Saturday, October 8, 2011

"Today for the first time in my adult life I was ASHAMED of my country".

"On behalf of the President of the United States...."
A United States flag drapes the casket of deceased Service members and Veterans to honor their service to America. The flag is placed so that the blue field with stars is at the head and over the left shoulder of the deceased. After Taps has been played, the flag is carefully folded into the symbolic tri-cornered shape. A properly proportioned flag will fold 13 times on the triangles, representing the 13 original colonies. The folded flag is emblematic of the tri-cornered hat worn by the Patriots of the American Revolution. When folded, no red or white stripe is to be evident, leaving only the blue field with stars. The folded flag is then presented as a keepsake to the next of kin or an appropriate family member. Each branch of the Armed Forces uses its own wording for the presentation...

U.S. Army ... This flag is presented on behalf of a grateful nation and the United States Army as a token of appreciation for your loved one's honorable and faithful service.

U.S. Marine Corps ... On behalf of the President of the United States, the Commandant of the Marine Corps, and a grateful nation, please accept this flag as a symbol of our appreciation for your loved one's service to Country and Corps.

U.S. Navy ... On behalf of the President of the United States and the Chief of Naval Operations, please accept this flag as a symbol of our appreciation for your loved one's service to this Country and a grateful Navy.

U.S. Air Force ... On behalf of the President of the United States, the Department of the Air Force, and a grateful nation, we offer this flag for the faithful and dedicated service of rank and name of deceased.

U.S. Coast Guard ... On behalf of the President of the United States, the Commandant of the Coast Guard, and a grateful nation, please accept this flag as a symbol of our appreciation for your loved one's service to Country and the Coast Guard.

If the next of kin has expressed a religious preference or belief, add ... God bless you and this family, and God bless the United States of America.

And NOW there is this President’s amendment to the above.
Please read the following message:


1957 - Jerry Lee Lewis recorded the song "Great Balls Of Fire."
1968 - Cass Elliot debuted as a solo act in Las Vegas, NV. She cancelled the two-week gig after one show because of tonsillitis and lack of rehearsal.
1971 - "Imagine" was recorded by John Lennon.
1977 - Billy Joel released his album "The Stranger."
1980 - Bob Marley collapsed onstage during a show in Pittsburgh, PA. It was the last show he would ever perform. He died seven months later of cancer.
1980 - Prince released the album "Dirty Mind".
1984 - Anne Murray won the Country Music Association’s Album of the Year Award for "A Little Good News". Murray was the first woman to achieve this award.
1987 - Chuck Berry was given a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
1987 - The Chuck Berry biographical film "Hail, Hail Rock & Roll" premiered.
1988 - Keith Richards appeared as a musical guest on "Saturday Night Live."
1992 - The U.S. Postal Service announced the commemorative stamp booklet that would include Bill Haley, Elvis Presley, Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, Clyde McPhatter, Dinah Washington, and Otis Redding.
1994 - "Elvis Aaron Presley - The Tribute" was aired as a pay-per-view special.
1996 - Jimmy Chamberlin, formerly of the Smashing Pumpkins, pled guilty to disorderly conduct in connection with the heroin related death of Jonathan Melvin.
2001 - Liza Minnelli performed at the White House at a Columbus Day celebration.
2004 - Beanie Sigel was sentenced to a year in federal prison on a gun-possession charge that stemmed from a traffic stop in 2002.
2004 - It was announced that all legal documents for Britney Spears' marriage to dancer Kevin Federline had been filed. The marriage had taken place on September 18, 2004.


Barbara Ward-Finneran
Dream big dreams, but relish all the small goals along the way.  Those small steps change things. You'll only catch flight on your dreams if your desires and actions push you to soar.

Keep the promises that you make to yourself!

Photo Courtesy of Barbara Ward-Finneran and Drawn 2 Design, LLC
©  All Rights Reserved

Friday, October 7, 2011


If you could only do 5 things to help yourself to lose weight and feel better, these are the 5 to start with!

