Mississippi.
The positive ramifications of De Soto’s march were that much territory was mapped for posterity.
Other lasting impacts were that European Pigs escaped to become feral razorbacks and escaped horses were first introduced to native peoples.
But on a large scale, western diseases like smallpox and measles devastated Native American Populations. So DeSoto’s landing in Florida marks the beginning for some, and the end for many others.
#HernandoDeSoto #Conquistadors #discoverFlorida #1539 #crosstheMississippi #NativeAmericans #DeSoto #TampaBay
If you had the RoadSpoke app, this is what you would hear…here:
I-95n at Exit 14B to I-78n to Bayonne, NJ
"Ok, now… Quick, look up. In the distance to you you can now see the Statue Of Liberty. This is the best highway to see Lady Liberty because she is not blocked by Bayonne’s shipping cranes. So now it is time for a Road Test. Get ready to listen to the Fast Facts.
Fast Facts: in 1883 a call was sent out for writers to submit words to affix forever to her massive granite pedestal. Fund raising to erect the colossal gift from France had fallen off. So this request was a gimmick to engage Americans. Back then there was no Facebook or Instagram much less TikTok to gather and focus the attention of millions of fans. So the word went out by newspaper. It was successful. Such famous authors as Mark Twain and Walt Whitman submitted written pieces.
At the same time, a 34 year old Jewish poet named Emma Lazarus was outraged by recent anti-semitic violence in Russia.
There, the Czar and his soldiers were purging Jewish neighborhoods of their citizens. For no reason other than worshipping God in a different manner, Russian Soldiers beat, murdered, and looted Jewish people mercilessly.
These so-called anti-semitic pogroms created hundreds of thousands of refugees who sailed across the ocean to America’s Golden Door.
Back in New York City, Emma, submitted her 14 line poem. Sadly, the poem stagnated for years.
Emma Lazarus never herself even saw the erected statue — even though she sailed right past it 5 years later. The daughter of a wealthy sugar refiner, Emma was in Europe on the Grand Tour when she was diagnosed with Hodgkins Disease. Returning to New York, she was too weak to go on deck to see the recently constructed Lady Liberty. Emma died 4 months later.
Fast forward 15 years to 1903. After tireless efforts by her friend Georgina Schuyler, the stirring words of Emma Lazarus were finally affixed. Called “The NEW Colossus”, the poem spoke of replacing classical male giants with a new form and spirit: Lady Liberty.
It may have taken years for Americans to realize the full meaning of the Gifts from Emma Lazarus and the French, but its significance was not lost on millions of immigrants who would nearly sink their listing ships as they all rushed to the port side to see this promise of a New World.
Here now are her 14 lines:
"Not Like the brazen giant of Greek Fame, With conquering limbs astride from land to land, Here at our sea-washed sunset gates shall stand, A mighty WOMAN with a torch, whose flame is the imprisoned lightning, and her name, Mother of Exiles..."
"From her beacon-hand glows worldwide welcome; her mild eyes command The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame. “Keep ancient lands your storied pomp,” cries she with silent lips. “Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me. I lift my lamp beside the golden door.”
In years since, many unknown and famous Jewish immigrants have sought the Golden Door and become United States Citizens: actress Natalie Portman, Secretary of State, Henry Kissinger and world famous scientist, Albert Einstein to name but 3.
Now for the Road Test. What was the name, nationality, and religion of the poet who wrote, "Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free?”
You have three seconds: Three and two and one. Her name is Emma Lazarus, American, and she was Jewish. Please do not forget it.
#StatueofLiberty #LadyLiberty #EmmaLazarus #TheNewColossus #LibertyStatePark
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