Many people who visit our beautiful city Jacksonville don’t know that Jacksonville was the site of one of the most devastating fires in the history of the United States. The Great Fire of 1901 ranks just below the San Francisco Earth Quake and the Chicago Fire of 1871 in terms of urban destruction caused by a conflagration.
It still has not been surpassed as the most destructive metropolitan fire in the history of Florida and the South. It has been reported that the smoke from the flames could be seen as far away as South Carolina.
It started on May 3, 1901 when errant sparks from a cook stove at lunch hour ignited piles of Spanish Moss that were drying at a mattress factory on the west side of town. The mattress factory conflagration soon spread from block to block and was not brought under control for approximately eight hours. Read the rest »
FIFA’s World Cup is in full swing and so far the U.S. Men’s National Team (USNMT) has comported itself well in its “Group of Death,” defeating Ghana 2-1 and playing to a heartbreaking draw with Portugal 2-2 in a match that saw Portugal equalize the score on a goal that literally was scored on the last play of the match. Still, the U.S., as of the writing of this blog, sits atop its group, tied with Germany.
We, here in Jacksonville, would like to take a little credit for that success, thank you.
If you recall, Jacksonville was the site of the USMNT’s last friendly match against Nigeria before the team was whisked off to compete on the big stage in Brazil. Over 2,000 fans showed up at EverBank Field just to watch them train for the match.
When asked what he thought of training in Jacksonville, U.S. goalkeeper Tim Howard yelled, “It’s hot!”
Which was just what USMNT’s head coach, Jurgen Kilinsmann wanted. Read the rest »
First, it must be expressed that human beings are probably the most dangerous animals walking this planet. With the power of invention, we have secured a pretty lofty spot on the food chain. That being said, stripped down, humans are quite vulnerable. We lack any real natural mechanisms for self defense and hunting. Our strength is mediocre compared to that of the bear or the ape. We don’t have fangs, claws, horns, venom, or any built-in weapons. It seems that without our mental capabilities and the oh-so-glorious opposable thumb, we would have been wiped out long ago, probably by some variation of one of the dangerous species listed below. Read the rest »