Iron Women • Iron-deficiency anemia is very common in women. For premenopausal
women, the recommended iron intake is 18 mg, and it increases to
27 mg for pregnant women. Our No. 1 nutrition tip for women is to regularly eat
foods rich in iron, such as meat, shellfish, beans and enriched cereals.

Bone Up on Calcium & Vitamin D • Calcium builds and strengthens bones and
teeth. It is also important in maintaining normal heart beat and regulating blood
pressure. Vitamin D plays an integral role in calcium metabolism. Women with
vitamin D insufficiency absorb less than 10 percent of available calcium.

Love Your Dark Greens • Green vegetables such as kale, chard, collard greens,
bokchoy, broccoli, asparagus, green beans, etc. are packed with vitamins A
and C, fiber and phytonutrients. In addition, they are also high in folate, an
important vitamin for pregnant women to prevent neural-tube defects in infants
Go Berries • Berries are loaded with vitamin C, folate, fiber and phytonutrients.
Indeed, fresh berries are some of the most powerful disease-fighting foods
available as they top the Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity (ORAC) score
chart, which is a method of measuring antioxidant activity.

Eat Breakfast • Breakfast gives you the fuel to start a new day. It also helps
maintain your weight. When we skip a meal, our body thinks that we are in
starvation mode and slows down our metabolism as a means to compensate.
We then tend to overeat at the next meal. Source:


Tony Walker
I'm already looking towards next summer.
No this isn't a "I hate winter" bitch and moan session.
I have good reason to look towards next summer.

With Social Security paying me next to nothing then cutting my pay this past June (I am making less than nothing now!) and my discrimination lawsuit against Verizon moving at a slow pace, I need money now. I need to focus on my new career of performing. I need to move forward.
So I've come up with a business idea that may be the answer to my financial problems, which then means it may fix some marriage issues.


Jenn Copp

I have to start off by saying I miss the Lounge. I have been gone way to long. Sometimes your life takes a turn and the stories you go through you don't feel are worth listening to or sharing. I think "I" don't even want to read it. But in the end, through all my struggles I have learned that I help people. So I am back. 

I have to say dating in my forties is probably my hardest struggle. Here we are at this stage of the game and you want things perfect. You think I have been through so much and I don't want to settle, so, your bucket list is pretty high for the match you are looking to make. Everyone keeps telling me ..You are the strongest person I know.  You chose not to settle for your husband because you wanted better for yourself. Keep plugging away Jenn. Well on that note I feel like I try. 

Putting yourself out there again and again is not easy. The awkward first meet alone is worthy enough to make me stay home. I am truly a hopeful romantic and in this day and age I question is; Is that even realistic?  Will I ever meet that guy that just gets me at Hello. The moment we lock eyes I would never want to leave their side and vice versa. I have to say I know I want that and more. It is not even an item on my bucket list. It is more ... I want that person that is my best friend. They will laugh with me, cry with me and everything in between. 

Thursday, October 6, 2011


A business man from New York decided to quit his job and buy a 200 acre
spread in Montana. One day while out riding his horse, he came across
another man on horseback. The man told him he was his next door neighbor
and he was having a get-together the coming weekend. He said: I have to
warn you though, there will be alot of drinking at this party. The city
slicker said no problem. There will also be sex going on. No problem he
responded. Well, There will probably be some fighting too. I think I can
handle myself, claimed the new neighbor. As he rode off, he turned and
asked the party host. "By the way, what should I wear at the party" The
man, responded "Oh, it don't matter, It's only going to be me and you!"


If you remember, DRL introduced you to some of the residents at the Center for Great Apes not too long ago. One of the very special chimpanzees at the center that we highlighted was Grub. We are heartbroken to announce that Grub has passed away after a sudden illness. 
Check out his story at
Memorial for Grub
Losing one of our great ape residents is the hardest and saddest part of our work in providing sanctuary care for them. This week, our hearts are breaking with the loss of our first chimpanzee resident at the Center for Great Apes – our precious Grub.

