Monday, August 8, 2011

Tidbits: Things to See When Cruising Those Old Roads

From this week's American Profile Magazine. Since I live in the Midwest, I get those bits of tids. There are also tidbits for all the sections.

WISCONSIN-- If you want to stand in the exact center of the northern half of the western hemisphere, you need to go to RIETBROCK (pop. 981). A geological marker notes the spot where the 90th meridian of longitude crosses the 45th parallel of latitude. It is exactly half way between the equator and the North Pole.

The town and township received its name from Fred Rietbrock who founded it.

ILLINOIS-- Movie fans might want to visit the 14-room red-brick Georgian home made famous in the 1990 movie Home Alone in Winnetka (pop. 12,187). This is where Macaulay Culkin made life miserable for two bad guys.

Winnetka is part of the very rich North Shore and in 2009 was named #4 of America's top-earning towns. In 1938, there was a song called "Big Noise from Winnetka." It is also the site of Hubbard Street School where Laurie Dann killed one student and wounded five others in 1988.

IOWA-- Fans of the Alley Oop comic strip about the club-swinging, time-traveling cave man should visit PERRY (pop. 7,702) because creator Vincent Trout Hamlin was born there in 1900. It was first syndicated in 1933.

When I visit my family in Goldsboro, NC, I always like to catch up with Alley in the local News-Argus paper. Then there was that song from the 50s.

A Real Cave Man. --RoadDog

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