Thursday, February 14, 2013

Happy Birthday, Oregon!

Today is the anniversary of Oregon being admitted to our United States of America.
Date of Admittance: February 14, 1859
Parentage: The name is said to be based on the French word "ouragon,"  which means "hurricane."  The state name came from the Oregon River.  
Place in the Family
Number 33
Oregon came in a year after Minnesota (May 1858)
and two years before Kansas (Jan 1861)

"She Flies With Her Own Wings"
As opposed to leeching off of some other flying creature? 

The Beaver State
aka New Canada?

On the License Plate
I couldn't find any picture of a twin mountain
like shown here...anybody know? 
State Flag
A blue flag with the state symbol in the center, 
the name "Oregon," and the year it became a state
I've officially cut and pasted this from the Kansas page: 
"As I've said too many times already, 
I don't mind the seal so much,
but WHY do we need the name?! 
If you have to put your state's name on your
flag, you're doing something wrong."

First City You Probably Think of 
When You Think "Oregon" 
Actual State Capital:Salem
(does anybody besides me see the New England envy?

State Size (Area) is 9th of 50
Population is closer to 28th of 50
(per 2000 Census figures)

Oregon Sports: 
NBA (Portland Trailblazers)

Anybody From Oregon
Ever Grow Up To Be President?
Oregon Celebrities
Chief Joseph
Native American leader

Carl Barks
cartoonist, created Uncle Scrooge McDuck

Beverly Cleary
author, Ramona Quimby, Age 8

Johnnie Ray
singer, "Cry"

Sally Struthers
actress, "All in the Family"

Phil Knight
co-founder of NIKE

Dave Cockrum
artist, "The Legion" and "The X-Men"
created "Wildfire" and "Nightcrawler" etc

Howard Hesseman
actor, "WKRP in Cincinnati"

Ahmad Rashad
All-American football star, sportscaster

River Phoenix
actor, "Stand By Me"

Matt Groening
"The Simpsons," "Futurama"

Tonya Harding
Olympic ice-skater

Mitch Pileggi
actor, "The X-Files"

Alex Ross
artist-writer, "JUSTICE"

Justin Kirk
actor, "Weeds"

Ty Burrell
actor, "Modern Family"

A Song For You....
by Churchill Kohlman
performed by Johnnie Ray
I couldn't find any songs *about* Oregon,
so I went with a song by someone *from* Oregon.
He also sings, "Soliloquy of a Fool" 
which I've never heard of, sorry!

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