Tuesday, August 20, 2013





Tucson is an Indian word meaning “place of dark springs” or “springs at the base of a black hill”. About 1900, Americans began to pronounce it “too-sahn”. Today Mexicans still pronounce it “took-sone”.


The region now known as Tucson, Arizona was probably first visited by Paleo-Indians, known to have been in southern Arizona by about 12,000 years ago.

In late January 1934, five members of the Dillinger gang, including John Dillinger, himself, were arrested in Tucson. They were five of the top six names on the FBI's first Public Enemy list.

At the University of Arizona, where records have been kept since 1894, the record maximum temperature was 115 degrees F. on June 19, 1960, and July 28, 1995, and the record minimum temperature was 6 degrees F. on January 7, 1913.



saguaro [suh-gwah'-ro]
A very large cactus (Carnegiea gigantea) of the southwest United States and northern Mexico, having ribbed upward-curving branches, white funnel-shaped flowers, and edible red fruit.



Ronald Ernest "Ron" Paul
(born August 20, 1935)
Ron Paul is an American physician, author, and former politician who served as the U.S. Representative for Texas' 14th and 22nd congressional districts. He sought the presidency of the United States: as the Libertarian Party candidate in 1988 and as a candidate in the Republican primaries of 2008 and 2012.

Paul is a critic of the federal government's fiscal policies, especially the existence of the Federal Reserve, the tax policy, the military–industrial complex, and the War on Drugs. Paul was the first chairman of Citizens for a Sound Economy, which founded the Tea Party movement, and has been characterized as the "intellectual godfather" of the anti-government movement.

Connie Chung
(born August 20, 1946)
Connie Chung is an American journalist. She has been an anchor and reporter for the U.S. television news networks NBC, CBS, ABC, CNN, and MSNBC. Some of her more famous interview subjects include Claus von Bülow and U.S. Representative Gary Condit, whom Chung interviewed first after the Chandra Levy disappearance, and basketball legend Earvin "Magic" Johnson after he went public about being HIV-positive.

Chung was removed as CBS Evening News co-anchor after a controversial interview with a fireman which seemed inappropriately combative, during rescue efforts at the Oklahoma City bombing and her interview tactics to get Newt Gingrich's mother to admit her unguarded thoughts about Hillary Clinton.

She is married to talk show host Maury Povich and they have one adopted son, Matthew Jay Povich.

Albert Lincoln "Al" Roker, Jr.
(born August 20, 1954)
Al Roker is an American television weather forecaster as well as an actor and book author. He is best known as being the weather anchor on NBC's Today. On Monday, July 20, 2009, he began co-hosting his morning show, Wake Up with Al, on The Weather Channel, which airs weekdays from 6am to 7am ET, now 5:30–7:00 one hour earlier than Today.

Amy Lou Adams
(born August 20, 1974)
Amy Adams is an American actress and singer. Adams began her performing career on stage in dinner theaters, before making her screen debut in the 1999 black comedy film Drop Dead Gorgeous. After a series of television guest appearances and roles in B movies, she was cast in the role of Brenda Strong in 2002's Catch Me If You Can, but her breakthrough role was in the 2005 independent film Junebug, playing Ashley Johnsten.


At five o'clock in the morning we left to drive to Old Tucson, and I sat with my mouth open in the van. I was stunned by the beauty of that country.
--Erika Slezak



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