Tuesday, June 21, 2011

State Tidbits from American Profile

From the American Profile Magazine.

IOWA-- In the late 1940s and 1950s, actress FRAN ALLISON was the human part of the popular TV show Kukla, Fran and Ollie. She was born in LaPorte City, (pop. 2,275). Hey, I remember watching that show.

MICHIGAN-- In 1902, Detroit native Louis J. Liggert persuaded 40 druggists to invest in the United Drug Co., a cooperative that later manufactured and distributed products to franchised stores (an early Walgreens, CVS). The stores and products were known as REXALL. I used to see these stores all over the place and bought many a comic book at the one in Mt. Olive, NC. Loved the logo.

MINNESOTA-- The world's largest employee-owned photography company is Lifetouch in the town of Eden Prairie (pop. 59,482). It began in 1936 when Bruce Reinecker and Eldon Rothgeb founded the National School Studios to take photos at one-room schoolhouses across the state.

If I've had to sit for one school photo, I've sat for almost too many to count, both as a student and then 33 years as a teacher.

Just Some Interesting Tidbits. --RoadDog

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