He was the first to coin the phrase,”rock and roll” on public radio, a term to describe the genre of music style. He is one of several key individuals who helped bridge the gap of segregation among young teenage Americans.
In 1855, John Roebling, the owner of a wire-rope company and a famous bridge designer proposed a suspension bridge over the East River after becoming impatient with the Atlantic Avenue-Fulton Street Ferry. Roebling worked out every detail of the bridge, from its massive granite towers to its four steel cables. He thought his design entitled the bridge "to be ranked as a national monument… a... Continue reading
Robb and Trix Sagendorph founded Yankee Magazine in Dublin, New Hampshire, in 1935. Robb, a frustrated freelance writer believed that New England needed a magazine "for Yankee readers, by Yankee writers." The initial subscriber list totaled 614 names, of which 600 had been purchased from a fraudulent subscription agency that had simply picked names at random from the Boston telephone... Continue reading
In 1903, the four brothers Albert, Sam, Harry, and Jack Warner began in the film business as traveling exhibitors, moving throughout Ohio and Pennsylvania with their portable projector. By 1907, they were operating the Cascade Theatre in New Castle, Pennsylvania, with Albert and Harry selling tickets, Sam ran the hand-crank projector while Jack sang “illustrated” songs during the intermissions to... Continue reading
In 1965, Massachusetts passed the Racial Imbalance Act, which ordered school districts to desegregate or risk losing state educational funding. The first law of its kind was controversial and was opposed fiercely in Boston, especially in low socio-economic white ethnic areas, such as the Irish-American district in South Boston. Beginning in 1974 and lasting until 1988, a series of protests and... Continue reading
Born Leslie Townes Hope on May 29, 1903, Bob Hope was an English-born American star. His media career included Vaudeville, Broadway, TV, Radio and movies. Hope was, perhaps, best known for his dedication to United Service Organizations (USO) entertaining American military personnel during 57 overseas tours between 1942 and 1988. In 1996, the U.S. Congress Named Hope the "first and only... Continue reading
Time Magazine was published for the first time on March 3, 1923, featuring retired Speaker of the House, Joseph G. Cannon on the front cover. Created by Briton Hadden and Henry Luce, Time was the first weekly news magazine in the United States. The magazine was originally going to be called ‘Facts’, but the owners wanted to emphasize a measure of ‘brevity’, making the magazine both fun and... Continue reading
The story of The Saturday Evening Post begins with Benjamin Franklin’s Pennsylvania Gazette, which was first published in 1728, and then became known as The Saturday Evening Post in 1821. The modern era of The Saturday Evening Post began in 1897 when famed publisher, Cyrus H. K. Curtis, purchased the magazine for one thousand dollars. Each magazine sold for 5 cents a copy until 1942 when it was... Continue reading
American and world leaders in several fields have been greatly influenced by Harvard University. Several notable graduates and students include John Adams, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, e. e. Cummings, John Updike, FDR, Teddy Roosevelt, JFK, Stanley Marcus, Sumner Redstone, Jack Lemmon, John Lithgow, Bill Gates, Yo-Yo Ma, Matt Damon, Natalie Portman, and Conan O’Brien.