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San Marcos is the Spanish name for Saint Mark. According to Wiki, there are two cities named San Marcos in the United States. One is located in Texas and the other in California.

Interestingly, both of these cities are home to a state university: Texas State University and California State University San Marcos.
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California Highway 154, between Santa Barbara and the small lovely vineyard village of Los Olivos, runs through the San Marcos Pass in the Santa Ynez Mountains. Officially named the Chumash Highway, it is unofficially known as the San Marcos Pass Road. Before US-101 was completed through the Gaviota Pass (a tunnel on US-101 was featured in the movie, The Graduate, when Dustin Hoffman's character was driving his little red Alfa Romeo trying to chase down his girl Elaine played by Katherine Ross), the San Marcos Pass Road was the only way through the Santa Ynez Mountains.
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I got into a debate on the whole there-are-no-natural-lakes-in-Texas issue with a Texas friend recently, who took it as an article of faith from his childhood, and was able to point him to several reputable websites which said otherwise. It's something of an urban, er, rural legend in the Lone Star State, I gather.

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John Nance Garner and Lyndon Johnson were both Democrats from Texas who served as Vice President in the 20th century to popular Presidents from the north - Franklin D. Roosevelt and John F. Kennedy of New York and Massachusetts, respectively. FDR dumped Garner after two terms, while Johnson became President upon Kennedy's assassination in 1963.

ETA: Kennedy was nominated as the Democratic candidate for President in Los Angeles, California.

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According to Internet nutjob Steve Lightfoot, who believes Johnson & Nixon hired Stephen Kinf ro kill John Lennon, Bill and Hillary Clinton knowingly met in the White House with Lennon’s killer, Stephen King and were up to no good, then, in 1995. Direct quote: In fact, ten days later the Murrough Building In Oklahoma City was bombed and they never found Stephen King look-alike “John Doe Two” You do know how King blew up Las Vegas in “The Stand”, right?

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Actor James Garner was born James Bumgarner, like the former SF Giants pitcher now with the Arizona Diamondbacks. He was born in Oklahoma, in a town called Denver. Denver OK is now part of Norman OK.
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James Garner was, initially, the sole star of the television western series Maverick, playing gambler Bret Maverick. However, several episodes into production of the show's initial season, Warner Brothers realized that each episode was taking longer than seven days to film, which threatened to leave the studio (and the network) without any fully-completed episodes before the end of the season's run.

Thus, partway through the first season, the studio decided to add a second lead actor, Jack Kelly, as Bret's brother Bart. Each of the two leads were featured in separate episodes, which were shot by separate production teams, and episodes were alternated weekly (i.e., a Bret episode would air one week, then a Bart episode the next week, followed by a Bret episode the week after, etc.), though certain episodes featured both Bret and Bart together.

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The Ford Maverick began its production in 1969 as one of the American car companies' first small, compact cars. It was introduced as a 1970 model in April 1969. In its first year nearly 579,000 Mavericks were produced. This neared the Mustang's record sales of nearly 619,000 cars. In 1970, that first year for the Maverick, only about 200,000 Mustangs were sold.
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Maverick was the nickname of Tom Cruise's character in 'Top Gun'. It's also the term for cattle that carry no brand.
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TOPGUN is the US Navy's SFTI program, where SFTI is Strike Fighter Tactics Instructor. Established in 1969 as the Navy's Fighter Weapons School at Miramar NAS, it is now at 540 miles to the north at Fallon NAS (gMap, https://goo.gl/maps/m9ifhLabLJWdxWX38). Beginning in 1965 over North Vietnam, Operation Rolling Thunder saw almost 1,000 fighter aircraft losses in about 1 million sorties. TOPGUN sought to improve tactics and reduce those losses.
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Max Brand was the pen name of Frederick Faust, one of the most prolific of early 20th century writers of western novels. He also created Dr. Kildare, later a hit TV series. Brand lived only until age 52, when he was killed as a WW2 correspondent.

