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Hey There! Mickey Mouse Club Celebrates Its 60th Anniversary!

March 20, 2015

Were you one of the millions who rocketed through the door after school, landing square in front of the rabbit-eared TV to watch The Mickey Mouse Club? As kids, my sister and I sang and danced along with the Mouseketeers. Those kids seemed so friendly and fun, and despite our lack of talent, we thought we were just like them. I recently read something that supported our impressions. Apparently, Walt Disney insisted on recruiting average, everyday kids—not talented stars—to be in his show. As long as the kids were well-behaved, quick learners with camera appeal, they had a chance. Which is not to say that the Mouseketeers weren’t talented. Who could forget Annette Funicello’s singing and beach movies… Johnny Crawford as Mark McCain in The Rifleman, or Tim Considine and Don Grady as the handsome Douglas brothers of My Three Sons? Bet you didn't know that Cubby became a drummer for a rock band! Even in the 90s revival of the show, a few of the kids hit it big—ever heard of Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, Keri Russell, Justin Timberlake or Ryan Gosling? They all began as Mouseketeers! If you want details on every kid who wore the official ears on the original show, check out this site:

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Visit & Enjoy Our National Parks!

February 26, 2015

Have you ever enjoyed a scenic road trip through, or actually set up camp in one of our nation’s national parks? If so, you can thank President Ulysses S. Grant! Back in 1872, he signed a bill creating the country’s very first national park: Yellowstone. After a government expedition, geologist Ferdinand Hayden, accompanied by a photographer and a landscape artist, presented Congress with visual proof of the beauty and resources out west. President Grant designated over 1.2 million acres to be “preserved from injury and spoliation of all timber, mineral deposits, natural curiosities, and wonders within.” Luckily, in spite of the westward-ho land-grab that took place at the time, the idea of preserving large tracts of land as public domain caught on over the years—including more than 800,000 acres of Grand Canyon later designated by President Theodore Roosevelt. Today, we can enjoy dozens of national parks all across the country. Next time you’re planning a vacation, you might want to bypass the sprawling cities and overcrowded theme parks, and head for the natural beauty of the great outdoors. Check out this state-by-state list to find the national park nearest you!

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