Grub was the most wonderful chimpanzee and had many fans and friends, both chimp and human. He passed Tuesday after a sudden i...llness that was advanced and terminal. He was 20 years old.

While Grub is not suffering and is out of pain now, our grief comes from a sense of great loss in not having him physically in our lives anymore. But I realize that all the wonderful qualities and intelligence expressed by Grub… along with the joy and sweetness he brought to others… will always be in our thoughts and memories and did not pass away with Grub.

Today, I am remembering the happiest part of Grub’s life and the things that made Grub such a special and dear fellow.

Grub has been in my care since he was 12 weeks old when he arrived at a Miami tourist attraction in 1991 where I was already volunteering to care for infant orangutan Pongo. As I helped to take care of several infant apes there, I became more aware of issues around the retirement of hand-raised apes used in entertainment and also as pets. It was Pongo and Grub (and concern for their future) who provided the impetus to start a sanctuary for orangutans and chimpanzees coming out of these situations.

It is because of Grub thatover 30 chimpanzees have had a home at our sanctuary over the past 18 years.


Read on... Be inspired!

"Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes.

The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them.

About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things. They invent. They imagine. They heal. They explore. They create. They inspire. They push the human race forward.

Maybe they have to be crazy.

How else can you stare at an empty canvas and see a work of art? Or sit in silence and hear a song that’s never been written? Or gaze at a red planet and see a laboratory on wheels?

We make tools for these kinds of people.

While some see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do."

"Remembering that I'll be dead soon is the most important tool I've encountered to help me make the big choices in life. 
Sometimes life is going to hit you with a brick. Don't lose faith.
Death is the destination we all share.  No one has ever escaped it, and that is how it should be."

"Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish."

"Click. Boom. Amazing!"

“Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works.”

“I’m as proud of what we don’t do as I am of what we do.”

“People think focus means saying yes to the thing you’ve got to focus on. But that’s not what it means at all. It means saying no to the hundred other good ideas that there are. You have to pick carefully."

”I think the key thing is that we’re not all terrified at the same time. I mean, we do put our heart and soul into these things.”

“We don’t get a chance to do that many things, and every one should be really excellent. Because this is our life."

"Life is brief, and then you die, you know?"

And we’ve all chosen to do this with our lives. So it better be damn good. It better be worth it.”


By Deanna Verbouwens
Drowning, Abductions, Choking, Oh MY! I keep myself awake at night thinking about all these terrible things that could happen to my children. These are fears that send me running for a bag of Lays along with getting run-over, home-invasions, and fire (I get some sense of security when my FDNY hubby is home, I know he can handle at least one thing besides playing solitaire on the PC). I realize that the chances of these things happening are rare, well maybe not too rare but the odds are probably NOT against me. Illogical perhaps, scary as Jason sure and definitely a little bit crazy. Absofuckinglutley. And here’s how crazy--I have a ritual before bed each night, I set-up booby traps by every door and window, then I check on the kids to make sure they’re breathing, next I take the cell phone into my bedroom and turn off the lights to make sure I can dial 911 in the dark, and last but not least I run several different escape plans through my head before I close my eyes. I know, I know, crazy as drunk doing the Macarena.

You’d think that I would have had homing devices implanted in my kid’s asses or at least wrap them in bubble wrap before they left the house. Hey, now that I think about it - not bad ideas. The homing devices would be magical when they are teenagers because I’d know where they were at all times. I can see it now: I’d have a map in the my closet covered with little red push pins as I tracked their every move and maybe I could rig it so an alarm would sound when they hit the local 7-11 to try and buy beer with a fake ID of some random 52 year old man. Now that would give me peace of mind.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011


Steve Jobs, the chairman of the board at Apple has passed away. Recently stepping down, due to his illness.

The world has lost an extraordinary person and mentor.

May he rest in peace.



