How ironic. Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker seems to be supporting the locked-out NFL union referees. Hey Gov, send some of that love to your unionized Wisconsin public employees! http://blog.workingamerica.org/2012/09/25/touchception-punching-in/
Bill Bouton, a retired biology instructor, was having little success photographing birds along the California coast Saturday, but fortunately a small pod of humpback whales arrived to save the day. Bouton’s incredible images, captured off San Luis Obispo, show the mammals lunge-feeding a mere stone’s throw from shore—and much closer to boaters, kayakers and paddlers (including a woman in a dress) who seemingly could not resist getting dangerously close to the powerful leviathan.
Minnesota’s Historic Bridges
Robert Street Bridge
Historic Name: Robert Street Bridge
Mn/DOT Bridge Number: Bridge No. 9036
Bridge Type: Reinforced concrete arch
City/Township: St. Paul
Crossing: Robert St. over the Mississippi River
Engineer: Toltz, King & Day, Inc.
Contractor: Fegles Construction Company, Ltd.
Year Built: 1924-1926
Overall Length: 1534.4 feet
Overall Width: 78.5 feet
Adapted from the National Register of Historic Places nomination form prepared by Robert M. Frame III. The Robert Street Bridge was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1989.
The Robert Street Bridge is a reinforced concrete, multiple-arch bridge. The Robert Street Bridge is historically significant as an outstanding example of an unaltered, monumental, multi-span, reinforced concrete arch bridge. It is the product of a very complex engineering design process to enable this bridge to be built in this location with its established vehicular, railroad, streetcar and river-navigation demands. The resulting bridge includes a monumental reinforced concrete rainbow arch, by far the largest in Minnesota. The bridge is outstanding not only for its engineering, but for its aesthetic effect in the overall design of the bridge.
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Hunting for the Woody Guthrie’s Guitars
Category: Mainstream Published on Monday, 16 July 2012 10:35 Written by Stephen Pate
Celebrating the 100th Birthday of Woody Guthrie – Woody played hundreds and here are some notables
We don’t know where many of Woody Guthrie’s guitars are since Woody was fairly casual about property and his guitars.
Arlo Guthrie, his son, has a guitar his father gave him. Paul Allen, the founder of Microsoft is supposed to have one as well.
If they were available for sale, Woody’s guitars would be very expensive to buy.
WOODY SEZ… “I hate a song that makes you think that you’re not any good. I hate a song that makes you think that you are just born to lose. Bound to lose. No good to nobody. No good for nothing. Because you are either too old or too young or too fat or too slim or too ugly or too this or too that….songs that run you down or songs that poke fun of you on account of your bad luck or your hard traveling. I am out to fight those kinds of songs to my very last breath of air and my last drop of blood.” - Source: Script written by Woody Guthrie on December 3rd, 1944 for a WNEW radio show, 1944. http://www.woody100.com/# HAPPY 100th BIRTHDAY Woody!
NPR | by Mark Memmott on July 11, 2012
The sleuths at PBS’ History Detectives show think they’ve had their hands on the guitar Bob Dylan played when he famously (or infamously?) “went electric” at the Newport Folk Festival in 1965.
Dylan, though, says otherwise. According to his lawyer, The Associated Press reports, the singer-songwriter says he still has the Fender Stratocaster he played on stage that day.
The story doesn’t end there, though. The guitar that History Detectives is going to report about on Tuesday reportedly was left on a plane Dylan sometimes flew on between gigs back in the ’60s (though Dylan remembers driving, not flying, to the ‘65 festival). The pilot, Victor Quinto, is long dead. It’s his now-adult daughter, Dawn Peterson, who brought the instrument to History Detectives’ attention.
The AP says that “a sheaf of papers with handwritten song lyrics was in the guitar case and PBS took them to an expert, Jeff Gold, who said the handwriting matched Dylan’s. The fragmentary lyrics later appeared, in part, on songs that Dylan recorded but rejected for his 1966 Blonde on Blonde album.”