Hey Arnold! - July 2, 2014

The American Treasure Tour's Toy Box has well over a thousand items on display - so many cool things we have not yet had the opportunity to count every single item.  During the tour, we talk about the cars, the store animations, the automatic music machines, and a selection of other highlights of the tour.  But rarely do the stuffed animals get a call out.  Yesterday, we talked about Woody Woodpecker.  Today, we are dedicating some space to Arnold, the main character on the Nickelodeon cable channel cartoon Hey Arnold!

Arnold was created by Craig Bartlett, inspired by a claymation character he introduced when he worked on the award-winning Saturday morning program Pee-Wee's Playhouse, which ran in the late-1980s  His animated cartoon aired on Nickelodeon between 1996 and 2004, during which time one hundred episodes were produced, telling the story of fourth-grader Arnold, his friends, his family and the tenants of his grandparents' boarding house. 

QUESTION:  What city does Arnold live in?

a)  New York City

b)  Capitol City

c)  Hillwood

d)  Megacity

Answer Below

HISTORY TODAY:

In a letter he wrote to his wife Abigail in 1776, John Adams claimed that July 2nd would be a day celebrated for generations to come as the day the American colonies officially separated from Great Britain.  He thought that because the Continental Congress had adopted the resolution for independence, although the final, official document wouldn't be completed for two more days. 

Another extremely important document was approved today.  President Lyndon Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibited the segregation of people based on race in any public place.  Only fifty years ago, prior to the signing of the Act, many regions in the country forced its population to use different facilities solely because of the color of their skin.  

BIRTHDAYS:

And so we also celebrate the birthday of a man who helped steer the direction of our country on a course fair to its entire population.  Thurgood Marshall was born today in 1908.  The grandson of slaves, Marshall was born in Baltimore to a railroad porter, and pursued a career in law.  He most famously argued in front of the Supreme Court in 1954 in Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, which deemed segregation in education illegal.  Thirteen years later, he was nominated to sit on the Supreme Court himself, the first African American to hold the honor.

Although many Americans may not recognize the name of Brock Peters, they will undoubtedly know him from his most famous performance.  The actor, born on July 2, 1927 in New York City, starred opposite Gregory Peck in the 1962 film To Kill A Mockingbird as Tom Robinson, the man falsely accused of sexually attacking a young white girl.  Prior to being cast in the film, Peters sang back-up with calypso artist Harry Belafonte on "The Banana Boat Song (Day-O)" and "Momma Look a Boo-Boo."  After, he performed in a number of Star Trek films. 

QUOTE:  We will only attain freedom if we learn to appreciate what is different and muster the courage to discover what is fundamentally the same. - Thurgood Marshall

Answer:  c)  Hillwood