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monzac
731422.  Wed Aug 04, 2010 4:11 am Reply with quote

monzac wrote:
Gary has been omitted from the list of towns. Stan Freberg had a song called Gary, Indiana. Can't think of a Qi question about it, though.

'cept that Michael Jackson was born and raised there.

 
djgordy
731514.  Wed Aug 04, 2010 8:37 am Reply with quote

So were the rest of the Jacksonm brood. They lived on Jackson Street (which saved the local authority the trouble of having to change the name of the street to Jackson Street after the family became famous).

Frank Borman, the real astronaut, and Avery Brooks, the pretend astronaut from "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine" were both born there too.

 
samivel
731561.  Wed Aug 04, 2010 11:18 am Reply with quote

It's also the birthplace of Paul Samuelson, an economist who won the John Bates Clark Medal in 1947 and the Nobel Prize in 1970, and Joseph Stiglitz, an economist who won the John Bates Clark Medal in 1979 and the Nobel Prize in 2001.


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thedrew
731563.  Wed Aug 04, 2010 11:33 am Reply with quote

Qi, but confusing: What time it is in Indiana?

People from Indiana are not called Indianans, Indianians, or Indians but Hoosiers. No one knows why .

Indianapolis 500 is the premiere event in Indiana, capturing national attention for a few hours on Memorial Day weekend (last weekend in May). Next year will be the centennial run. Some interesting things about the "Indy 500:"

The winner of the 1911 race was Ray Harroun, who cleverly installed a mirror in his car so that he could see other motorists behind him, thereby inventing the mounted* rear-view mirror.

To celebrate the return of the race in 1946 (having been discontinued during WWII) the start of the race was given much fanfare with songs, military salutes, and the command, "Gentlemen, start your engines." For Janet Guthrie in the 1970s and Jill St. James in the 1990s the phrase was sometimes altered to "Gentlemen, and lady, start your engines." Since 2007 (with 3 women in the race) it has been standarized as "Ladies and gentlemen, start your engines."

Every year since 1946, the race ceremonies begin with the singing of "Back Home Again in Indiana." This is usually performed by Jim Nabors and the Purdue Univiersity All-American Marching Band.

The winner of the race is given a large bottle of milk to drink originating from a promotion from the Dairy Board.

*1906: Dorothy Levitt may be the inventor. Her book The Woman and the Car noted that women should "carry a little hand-mirror in a convenient place when driving" so they may "hold the mirror aloft from time to time in order to see behind while driving in traffic."

 
Woodsman
731615.  Wed Aug 04, 2010 3:22 pm Reply with quote

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Indianapolis 500 is the premiere event in Indiana, capturing national attention for a few hours on Memorial Day weekend (last weekend in May).


Are they still running that ?

 
Spud McLaren
731626.  Wed Aug 04, 2010 5:19 pm Reply with quote

thedrew wrote:
Qi, but confusing: What time it is in Indiana?
I thought (mistakenly) that this was going to be related to The Indiana Pi Bill...or, for an easy-read digest, look here.

 
Zebra57
731635.  Wed Aug 04, 2010 5:48 pm Reply with quote

Some Qi facts about the state.

State Capitol and largest city - Indianapolis
(It is uncommon in the USA for the state capitol to also be the largest city)

With an area of 36,420 square miles Indiana is the 38th largest state in the USA.

With a population of 6,080,485 Indiana is the 14th most populous state in the USA (2000)

Santa Claus, Indiana gets one-half million letters every Christmas.

Richard Gatling a resident of Indianapolis invented the rapid-fire machine gun.

The film actor James Dean was born at Marion Indiana on February 8 1941.

Mark Spitz, who won 7 gold medals at the 1972 Olympics was a student of Indiana University.

Public enemy number 1 John Dillinger escaped the Lake Country Jail in Indiana using a replica gun carved from a wooden block.

The original French settlement of Vincennes was the capital of the Territory of Indiana. The first state capital was Corydon (1816-1825).

Indiana today has less than 8,000 American-Indians living in its borders today.

 
thedrew
731775.  Thu Aug 05, 2010 12:06 pm Reply with quote

Some Indiana Jones facts (to run contrary to the title):

Dr. Henry Walton "Indiana" Jones, Jr. was ranked #2 in the American Film Institute's list of 100 greatest heros in the first 100 years of film (James Bond, 007 was #3, and Atticus Finch from To Kill A Mockingbird was #1). George Lucas said that Sean Connery's James Bond was an inspiration for Jones' mannerisms. This is why he was cast as Henry Jones Sr.

The jacket and hat worn by Harrison Ford are on display at the American History Museum of the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, DC.

