Kodak – Eastman Picks a Name

By | Sep 4, 2017

What’s in a name? For George Eastman the name is Kodak. It was on September 4, 1888 that he patented the name Kodak. When applying to the British Patent Office his comments were; “This is not a foreign name or word; it was constructed by me to serve a definite purpose. It has the following […]

Pabst Blue Ribbon

By | Mar 28, 2017

Pabst Blue Ribbon Beer is a beer that many drink, but where did the name come from? The Pabst part of the name comes from the German immigrant Frederick Pabst who was born on March 28, 1836.

Bell’s Telephone

By | Feb 14, 2017

The telegraph was invented by Samuel Morse in 1835 and it was Alexander Graham Bell’s intention to improve on the telegraph that lead to his invention of the telephone. It was on March 10, 1876 when Bell in one room and his assistant Thomas Watson in another when he shouted the words, ‘Mr. Watson – […]

The Day the Music Died?

By | Feb 3, 2017

It really wasn’t the day that the music died, although it may have been the end of an era. On that day three of Rock and Roll’s young stars (Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and J.P. Richardson, the Big Bopper) were involved in an early morning plane crash. The day was February 3, 1959 and happened […]

I Don’t Like Mondays

By | Jan 29, 2016

On Monday January 29, 1979 the day was starting as usual for Cleveland Elementary School in San Diego, California. Then all of a sudden shots rang out. They were coming from the house across the street. During the 6 hour shooting spree and standoff Principal Burton Wragg and head custodian Mike Suchar were killed. Eight […]

James Cash Penney

By | Sep 16, 2015

Nearly everyone knows of the store J.C Penney. The first store was opened in 1902 in Kemmerer, Wyoming. The owners were Guy Johnson, Thomas Callahan and James Cash Penney, or J.C. Penney. By 1907 two more stores had been opened. Johnson and Callahan decided they wanted to dissolve the partnership leaving Penney as lone owner. […]

The Chevy Corvette

By | Jun 30, 2013

In many ways June 30th is the birthday of what many men think as their Dream Car. It was on that day in 1953 when the first Corvette rolled off of the assembly line at the Flint Michigan Chevrolet Plant 39. In this production year only 300 Corvettes were built. The first two Corvettes off […]

Margaret Hamilton – A Kind Lady Best Known as a Witch

By | Dec 9, 2012

Nearly everyone’s vision of a wicked old witch comes from the Wicked Witch of the West from the movie Wizard of Oz. The role of the witch was played by Margaret Hamilton who was born on December 9th in 1902. Even though her most famous role has frighten many children since its release in 1939, […]

Coca-Cola

By | May 8, 2012

Coca-Cola was first sold on May 8, 1886 at Jacob’s Pharmacy in Atlanta, Georgia. It was sold as a patent medicine for 5 cents. At the time carbonization was thought to good for heath. For the first few months only a few glasses were sold each day. The formula was created by John Sith Pemberton. […]

Hershey: The Man and His Park

By | Apr 24, 2012

In 1903 Milton Hershey broke ground for his chocolate factory on a 1200 acre parcel of ground located in the cornfields of Pennsylvania about 10 miles from Harrisburg. Around his factory he also planned a town. The town now bares his name, Hershey. Hershey planned more than just a place to live and work for […]

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