Posts Tagged ‘ Jonathan Morris ’

Friday Facts: Gratuates, Fish Sandwiches, Little Rascals

Friday Facts: Gratuates, Fish Sandwiches, Little Rascals

:: Number of City-Suburban Transit Authority (CSTA) buses whose digital signs read “CONGRADULATIONS GRATUATES” earlier this week: 658 :: Reason given for the spelling error, by a CSTA spokesperson: “Just having a little fun.” :: Number of hours after this statement that the CSTA copped to it being a spelling error: 3 :: Number of…

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Friday Facts: Narnia, Math, Linguistics, Lascivious Radios

Friday Facts: Narnia, Math, Linguistics, Lascivious Radios

:: Median age of mathematics texts used in city public schools:  18 years :: Median tenure of mathematics teachers in city schools:  4.5 years :: Median SAT mathematics score, city schools (2008):  485 :: Percentage of 12th graders in city schools who know how ‘median’ differs from ‘average’:  38% :: A city ordinance passed in…

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Friday Facts: The Honorable Harold Ramis, No Batmobiles

Friday Facts: The Honorable Harold Ramis, No Batmobiles

:: On this day in 1889, boxer John Lawrence Sullivan punched Mayor John Overholt’s wife directly in the face, knocking her out instantly. No reason was ever given for the assault, and neither the mayor nor Sullivan ever chose to speak of it again. :: A 1971 city ordinance prohibits the display of the Batmobile…

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Friday Facts: Charlie’s Angels Lunchboxes, Roadside Cabbage, Fake Squid

Friday Facts: Charlie’s Angels Lunchboxes, Roadside Cabbage, Fake Squid

:: A City Council ordinance passed on this date in 1975 expressly prohibited the “display of images of a licentious, erotic, salient or pornographic nature, or which otherwise arouse the prurient interest for the sole purpose of titillation” on children’s metal lunchboxes. :: The Seventh of the Eight Great Zoo Hoaxes was committed on this…

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Nice Work If You Can Get It: Fighting Faux Mormon Corn

Nice Work If You Can Get It: Fighting Faux Mormon Corn

An occasional survey of jobs both unusual and extraordinary, and the people who make them happen. The company which employs Torbjorn Bruhn keeps this bookish, blond-haired, forty-two year old lawyer hopping –  even though it hasn’t produced a single product in more than thirty years. As the official “copyright bulldog” of the Hearth’s Delight estate,…

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Nice Work If You Can Get It: Blowing Up the Auto Industry?

Nice Work If You Can Get It: Blowing Up the Auto Industry?

An occasional survey of jobs both unusual and extraordinary, and the people who make them happen. It’s an exciting time at Ridley Motors, headquartered in the Howard Street Anchor Architecture and Engineering Building just south of 63rd Ave. And no one knows it better than Departmental Head of Engineering (and great-grandson of Ridley Motors founder…

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The Eight Great Zoo Hoaxes

The Eight Great Zoo Hoaxes

It’s for no small reasons that our fair city is often called “The Home of Zoo Hoaxes.” What follows are the Eight Great Zoo Hoaxes, as determined by the Board of Directors of the Zoo Hoax Historical Society, an informal group that keeps track of this odd aspect of our city’s heritage. A Zoo In…

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Nice Work If You Can Get It: Larger Parking In Rear

Nice Work If You Can Get It: Larger Parking In Rear

An occasional survey of jobs both unusual and extraordinary, and the people who make them happen. Although his business card describes him as merely an engineer, Hank Beck’s assistants and partners have more colorful terms for his area of expertise. “Well,” he says, smiling under his dark, serious eyes, “Some of the interns took to…

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Friday Facts: Impes, “Leapin’ Lepean,” Debtors Prison

Friday Facts: Impes, “Leapin’ Lepean,” Debtors Prison

:: Mayor Cosgrove is expected to deliver to City Council on Monday her administration’s plan to make up the city’s now $728 million five-year deficit. :: Expected remedies: Rec Center  and library cutbacks, trash collection, city vehicle usage cuts, wage rollbacks, hiring freeze. :: The plaque on the Trade and Securities Building (43rd Ave and…

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Nice Work If You Can Get It: The Man of a Thousand Theraputic Faces

Nice Work If You Can Get It: The Man of a Thousand Theraputic Faces

An occasional survey of jobs both unusual and extraordinary, and the people who make them happen. Your average celebrity impersonator finds themselves working along the Las Vegas strip or in dinner clubs just outside the theater district, belting out pitch-perfect Lizas or Franks, sweating through motion-for-motion imitations of Rodney Dangerfield or Madonna. Not so for…

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