Tom Selleck was originally cast for the role of Indiana Jones. When he had to back out do to commitments for CBS's Magnum, P.I., Lucas reluctantly contacted Harrison Ford (who he had already cast in 3 movies).

 
sjb
767159.  Tue Dec 14, 2010 3:10 pm Reply with quote

I came across something that was QI (to me, at least). In Crawfordsville, Indiana there is a functioning "rotary jail" (or gaol, if you prefer). It no longer serves as a jail, but rather as a museum. Here is a youtube video of it in action, so to speak:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CH2P6LMjKmo

And the patent diagram:



Here is the website for the museum (http://www.rotaryjailmuseum.org/) and some background:

Quote:
Hailed when it opened in 1882 as an Industrial Age solution to the problem of housing prisoners safely and efficiently, the Rotary Jail of Montgomery County was one of only nine known prisons of its kind ever built in the United States. By rotating a mechanism on which a two-tiered turntable pivoted, a jailer could bring one of 16 pie-shaped cells to the opening, allowing a prisoner in or out.

The idea was simple. By creating a structure in which prisoners could be controlled without the necessity of personal contact between inmate and jailer, builders William H. Brown and Benjamin F. Haugh of Indianapolis believed that their patented design would help maintain the strict Victorian social order. In fact, they had placed Crawfordsville’s peculiar jail behind a two-story home built in the architecturally exotic Second Empire style. The sheriff occupied the main and second floors; the prisoners lived in the cellblock attached to the residence.

But by 1930, few Hoosiers marveled at the rotary jail’s extraordinary design. State Board of Charities investigators noted: “This structure of brick and steel is old, insecure, unsafe … Natural light and ventilation are poor. The revolving cell block offers dark, insanitary cells for the sixteen men it accommodates.”

Trying to salvage the county’s investment, jailers modified the building over the next four decades, first immobilizing the turntable, then making other upgrades to satisfy changing codes. In 1967, after numerous condemnations by inspectors, a Montgomery County grand jury ordered the structure abandoned.

Today, the Rotary Jail Museum pays homage to a time when ornamentation and invention were seen as the solution to social ills. Come explore this curiosity of our past.


On top of all of that, a number of prisoners' limbs were mangled in the process of rotation. Also, I found out there had been one in the town where I was born but it was torn down long before I was born.

 
lakotaannie
823081.  Sat Jun 11, 2011 4:27 pm Reply with quote

Zebra57 wrote:
Some Qi facts about the state.

State Capitol and largest city - Indianapolis
(It is uncommon in the USA for the state capitol to also be the largest city)

With an area of 36,420 square miles Indiana is the 38th largest state in the USA.

With a population of 6,080,485 Indiana is the 14th most populous state in the USA (2000)

Santa Claus, Indiana gets one-half million letters every Christmas.

Richard Gatling a resident of Indianapolis invented the rapid-fire machine gun.

The film actor James Dean was born at Marion Indiana on February 8 1941.

Mark Spitz, who won 7 gold medals at the 1972 Olympics was a student of Indiana University.

Public enemy number 1 John Dillinger escaped the Lake Country Jail in Indiana using a replica gun carved from a wooden block.

The original French settlement of Vincennes was the capital of the Territory of Indiana. The first state capital was Corydon (1816-1825).

Indiana today has less than 8,000 American-Indians living in its borders today.


What I have been told about the Hoosier State and how they got the name started around the Vincennes, French Lick area. The story goes that people from that area were primarily french and when someone knocked at the door instead of saying "who's there" because of the french dialect it sounded like "hoosiers". So therefore we are called Hoosiers. The state flower is the peony. The state tree is the Tulip Tree.
And yes, the Indianapolis 500 is still running strong.


Commercial link edited by QI Moderator

 
plach
823124.  Sat Jun 11, 2011 9:42 pm Reply with quote

I once lived in Indiana--in the northwest corner. Two counties (Lake and Porter) are actually part of the greater Chicago area and the people there stay in the same time zone as Chicago--I believe it is a different time than the rest of the State. The television stations are Chicago and most people there knew all about Chicago politics and Illinois issues---but could tell very little about the State of Indiana. They had a commuter train to Chicago every day too. Taxes and housing are much cheaper in Indiana--lots of commuters. There was also a long lovely lake Michigan shoreline and a dunes park. And very ugly steel mills and factories too.

The northwest corner is where Gary and Hammond are located. If you are a fan of the movie "A Christmas Story", the author (Jean Shepherd) grew up in Hammond.

 
sjb
823125.  Sat Jun 11, 2011 9:46 pm Reply with quote

plach wrote:
There was also a long lovely lake Michigan shoreline and a dunes park.

Ah yes. Great for dumping dead bodies if you're going to commit the perfect crime.

plach wrote:
The northwest corner is where Gary and Hammond are located. If you are a fan of the movie "A Christmas Story", the author (Jean Shepherd) grew up in Hammond.

I've spent a bit of time in that vicinity--my aunt and uncle have lived in northern Indiana for nigh on 50 years. Scary as fuck, in my lil ol' opinion.

 
bobwilson
823127.  Sat Jun 11, 2011 9:55 pm Reply with quote

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The jacket and hat worn by Harrison Ford are on display at the American History Museum of the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, DC.


Does this really need any comment?

 
plach
823129.  Sat Jun 11, 2011 10:17 pm Reply with quote

Also, actor Jimmy Stewart (It's A Wonderful Life, Rear Window. Vertigo, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington and other movies in the 1940's and 50's) was born in the town of Indiana, state of Pennsylvania.

 

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