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BASICS ON BASIN

New Orleans, Louisiana

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For months following the disaster of Hurricane Katrina in the city of New Orleans, Louisiana, most of the local professional musicians and artists were put out of work and left to somewhat "fend for themselves".  A number of these once regularly employed artists "returned to the basics" as they performed on the street corners for donations to supplement their incomes.  Subsequently, the public was again blessed with the sweet sounds of the true New Orleans Jazz as they strolled along the streets of the city.

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MUNICIPAL AUDITORIUM

Shreveport, Louisiana

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Opening on November 11, 1929, the old Municipal Memorial Auditorium located in Shreveport, Louisiana, is best known for its having been the home of the old "Louisiana Hayride" country music radio show hosted by KWKH.  Known as the "Cradle to the Stars", the first Hayride was broadcast from the auditorium in front of a live audience on April 3, 1948 and immediately became a huge success. Many, many musicians' careers were catapulted from here into the limelight and on into stardom.


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HUMBLE BEGINNINGS

Tupelo, Mississippi

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This little two room house was built in 1934 by Elvis' father, Vernon, his uncle Vester, and their father, Jesse Presley.  Vernon had borrowed $180.00 from Orville Bean, a man that he was working for at a local dairy at the time, and arranged a plan of small payments to pay him back.  On January 8, 1935 Gladys Presley gave birth to twin boys in the little house.  Jesse Garon was stillborn and the other twin was named Elvis Aaron Presley.  Work was hard to find during those depressed years and, when Elvis was about two and a half years old, Vernon lost the home for lack of payment.

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BACKDOOR TROUBADOUR

Nashville, Tennessee

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Originally named "Mom's", this small bar located on Broadway in Nashville, Tennessee was purchased by Tootsie Bess in 1960.  She credited a painter with giving the place it's name.  He had painted it. without her knowledge, orchid...thus the name "Tootsie's Orchid Lounge".  Since the back door of Tootsie's is directly across an alley from the backstage door of the old Ryman, where the Grand Old Opry was located for years, it became a favorite watering hole for many of the most well-known country music artists.

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MOBILE POINT LIGHT

Fort Morgan, Alabama

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The Mobile Point light, a 30-foot iron tower, now stands on dry land at the Fort Morgan State Historic Site.  Constructed in 1873, its powerful Fresnel lens served as a beacon for sailors until its deactivation in 1966. Today visitors to Fort Morgan, Alabama can see both the tower and its lens, which is on display inside the fort's museum.


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MOBILE BAY LIGHT

Mobile, Alabama

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The Mobile Bay Light, located in the center of Mobile Bay near Mobile, Alabama, resembles a cozy cottage up on stilts- a hexagonal wooden structure, topped by a lantern, atop steel pilings.  The building was designed to accommodate a lighthouse keeper and spouse.  The light, which was built in 1885, was deactivated in 1967 and today only flashes a hazard warning beacon.


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SAND ISLAND LIGHTHOUSE

Dauphin Island, Alabama

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The Sand Island Lighthouse, an impressive 132-foot masonry tower, continues to defy the storms and erosion that have almost completely washed away the tiny barrier island on which it stands. Located at sea four miles south of Dauphin Island, Alabama, it is the state's only coastal lighthouse. From the time of its activation in 1873 the present structure has witnessed repeated assaults from hurricanes and once accommodated a two-story keepers house which was washed away in 1906.


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1953 SCHOOL OF BUSINESS

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"Last lagger! No dubs!" These were often heard exclamations as the mid-morning bell sounded for recess at most county elementary schools during the 1950's.  Although "playing for keeps" was usually forbidden by the faculty, almost every boy had his supply of colored "marvels" and at least one special instrument know as his "taw" or "shooter".  This was an especially select marble used to shoot the opposition's glass marbles or taw out of the ring to claim them.  Boys, during those years, spent many hours of spare time on their knees in pursuit of the classmate's clutch of glass treasures.


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INNOCENT WISHES
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It is really too bad that our present day world of reality allows very little room for the trusting innocence of a young child later in life. The gleams of hope in the eyes of youngsters as they express there innocent wishes to Santa at Christmas time could very well represent our hopes for our society in general. The real job is our own work to deliver on these hopes and wishes. This will take an honest commitment to fairness and a dedication by each of us to do our part in making our world a better place to live for all.


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CLASSIC

1946 Aeronca Champ

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When it comes to picking the favorite post-war trainer, most pilots fall into line behind one of two airplanes - the Cub or the Champ. Both have their supporters and detractors, but all will admit that the little Aeronca Champ is the only classic of the period to give the Cub a run for its money in the learning-to-fly game. The first lines for the new airplane were laid on vellum by designer Ray Hermes in early 1944 and the plane flew in May of that year. The Official designation of the airplane was 7AC (model 7, first variation, Champion) and it used the A-65 Continental engine. A little over 8100 Champs were produced, most of which were the 65hp 7ACs that ended production in April of 1948.


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MUTUALS GAME OF THE DAY

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During the 1940's and early 1950's the Mutual Broadcasting System brought daily selected radio coverage of major league baseball games into the reach of millions of new fans across the nation. These games were sent out to local affiliated stations throughout the country. Previously games were mainly aired on stations in the cities of the participating teams only, so "out of market" baseball fans were usually unable to hear the games. A very large number of major league games were still played in daytime during those years as several stadiums didn't even possess the lighting for the night games. In fact, games were quite often called or postponed "due to darkness". Usually the announcers for the these Mutual games were the local sportscasters for one of the teams in that particular game so millions of fans had the opportunity to hear the voices of such well known people as Mel Allen, "Red" Barber, Jack Buck and Harry Caray.


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MEETING ON THE MOUND

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As almost every baseball pitcher learns early on in his career, there will simply be those certain days when his best pitches will appear to be no more than batting practice for the opposing batsmen. Despite his best efforts on these days, he will be fed a large helping of humility and he will learn a very important lesson of competitive sports. In this painting by H. Scott Grammer the young pitcher is, in spite of the encouragement of all his teammates, in the process of absorbing this lesson.


 

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