Suburbia: Where America Lives

November 15, 2011 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comments Off on Suburbia: Where America Lives 

February 11, 2009 9:46 PM

For CBS News Sunday Morning, Correspondent Richard Schlesinger talks to an expert on suburbia and two people who were in on it from the beginning.
“Really, when we talk about the suburbs, we’re talking about America now, because we are now a suburban nation in the sense that really more people live in suburbs than live in cities and rural areas combined.We really are a totally suburban nation.”

So says Ken Jackson of Columbia University, who has been studying the suburbs for 30 years and who has even written a book about them, The Crabgrass Frontier.

“Most historians would say that up until 1920, we were a rural nation; in 1920, we became a predominantly urban nation, and that lasted for 40 or 50 years.”

A predominantly urban America didn’t last long. World War II changed it all. Boatloads of American GIs returned from the war, but they couldn’t go home. The Great Depression and then the urgencies of war had brought housing construction to a standstill.

About 15 million returning GIs, their wives and the baby boom that followed crowded in with relatives and friends, anywhere they could. And American turned its attention from Hitler to housing.

The conditions were just right for someone to build a lot of houses, make a lot of money and change the face of America. That one person was himself a GI, who had an eye on the future even as the war was raging.

More than almost anybody, William Levitt decided what the future would look like.

“Sitting out in the Pacific with the Seabees in the U.S. Navy, we used to sit around,” he recalls. “And I remember distinctly saying to a lot of fellow officers there, ‘When this war is over, you beg, borrow, or steal whatever you can and build housing, because there’s going to be a huge backlog.'”

“It was simple economics,” he adds. “People needed roofs over their heads, and there weren’t any roofs being built.”

Levitt bought a bushel of potato fields on New York’s Long Island and started building more houses than anyone thought possible, more quickly than anyone thought possible.
He built 17,000 houses in just five years and called his instant town Levittown.

Historian Jackson explains, “People are practically living in refrigerators. They’re doubling up with parents, grandparents, and here along comes Levitt, offering a new house, a Bendix washer, for probably less money than they’re paying for rent. It was probably the best deal in American history.”

Suburbia was born, and people like Polly Dwyer couldn’t wait to move in. “I lived with my mother-in-law,” she says with a laugh. “You could see why I was overjoyed coming to this house!”

At the time, it was a kind of way-out idea. All the houses were basically the same – built for speed, not for looks. There were five models, slightly different on the outside, identical on the inside.

The image of the suburbs was of this happy plce: Leave It to Beaver, Life With Father and Ozzie and Harriet; the paper boys throwing the thing on the front porch; Mom is there, baking apple pies and sending the kids off to school in the morning; Dad comes home with the hat. Everything is terrific. That’s the image.

Jackson says suburbs are still growing rapidly in the United States, and spreading so far and fast that people have come up with a new word for it: sprawl.

Dwyer realizes she’s part of history now. She’s curator of the Levittown Historical Museum. It’s a museum, in part, about herself, telling the story of her life.

The funny thing about history is sometimes you hardly know it’s happening.

“We were so busy that we didn’t have time to think that we were or were not making history,” recalls Levitt.

Says Dwyer, “I didn’t see the overall picture of it. I just saw my neighborhood, the stores, the pool, and I was just happy with that. But I didn’t know I was living history. It was just a place for us to live and a happy place.”

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Apple Icon With Steve Jobs Profile

November 12, 2011 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comments Off on Apple Icon With Steve Jobs Profile 



Apple Icon With Steve Jobs Profile

The student came up the with idea when Jobs resigned, but it’s only since Jobs’ passing, that the design is getting attention.
Courtesy Jonathan Mak

Apple Logo Features Steve Jobs in Silhouette
A Hong Kong student tweaked the Apple logo as a tribute to the company’s former CEO.
Fri Oct 7, 2011 11:58 AM ET | content provided by AFP
A Hong Kong design student said on Friday he was overwhelmed and felt “unreal” after his somber logo in tribute to Apple founder Steve Jobs caused a worldwide Internet sensation.