Posts Tagged ' Breast Cancer

Myth:  “It won't happen to me.”
Reality: According to the American Cancer Society, 230,480 new cases of breast cancer will be diagnosed in American women this year, and an estimated 39,520 breast cancer deaths are expected. The chance of a woman having breast cancer some time during her life is about one in eight. The vast majority of these women will have “no special risk” other than the fact that they are female and are getting older! Breast cancer can strike at any age, and women of every age should be aware of their personal risk factors for breast cancer.

Myth: “I’m better off not knowing if I have a problem with my breasts.”
Reality: While doing nothing may give some women a false sense of security, advances in early detection and improved treatment of breast cancer now make it a nearly curable condition! The key is in finding it early.

Myth:  “I'll be all set as long as I get my mammogram on schedule.”
Reality: While screening mammography is especially valuable as an early detection tool, it is not 100 percent effective, nor is it recommended as a technique to be used by itself. The best protection is a three-step approach that includes:
 Monthly breast self-examination, beginning at age 20
 Annual clinical breast exams by a health care professional, beginning at age 40. Women ages 20 to 39 should have clinical breast exams by a health care professional at least every three years.
 Annual mammograms, beginning at age 40.

Myth:  “I don’t have time to do breast self examination (BSE), and I wouldn't be able to find anything even if I did.”
Reality: BSE is simple to learn and takes only 10 minutes per month to do! Women who practice BSE become so familiar with the normal look, feel and shape of their breasts that they often are able to discover problems as soon as they occur. The list of “what to look for” includes: skin irritation or dimpling; scaling or ulcerations; puckering or discoloration; inversion of the nipple; and a lump, thickening, swelling or distortion of the size or shape of the breast. The basic rule of thumb is: check for anything that may be different from last month, and seek medical attention if you find something “abnormal.” Most breast lumps and other changes are non-cancerous. In fact, 80 percent biopsies’ results reveal the condition as not cancer.

Myth:  “I can't afford to get a doctor's exam of the breast or a mammogram.”
Reality: There are programs that pay for these services in cases where women have little or no private health insurance and meet other eligibility guidelines.

For more information about Breast Cancer, please check out the site below


Marion Pellicano Ambrose
My friend Lois has a birthday coming up on October 10th and carrot cake is her favorite! I wanted to find one that had all the flavor but fewer calories and less fat! I think I'll hit a home run with this recipe!

“Healthified” Carrot Cake
Prep Time - 30 min | Total - 2 hrs 10 min | Yield - 16 servings
53% fewer calories • 77% less saturated fat • 73% less
fat than the original recipe. Wonderful flavor remains
while smart substitutions cut calories and fat.

1/2 cup fat-free egg product
1/3 cup canola oil
1/3 cup canned pumpkin
(not pumpkin pie mix)
1/4 cup fat-free (skim) milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup all-purpose fl our
1/2 cup whole wheat fl our
1-1/4 cups granulated sugar
1- 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1- 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 cups shredded carrots
(about 4 medium)

1. Heat oven to 350°F. Spray bottoms only of
two 8-inch round cake pans with cooking
 In large bowl, mix egg product, oil,
pumpkin, 1/4 cup milk and 1 teaspoon
vanilla with electric mixer on low speed
until well blended.
2. Add all remaining cake ingredients except
carrots. Beat on low speed 30 seconds or
until well blended. Stir in carrots. Pour
batter evenly into pans.
3. Bake 28 to 33 minutes or until toothpick
inserted in center comes out clean. Cool
10 minutes. Carefully run knife around
sides of pans to loosen; remove from
pans to cooling racks. Cool completely,
about 1 hour.

