Sunday, November 11, 2012

Happy Birthday, Washington State!

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

Date of Admittance:November 11, 1889

Parentage: The state of Washington is the only state that is named after an American. While I can appreciate the idea of honoring our first President, I think it is odd that  a state he had nothing to do with is named after him. The state had been part of the territory ceded to the US in 1846 by Great Britain, who borrowed it from the Native Americans and then never gave it back. 

Place in the Family 
Number 42 
Right on the heels of 
Montana (11-8-1899)
and then waaaay ahead of Idaho (July 1890)

"By and by" 
that's pretty deep

The Evergreen State
Due to its wonderful forests

On the License Plate
"The Evergreen State"
and a silhouette of Mount Ranier 

State Flag
A green banner with the portrait of George Washington
Yeah, that's it

First City You Probably Think of 
When You Think "Washington"
 Actual State Capital: Olympia
State Size (Area) is 18th of 50
Population is closer to 15th of 50
(per 2000 Census figures)

Washington Sports:
(Seattle Seahawks)

(Seattle Mariners)

Anybody From Washington
Ever Grow Up To Be President? 

Good vs Evil 
(corporate version...
but which is which?)


Musical Washingtonians:



Celebrities From Washington
Bing Crosby
Academy Award-winning actor & entertainer

Carol Channing
Broadway comedienne

Steven Hill
actor, "Mission:Impossible"
Darren McGavin
actor, "Kolchak," "A Christmas Story" 

Adam West
actor, "Batman," "Family Guy"

Dick Scobee
commander, Space Shuttle Challenger 
Craig T. Nelson
actor, "Coach," "Parenthood"

John Elway
QB, Denver Broncos

Bill Gates
"Microsoft" founder 

Ryan Stiles
comedian, "Whose Line Is It Anyway?"

Glenn Beck

Rainn Wilson
actor, "The Office" 

Jim Caviezel
actor, "The Passion of Christ" 
Joel McHale
actor, "Community"

Comic Professionals From Washington
Hank Ketcham
"Denise the Menace"

Chuck Jones
"Looney Tunes" Director

Gary Larson 
"The Far Side"  

A Song For You.... 
by Bobby Sherman
written by Hugo Montenegro, Jack Keller, & Ernie Sheldon
(this was the theme song to "Here Comes The Brides"
but was never released as a single!)

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