Thursday, July 26, 2012

Happy Birthday, New York!!

Today is the anniversary of New York's legislature voted to approve the US Constitution, joining the  United States of America.

New York is one of the most popular (?) and well-known states. Ask any American to name a handful of states and inevitably they will name New York. And foreigners? My guess is it and California and Texas are the three most-well known states.

Lots of people to introduce this time, so let's get to it!

Date of Admittance:
July 26, 1788 

Parentage: New York was named after the Duke of York (King James II) who helped captured the territory in 1644. And of course, it was then also stolen from the Native Americans for some beads and wompoms. According to history and that old song, "Even old New York was once Nw Asterdam" because originally there was a large Dutch immigrant presence. 
Place in the Family
Number 11
Between Virginia (6-25-1788)
and North Carolina (11-21-1789)

(Ever upward)
That's the American Dream
right there, as well as
the slogan of the Marvel Universe

"The Empire State"
It's never had a self-comfidence problem, haha

State Flag
A blue banner with the state seal in the center,
Lady Liberty on the left and Lady Justice on the right.
Hudson River in the state crest, with the motto
on the bottom.

First City You Probably Think of
When You Think "New York"
uhh...New York? ;-)  

Actual State Capital: Albany

State Size (Area) is 27th of 50.
Population is closer to 3rd of 50.
(per 2000 Census figures)

New York Sports:
Can YOU name them all?





Anybody From New York
Ever Grow Up To Be President?
New York claims more than four, but I'm going
only with the guys who were actually born there

Can you name them all?

(8) Martin Van Buren
(13) Millard Fillmore
(25)Theodore Roosevelt
(32) Franklin Delano Roosevelt

Good vs Evil
(Entertainment Version)
Christopher Reeve
Actor, Director, Hero

Woody Allen
Director, Actor, Pedophile

Broadway Stars
Jerome Kern
"Smoke Gets In Your Eyes" etc

Ethel Merman
"Annie Oakley" etc

Eugene O'Neill
Anna Christie, The Iceman Cometh, etc

Arthur Miller
The Crucible, etc

Film Stars From New York
(Golden Age Version)
The Marx Brothers
Cocoanuts, Duck Soup, etc

Bogie & Bacall 
Academy Award Winning Actor,
Beloved Actress

Lena Horne
Actress, Singer

Bancroft & Brooks
Academy Award Winning Actress,
Comedian, Actor, Writer, Director, Producer

Kirk Douglas

Rod Steiger
Academy Award Winning Actor

TV Celebrities From New York
(Golden Age Version)
Lucille Ball
actress, comedienne, icon
Jackie Gleason
actor, band-leader, icon

Shirley Booth
Academy Award-winning actress
Frances Bavier
"Aunt Bea"

Michael Landon
"Bonanza," "Little House" etc

Barbara Bel Geddes

Musical New Yorkers
Sammy Davis, Jr
"The Candyman"  etc

Neil Diamond
"Sweet Caroline" etc

Carole King

Billy Joel
"The Piano Man"

Rick James
"Super Freak"

Cyndi Lauper
"She's So Unusual"

Jennifer Lopez

The Notorious B.I.G.
"Mo' Money Mo' Problems" etc

"Empire State of Mind" etc

Lady Gaga
"Born This Way" etc
Sporty New Yorkers
Lou Gehrig
Baseball Hall of Fame player

Sandy Koufax
Baseball Hall of Fame player

Julius Erving
Basketball Hall of Fame player

Kareem Abdul Jabbar
Basketball Hall of Fame player

 Carl Yastrzemski
Baseball Hall of Fame player

New York Businessmen
William Fargo

founder of Wells-Fargo

George Eastman
founder of Eastman-Kodak

John D Rockefeller
founder of Standard Oil

Donald Trump

Trump Unlimited

New York Literary Figures
Walt Whitman
Leaves of Grass

Herman Melville
Billy Budd, The Whale, etc

Washington Irving
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

Comic Professionals From New York
Stan Lee
The Father of the Marvel Universe

Jack Kirby
The Co-Creator of the Marvel Universe

Will Eisner
Classic Golden & Silver Age Creator of
"The Spirit"  

Neal Adams
Classic Bronze Age Artist

George Perez
Classic Modern Age Artist

Scott Adams

Tom Toles
Syndicated Editorial Cartoonist

Film Stars From New York
(Modern Age Version)

Jane Fonda
Academy Award Winning Actress

Robert DeNiro
Academy Award Winning Actor

Tom Cruise
Academy Award nominated Actor

Oliver Stone
Academy Award Winning Director

Adrien Brody
Academy Award Winning Actor

Anne Hathaway
Academy Award nominated Actress


TV Celebrities From New York
(Modern Age Version)
Jay Leno
comedian, host of The Tonight Show

Jerry Seinfeld
comedian, actor

Tim Russert
long-time host of "Meet The Press"

Rosie O'Donnell
actress & talk show host

Fran Drescher 
actress, "The Nanny"

Matt Lauer
host, NBC's "Today Show"

Roy Romano
"Everybody Loves Raymond"
Supreme Court Justices
From New York
believe it or not, three of the nine
current Justices are from New York!!
John Roberts
Chief Justice, US Supreme Court

Ruth Bader Ginsberg
Associate Justice, US Supreme Court

Sonia Sotomayor
Associate Justice, US Supreme Court

Fictional New Yorkers
Too too many to mention....
but here are some of my favorites!

You Can't Take It With You

The Bowery Boys

West Side Story Gangs

Peter Parker and
the Entire Marvel Universe!

The Bunker Family

Barney Miller's Precinct

The Friends Gang 

The Seinfeld Gang

Most Famous New Yorker
The Statue of Liberty
She's actually from France. ;-)  

A Song For You....
"New York, New York"
Written by Fred Ebb & John Kander
(introduced in the 1977 Martin Scorcese movie
"New York New York" starring Robert DeNiro
and Liza Minnelli....I always thought it was
a standard....and Frank Sinatra made it his own!)
P.S. Frank is from New Jersey; and he sings the other song called
"NY, NY" from his musical comedy ON THE TOWN,
at the beginning of this version!

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