 In medium bowl, beat cream cheese and
butter with electric mixer on medium
speed until creamy. On low speed,
beat in vanilla until well blended. Beat
in powdered sugar, 1 cup at a time,
until smooth. If necessary, add milk, 1/2
teaspoon at a time, until frosting is desired
consistency. Spread frosting between cake
layers and on top. Sprinkle with pecans.
4 oz (half of 8-oz pkg)
1/3-less-fat cream cheese
(Neufchâtel), softened
2 tablespoons butter or
no-trans-fat 68% vegetable
oil spread stick, softened
1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla
3 cups powdered sugar
1/2 to 2 teaspoons fat-free
(skim) milk
1/3 cup chopped pecans
Happy Birthday Lois!
Happy Birthday in Heaven Mom!


DRL is pleased to introduce...
So there we were, sitting 3 inches away from each other on a loveseat, glaring at a pair of eyes sitting in front of us both.  “Why were we here?  Why did I agree do try?”  Let me tell you it saved our marriage.  After only a few sessions with our Sex Therapist, did we start to even look into each other’s eyes and realize that we were on the right track.  We knew we were heading down 10 miles of bad road, till we actually were honest with each other.  After 10 years of marriage and three kids, all under the age of 9, we finally said, “Let’s give it a swing”.  I, who will call myself, Bridgette, didn’t enjoy sex, didn’t want to even bother.  It grew into a chore for me.  He, we’ll call him Eric, had a strong libido and needed to be satisfied and needed to feel connected.  Needless to say, with the lack of libido in me it drove us apart.  It wasn’t that I didn’t love him, because I did very much.  In my mind, everything was just, OK.  I could do without and satisfy myself if I needed to.  It was our Therapist who made me answer some really difficult questions.  Questions like, “What do you love about your husband?, What do you not like? What turns you on?  Do you let him watch you masturbate?  Sometimes I was at a loss for words.  Other times I was like an open book, and it got much easier as the sessions passed us by.  You’re probably asking……when did things change?  She gave us some suggestions to spice up what we were trying to fix.  They all seemed to be very vanilla, which was fine, so we gave it a try.  In other words, Homework!  “Tonight, you just look into your spouse’s eyes and tell each other what you love about them”.  “Just make-out, but no penetration”.  “Hold hands when you are walking together”.  Be each other’s boyfriend and girlfriend”

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

She Said...

Dawn Boyle

In response to Tony's He Said this morning I can't disagree with you more. There is a new commercial out right now about some kind of feminine wash, the commercial goes something like, wars are waged over it, men die for it, countries are born over it....all the while they are talking about the power of "V". I think there is a clear difference between men and women. I believe that we think from different sides of the brain. I think that although we all (at some point) want sex, we want it in different ways. Yes, we talk trash in the bathroom or sitting around a table full of women, but the difference is, you guys DON'T want to hear that from women you are attracted to or trying to court. Right?

I think that once there is a level of comfort we might let out a burp or two by accident, but I know that my husband will look at me like I am a farm animal and get completely turned off. Here is the clue for you guys....we feel the same way about you getting all mushy during a movie. The boys want ladies and the girls want strong men to protect them. This is because of what we are trained to think we want from such an early age.

So society has made sure we are completely different. Seriously ladies do you want super sensitive guy?

Related posts from today:


Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup
  • 8 cups  chicken stock
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1/2 onion diced
  • 1-2 cloves of garlic diced finely
  • 1 1/2 cups of carrots diced
  • 3 stalks of celery diced
  • 2 tsp good chicken bouillon
  • 1 bay leaf
  • Sea Salt and fresh cracked pepper, to taste
  • 1 1/2 cup cooked chicken diced
  • 1 cup of pasta, rice or egg noodles

In a large pot combine all ingredients, except for pasta/rice. Cook on a medium heat for 30 minutes. reduce heat and add in rice, keep covered for 10 minutes.

Serve with your favorite crackers or heel of bread.


Barbara Ward-Finneran
Absolutely, positively, definitely different!  Is that really a question?!  Thank God we are different.  Isn't that part of what keeps life interesting. Okay-- with it, with difference, comes it's fair share of challenges too. Yet - too much the same is just overrated, BORING!

