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Woody Allen - P J O’Rourke - Robert Johnson - Jack Kerouac - Mark Twain - BBC Horizon TV - Eric Idle - The Eagles - The Momas & the Papas - The Beach Boys - Who Really Discovered America? TV - Arthur C Clarke TV - America: The Story of the US TV - Theodore Roosevelt re John Muir - Lawrence Clark Powell - Yvon Chouinard - Arnold Schwarzenegger - Penn & Teller TV - Ripley's Believe It Or Not! 2006 - Michael Cremo - Rich Hall TV - Ruben doc Cavazos - Gangland TV - Marijuana True History TV - Legal Drugs TV - Drugs Inc TV - The Grapes of Wrath 1940 - The California Reich 1975 - Fighting for Our Lives 1975 - Plutocracy: Political Repression in the USA 2015 - Secrets of Silicon Valley TV - In Search of … TV - Active Shooter: America. Under Fire TV - Simon Reeve TV - Monty Don’s American Gardens TV - Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room 2005 - Arundhati Roy - Crime Stories: Lone Fugitive TV -         

 

 

44,601.  In California they don’t throw their garbage away, they make it into TV shows.  (Television & California)  Woody Allen

 

 

48,878.  Californians devised a system of electricity sales that ignored every dimension of the free market.  (Electricity & California)  P J ORourke

 

 

65,892.  Back to the land of California

To my sweet home, Chicago.  Robert Johnson

 

 

65,902.  Soon it got dusk, a grapy dusk, a purple dusk over tangerine groves and long melon fields; the sun the color of pressed grapes, slashed with burgundy red, the fields the color of love and Spanish mysteries.  Jack Kerouac, On the Road   

 

65,904.  Dean’s California – wild, sweaty, important, the land of lonely and exiled and eccentric lovers come to forgather like birds, and the land where everybody somehow looked like broken-down, handsome, decadent movie actors.  ibid.

 

 

65,907.  It was a splendid population – for all the slow, sleepy, sluggish- brained sloths stayed at home – you never find that sort of people among pioneers – you cannot build pioneers out of that sort of material.  It was that population that gave to California a name for getting up astounding enterprises and rushing them through with a magnificent dash and daring and a recklessness of cost or consequences, which she bears unto this day – and when she projects a new surprise the grave world smiles as usual and says, ‘Well, that is California all over.’  Mark Twain, Roughing It

 

 

70,911.  Everyone knows that America is going to be struck by a devastating earthquake.  For years the people of California have been waiting for the day when the San Andreas Fault unleashes the big one.  But all the time an even more powerful hazard has lain undiscovered.  A giant mega-thrust earthquake just like the one that hit Indonesia threatens America’s Pacific north-west.  (Earthquake & California & Tsunami)  Horizon: The Next Megaquake, BBC 2005

 

70,912.  Mega-thrust earthquakes cause damage at astonishing distances because they create tsunamis.  (Earthquake & California & Tsunami)  ibid.

 

70,913.  The 26th January 1700 at 9 p.m.  On that winter’s night a mega-thrust earthquake, just like the Boxing Day earthquake of 2004, struck the Pacific north-west.  It drowned forests and turned land into sea.  It sent a tsunami hurtling across the Pacific and it spawned a legend that would be passed down through a dozen generations.  (Earthquake & California & Tsunami)  ibid.

 

70,914.  The seismic waves which carry the shaking would be travelling through the Earth at over ten thousand miles per hour.  Much faster than the tsunami.  In just a few seconds the earthquake would reach the land.  (Earthquake & California & Tsunami)  ibid.

 

 

73,445.  I like being a foreigner.  For me, to live in California is very pleasant – I’m more comfortable not feeling a part of everything, not feeling responsible for the government or the roads or the health system.  (Foreigner & California)  Eric Idle

 

 

1,067.  On a dark desert highway, cool wind in my hair

Warm smell of colitas, rising up through the air

Up ahead in the distance, I saw a shimmering light

My head grew heavy and my sight grew dim

I had to stop for the night

There she stood in the doorway;

I heard the mission bell

And I was thinking to myself,

‘This could be Heaven or this could be Hell’

Then she lit up a candle and she showed me the way

There were voices down the corridor,

I thought I heard them say ...

 

Welcome to the Hotel California

Such a lovely place (such a lovely place)

Such a lovely face

Plenty of room at the Hotel California

Any time of year (any time of year)

You can find it here.  (Hotel & Life’s Like That & California)  The Eagles, Hotel California

 

65,903.  Mirrors on the ceiling,

The pink champagne on ice

And she said, ‘We are all just prisoners here, of our own device’

And in the master’s chambers,

They gathered for the feast

They stab it with their steely knives,

But they just can’t kill the beast.

 

Last thing I remember, I was

Running for the door

I had to find the passage back

To the place I was before

‘Relax,’ said the night man,

'We are programmed to receive.

You can check out any time you like,

But you can never leave.  (California & Life’s Like That & Hotel)  ibid.