The design, featuring Jobs’s silhouette incorporated into the bite of a white Apple logo on a black background, has gone viral on the Internet since news of his death.

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“I feel so unreal,” Jonathan Mak, a second year graphic design student at Hong Kong Polytechnic University, told AFP, after he was inundated with tens of thousands of emails and messages on his Twitter account.

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“You don’t get to 180 thousands notes without feeling slightly insane,” the 19-year-old posted on another microblogging site Tumblr Friday, referring to the messages he has received.

Mak said newspapers in the United States and Germany have contacted him about buying the copyright to use his logo and had received job offers.

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“I am flattered by the attention but I would like to focus on my study before taking on any full-time job,” said the bespectacled student, adding that he was trying to cope with his new-found fame.

“I’m quite busy now actually as I’m trying to finish a school project.”

When asked about whether he would be targeting commercial opportunities, Mak said he was considering contacting Apple on copyright issues because his design is based on Apple’s own logo.

Some merchandisers have reportedly used his logo for commemorative memorabilia for Jobs such as t-shirts and caps that are being sold on the Internet.

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“I will consider using any proceeds I make from the copyright for cancer research, as suggested by some people to me on the Internet,” he said. Jobs died at 56 of pancreatic cancer.

Mak said he first came up with the design after Jobs announced his resignation in late August, but the logo received little attention at the time.

The teenager said the Apple founder had inspired him in his design.

“He was a minimalist, which is the way I would like to emphasize in my design — fewer elements but a powerful message.”

“Steve Jobs strongly believed in his own ideas and continued with his beliefs no matter how people criticized him. He was courageous,” said Mak.

Today in History November 11

November 11, 2011 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comments Off on Today in History November 11 
World War I ends, 1918
American Revolution
Poor leadership leads to Cherry Valley Massacre, 1778
The General Lee jumps into history, 1978
Civil War
Confederate General Benjamin McCulloch is born, 1811
Cold War
Soviet Union refuses to play Chile in World Cup Soccer, 1973
Police make a grisly discovery in Dorothea Puente’s lawn, 1988
Skiers die in cable-car fire, 2000
General Interest
Nat Turner executed in Virginia, 1831
George Patton born, 1885
Dedication of the Tomb of the Unknowns, 1921
Interview with the Vampire debuts, 1994
Louisa May Alcott publishes her first story, 1852
Donna Summer earns her first #1 pop hit with “MacArthur Park”, 1978
Old West
Massive dust storm sweeps South Dakota, 1933
Franklin Pierce marries Jane Appleton, 1834
James Garfield marries Lucretia Rudolph, 1858
Fernando Valenzuela wins Cy Young Award, 1981
Vietnam War
Viet Cong release U.S. prisoners of war, 1967
Operation Commando Hunt commences, 1968
Long Binh base turned over to South Vietnam, 1972
World War I
World War I ends, 1918
World War II
Draft age is lowered to 18, 1942

Led Zeppelin IV hits Its 40th anniversary

November 8, 2011 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comments Off on Led Zeppelin IV hits Its 40th anniversary 

It was exactly forty years ago today (November 8) that Led Zeppelin IV was released to the world.IV wasn’t the official title for the album. The title was in symbols and it became known as symbols, IV and Zoso depending on who you talked to.

IV was Led Zeppelin’s biggest album, selling over 32 million units since its release. It is the third biggest selling album ever in the USA behind Eagles’ Their Greatest Hits and Michael Jackson’s Thriller.

Led Zeppelin started work on the album at Basing Street Studios in London in December 1970 while Jethro Tull were in another studio recording Aqualung.

Led Zeppelin recorded 11 songs at the sessions and eight made the album. The remaining three Down By The Seaside, Night Flight and Boogie With Stu were released four years later on Physical Graffiti.

The two singles released from the album were Black Dog and Rock and Roll. Australia was the only country in the world to release Stairway To Heaven as a 7′ vinyl EP with Black Dog and Rock and Roll on the other side.