Instead of "different"... aren't we two halves that create balance.  Like what day is to night and night is to day.  Beautifully different, yet one cannot be appreciated without the other.  This duality when correctly combined is what can stimulate peace and harmony.  In the time of basic man and woman when the human race began, (and until more recent history,) - there was no questioning the duality or the roles.  They just were - and they were accepted.  For a very long time none thought one superior or more important, but, they were two parts that made a whole picture.  There was an appreciation, perhaps non-spoken, of the mutually supportive roles of the man and the women. Together they created family and function within their corner of the world. 

Perhaps modern "man" has messed this up by blurring all the lines.  Somewhere along the line... two parts fitting together to make one complacent and balanced whole became a comparison and or competition of which role was more important or better.  Did that create "feelings" of the dominate and the oppressed?  Did that awareness of roles being lesser or more - separate rather then build?  Did that create a difficulty for smooth role reversal in situations where it should and could work? Did it force the stereotyping that Tony points out -- isn't as black and white, or day and night as it seems to be? Isn't there more accord when the pieces fit rather then fight for attention? 

Yes, Tony, I believe we are "wired" differently... yet I will agree there are similarities. We all have our soft and hard side and attributes.  So whether talking one person, one pair, or one race, we need those differences and we need to value the sameness that can also be found.  Having a touch, or brush of the opposite whets your appetite for more of that - that is what helps the different pieces fit. 

We need to get past the comparisons and instead value that one does not exist in all it's brilliance without the other.  How can you compare the day and the night?  They are each astonishingly different, amazingly beautiful in their own right, yet if it wasn't for the darkness would we appreciate the light? It is better not to scorn the differences but to be empowered by them.  To allow them to help bring out the best in you, using our differences to make ourselves the best sum of our parts, as a person, a pair or a race. To complement and balance the human equation and make it whole.  Make us whole in that way that we aren't whole alone.


What did the elephant say to the naked man?
That's cute, but can it pick up peanuts!


Tony Walker

Every Tuesday The Lovelies at The Lounge have the He Said/She Said feature. We get to see both sides of a particular topic. We get to see how the boys & girls differ from one another.

So this got me thinking.... why do the boys and girls have such different opinions? Or do they really??
We always hear girls are spice and everything nice. But we also hear that when girls go "powder their noses" they talk about the same raunchy crap that us guys talk about.
Us guys have some twisted view that we have to be macho all the time. Yet when our wife/girlfriends yell at us we cower down like the wimps that we really are.
Girls burp & fart just as much as us male slobs. Many guys enjoy a "chick flick" just as much as the girls.
What I am saying is that we are all the same. We're all the same dopes.... we all want some respect, we want to enjoy ourselves, and we wanna get laid. It's that simple.
Tell us what you think. Do you agree that we're all the same? If so, why do we pretend to be something else? Or do you think there are some major differences between boys and girls?

Monday, October 3, 2011


The Knob...
A woman visited a plastic surgeon who told her about a new procedure called 'The Knob,' where a small knob is placed at the top of the woman's head and could be turned to tighten up her skin and produce the effect of a brand new face-lift.

Of course, the woman wanted 'The Knob.'

Over the course of the years, the woman tightened the knob, and the effects were wonderful, the woman remained young looking and vibrant.

After fifteen years, the woman returned to the surgeon with two problems.  All these years, everything has been working just fine. I've had to turn the knob many times and I've 
always loved the results. But now I've developed 
two annoying problems: "First, I have these terrible bags under my eyes and the knob won't get rid of them."

The doctor looked at her closely and said, "Those aren't bags, those are your breasts."

She said, "Well, I guess there's no point in asking 
about the goatee."


Patty B

If exercise is so much fun, why is it called "working out?"

Fitness rhymes with witless. Coincidence?

If you eat pizza in the forest and no one sees you, do the calories still count?

Cast out your fat demon: have your own exercise-ism.

If God wanted me skinny, why did he invent stretch pants?


