If you were around in the 1980s and 1990s and you enjoyed movies, you surely would have seen Meg Ryan at her perky prime. Best known for the classic comedy When Harry Met Sally, Ryan was the female lead in many upbeat films including Innerspace, Joe Versus the Volcano (opposite Tom Hanks), Sleepless In Seattle (also opposite Tom Hanks), and You've Got Mail (with Tom Hanks yet again). Her more recent work has focused more on drama (The Women, 2008) and dark comedy (Serious Moonlight from 2009), as her career stretches into its fourth decade...
Margaret Mary Emma Anna Hyra was born in 1961 in Fairfield, Connecticut, and started acting while she was in college. In fact, acting inspired her to drop out of New York University a semester shy of graduation, because she started getting too much acting work and did not want to juggle her time. She has not looked back since. She has received what many critics consider the most prestigious award any actor, musician or athlete could ever attain: her portrait is one of the "Faces of the Tour" at the American Treasure Tour in Oaks, Pennsylvania. Sorry, though, no autographs.
Meg Ryan was offered and turned down the main female roll in all but which of the following films?
a) Silence of the Lambs
b) To Die For
d) Pretty Woman
e) Amityville 3-D
For those of you presidential historians who question what Woodrow Wilson did to better the United States, we at the ATT blog would first like to encourage you to remember that he (eventually) supported women's suffrage. Although the 19th Amendment did not get ratified until after Wilson left office, he contributed to the cause during his second term. But we would also like to point out something else he did for the betterment of America, on this day in 1919. He signed into law the act of Congress that established the Grand Canyon as a National Park, protecting it from exploitation and for posterity. You have to love him for that!
Ten years later to the day, President Calvin "Silent Cal" Coolidge made his own contribution to preserving the beauty of this country when he approved legislation to turn the Grand Tetons of Western Wyoming into its own National Park. Wilson had been a member of the Democratic Party, while Coolidge was a Republican, and both men agreed in the importance of saving beautiful places. Saving nature is a great way to get the parties to work together, don't you think?
People have impacted the growth of the United States in many different ways. Here at the American Treasure Tour blog, we tend to celebrate politicians, performers, scientists, and other important people whose contributions to our culture tend to be more obvious. Today, we would like to put a little time into a man who was born in Germany, but changed the way Americans dressed. Born on this day in 1829, Levi Strauss emigrated to the United States at the age of 18, and saw opportunity with the San Francisco Gold Rush, but not in panning. Instead, he opened a dry goods business that provided supplies for the prospectors. Eventually, he helped to design and distribute hardy pants out of denim that used rivets to keep them together. Jeans were born, and the world is a better place for it!
February 26th simply cannot pass by without an acknowledgement of one of our favorite Americans: Buffalo Bill Cody. Born in LeClaire, Iowa in 1846, Buffalo Bill was alive to see the end of the wild west. He claimed that, during his life, he had been a trapper, stagecoach driver, Pony Express rider, and that he held numerous other jobs that he may or may not have had. What we do know for sure is that he killed buffalo - over four thousand of them, if the records are true - and he ran one of the most popular Wild West shows ever to be seen across the United States and in Europe. Stars of his show included Annie Oakley, Sitting Bull, and people from all sorts of backgrounds who highlighted their distinctive cultures, including American Indians, Turks, Mongols, Georgians (from the country, not the state, silly), and Arabs. His eclectic blend of performances must have been amazing to see. Cody died in 1917, having seen the end of the west as he knew it as a child. He is laid to rest on Lookout Mountain, overlooking Denver, Colorado (much to the chagrin of the people in Cody, Wyoming).
Answer: e) Amityville 3-D. Meg Ryan was actually in the film and played the roll of Lisa.
People say that chivalry is dead. I don't think that it's dead, I think it just got the 'flu! - Meg Ryan