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The 1966 war film, The Blue Max, was about a German fighter pilot on the Western Front during World War I. The "Blue Max", Germany's highest medal for valor, is ranked among the highest orders of merit in the Kingdom of Prussia. It was established in 1740 by King Frederick II of Prussia.
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The Ford Maverick began its production in 1969 as one of the American car companies' first small, compact cars. It was introduced as a 1970 model in April 1969. In its first year nearly 579,000 Mavericks were produced. This neared the Mustang's record sales of nearly 619,000 cars. In 1970, that first year for the Maverick, only about 200,000 Mustangs were sold.
My Dad bought a 1970 Maverick in late 1969. It was quite memorable to us because it was our first car that had an automatic transmission and air conditioning. Otherwise, it was pretty much a piece of crap. We shed no tears when it got totaled a few years later.

In play: "Blue Bayou" is a song written by Roy Orbison and Joe Melson. It was originally sung and recorded by Orbison in 1963. It later became Linda Ronstadt's signature song, with which she scored a Top 5 hit with her rendition in 1977.
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My Dad bought a 1970 Maverick in late 1969. It was quite memorable to us because it was our first car that had an automatic transmission and air conditioning. Otherwise, it was pretty much a piece of crap. We shed no tears when it got totaled a few years later.
My dad did research for Ford and we drove early Pintos. We stuffed the whole family into a Pinto, and then as snowbirds in Upstate NY we road tripped it to Florida in the winters.

We were just told to shut up and deal with it.


In play: The Blue Bayou restaurant in Disneyland is a Cajun eatery located east of Main Street USA, and just south of Space Mountain.
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There are 5 Space Mountains in Disney parks around the world, appearing over a 40 year period. The first to be built was in the Magic Kingdom in Orlando in 1975. After the success of the first Space Mountain, construction began on the ride for Disneyland and it opened in 1977. Tokyo Disneyland's version opened in 1983, Disneyland Paris opened its significantly different version (with launch and inversions) in 1995, and in Hong Kong Disneyland it was one of the park's original rides during its 2005 inauguration.
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On December 5, 2003, a roller coaster train on Tokyo Disney's Space Mountain derailed as it was returning to the station. No riders were injured, and the ride was closed pending an investigation. A January 2004 investigation completed by Oriental Land Company, the park's owner/operator, determined that an axle on the train had failed because its diameter was smaller than the specifications for the part required. The attraction re-opened in February 2004, after 17 park officials were reprimanded for the accident.
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Derailments are a type of thought disorder described by sequences of unrelated or only remotely related ideas. A related term is tangentiality — off-the-point, oblique or irrelevant answers given to questions.
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The Dutch angle, also known as Dutch tilt, canted angle, or oblique angle, is a type of camera shot which involves setting the camera at an angle on its roll axis so that the vertical or horizontal lines are not parallel to the edge of the frame. It is often used to portray psychological uneasiness or tension in the subject being filmed. A classic example can be seen in "The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari"
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For some scenes in The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari the sets were made out of paper, with the shadows painted on the walls.
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In pagan tradition, namely the Germanic paths which celebrate Jul or Jol (pronounced like Yule or Yole), trees were seen as being inhabited by the gods. Because of this, they often brought a tree into their home during the winter season to keep their god(s) warm and protected. This tradition spread with immigration throughout time. It actually wasn’t until the turn of the century that decorating pine trees began to take root as a Christmas holiday tradition due to vast popularity.
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The pinewood derby is a racing event for unpowered, unmanned miniature cars for Cub Scouts. The first pinewood derby was held on May 15, 1953 at the Scout House in Manhattan Beach CA by Cub Scout Pack 280C (the present Pack 713). The concept was created by the Pack's Cubmaster Don Murphy because his son was too young to participate in the popular Soap Box Derby races.

The pinewood derby had a sensational first year. Murphy sent out thousands of brochures to anyone who requested more information. The idea spread rapidly.



