Appreciating all that makes America special

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Americana means different things to different folks. Here at Great American Things, it means cool stuff that doesn’t fit into any other category. I guess we could have called it Miscellaneous, but “Great Miscellaneous Things” doesn’t tell you much, does it?

Americana: The Hollywood Sign

Posted by on Feb 3, 2011 in Americana | Comments Off on Americana: The Hollywood Sign

  By 1923, the little California city of Hollywood was already synonymous with the movie industry. The lure of...

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Americana: The Appalachian Trail

Posted by on Jan 31, 2011 in Americana | 1 comment

  I’m sure that, among the thousands of people who read Great American Things, there are bound to be some who’ve hiked the...

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Kid Stuff: Bugs Bunny

Posted by on Jan 26, 2011 in Kids Stuff | Comments Off on Kid Stuff: Bugs Bunny

  It was all there in his very first appearance, A Wild Hare, directed by the legendary Tex Avery and released in 1940. The...

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Americana: Harley-Davidson

Posted by on Jan 22, 2011 in Americana | Comments Off on Americana: Harley-Davidson

  Occasionally, these posts are hard for me to write. Like this one. Because not only am I not a motorcycle guy, a motorcycle is about...

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Kid Stuff: Peanuts

Posted by on Jan 8, 2011 in Kids Stuff | Comments Off on Kid Stuff: Peanuts

Charlie Brown will never get to kick that football. Lucy will always give out psychiatric help for five cents. Marcie will always call...

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Americana: The Ford F-150

Posted by on Jan 5, 2011 in Americana | 1 comment

  It came as a surprise to me to learn that the Ford F-150 pickup truck has been America’s best-selling vehicle a total of 24...

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Americana: The Smithsonian Institution

Posted by on Jan 3, 2011 in Americana | 1 comment

  If you like BIG museums, you’ll love the Smithsonian Institution. It’s composed of 19 museums and nine research centers. Oh, and...

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Americana: Rose Parade

Posted by on Jan 1, 2011 in Americana | Comments Off on Americana: Rose Parade

  If you happened to have been in Pasadena in 1890 (Anyone? Anyone?), you could have been one of the 2,000 or so people who saw a...

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Album: "A Charlie Brown Christmas" Soundtrack

Posted by on Dec 23, 2010 in Holiday, Music | Comments Off on Album: "A Charlie Brown Christmas" Soundtrack

Even today, it doesn’t seem like a natural fit for a jazz soundtrack to accompany an animated Christmas show. Certainly the...

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Americana: Macy’s New York

Posted by on Dec 22, 2010 in Americana | 1 comment

  Not many retail establishments can trace their roots back before the Civil War. But R.H. Macy opened his eponymous store at the...

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