Posts Tagged ‘new york city’


Whose birthday am I celebrating?

October 28, 2016

liberty1The Statue of Liberty was unveiled on October 28, 1886.  Today is her 130th birthday.

The President was Grover Cleveland and he dedicated the statue at the unveiling ceremony.

On that day, the New York Times described the event:

“All day yesterday people came to the city in droves to participate in to-day’s celebration. Extra heavily loaded trains, much behind schedule time, were the rule on every railroad entering the city. Every hotel was crowded to its utmost capacity last night, and there was hardly one of the better known hotels which did not have to turn away hundreds of would be guests.”


Grover Cleveland by Anders Zorn

The ceremony included speeches by the president and famed French engineer Ferdinand de Lesseps, among others, as well as music and gun salvo. The finale? The statue’s designer, Frederic-Auguste Bartholdi, who was perched in the statue’s torch, pulled a rope removing a large French flag from the front of the statue, revealing Lady Liberty’s face to the crowd.



What am I watching?

April 23, 2015


Click on the image to take an elevator ride through time. Watch the changes to the New York City skyline and watch the years go by as the elevator rises.

The story, in the NYTimes, is here.



Whose birthday do I note today?

November 26, 2014


Bat (Bartholomew) Masterson, born November 26, 1853 in Henryville, Quebec.

In 1873, Masterson left home and began working as a buffalo hunter and Indian scout in Dodge City, Kansas. Over the next decade, he worked intermittently as the Ford County sheriff (1877-79) and a deputy U.S. marshal (1879), but largely made his living as a saloonkeeper and gambler.

Masterson spent his later years in New York City. In 1905, President Theodore Roosevelt appointed him deputy U.S. marshal for the southern district of New York, a position that Masterson held until 1907. His enthusiasm for boxing and other sports led him to become a feature writer for Human Life Magazine, a sports writer, and eventually the sports editor of the New York Morning Telegraph

The story of Bat’s last shootout, before he turned to law enforcement, is chronicled here.

Generally thought of as an icon of the Old West, Masterson died in 1921.  He suffered a heart attack at his desk in New York City where he was working as a journalist.