In 1894, bottled Cola-Cola first hit the marketplace and a patent for motion picture films was granted. What else is notable about that year?

Up Before Sunrise, Gone Before Sunset

It takes light from the sun a little over 8 minutes to reach the earth. That means the sun has actually risen at least 8 minutes before we can see it and has set 8 minutes before we no longer can see the sunlight.
Aside from the sun, the closest stars to Earth are three stars in the Alpha Centauri system. Alpha Centauri A and Alpha Centauri B are the main stars, but the third and closest to Earth is Proxima Centauri. It takes light from Proxima Centauri a little over 4.2 years to reach the Earth (Light from the other two main stars take about 4.3 years).

Like Father, Like Son . . Sadly

The first person killed during the course of building Hoover Dam was J.G. Tierney. Mr. Tierney drowned on December 20, 1922, while surveying in the waters of the Colorado River. Exactly 13 years later, on December 20, 1935, the last man who died was Patrick Tierney, his son. The younger Tierney fell off an intake tower shortly before construction of the dam was completed.

Benjamin Franklin

“Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.”

Building the Hoover Dam

112 souls lost their lives in the process of building Hoover Dam. An eerie and sad family tragedy surrounds the story of this monumental construction project. What is it?

Struck By Tornadoes, Not Lightning

On May 20, 1916, the town of Codell, Kansas, was struck for the first time by a tornado. It was struck again on May 20, 1917 one year later and yet again the next year on May 20, 1918. To this day it has never again been hit by a tornado.

Dr. Seuss

“Today you are you! That is truer than true! There is no one alive who is you-er than you!”

During this time of year our thoughts turn gratefully to our relationships and to all those who have helped enrich our lives personally and helped make our business progress and professional growth possible.  To all my family and friends, loved ones, colleagues, connections and contacts, the holidays and new year seem like perfect times for me to say ‘thank you’ and express appreciation to each of you.

There are so many things we can be thankful for and among them I count your friendship and support, as well as your contributions to my growth as a person and professional – in short, our relationship, whether near or far, close or casual, constant or sporadic.

In the year ahead, I look forward to being better at staying in touch with many of you whose time and schedules have not intersected with mine as often as I might like;  to facing challenges together and in the process, learning and growing; to listen more to those who mean well, to ignore those who don’t and to try and have the wisdom to know the difference.

Most of all to appreciate the countless blessings around us every day that we far too often take for granted. Thank you!

I wish each of you a new year filled with health, happiness and prosperity.

Best wishes,

Joe Rosenbaum