Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Happy Birthday, Massachusetts!

Today is the anniversary of Massachusetts ratifying the Constitution to join our United States of America.
Date of Admittance: February 6, 1788
Parentage: The name is said to be based on the Sioux word "konza,"  which means "people of the south wind."  
Place in the Family
Number 6
Massachusetts ratified the Constitution one month after 
Connecticut (1-9-1788) and two months before Maryland (4-28-1788).

"By the Sword We Seek Peace, 
But Peace Only Under Liberty"
That sure does sound Revolutionary War-like. 
Those Founding Fathers loved them their liberty.

The Bay State
I didn't know The Bay City Rollers were from Massachusetts! 

On the License Plate
"The Spirit of America"
Well, after more than 200 years I think this is 
a bit presumptuous, don't you?

State Flag
A white flag with the state symbol in the center. 
This one is simple, but elegant. I like that the field is white instead of blue.

First City You Probably Think of 
When You Think "Massachusetts" 
Actual State Capital:Boston

State Size (Area) is 44th of 50
Population is closer to 13th of 50
(per 2000 Census figures)

Massachusetts Sports: 
NFL (New England Patriots)

MLB (Boston Red Sox)

NBA (Boston Celtics)

NHL (Boston Bruins)

Anybody From Massachusetts
Ever Grow Up To Be President?
Yes, a few, actually!
Our 2nd President John Adams was from Quincy, Massachusetts.

His son, our 6th President John Quincy Adams, was from 
Braintree, Massachusetts.

Then we have to skip a few generations until our
35th President John Kennedy to have another.

Most recently, our 41st President George H.W. Bush
was born in Milton and spent his youth in New England.  

Good vs Evil 
Ben Franklin
the best American ever?

The Boston Strangler
an early serial killer

Massachusetts Film Celebrities
Bette Davis
Academy Award-winning actress

Ray Bolger
actor, singer, Scarecrow

Ruth Gordon
Academy Award-winning actress

Jack Albertson
Academy Award-winning actor

Estelle Parsons
Academy Award-winning actress

Kurt Russell
actor, "Escape From New York"

Jane Alexander
actress, "Cider House Rules" 

Geena Davis 
Academy Award-winning actress

Olympia Dukakis
Academy Award-winning actress

Ben Affleck
actor, director, "Argo"

Matt Damon
actor, screenwriter, "The Bourne Identity"

Uma Thurman
actress, "Kill Bill" 

Mark Wahlberg
actor, "Ted"

Chris Evans
actor, "Captain America"

Massachusetts Literary Celebrities
Nathaniel Hawthorne
The Scarlet Letter

Emily Dickinson

Edgar Allan Poe
"The Raven"

e.e. cummings

Dr. Seuss
The Cat In The Hat

Jack Kerouac
On The Road

Massachusetts Musicians
Leonard Bernstein
composer & conductor

Arthur Fiedler
conductor, Boston Pops Orchestra

"More Than A Feeling"

"Don't Want To Miss A Thing"

The Cars
"You Might Think"

J. Geils Band 

New Edition
"Cool It Now"

Bobby Brown
"My Prerogative"

New Kids On The Block
"Step By Step"

Massachusetts TV Celebrities
Mike Wallace
reporter, CBS News, "Sixty Minutes"

Agnes Moorehead
actress, "Bewitched"

Leonard Nimoy
actor, "Star Trek," "Mission: Impossible"

Barbara Walters
newscaster, host "The View"

Jane Curtin
actress, comedienne, 
"SNL," "Kate & Allie"

Paul Benedict
actor, "The Jeffersons"

Tom Bergeron
host, "Dancing With The Stars"

George Stephanopoulos
political commentator

Conan O'Brien

Matt LeBlanc
actor, "Friends"

Sam Waterston
actor, "Law & Order"

James Spader
actor, "Boston Legal"

Steve Carrell
actor, "The Office"

John Krasinki
actor, "The Office"

Mindy Kaling
actress, "The Office"

Massachusetts in Fiction

Maj. Charles E. Winchester
Korean War veteran

Robert Langdon lives in Boston



A Song For You....
"Please Come To Boston"
by Dave Loggins
who was not from Massachusetts, 
but *was* from Tennessee! 

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