A Triple Throwback Thursday salute to the Philharmonic Center for the Arts

Yes, I know it is Wednesday, give me a minute to explain One of my favorite performing venues in the world is the Philharmonic Center for the Arts in Naples, Florida. I was part of a terrific team of people who opened the theater thirty two years ago today (November 3, 1989). To celebrate that … Continue reading A Triple Throwback Thursday salute to the Philharmonic Center for the Arts

Welcome to Juneteenth, the newest Federal Holiday!

Last year on this date I advocated turning this traditional holiday into a Federal Holiday and clearly Joe Biden was listening to me. Rather than printing the background information again this year you can go to it by clicking here. https://walterthinnes.blog/2020/06/19/happy-juneteenth-and-a-note-about-federal-holidays/ I'm very pleased that things have changed enough to make this happen and hope … Continue reading Welcome to Juneteenth, the newest Federal Holiday!

The single redeeming feature of COVID-19

2020 has been a pretty horrific year. Hundreds of thousands of Americans dying, cities and live audience events shut down and economic stresses not seen in decades. And yet, I have found one significant bright spot in this most difficult of times. SantaCon has been cancelled. If you are not aware, this misguided event is … Continue reading The single redeeming feature of COVID-19

On This Date: Fort Tryon Park Dedication Ceremony!

On October 14, 1935, a dedication ceremony was held for the brand new Fort Tryon Park in Manhattan. It turns 85 years young today and looks amazing for its age! Nestled on a ridge between Inwood and Hudson Heights it has stunning views of the Hudson River and the George Washington Bridge. It is home … Continue reading On This Date: Fort Tryon Park Dedication Ceremony!

On This Date: The First Saturday Night Live Broadcast

In 1975, 45 years ago, NBC broadcast the first episode of what has become a comedy and music standard - Saturday Night Live. It has been good and it has been bad, it has never stopped experimenting. It has introduced legions of new comedians and showcased classic music groups. It has had iconic moments and … Continue reading On This Date: The First Saturday Night Live Broadcast

On This Day: Performer Birthday Bonanza

Sometimes the stars align for surprising coincidences. If you are an aspiring actor and you birthday is today, you are in good company. Take a quick look at the number of birthdays today: 1944 - Michael Douglas1951 - Mark Hamill1952 - Christopher Reeve1968 - Will Smith1969 - Catherine Zeta-Jones1983 - Donald Glover Happy Birthday to … Continue reading On This Day: Performer Birthday Bonanza

73rd Anniversary of the Computer Bug (sorta)

To be fair the term "debugging" a system predates the computer age, but on September 9, 1947 a famous incident occurred that is memorialized in the Smithsonian National Museum of American History. Technicians detected an issue in the operation of one of the large calculating computers of the day. They traced the problem to a … Continue reading 73rd Anniversary of the Computer Bug (sorta)