We held the Green
Party Nominating in Wisconsin, and the slogan on the T Shirt I got
there was "FORWARD 2004!" Since then, every time I've seen "FORWARD"
used in a slogan it gave me that "we are moving forward together"
The Spanish missions
in Florida are something like a hundred years older than the ones in
Califoria, which is one of the reasons many of ours are tourist
attractions and most of theirs are gone. My cousin in Florida said "the
spirit of Florida is a jumble of old and new". Looking at their
quarter, with a sailing ship and the space shuttle, it captures that
I think the quote in
the background is an
excerpt from the last thing Douglas Adams wrote that was published
before the heart attack
that killed him. It's the last paragraph in the preface to the book
"Digging Holes in Popular Culture", a collection of essays by
archeologists about their studies of modern popular culture.
Of the quarters I've
seen designs for that never came out, I consider this Nebraska design
the most interesting. In the article that went with this picture, they
that Cheif Standing Bear's case that went all the way to the Supreme
Court set the precident that everybody is considered equal in the eyes
of the law. I found out about the story because this was one of the
five finalists for Nebraska quarter discussed in Coin World, but it
wasn't the one they
picked for the coin that will be coming out later this year.
These coins are both
"from Massachusetts". I put quotes around the term because the MA
quarter was really minted in Denver, CO or Philidelphia, PA. I'm not
sure where the penny on the left was minted, but I'm sure it was minted
before Massachusetts signed onto our Constitution. Whereas the copper
coin has "Commonwealth of Massachusetts" on it, the comparable legand
on the modern is "United States of America." I seem to remember
it's the most expensive coin in my collection.
My sister found that
magic token while she was working in her garden. If it had been an
arrowhead she would have given it to my brother.
Mississippi and Alabama were considered the poorest states in the USA.
On every list a state can get a higher spot on by spending more money
were always at the bottom. I've been told that when Alabama was at the
bottom, people in Mississippi would say "thank God for Alabama." When
Mississippi was at the bottom of the list being discussed, people in
Alabama would say "thank God for Mississippi." However, in this brave
new world of NAFTA and other forms of globalization, I wonder what they
think about their neighbors to the south that have even less money in
I think this is the
only quarter the US Government has put out identical copies of for two
years. Usually they at least change the current year stamped on the
coin, but they cellebrated the bicentennial by putting out this one for
two years (1975 and 1976). In the 90's they were the only thing
spicing up the
change, and you didn't tend to see one that often. I remember giving
one to a coworker who had only been in the USA for a year or two at the
said "I didn't even know there were other quarters." Nowadays most
people are at least vaguely aware that something is going on in the