Friday, March 15, 2013

Happy Birthday, Maine!

Today is the anniversary of Maine being admitted to our United States of America.
Date of Admittance: March 15, 1820
Parentage: There is some question as to where the name came from. Some say that the name is from a French province. Others say that it is a mis-spelling of the word "main," as in "main-land." Either way, Maine started out as part of Massachusetts until they disagreed with Boston's policies one too many times and petitioned for separation.     
Place in the Family 
Number 23
Maine was admitted three months after Alabama (Dec 1819) 
and one year before Missouri (Aug 1821).  
"I Direct"
Which is why Alfred Hitchcock and John Ford both retired to Maine after they left Hollywood.

The Pine Tree State
Little known fact: 75% of all pine trees were from Maine until Washington 
and Portland joined the Union and displaced Maine's pine tree ranking. 

On the License Plate 
Pine trees, what else?

State Flag
A blue flag with the state symbol in the center. 
Yes, another one. 
However, this is the LAST one. 

First City You Probably Think of 
When You Think "Maine":
Actual State Capital:Augusta

State Size (Area) is 39th of 50
Population is closer to 40th of 50
(per 2000 Census figures)

Maine Sports: 
There are NO professional sports teams in Maine. 

Anybody From Maine
Ever Grow Up To Be President?
41st Vice-President Nelson Rockefeller 
was as close as Maine has ever gotten. 

Maine Celebrities
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
poet, "Paul Revere's Ride"

L. L. Bean
outdoors-man & entrepreneur

Reta Shaw
character actress, 
"Mary Poppins," "The Ghose & Mrs. Muir" etc.

Stephen King
author, "The Shining," etc. 

Linda Lavin
actress, "Alice"

Andrea Martin
actress, comedienne

Judd Nelson
actor, "Breakfast Club"

Christopher Daniel Barnes
actor, "Little Mermaid"

David E. Kelley
"Ally McBeal," "Boston Legal," etc. 

Patrick Dempsey
actor, "Enchanted" 

Fictional Mainers
Dark Shadows
Collinsport, ME

Hawkeye Pierce
Crabapple Cove, ME

unnamed town in Maine  

Pete's Dragon
Passamaquoddy, ME
(an actual town, believe it or not!) 

Friendship, ME

The Iron Giant
Rockwell, ME

A Song For You....
"There's A New Girl In Town"
I couldn't find any famous singer or band from Maine, 
so here's the theme from ALICE as sung by its star, 
Linda Lavin! 

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