Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Happy Birthday, West Virginia!

Today is the anniversary of West Virginia being admitted to our United States of America.

Date of Admittance:
June 20, 1863 

Parentage: West Virginia "seceded" from Virginia when Virginia "seceded" from the US. The majority of people living west of the Appalachians didn't want to secede when the majority of Virginians voted to. Unhappy with this action, they organized in their own geographic area and decided to stay in the Union. After years of legal fighting the US Supreme Court in 1879 allowed that the break was legal.   

Place in the Family
Number 35
Between "Bleeding Kansas" (January 1861)
and Nevada (October 1864)

"Mountaineers are always free"
...and so are Americans. ;-) 

"The Mountain State"
because the state lies on the feet of The Appalachians

On the License Plate
"Wild, Wonderful"
What a fun sentiment

State Flag
A blue banner surrounding two men representing
mining and farming.
The date of statehood is etched on the rock behind them.
The motto appears on a red ribbon at the top.
I like this design. It's simple, but historical
and also kind of cool.

First City You Probably Think of
When You Think "West Virginia"

Actual State Capital: Charleston

State Size (Area) is 41st of 50.
Population is closer to 37th of 50.
(per 2000 Census figures)

Personal Fact:
I have driven through WV a few times. It is a beautiful place.
The logo of "WV" always reminds me of the Wonder Woman logo.
See below:

West Virginia Sports:
There are no professional
sports teams in West Virginia

Anybody From West Virginia
Ever Grow Up To Be President?

Good vs and Evil
The Hatfields & The McCoys

Musical West Virginians:
Brad Paisley
"Welcome To The Future," "American Saturday Night" etc
Michael W. Smith
"Place In This World" "Friends Are Friends Forever" etc 

Jesco White
The Dancing Outlaw

TV Celebrities From West Virginia
Don Knotts
Emmy Award-winning actor


Peter Marshall 
Comedian, Actor, Gameshow Host

Joyce DeWitt

Conchata Ferrell

Jennifer Garner
"ALIAS," "13 Going On 30"

John Corbett
"My Big Greek Wedding," "S&TC"

Steve Harvey
Actor, Comedian

Sporty West Virginians
George Brett
Baseball Hall of Fame Player

Mary Lou Retton 
Olympic Gymnast


Randy Moss
New England Patriots

West Virginia Literary Figures
Pearl S. Buck
The Great Earth

John Knowles
A Separate Peace

Roger Price
creator of DROODLES

(this is Four Elephants Smelling an Orange)

Comic Professionals From West Virginia

John Workman
Harvey Award-winning letterer
whom I had the pleasure to meet last year
here he is with his lovely wife Cathy is his birthday!
So I'll honor him again with his own article
coming up NEXT!

Tim Truman

Brooke McEldowney

Historical West Virginians
Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson
Confederate Army General 

Chuck Yeager
pioneering test pilot broke the sound barrier in 1947

Sen Robert Byrd
Representative 1953-159,
Senator 1959-2010

Most Famous West Virginian
Roger Price  
besides DROODLES he also created MAD LIBS.
Has anyone NOT played MAD LIBS atleast once in their life? 

A Song For You....
"Take Me Home, Country Roads"
Written by Taffy Nivert,
Bill Danoff, & John Denver
(That's Taffy singing the female harmony
by the way)

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