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Billy Crystal first came to prominence in the prime time TV show SOAP. playing Jodie Dallas, a gay man who sought a sex change operation. He would later win the 2005 Tony Award for Best Special Theatrical Event for 700 Sundays, a two-act, one-man play, which he conceived and wrote about his parents and his childhood growing up on Long Island. The play also paid for his tribute to his uncle, Milt Gabler. Crystal produced two CD compilations: Billy Crystal Presents: The Milt Gabler Story, which featured his uncle's most influential recordings from Billie Holiday's "Strange Fruit" to "Rock Around the Clock" by Bill Haley & His Comets; and Billy Remembers Billie featuring Crystal's favorite Holiday recordings.
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Bill Clinton gave himself a crash course on White House history after becoming President in 1993, and enjoyed leading friends on occasional evening tours of the building.
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When the national capital was moved to Philadelphia in 1790, the city rented a mansion owned by Robert Morris to use as the President's House. George Washington and his successor, John Adams, both occupied this house while in office. Adams moved into the newly-constructed White House on Saturday, November 1, 1800, shortly before he was defeated in his re-election bid by Thomas Jefferson.
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The US’s first daily newspaper, The Philadelphia Packet and Daily Advertiser, began in 1784.
The US’s oldest continuously published newspaper, the Hartford Courant, began in 1764.
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The song Philadelphia Freedom was at the time the only song Elton John and Bernie Taupin had ever consciously written as a single. John was looking to honour Billie Jean King, and so asked Taupin to write a song called "Philadelphia Freedom" as a homage to her tennis team, the Philadelphia Freedoms.

In His Song: The Musical History of Elton John, Elizabeth Rosenthal recounts that Taupin said, "I can't write a song about tennis," and did not. Taupin maintains that the lyrics bear no relation to tennis, Philly Soul, or even flag-waving patriotism. Nonetheless, the lyrics have been interpreted as patriotic and uplifting, and even though it was released in 1975, the song's sentiment, intentionally or not, meshed perfectly with an American music audience gearing up for the country's bicentennial celebration in July 1976.
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Elton PA is an unincorporated community in Cambria County about 76 miles east of Pittsburgh.
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Elton PA is an unincorporated community in Cambria County about 232 miles west of Philadelphia.
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New Philadelphia is the county seat of Tuscarawas County, Ohio. Woody Hayes, celebrated longtime coach of Ohio State University football, was born in New Philly.

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Texas does(!) have natural lakes: Caddo Lake, Green Lake, Eagle Lake on the coastal prairie of Colorado County, Smithers Lake, Maner Lake, Eagle Nest Lake, Brazos Bend State Park, and resacas in Resaca de la Palma State Park.

Resacas are a type of oxbow lake.


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Not in play: About 25 years ago, I was interviewing a young man for a job at the company where I was working. His resume included the strangest thing I've ever seen on one: "Personal Friend of the late Coach Woody Hayes."

In play: An oxbow lake is a U-shaped lake, which is created when a meander (a pronounced bend) in a river becomes cut off from the main flow of the river.

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Actress Veronica Lake, born in 1922, was only 50 when she died. She drank heavily, had cirrhosis, and she died of hepatitis and acute kidney injury.
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Veronica Lake was known for her trademark peek-a-boo hairstyle, with a lock of her long hair falling over one eye. During World War II, Lake changed her hairstyle at the urging of the government to encourage women working in war industry factories to adopt more practical, safer hairstyles. The change supposedly lowered accidents involving women getting their hair caught in machinery by 22%.
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Kim Basinger won an Oscar (undeservedly, I think, but that's neither here nor there) for playing a prostitute who cultivated her resemblance to Veronica Lake in post-World War II Los Angeles in L.A. Confidential.
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When Veronica Lake died in 1973, she was married to her fourth husband and working as a cocktail waitress in New York City. Her body was cremated at a Vermont funeral home, but, because of a financial squabble, her ashes remained there until 1976. At that time, two of her friends paid the bill and dumped her ashes off the coast of Miami.

However, years later, an urn purportedly containing some of Lake's ashes showed up in a New York antique store.

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Oscar Pistorius served prison terms for the shooting murder of his girlfriend, South African model Reeva Steenkamp (images, https://is.gd/yadUGo). She died in 2013. Pistorius is currently behind bars at Atteridgeville Correctional Centre.
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South Africa did not allow television broadcasting until 1976. The Afrikaans-speaking people dominated South Africa at the time. and the majority feared that TV, through foreign and syndicated programs, would produce a preponderance of English language culture.