 

 

65,905.  All the leaves are brown and the sky is gray.

I’ve been for a walk on a winter’s day.

I’d be safe and warm if I was in LA;

California dreamin’ on such a winter’s day.  (California & Winter)  The Mamas and the Papas, California Dreamin’ 

 

 

65,908.  I wish they all could be California girls.  The Beach Boys, California Girls

 

 

28,411.  Southern California ... A bed of unusual stones on the sea floor.    So what are these stones?  And could they prove Hui Shen made it to America fifteen hundred years ago? ... These large round stones, some weighing over a hundred and thirty kilograms, bear a striking resemblance to stone anchors used on Chinese ships as early as the time of Christ.  (United States of America & California)  Who Really Discovered America?

 

28,413.  Polynesia 1000 A.D.  Four hundred and ninety-two years before Columbus ... Did they also sail by the stars to North and South America? ... Chickens they may have introduced to South America ... Sweet potatoes are not believed to be native to Polynesia, but they are native to South America: a possible clue ... But it’s more than the word for this canoe that’s important, it’s also the canoe itself which has a design that turns out to be rare, very rare ... And there’s more evidence: fish hooks ... found off Catalina Island near Los Angeles.  (United States of America & California)  ibid.

 

 

65,893.  Off the coast of California these divers know that beneath the waters of the Pacific they will find puzzling archaeological treasures.  In 1975 skipper Bob Meistrell retrieved a strange stone from the ocean floor: a hole had been drilled clean through it.  The divers are looking for some more.  The stones had obviously been carved deliberately.  Experts recognised an uncanny resemblance to anchors used by fishermen in Old China.  Meistrell thinks American history should be re-written.  (California & Stones)  Arthur C Clarkes Mysterious Universe

 

 

28,473.  After just six years the gold rush is over.  Of the three hundred thousand who rush to find gold less than one out of a hundred strike it rich.  The fortunes are made by the merchants and land owners who supply the miners.  From dirt and dreams come the great cities of California, but the new nation’s hunger for goods triggers another kind of revolution.  (United States & West & Gold & California)  America: The Story of the US: Westward

 

 

41,075.  Ordinarily, the man who loves the woods and mountains, the trees, the flowers, and the wild things, has in him some indefinable quality of charm, which appeals even to those sons of civilization who care for little outside of paved streets and brick walls.  John Muir was a fine illustration of this rule.  He was by birth a Scotchman — a tall and spare man, with the poise and ease natural to him who has lived much alone under conditions of labour and hazard.  He was a dauntless soul, and also one brimming over with friendliness and kindliness.

 

He was emphatically a good citizen.  Not only are his books delightful, not only is he the author to whom all men turn when they think of the Sierras and northern glaciers, and the giant trees of the California slope, but he was also — what few nature lovers are — a man able to influence contemporary thought and action on the subjects to which he had devoted his life.  He was a great factor in influencing the thought of California and the thought of the entire country so as to secure the preservation of those great natural phenomena — wonderful canyons, giant trees, slopes of flower-spangled hillsides — which make California a veritable Garden of the Lord.  (Compliment & Nature & California & Parks)  Theodore Roosevelt, ‘John Muir: An Appreciation’ Outlook vol 109 (16 January 1915)

 

41,076.  John Muir talked even better than he wrote.  His greatest influence was always upon those who were brought into personal contact with him.  But he wrote well, and while his books have not the peculiar charm that a very, very few other writers on similar subjects have had, they will nevertheless last long.  Our generation owes much to John Muir.  (Compliment & Nature & California)  ibid.

 

 

65,898.  No man was more influential than John Muir in preserving the Sierra’s integrity.  If I were to choose a single Californian to occupy the Hall of Fame, it would be this tenacious Scot who became a Californian during the final forty-six years of his life.  It was John Muir whose knowledge wedded to zeal led men and governments to establish the National Park Service.  Yosemite and Sequoia in California, the Petrified forest and the Grand Canyon in Arizona, and the glacier wilderness of Alaska are what they are today largely because of this one man, in whom learning and love were co-equal.  More than any other, he was the answer to that call which appears on the Courts Building in Sacramento: Give me men to match my mountains.  (California & Parks)  Lawrence Clark Powell

 

 

65,900.  If you think about all the gains our society has made, from independence to now, it wasn't government.  It was activism.  People think, ‘Oh, Teddy Roosevelt established Yosemite National Park, what a great president.’  BS.  It was John Muir who invited Roosevelt out and then convinced him to ditch his security and go camping.  It was Muir, an activist, a single person.  Yvon Chouinard, Sierra Magazine

 

 

65,901.  John Muir has been a role model to generations of Californians and to conservationists around the world.  He taught us to be active and to enjoy – but at the same time protect – our parks, our beaches, and our mountains.  Arnold Schwarzenegger, announcing selection of ‘John Muir-Yosemite Design’ for California State Quarter 29th March 2004

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