The Living New Deal

During the Great Depression, President Franklin D. Roosevelt promised the American people a “New Deal”.  From 1933 to 1943 a constellation of federally sponsored programs put millions of jobless Americans back to work and helped revive the economy.  The result was a rich landscape of public works projects across the nation.  No city , town, or rural area was untouched.  Hundreds of thousands of roads, schools, theaters, libraries, hospitals, post offices, courthouses, airports, parks, forests, gardens, and artworks – created in only one decade by our parents and grandparents – are still in use today!

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Flyovers and Sonic Booms Today and Tomorrow

To mark the 70th anniversary of the first supersonic flight on Oct. 14, 1947, following the formal ceremony Edwards Air Force Base will launch two formation flights which are scheduled to pass over Southern California schools October 13 as part of its outreach to support STEM (Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) education.

The first formation – two F-16 Fighting Falcons, a B-1B Lancer and an F-18 Hornet from NASA – will fly on a route over the Antelope Valley and Bakersfield, California.

The second formation – an F-16 Fighting Falcon, F-15 Eagle, F-22 Raptor and F-35 Lightning II – is scheduled to fly a flight path over several cities in Southern California, including, San Bernardino, Colton, Riverside, Costa Mesa, Long Beach, Rancho Palos Verdes, Agoura Hills, Simi Valley, Granada Hills, and Santa Clarita, Canyon Country and Palmdale.

Both flights paths will be at an altitude low enough for easy viewing by the general public and will take place between noon and 1 pm Friday.  The jets will pass over selected schools.

On Friday at 11 am, F-16 and F-18 sonic booms will be heard to kick-off the Team Edwards Day Ceremony.  Other sonic booms will be executed at 1:30 to 2 pm and 6 pm Friday, and 7 to 7:16 am on Saturday.  Click below for more info.


Cold War LA

Did you know during the cold war that Los Angeles was surrounded by nuclear weapons?  Or with the help of a newspaper, the city was mocked bombed by a squadron of planes?  We even had the Soviet National Convention here!

Check out all this and more at the Cold War LA site.  Cold War LA is a digital project that serves as an educational resource about the social, cultural, and political aspects of the Cold War era in Los Angeles for students, educators, veterans, and hobbyists.  And yes there are a few maps too!


Carpet Maps and Abyss Tables

Ah yes, I was at Costco this weekend and Christmas decorations are out … as well as Halloween and Thanksgiving!  Insane right?  What alternate universe am I in?

Anyway, checking the Christmas Clock, there are only 97 days left until Christmas!  You better hurry and buy that perfect gift!

Here is one:  Land Carpet Map Rugs!  Yes, get that map in carpet form so your loved one can walk all over it.


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August 21, 2017 Solar Eclipse

For those of you that have read this blog for a while, you might remember me mentioning the Great American Solar Eclipse for 2017 in a post back in October 2015!  Well, it looks like the media woke up about it, because it is all over the news now.  It is finally here, just one week away on August 21st!  More info here.

Are you going to travel up north or to the east to see it?  Below is a handy map showing how may hours it will take you to drive to the closest area to view the total solar eclipse:


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