Oklahoma Hit by Earthquake

November 6, 2011 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comments Off on Oklahoma Hit by Earthquake 

November 6, 2011
Oklahoma Hit by Earthquake for a Second Night in a Row



For the second night in a row, an earthquake rattled Central Oklahoma late Saturday night, waking residents, breaking dishes and generally startling people more accustomed to natural disasters from above than from below their feet.

The quake, which the United States Geological Survey said had a preliminary magnitude of 5.6, occurred about 10:53 p.m. and was centered near Sparks, Okla., a town of 137 people about 45 miles east of Oklahoma City.

Justin Reese, manager of the Boomarang Diner in nearby Chandler, Okla., the seat of Lincoln County, said the shaking went on for about a minute and 40 seconds. He said that there was some damage but that it was too dark to say how much.

“It was scary,” said Mr. Reese, who added that Oklahomans “were not used to something like that.”

Neither the police department nor the fire department in Chandler reported any emergencies related to the quake. The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department reported some structural and road damage.

A woman’s answering the dispatcher’s line at the sheriff’s department said some boulders had broken free in the county. She described them as “rocks the size of cars.” No injuries were reported, The Associated Press said.

The United States Geological Survey said that the quake was a shallow one, about three miles deep, and that the epicenter was four miles east of Sparks.

“You could feel it coming through the ground, and the walls started vibrating,” Mr. Reese said. “It rolled kind of just like a boat or a ship would roll underneath your feet.”

In the diner’s kitchen, several large galleys were knocked over, he said, and “we had a lot of breakage from plates.”

The quake was most intense for about 40 seconds, when “it was really lifting and moving things,” he said. “The next 60 seconds everything was just vibrating.”

The earthquake on Saturday followed a smaller one reported that day at 2:12 a.m. that was felt in neighboring states. Its epicenter was in Prague, Okla., about 50 miles east of Oklahoma City.

Mr. Reese, reached by phone early Sunday, said there were some “major cracks through the brick” of the Lincoln County Courthouse after the first quake.

“Tornadoes, we have a warning of,” he said. “These we have no warning; this is a total surprise.”

Oklahoma Geological Survey researcher Austin Holland told the Oklahoma City television station KOTV that the earthquake and aftershocks occurred on a known fault line, The A.P. said, adding that residents in Prague and Sparks felt an intense shaking.

Sistine Chapel ceiling opens to public

November 1, 2011 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comments Off on Sistine Chapel ceiling opens to public 

Nov 1, 1512
sistine chapel
The ceiling of the Sistine Chapel in Rome, one of Italian artist Michelangelo’s finest works, is exhibited to the public for the first time.

Michelangelo Buonarroti, the greatest of the Italian Renaissance artists, was born in the small village of Caprese in 1475. The son of a government administrator, he grew up in Florence, a center of the early Renaissance movement, and became an artist’s apprentice at age 13. Demonstrating obvious talent, he was taken under the wing of Lorenzo de’ Medici, the ruler of the Florentine republic and a great patron of the arts. After demonstrating his mastery of sculpture in such works as the Pieta (1498) and David (1504), he was called to Rome in 1508 to paint the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel—the chief consecrated space in the Vatican.

Michelangelo’s epic ceiling frescoes, which took several years to complete, are among his most memorable works. Central in a complex system of decoration featuring numerous figures are nine panels devoted to biblical world history. The most famous of these is The Creation of Adam, a painting in which the arms of God and Adam are stretching toward each other. In 1512, Michelangelo completed the work.

After 15 years as an architect in Florence, Michelangelo returned to Rome in 1534, where he would work and live for the rest of his life. That year saw his painting of the The Last Judgment on the wall above the altar in the Sistine Chapel for Pope Paul III. The massive painting depicts Christ’s damnation of sinners and blessing of the virtuous and is regarded as a masterpiece of early Mannerism.

Michelangelo worked until his death in 1564 at the age of 88. In addition to his major artistic works, he produced numerous other sculptures, frescoes, architectural designs, and drawings, many of which are unfinished and some of which are lost. In his lifetime, he was celebrated as Europe’s greatest living artist, and today he is held up as one of the greatest artists of all time, as exalted in the visual arts as William Shakespeare is in literature or Ludwig van Beethoven is in music.
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