Friday, January 28, 2005

Loki: Two tickets to New Jersey please.
Female Train Ticket Clerk: Sorry, we're sold out until tomorrow.
Loki: Sold out???
Train Clerk (shutting ticket window): Never underestimate the drawing power of the Garden State sir.

Some things about NJ you may not know.

-Thomas Alva Edison, one of our proudest sons invented the lightbulb, phonograph and movies in NJ.
-The first football game ever was played in NJ between Princeton and Rutgers.
-The ice cream cone was invented in NJ.
-The first baseball game was played in Hoboken NJ
-NJ produces 3/4 of the world's eggplant and half its cranberries.
-A New Jerseyan invented the bar code, revolutionizing retail.
-The first boardwalk was in Atlantic City NJ.
-New Jersey is a major seaport state with the largest seaport in the US located in Elizabeth.
-Les Paul created the first solid-body electric guitar in New Jersey.
-The first drive-in movie theatre was in Camden.
First "condensed" soup
-Mmm, mmm good! The first "condensed" soup was cooked and canned in Camden County in 1897-which became the famous Campbell's Soup.
-First cranberry sauce Elizabeth Lee of New Egypt, a cranberry grower in South Jersey, decided to boil some damaged berries instead of throwing them away. She liked the tasty jelly so much she started a business selling "Bog Sweet Cranberry Sauce." That was the beginning of the Ocean Spray company that still sells cranberry products today!
-Here's to New Jersey-the toast of the country! In 1642, the first
brewery in America opened in Hoboken.
-FIRST STEAM LOCOMOTIVE that actually pulled a train on a track, built by John Stevens of Hoboken in 1824.
-First commercial air service, Atlantic City, 1919.

NJ has a great literary tradition as well: James Fennimore Cooper, Stephen Crane, Gay Talese, Joyce Kilmer, Norman Mailer, Dorothy Parker, Allen Ginsburg, Judy Blume, Peter Benchley, William Carlos Williams

Famous NJ Film, TV and Stage Stars: Jack Nicholson, Danny Devito, Michael Douglass, Susan Sarandon, Mery Streep, Bruce Willis, John Travolta, Tom Crusie, Tara Reid, Janine Garofaolo, Joe Pesci, Kirsten Dunst, Jerry Lewis, James Gandolfini, Jon Forsythe, Kevin Spacey, Ray Liotta, Jason Alexander, Brian DePalma, Bette Midler, Andrew and ELizabeth Shue, Christopher Reeve, Frankie Munoz, Christina Ricci, Bebe Neuworth, Roy Scheider, Ethan Hawk, Nathan Lane, John Lithgow, Tea Leoni, Paul and Mira Sorvino, Joe Piscopo, Both Abbot AND Costello, Ed Harris, Alan Alda, I could go on...

Some famous NJ musicians: Bruce Springsteen, Frank Sinatra, Count Basie, Debbie Harry, Bon Jovi, Lauryn Hill, Queen Latifah, Whitney Houston, The Misfits, The Smithereens, Yo La Tengo, Patti Smith, IceT, Paul Simon, Frankie Valley, Connie Francis.

Have a great weekend.