Monday, October 31, 2011

Hello Minnesota!!!!

I spent quite a bit of  time in Minnesota during the 80's.  My ex-husband's family lives there and we would visit often.  I thoroughly enjoyed the people there and the state in general...except for the mosquitoes!!!!
I'm looking to "visiting" again...let's go!

Minnesota became the 32nd to enter the Union on May 1, 1858.

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Michigan Interesting Fact and Goodbye

On October 14, 1960, presidential candidate John F. Kennedy visited the University of Michigan.  JFK's visit and impromptu speech at the campus led to a student movement that contributed to the founding of the Peace Corps. Over 200,000 Americans have joined the Peace Corps since 1961.

Goodbye Michigan, it's be fun!

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Michigan Interesting People

In Greenfield Township on July 30, 1863, American industrialist Henry Ford was born. Ford was the founder of the Ford Motor Company.

Gilda Susan Radner was born in Detroit on June 28, 1946. Gilda was an American comedian and actress. She was married to fellow actor Gene Wilder from 1984 until her death from ovarian cancer in May of 1989.


Earvin "Magic" Johnson Jr. was born in Lansing on August 14, 1959.  Magic is a retired American professional basketball player.  He was the Los Angeles Lakers #1 draft pick in 1979 and played his entire career (1979-1996) with the Lakers. He retired the first time in 1991 after announcing that he had contracted HIV.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Michigan Food

When establishing Detroit in the early 1600s, the French settlers planted cherry trees in their gardens. Now, about 75% of the nation's tart cherries are grown in Michigan.
Traverse City refers to itself as the "cherry capital of the world".

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Michigan University

Twenty years before Michigan officially became a state, "The University of Michigania" was founded in 1817.  Originally in Detroit, the school moved to Ann Arbor in 1837. The university is well known for research activity.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Massachusetts Interesting Fact

Founded in 1626, Salem was originally called Naumkeag, after the river it was settled by. It was re-named Salem three years later. It's new name was derived in part by the Hebrew word "shalom".

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Massachusetts Interesting People

Wow, there are so many "interesting" people from Mass...I had to feature at least four of my favorites!

Susan Brownell Anthony was born in West Grove, Adams on Feb 15, 1820.  Susan B. Anthony was prominent figure for women's rights and American civil rights.

John Fitzgerald Kennedy was born in Brookline on May 29, 1917.  JFK was the 35th President of the United States.  He was assassinated on November 22, 1963, while serving his term as President.

George Herbert Walker Bush was born in Milton on June 12, 1924.  He was the 41st President of the United States. He is the father of George Walker Bush who was the 43rd President of the United States. 

Ruth Elizabeth "Bette" Davis was born in Lowell on April 5, 1908.  Bette was an American film, TV and theater actress.  In January of 1941, she became the first female president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Massachusetts Sports

Based in Boston, the Boston Bruins are a professional ice hockey team that originated in 1924. They are a member of the National Hockey League and are the 3rd oldest team in the league. They are the oldest NHL team in the United States.

Also based in Boston, the Boston Red Sox are a professional baseball team that was founded in 1901. They are a member of  Major League Baseball.