It's a Box! - Tuesday, February 24, 2015

We here at the American Treasure Tour blog understand you.  That's why we won't pretend that you are as interested in reading this as you are at admiring the piece of true American art we have included an image of here.  First things first.  No, you can't have it.  But yes, you can come to visit it, just give us a call for reservations.  This box, made out of covered press board with metal corner covers, is dedicated to one of the biggest-selling American pop bands in the history of music.  A big statement to make, indeed, but nonetheless a true one.

The New Kids on the Block (NKOTB) was formed in 1984 by music producer Maurice Starr and included five talented young men.  For ten years, they recorded incredibly popular music, toured the world, and apparently got their images printed on boxes.  The first member of the band recruited was the fifteen year-old Donnie Wahlberg.  The name New Kids on the Block came from a rap song Donnie wrote for the first album.  His younger brother Mark was also enlisted, but left the band before that album was recorded.  Other members included Jordan and Jonathon Knight, Joey McIntyre and Danny Wood.  While yes, they deserve credit for selling more than eighty million records, being on their very own box is pretty much the pinnacle of success!  

QUESTION:  The original member of NKOTB, Donnie Wahlberg, is a member of a somewhat famous Boston area family that includes eight siblings.  Which of the following is NOT the name of one of his brothers?
A)  Arthur
B)  Jim
C)  Paul
D)  Frank
ANSWER BELOW

LAST LAUNCH.  The American space program, led by NASA, was something for which many citizens felt great pride.  The race to the stars between the United States and the Soviet Union during the Cold War symbolized much more than technological prowess, but patriotic daring and ingenuity.  Unfortunately, it was ridiculously expensive, and by the end of the first decade of the 21st century, the U.S. was fighting two international wars and simply could not afford it.  On this day in 2011, the space shuttle Discovery left on its final voyage into outer space, before being mothballed.  It is now on display at the Udvar-Hazy Center, part of the Air & Space Museum, near Dulles Airport outside of Washington, D.C.

LEADING OUR SHIPS AT SEA.  Today we celebrate the birth of a great seaman.  Born in 1885, and dying just shy of his 81st birthday, Chester Nimitz proved to be a great American naval leader during World War II.  He was given the unenviable responsibility to command the Pacific fleet after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7th, 1941, but he not only did so effectively, but contributed greatly to the eventual American victory.  So, thank you Admiral Nimitz!  We recommend that you drop by his museum the next time you find yourself in Fredericksburg, Texas.

QUOTE:  God grant me the courage not to give up what I think is right even though I think it is hopeless. - Chester Nimitz

ANSWER:  Frank.  How dare you not know all the Wahlbergs if you answered incorrectly!  His other brothers and sisters include, of course, Mark, and Robert, Tracey, Debbie, and the late Michelle (who passed away in 2003)