Thursday, January 5, 2006

Firsts

Today is the First Day back to school after the Holidays. Not really a great day most will think, but others will be missing their friends and their teacher. Weird I know, but they're out there somewhere.

On this festive day I thought I would look up some notable firsts in our history:

The First Video Game: William Higinbotham, he invented the first video game, with his tennis game of 1958.


The First Progressive rock Band: Many music historians point to King Crimson as the first "true" progressive rock band; their first appearance was in February 1969. They were quickly followed by other English progressive rock bands, including Yes, Genesis, Pink Floyd, Emerson Lake and Palmer, and Jethro Tull. It is worth noting that aside from ELP these bands began their careers before King Crimson, and changed their musical styles considerably following the release of "In the Court of the Crimson King"; and as for Emerson Lake and Palmer, they inherited their singer and bassist, Greg Lake, from the original King Crimson lineup.


The First Volley Ball Game: In 1895, William G. Morgan, an instructor at the Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA) in Holyoke, Mass., decided to blend elements of basketball, baseball, tennis, and handball to create a game for his classes of businessmen which would demand less physical contact than basketball. He created the game of Volleyball (at that time called mintonette). Morgan borrowed the net from tennis, and raised it 6 feet 6 inches above the floor, just above the average man's head.

During a demonstration game, someone remarked to Morgan that the players seemed to be volleying the ball back and forth over the net, and perhaps "volleyball" would be a more descriptive name for the sport.

On July 7, 1896 at Springfield College the first game of "volleyball" was played


The First Basket Ball Game: A Canadian named James Naismith invented the game of basketball in 1891 while he was working at the Y.M.C.A. College at Springfield, Massachusetts. The first official basketball game was played at the Springfield, MA YMCA Training School. The University of Chicago played its first college basketball game, defeating the Chicago YMCA Training School 19-11, in 1894.


The First Appearance of the Hulk: The Incredible Hulk #181 November 1974; or was it April 12, 1990.


The First Ski Doo: Joseph-Armand Bombardier of Valcourt, Quebec, Canada patented the Ski-Doo, originally christened the Ski-Dog, but renamed because of a typographical error that Bombardier decided not to change. You know it as a snowmobile.


The First Typewriter: It was called the "Sholes & Glidden Type Writer," and it was produced by the gunmakers E. Remington & Sons in Ilion, NY from 1874-1878. It was not a great success (not more than 5,000 were sold), but it founded a worldwide industry, and it brought mechanization to dreary, time-consuming office work.


The First Computer: The Eckert and Mauchly Computer Co. of Philadelphia (which was soon purchased by Remington Rand) sells the first commercial computer, the UNIVAC 1, to the U.S. Census Bureau. UNIVAC stands for Universal Automatic Computer.

The memory called up data by transmitting sonic pulses through tubes of mercury. An additional 45 UNIVAC 1 machines would eventually be sold. The massive computer was 8 feet high, 7-1/2 feet wide and 14-1/2 feet long. It has lots and lots of tubes that dimmed lights all over Washington when it cranked out information

The UNIVAC was not the first computer ever built. A host of companies, including Eckert-Mauchly, Remington Rand, IBM, and others, all were developing computers for commercial applications at the same time.

Perhaps the most famous computer of the era was the ENIAC, a computer developed for the U.S. military during World War II. Other computers developed in the 1940s were mostly used by academia. But the UNIVAC I was the first computer to be widely used for commercial purposes - 46 machines were built, for about $1 million each.

UNIVAC I came to the public's attention in 1952, when CBS used one to predict the outcome of the presidential election. The computer correctly predicted the Eisenhower victory, but CBS did not release that information until after the election because the race was thought to be close.

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This week is a Follows:

Sun. 8- Pitcher Plant Day, The Pitcher-plant is a carnivorous plant, a meat eater. Carnivorous plants usually live in nitrogen poor soils. They have 'learned' to augment the inadequate nitrogen available in the soil by capturing and consuming insects! The inside of the tubular shaped leaf is lined with downward pointing hairs. These hairs block an insect from climbing up the tube and escaping. The fluid in the bottom of the tube contains digestive juices that will consume the insect prey.

Tues. 10- Rockin' Drop In, 3:30-6:30 pm. Bring supper and instruments.

Wed. 11- Bible Study, 7-9pm @ Reid's house, bring Bibles.

Fri. 13- Games Nite 7 pm meet @ the church, 7-10pm

Special Note!!!!

Sat. 21 Swim day at Melfort wave pool. Who can come to this Event??

We will meet at the church @ 12:45pm, then drive to Melfort. Play games with Melfort from 2-3pm. Then go swimming from 3-5pm, then go back to their church and eat a supper that will be provided. Leave around 7ish pm and be back at home around 8pm. I need drivers as well, who can do that?? So far the Price will be about $3.20 for swimming and $5 for gas, but all this could change, so stay tuned.

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