Tony Walker

What is the true meaning of the word family? Is family a parent, sibling, cousin, etc? Or is it your closest friends? Who do you rely on more? Who is the first person you turn to when you need something?
A buddy of mine was recently sick. His traditional family, the parents and siblings, were NOT there for him. For the first time in his life he asked for help. He didn't get much of it. He was so disappointed and let down. He said he now looks at his family in a much different light.
Another friend of mine is constantly fighting with her family. Her family does nothing but put her down. She recently had a scheduling issue with work where she needed someone to watch her kids for a little while before and after school. When you have something like that going on who do you turn to first? Your family right??? Well her own parents told her that she's crazy if she thinks they're going to watch her kids for her. Do you believe that???
This made me think. I hardly have anything to do with my extended family. I'd rather spend the Holidays with Salbo, Murph, and Boyle than my "real" family. Friends like them are my family as far as I'm concerned.
Tell us what you think. Almost everyone I know has a story about family. This one's fighting with that one over a will. This one is fighting with that one over who gets more attention. Blah blah blah. Do you have a story like this? Do you rely on friends more than family or is your family always there when you need them?

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Happy Anniversary on the opening of Disney World! On October 1, 1971!

Marion Pellicano Ambrose

Walt’s dream of Disney World began long before 1971.  Early in 1959,  he began searching for a location on the east coast to build the amazing theme park he envisioned. Walt Disney flew over the Orlando site in November of 1963. Seeing the well-developed network of roads, including the planned Interstate 4 and Florida's Turnpike, with McCoy Air Force Base (later Orlando International Airport) to the east, Disney selected a centrally-located site near Bay Lake.
To avoid a burst of land speculation, Disney used various dummy corporations to acquire 27,443 acres of land. In May 1965, some of these major land transactions were recorded a few miles southwest of Orlando in Osceola County. Also, two large tracts totaling $1.5 million were sold, and smaller tracts of flatlands and cattle pastures were purchased by exotic-sounding companies such as the Latin-American Development and Management Corporation and the Reedy Creek Ranch Corporation, Retlaw (Walter backwards) and Ayefor (I-4).Some of these names are now memorialized on a window above Main Street, U.S.A. in the Magic Kingdom. On October 20, 1965, Walt held a press conference announcing to the world his dream for his new “Florida Project” –Walt Disney World!
Walt died in 1966, before his dream was fully realized, but his brother and partner, Roy Disney promised Walt on his death bed, that he would see the project through. And the rest is history!
“My only hope is that we never lose sight of one thing, that it was all started by a mouse.”- Walt Disney


Did You Know...

The only repealed amendment to the US Constitution deals with the prohibition of alcohol.

The pecan tree is the only naturally growing nut tree in North American. It is native to the Texas, Mississippi and Mexico River Valleys.

The average human body contains enough:
iron to make a 3 inch nail, 
sulfur to kill all fleas on an average dog, 
carbon to make 900 pencils, 
potassium to fire a toy cannon,
fat to make 7 bars of soap,
phosphorous to make 2,200 match heads, and 
water to fill a ten-gallon tank.

The vocabulary of the average person consists of 5,000 to 6,000 words.

A hedgehog's heart beats 190 times a minute on average and drops to only 20 beats per minute during hibernation.

Every square inch of the human body has an average of 32 million bacteria on it.

It takes a lobster approximately 7 years to grow to be one pound.

American and Russian space flights have always included chocolate.


Don McLean 1945

Jo-el Sonnier 1946

Donna Karan 1948

Chris LeDoux 1948

Avery Brooks 1948

Richard Hell 1949

Annie Leibovitz 1949

Mike Rutherford (Mike & the Mechanics, Genesis) 1950

Sting (Police) 1951

Philip Oakey (Human League) 1955

Freddie Jackson 1956

Bud Gaugh (Sublime) 1967

Dion Allen (Az Yet) 1970

Tiffany (Tiffany Darwisch) 1971

LaTocha Scott (Xscape) 1973