and all the great Cartoonists here this week!
IN NYC New York in 1904 was a city on the verge of tremendous changes - and, not surprisingly, many of those changes had their genesis in the bustling energy and thronged streets of Times Square. Prior to this time New Yorkers gathered near Wall St to hear the bells at Trinity Church ring in the new year.
IN CALIFORNIA On New Years Day in 1890 the first Rose Parade was held in downtown Pasadena, CA; devised as a way to entice people from the east coast to purchase real estate in Southern California, an effort to convince those with deep pockets to escape the cold winter weather for sunny Southern California.
“In New York, people are buried in snow, here our flowers are blooming and our oranges are about to bear,” announced Professor Charles Holder, a noted author and sportsman who had moved out west in 1885 from New York. “Let’s hold a festival to tell the world about our paradise.”
Members of Pasadena's Valley Hunt Club first staged the parade in 1890. Since then the parade has been held in Pasadena every New Year's Day, except when January 1 falls on a Sunday. In that case, it is held on the subsequent Monday, January 2. This exception was instituted in 1893.
Local tradition has it that "the Tournament has a deal with God; we'll never hold the parade on a Sunday, and He'll never let it rain on the Rose Parade." However, according to the Tournament of Roses Association Web site, this "Never on Sunday" policy was instituted in order "to avoid frightening horses tethered outside local churches and thus interfering with worship services." Thus, the parade has never been held on a Sunday. Incidentally, the Rose Bowl Game is also not held on Sunday to avoid competing with the NFL. Other bowl games usually held on January 1 also follow this rule, as does the NHL Winter Classic.
Many of the members of the Valley Hunt Club were former residents of the American East and Midwest. They wished to showcase their new California home's mild winter weather. At a club meeting, Professor Charles F. Holder announced, "In New York, people are buried in the snow. Here our flowers are blooming and our oranges are about to bear. Let's hold a festival to tell the world about our paradise."
This is our last article for 2014 and with the new year just right around the corner we felt it only proper and fitting to make some New Year’s Resolutions suggestions for us all for 2015! We also have some cartoons to illustrate making the whole idea of resolutions and commitments more realistic for the times we are living in! I should also say that the list of most common resolutions is also the same as the list for the most commonly broken resolutions so beware and stay away from the really hard goals for 2015. Make adjustments in your life style which you would be able to accomplish.
With all of the problems in New York lately and the ever present threat of a terrorist attack the New Years annual celebration in Times Square could be a target which we may not want to be a part of! Any thing might be possible from protests, Police shootings to another 9/11 so be ware. We're sure the NYPD will be on high alert so plan for the worst and hope for the best!
So what is my resolution for 2015? To write 52 more articles for the “Noodman Group”! Each week is a challenge as we try to assess the subjects which are timely and other interesting subjects to post on the Blog. Sometimes the news provides with plenty of material and during a slow news week we look for other interesting subjects to cover for your enjoyment. Hope we have been doing a good job and look forward to doing so in the coming New Year!
SOME NEW IDEAS
As always we are searching the Internet with "Google" and discovered some new resolutions which are worth considering if you are having problems thinking up some resolutions for yourself.
Get a new car!