Saturday, January 30, 2010
Grand Opening of the Mormon Battalion Historic Site
The Site focuses solely on the Mormon Battalion and its historic contributions. The missionary hosts wear period clothing, and are like park interpreters as opposed to proselytizing missionaries.
Those of you who were in San Diego in 1997 will remember walking in the sesquicentennial march from Jack Murphy Stadium to Old Town. That's where the T-shirt came from. The 2010 Battalion entry to Old Town Plaza is shown here.
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
So the story goes...
...there was this "speak-easy" in Ocean Beach back in the 20's. Storage for the booze was dug into the cliffs, and could be accessed via some sort of trap door under a house. An old friend, Kenny, and I checked out the caves today. If you know a more accurate history of these caves, let me know!
We recovered from our adventure over burgers at "Hodad's" in OB.
Kenny, I owe you one!
Saturday, January 16, 2010
Haiti: In case you were wondering...
Church Sending Team of Doctors to Assist in Haiti
SALT LAKE CITY 14 January 2010 The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is sending a team of doctors and medical supplies to Haiti immediately to help care for those injured by the devastating earthquake. The doctors will set up a temporary medical center in a Church meetinghouse in Port-au-Prince. The meetinghouse is largely undamaged by the quake.
“We’re finding one of the greatest needs is medical care. Entire hospitals have been destroyed. Medical supplies are scarce. So this temporary medical center will be a tremendous asset,” said Elder Francisco J. Viñas, the area president who oversees the Church in Haiti.
The doctors are members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints who have volunteered their time and skills to assist people in Haiti who are in critical need of medical assistance.
Other urgent needs following the devastating earthquake continue to be water, medical care, shelter and food. The Church is responding to those needs by sending relief supplies in addition to the medical personnel. Some shipments have already arrived, others are in process, and more are being planned.
Two planes, each loaded with 80,000 pounds of supplies donated by the Church, are expected to leave for Haiti on Saturday and Sunday. The supplies on the planes include 15,000 personal filtration bottles, which can each filter and purify 400 gallons of water. Also included in the shipments are food, blankets, hygiene kits, tarps, tents and other necessities. The first flight will leave from Denver on Saturday, 16 January, and the second will leave from Miami that day or the following day. Additionally, hygiene kits and other supplies sent from the Dominican Republic by truck arrived in Haiti on Thursday.
Some of the Church’s meetinghouses in Port-Au-Prince are also being used as temporary shelters for displaced persons.
“Normal daily activity has come to a stop in Haiti. Helping to restore normalcy in the midst of devastation will be our greatest goal. Our focus will be on helping people become self-reliant again.” said Elder Viñas.
The Church continues to monitor the humanitarian situation on an ongoing basis to determine how to best help. Donations for relief efforts can be made at http://give.lds.org/emergencyresponse.
Monday, January 11, 2010
32 Miles from the Hill Mississippi Homestead. Mom, Simon, and I were here in December, 2001
Elvis Fans Mark 75th Birthday
By EMILY WAGSTER PETTUS, Associated Press Writer - AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis
Printed in the San Diego Union Tribune on January 9, 2010
TUPELO, Miss. — The simple white shotgun shack where Elvis Presley was born is so tiny it could easily fit inside a single room in the opulent
On Friday, Elvis' 75th birthday, much of the focus was on Graceland, the international tourist attraction in
The 15-by-30-foot home in
"We are presenting the unknown Elvis, the little boy Elvis," says Dick Guyton, director of the foundation that runs the Elvis Presley Birthplace in Tupelo, a city of 36,000 that sits 100 miles southeast of Memphis.
"It's just so tiny. Inconspicuous as a start, really," says 34-year-old Emma Daubert of
The boyhood home sits on a 15-acre site that includes a museum, a gift shop, a chapel with elaborate stained-glass windows, a statue of 13-year-old Elvis and, since 2008, the Assembly of God church the Presley family attended.
When Presley was a boy, Vernon Presley had trouble keeping a job and spent time in prison. Presley's mother, Gladys, had a hard life and kept close watch on her only surviving son, says Guy Harris, a boyhood friend of Presley. The Presleys lived several different places in
Harris, a 71-year-old retired police officer who still lives near
"He never did seem like he was on a higher level than us," Harris says.
The Harrises and the Presleys were so close that Harris' mother was in the room with Gladys when the Presley twins were born, he says. Harris says he, Presley and another friend, Odell Clark, liked to run in the woods and swim in a creek when they were children. Every fall, they'd go to the final Saturday night of the Mississippi-Alabama Fair and Dairy Show in
One year after the Presleys had moved to
"I went to the door and it was Elvis," Harris recalls. "I said, 'Boy, what are you doing?' And he said, 'It's the last Saturday night of the fair isn't it? I come to go with you.'"
Presley returned to
"He was a hometown boy. And I think that, more than anything, made it exciting for a lot of us," Guyton recalls. "Now certainly, I think the girls had other reasons for being excited."
Presley donated money from the 1957 concert to the city so it could buy his birthplace and surrounding acres, which were then up for sale. He wanted municipal leaders to use the space as a park - and Guyton says Presley was miffed that those plans never fully lived up to expectations.
A local garden club started restoring the tiny home in the mid-1970s, and opened it to the public. The birthplace now gets about 60,000 paying visitors a year and about another 20,000 who simply wander the grounds for free, Guyton says. Admission to the house, museum and church is $12 for adults and $6 for children. Elvis Presley Enterprises says
Guyton most visitors to the birthplace are serious fans who already know about Elvis' career - his music, his movies, his leading ladies. In
The one-room church was carefully moved up a hill from its previous location, and it was restored with simple wooden pews and a series of movie screens that are lowered from the ceiling along the front and side walls. A film recreates what services were like in the 1930s and '40s.
The small museum shows short films that give context to the Depression-era poverty in which Elvis started his life.
Artifacts include a photo of 10-year-old Elvis with other children who participated in a talent show at the 1945 Mississippi-Alabama Fair and Dairy Show. He sang "Old Shep" and won $5 for second place.
The museum displays the last silk scarf Presley is believed to have autographed and tossed to a fan at his final concert on June 26, 1977, in
The museum also features a collection of 1970s clothing and photos from the late Janelle McComb, a
Guyton says he believes the over-the-top opulence - the big collars, the lacy shirts, the fancy cars - were Presley's reaction to having grown up in poverty. With money, anything went.
"That was ultimately his demise," Guyton says. "Nobody could say no to anything he wanted."
Saturday, January 09, 2010
Boy Scout Centennial: This post is for the Seth, Simon, Scott, and the Grandsons.
I started Cub Scouts in 1958 and was involved as a boy or adult leader until 1969. Around 1978, I got involved again as a leader and have only had small breaks in service since then. Today I made a point of visiting Adventure Base 100, the touring centennial exhibit. These photos are of my afternoon. When the display gets to Salt Lake (September 24-5) and New York (November 25), perhaps the Hill/Johnson scouts, future scouts, and scout alumni will be motivated to celebrate Boy Scouts of America by visiting this historic exhibit. The exhibit was launched at this year's Rose Parade,and will conclude at the 2010 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.