Princeton WannaBe Blog

I'm not a real historian.   I didn't grow up in Princeton.    I don't have an Ivy League education.   

I'm a total Princeton WannaBe. 

Still, I gush about loving the heart of Princeton as much as I can!


 

 


Why I Adore Memorial Day

It was my Grandaddy's favorite holiday.

My Grandaddy was perfect.

No, really.  He was perfect.

He worked hard to provide educations for all his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

 

 

He played Santa Claus on Christmas Eve for over 25 years to everyone in Nashville.

He was a Cadet during WWII and was proud to be called a dedicated family man.  Every week he had a spiritual saying and a new vocabulary word on the visor of his car.  (Yes, I was his naughty grandaugher that would sometimes change the word or spiritual message to keep things light.  He was also an early adopter of women being schooled in math and would "quiz" me on car rides.  Frankly, that was wasted time but he never gave up on me!)

He never made a big fuss about it but he was a descendent of George Ross, Signer of the Declaration of Independence! 

 


 

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I'm not crushin' on Matt Damon but I AM SO CRUSHIN' ON GEORGE DANTZIG!

Why?  Because he's the newest smartypants I've researched silly!

Y'all probably know that George was an America mathematical scientist and Princeton professor who made important contributions to operations research, computer science, economics and statistics.  He was among the first to work at Mathematica which, frankly, not many people know about but I have a crush on them too - they are an amazing company.)

Me?  I'm over the moon about George because he inspired the famous scene in Good Will Hunting!  TRUE!

 

In 1939 while he was a graduate student at UC Berkley .  Dantzig showed up late for a class.  The professor had written two examples of famously unsolved statistics problems on the blackboard. When Dantzig arrived, he assumed that the two problems were a homework assignment and wrote them down. According to Dantzig, the problems "seemed to be a little harder than usual", but a few days later he handed in completed solutions for the two problems, still believing that they were an assignment that was overdue.

Six weeks later, Dantzig learned his "homework" had solved two of the most famous unsolved problems in statistics!  I KNOW!

How did I find out about all this?  Mathematica booked us for a private tour (which we always customize so that each participant leaves really loving Princeton and their Company) and in researching their founders I learned about George!

 (did you know Mathematica is a generous sponsor of the McCarter Theatre Gala?  TRUE!  they've done research to prove that access to performing arts makes for safer and smarter communities!  LOVE IT!)


 

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Introducing First Capital Princeton!

 

Saturday, September 6, 2014

1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Did you know Princeton is home to the first White House?

Whte House

You read that right.  The first President wasn’t George Washington.  

We’ll break it down on the tour.

Did you know Princeton was home to the first Capitol?

TRUE!  In 1783, the Continental Congress fled to Princeton.  Simply put, we didn’t have taxation yet and hadn’t paid our soldiers.  Rumors spread in Philadelphia that an angry mob might attack congressmen in Independence Hall.  The Continental Congress convened in secret inside Nassau Hall from June until November.

Did you know Princeton was the first legitimate Capital of the United States?

TRUE AGAIN!  The first week of September, George Washington rode to Nassau Hall to receive news that the Treaty of Paris had been signed, which officially recognized America's independence. Princeton, thereby, became the first Capital of the New Nation.

Wanna know the difference between capitol and capital?

The Capitol is the building that serves as the seat of government for the United States Congress and the Capital is the city that is the seat of the government for a country or state.  See you’re already smarter and you haven’t even been on the tour yet!

Princeton had their own celebrations during the repeal of the Stamp Act, Boston Tea Party and, of course, pivotal revolutionary battles.

We’ll show you the Stamp Act trees on campus which were planted to celebrate the repeal of the Stamp Act.  The spot on campus where the students burned all their tea and burned the “King” to the stake after the Boston Tea Party and the famous Cannon Green.

Ever wonder if the rumor about the cannon ball and Nassau Hall is true?

The proof of what really happened surrounds this famous painting by Charles Willson Peale at the Princeton University Art Museum. 

We’ll break it down on the tour.

Ever wonder why the Norman Rockwell painting inside the Yankee Doodle Tap Room  has a Paul Revere theme?

We did too and we’ll tell you on the day of the tour when we end at the Yankee Doodle Tap Room and join George Washington as he toasts the revolution!

Saturday, September 6, 2014

1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

REGISTRATION IS FREE BUT MANDATORY TO ATTEND 

(Just email Mimi at firstcapitalprinceton@gmail.com.  You'll receive an immediate email letting you know important info for the event on September 6th!)

This is an annual event in Princeton is brought to you by Morven Museum & Gardens, Nassau Inn, Princeton University Art Museum and Princeton Tour Company so mark your calendars now for the first Saturday of every September! 

This delightful 1 ½ hour tour is designed to lead your family through a path of revolutionary discoveries in downtown Princeton.

 


 

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George Clooney Keeps It Classy Adhering to Half Plus Seven Dude Rule for Choosing a Bride!

CONGRATS TO GEORGE (52yrs) & AMAL (36yrs) ON THEIR ENGAGEMENT!

Did you know George is related to Princeton Tiger, Jose Ferrer from the Great Class of 1933?  TRUE!  Ferrer made his Broadway debut in 1935. and then starred in the 1943 Broadway production of Othello also starring Paul Robeson who grew up in Princeton!  I KNOW!  Anyhoo, it still holds the record of being the longest-running production of a Shakespeare play staged in the U.S.!

(According to the urban dictionary, "Half, plus seven" is the age-old dating rule for dudes. It justifies the dating of younger women, within reason. The formula begins with each dude's age (for example, 22). That age is halved (22/2 =11), and 7 is tacked on to the divided result.")

DON'T LET THE PRETTY FACES FOOL YOU!  THESE TWO ARE SMARTYPANTS IN THEIR OWN RIGHT!  WE CAN'T WAIT TO SEE ALL THE GOOD THINGS IN STORE FOR BOTH OF YOU!

Photo by Perez Hilton and, yes, we spy on Perez every once in a while to stay relevant with our diverse customer base!

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GARDEN THEATER IS ABOUT TO GROW OUR CULTURAL COMMUNITY!

I wedged my way into a meet and greet with the new folks that are going to manage Princeton Garden Theatre and couldn't wait to let you know that our town is about to get even more wonderful!

Meet John .... he's the director and, clearly, the STEAK of the operation!  He's a smarty pants in film and running exceptional theaters throughout the country.  He has BIG PLANS to make Princeton Garden Theatre a cultural destination.  (Did you know he's bringing National Theatre Live to our cinema?  That's the best of British Theatre on the stage!  I KNOW!  Did you know his wife grew up in Princeton?  TRUE!)

Meet Chris, he's the Associate Director and, clearly, the SIZZLE of the operation!  He's been doing community outreach in all the Renew Theaters and he understands that the theater experience isn't about viewing a film anymore .... it's about the entire experience of a unique space to see a film ..... unique concessions, fun events, staff excitement and partnering with businesses and other non-profits to create deeper connections to the experience!  (Did you know you'll be able to have private viewings and even a birthday party in the theatre once they take over?  Did you know he's been visiting Princeton for years because he loves to watch athletics?  TRUE!)

Professional reporters will do a much better job of breaking down the details of what they have planned so be on the look out for more info!

When can you feel the change?  Princeton Garden Theater will close June 1st and the folks at Renew Theater will renovate the space and re-open on July 1st!

THANK YOU PRINCETON UNIVERSITY FOR KEEPING A SMALL, THOUGHTFUL, ENGAGING MOVIE THEATER IN THE HEART OF PRINCETON!


 

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