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Halls of History (4-15-14)

Halls of History

April 15 is an interesting day in history. To wit:

  1. 1452—Leonardo da Vinci born.
  2. Scott #77 Abraham Lincoln1865—President Abraham Lincoln dies after being shot the previous evening by John Wilkes Booth while at the play, An American Cousin, at the Ford’s Theatre.
  3. 1892—Closing ceremony of the Games of the I Olympiad in Athens, Greece, the first Olympic games of the modern era. The original Olympic games had been held from 776 BD to 394 AD.
  4. General Electric Company is founded. In 2011, by various measurements GE ranked as the 26th-largest firm in the U.S., the 14th most profitable, the fourth-largest in the world, No. 5 best global brand, No. 63 green company, and No. 15 most admired company.
  5. The RMS Titanic sinks in the north Atlantic ocean after striking an iceberg, taking 1,517 people to a watery grave.Rand McNally published its first road atlas.Scott #2016 Jackie Robinson
  6. 1947—Jackie Robinson played in a baseball game for the Brooklyn Dodgers, breaking the so-called color barrier in major league baseball.
  7. 1951—Heloise born. Smile if you or your mom was a great fan of Heloise.
  8. 1965—The first Ford Mustang rolled off the show room floor, two days before it was to go on sale to the general public.
  9. 1990—Gretao Garbo died. Smile if you or your dad had a Greta Garbo poster from the 1940s or ’50s.

Most recently, which means last in this list, but certainly not least:

10. 2013—Two home-made bombs exploded at the finish line of the Boston Marathon, killing three people and injuring another 264 people.

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Out & About—Pasadena Robinson Memorial

Out & About

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Whenever I’m out and about, I love to visit downtown areas of other cities.

I started visiting California during the Summer of 1973 when two friends and I took a brand new Buick Apollo on a 10,000-mile trip to every National Park, National Monument, National Forest, big city, and major tourist attraction west of the Mississippi River.

One of the cities we visited was Pasadena, but we were mainly interested in the Rose Bowl. It seats 100,000 people or so, meaning that it’s not exactly in downtown Pasadena. Surprisingly, after living in San Diego for 20+ years I had never been to Pasadena downtown proper….

….until this past May.

Pasadena City Hall has to be in the top two or three most beautiful city halls in all of America:

Pasadena City Hall

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For my previous post on Pasadena City Hall, click on the link.

The plazas surrounding Pasadena City Hall are concrete and brick, beautiful concrete and brick, which sounds like an oxymoron. Part of one such plaza:

Concrete and brick plaza in Pasadena

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One of the plazas has a tribute to Mack and Jackie Robinson, the Pasadena Robinson Memorial, dedicated in 1997.

Mark and Jackie Robinson

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Baseball fans will recognize Jackie Robinson (1919-1972) as the player who broker the color barrier in major league baseball when the Brooklyn Dodgers (forerunners of the Los Angeles Dodgers) started him at first base on April 15, 1947, effectively starting the beginning of the end of the separate Negro Leagues.

I knew the story of Jackie Robinson but not that of Mack (1914-2000).

Both Mack and Jackie were born in Cairo, Georgia. The boys were young when the family was left fatherless—I could not find out why. Mallie Robinson then moved her family across the country to Pasadena.

Mack attended Pasadena City College where he set national junior college records in the 100 meters, 200 meters, and long jump. He attended the University of Oregon, graduating in 1941, and won many titles in NCAA, AAU, and Pacific Coast Conference track.

Mack went on to win a silver medal at the infamous 1936 Summer Olympics held in Berlin, Germany. In the men’s 200 meters, he finished just four-tenths of a second behind the incomparable Jesse Owens.

Mack led the fight against street crime in Pasadena. I think crime might be the reason why my friends and I skipped the downtown areas of both Oakland and Pasadena way back in 1973.

Several locations in Pasadena are named in honor of Mack Robinson, including the stadium of Pasadena City College and the Pasadena post office.

Mack always considered Pasadena home, so his sculpture faces City Hall. Jackie left Pasadena and moved east, obviously to be with the Brooklyn Dodgers. Thus, his sculpture faces east.

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