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Table Mountain in South Africa (images, https://is.gd/FeZcr0) forms part of the Table Mountain National Park. Its high point is marked by Maclear's Beacon, a stone cairn built in 1865, and is 3,563' above sea level.

Table Mountain is a popular scenic destination.
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Jude Law played a Confederate deserter and Nicole Kidman his lover in the big-screen adaptation of the Civil War novel Cold Mountain. Law is English and Kidman is Australian.
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Renee Zellweger was born in Texas; her father is Swiss and her mother is Norwegian. She won the Oscar for best supporting actress in Cold Mountain (2003), and appears on several "worst Oscars" lists. One website describes her as going "full yokel for this cringe-worthy performance as a big-mouthed farm girl", and "a-spittin’ and a-drawlin’, she mauls the scenery down to the dirt."

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The world's longest road tunnel is in Norway. The Lærdal Tunnel, the Lærdalstunnelen, Evangervegen 4, 5700 Voss NOR, is over 15 miles long and runs between Lærdalsøyri and Aurlandsvangen.

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When the Simplon Tunnel in Switzerland was dug over a century ago, they started digging at once from both ends, 12 miles apart. They missed by less than one foot of making a perfect connection where they met..
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Foot fetishism, foot partialism, foot worshipping or podophilia, is the most common form of sexual fetishism for otherwise non-sexual objects or body parts.
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The Whittier Tunnel in Alaska, officially the Anton Anderson Memorial Tunnel on Portage Glacier Road, is a dual-use tunnel for highway and railroad passing under Maynard Mountain.

At 13,300 ft (2½ miles) long, it is the second-longest highway tunnel and the longest combined rail and highway tunnel in North America.

It runs between Portage AK and Whittier AK.
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Richard M. Nixon attended Whittier College in California; his family was not well-off and his college expenses were paid by his maternal grandfather. He graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Whittier in 1934. The President of the United States at the time was Franklin D. Roosevelt, born this day in 1882.
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Nixon was in Dallas when JFK was shot. He was attending a conference for the Pepsi Cola Company, representing the company's law firm, Mudge, Rose & Nixon.
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Dan Rather was the first Dallas newscaster to break the news that JFK was dead, and he immediately phoned Walter Cronkite, who gave the news as "Dallas newscaster Dan Rather has reported that the President is dead." Cronkite was obviously covering his own butt, and it's interesting to contemplate what might have been if Rather had been wrong.
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Of the nine NFL teams to win 3 or more Super Bowls, the first team to win their first Super Bowl was the Green Bay Packers. The next was the Dallas Cowboys...

1st — Green Bay Packers, in Super Bowl I
2nd — Dallas Cowboys, in Super Bowl VI
3rd — Pittsburgh Steelers, in Super Bowl IX
4th — Oakland (L.A. / L.V.) Raiders, in Super Bowl XV
5th — San Francisco 49ers, in Super Bowl XVI
6th — Washington Redskins, in Super Bowl XVII
7th — New York Giants, in Super Bowl XXI
8th — Denver Broncos, in Super Bowl XXXII
9th — New England Patriots, in Super Bowl XXXVI
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Although the Cleveland Browns have never won a Super Bowl (or even played in one) they have won four NFL championships, in 1950, 1954, 1955 and 1964. Three of those were before the AFL ever existed. The AFL became the AFC when they merged with the NFL after the 1969-1970 season.
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Paul Brown was was both the co-founder and first coach of the Cleveland Browns, a team named after him, and later played a role in founding the Cincinnati Bengals. His teams won seven league championships in a professional coaching career spanning 25 seasons.
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The Cleveland Browns are the only NFL team where there is no design on both sides of the helmet. There's only the color, orange-brown. The official color name is Pantone 2028 C (https://abcnews.go.com/Sports/browns...ry?id=29186179).

The Pittsburgh Steelers have their logo only on one side of their helmet. The other side is blank, and black.

All other teams have their logo on both sides of their helmets.
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