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13 May 2005 - 3:32pm
Today, May 13, we are not open to the public.
We are hosting our 13th annual Play Day for 2,200 children with disabilities.
It's a wonderful event and you'll never see happier children.
Here's Mrs. Koch visiting with a young friend:
Our thanks to all the wonderful children, their parents, teachers and caregivers. They start off our daily season with the smiles, cheers and giggles that make all the past months' work worthwhile.
And to our friends at the Easter Seals Rehabilitation Center who help coordinate this event each May by inviting school children with disabilities from around the tri-state. We know you've spent the $135,000 donation wisely, and that hundreds and hundreds of your clients have benefited over the years.
Here's a little sweetheart who couldn't get enough of the Magic Waters in Holidog's FunTown:
We are truly blessed with the joy these special children showered on us on Friday the 13th.
Not an unlucky day at all.
12 May 2005 - 3:32pm
If you live in the Evansville area, you might want to tune to WNIN-TV on Friday evening to watch "Holiday World: The Kochs' Recipe for Success."
Thanks to Hilton for emailing me about the upcoming airing. Be sure to wave at him while you're watching, as his photo is used in the show. Look for a black and white photo of a cute little boy wearing a cowboy hat. Hilton won a contest and was named Town Marshal of the town of Santa Claus for the entire year of 1959.
Well, lookee here ... Jerry, our archivist par excellence, found a photo and some articles about Hilton:
According to newspaper articles from December, 1958, the Santa Claus Chamber of Commerce held a nationwide contest looking for children who had been born on Christmas Day. The two winners were Hilton, from Mount Vernon, Indiana, and a lad named Michael from Hastings, Minnesota. That's Santa Claus's Postmaster for 1958, Elbert Reinke, pinning the official Town Marshal badge on Hilton's shirt.
As an aside, get a load of the headline in Michael's local paper:
Minnesota Red-Haired Namesake of Arch-Angel Will Reign As Honorary Mayor At Santa Claus
(Whew! They don't write like that anymore!)
Michael was named Mayor of Santa Claus. Hilton got the cool job. Since he was born on December 25, 1946, he named was Town Marshal for 1959. I think Michael was a tad jealous:
There's a cute quote from Hilton in the newspaper article. During his weekend in Santa Claus, he invited all those he met to "visit Posey County, home of the famous watermelon patches, and where the Ohio River blows a breeze of freshness."
Regarding the TV show, if you're not in the Evansville, Indiana, area...you might want to pester your local PBS affiliate and ask them to air the hour-long "Holiday World: The Kochs' Recipe for Success" in your market. They just need to contact WNIN to set that up.
11 May 2005 - 3:32pm
It's been a busy day, but at long last your trusty servant has tracked down the answer to yesterday's intriguing photo.
That stack of wood --
-- it's for a fence around Bahari, our new wave pool that opens Saturday.
Oh! You thought it was for --
Well, I'll be!
That really is something to think about, isn't it?
10 May 2005 - 11:45am
Okay, to date I've been called sneaky, a tease, and sly. All in the past month.
One fellow even accused me of enjoying the "torcher" of HoliBlog readers. (I believe he meant torture, as I have yet to light anyone on fire.)
So as not to disappoint all those fans, here's another intriguing photo:
So, where was I when I took this picture? Northeast of the park, on Highway 162, not too far from Yellig Park (the sports park on the north end of town).
To the left, you can see the new water tower. To the right there's a tiny blotch of yellow (it's a piece of construction machinery). And even farther to the right...
Can you see it?
Thanks to Steven in marketing, we'll point it out a bit more clearly for you:
Still can't tell what it is? It is pretty far back off the road, so it's hard to tell exactly what it could be. Let's use the zoom on this fancy camera.
(There's nothing like standing by the side of a state highway, fumbling for your reading glasses so you can be sure to push the correct button on the camera.)
Ah! Here we go:
Gosh. That's a little fuzzy. Sorry.
Guess I need new reading glasses.
It may take me a day or two to research this new discovery. But I promise, faithful readers, to report back with an answer.
By the way, I just ran the spellcheck program on this entry. You know how they suggest "more appropriate" words when they don't recognize a word or spelling?
They don't recognize the word "HoliBlog," which is certainly understandable.
Instead, they recommend that we use this word:
Thanks a lot!
6 May 2005 - 3:32pm
Around here we kid around about each person's "inner geek" coming out in our work.
John knows every dimension of the new water tower.
Will can explain the mechanical workings of every ride.
Lori knows every specific water-quality number and how to balance it perfectly.
I eagerly volunteered recently to rewrite text into blocks containing no more than 240 characters and spaces.
And even our HoliBlog readers are getting in on the act.
Marc from Murphysboro emailed me this question:
So it should weigh 155 tons empty then; do you know the capacity of it? Then we could figure the loaded weight of it, which I bet could double perhaps.
I emailed back the answer: 500,000 gallons.
And here is Marc's response:
From my figuring, water weighs 8.345 lbs per gallon * 500,000 gallons=4,172,500lbs of water + 310,000lbs for the structure = 4,482,500lbs total when full.
That would make it almost EXACTLY the weight of the fully-loaded and fueled space shuttle Endeavor on blastoff, and equivalent to the weight of 700 fully-fueled Hummer H2 SUVs.
Gosh, I don't even think that way! To calculate it all out and then have another example for comparison. Never in a million years would I come up with that.
But then, it's all geek to me!