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    Oct 23, 2011 6:23 PM GMT
    Post about your hometown (or current). Fun facts, historical events, famous people from there, things you love and hate about it. Do a bit of poking, you might learn something you didn't know.

    Don't just BS it. Post something you WANT to share. Not just "oh it sucks ass, glad I left." Yeah I'm not overly fond of Lakeland either but it has it's redeeming qualities and definitely unique charm

    And here it is.


    Lakeland, FL
    I've lived here most of my life. We have one hospital, Lakeland Regional Medical Center. Five public high schools. I like the city for it's moderate size, this is also the reason I hate it.
    Located at a more or less equa-distance from Orlando and Tampa. So at least I have access to some cultural hubs.

    Lakeland is located within Polk County, however most native residents will be pronouncing it "Poke" County, these people are usually missing teeth, and smoke 305's

    We have one long time gay bar, that used to be called The Green Parrot, now renamed The Pulse.

    We have a yearly airshow at our Lakeland Linder Airport "Sun-N-Fun".
    This year kinda sucked.

    Pulled From Wiki:

    During World War II, hundreds of young British airmen were taught to fly at Lakeland's Lodwick airfield by volunteer flight instructors, a collection of barnstormers and independent pilots. Later, when America entered the war, the Army Air Corps relied on training fields like Lodwick to train pilots for its fighters, bombers, and transport planes.

    In 1990, Lakeland made its Hollywood debut when the Southgate Shopping Center was featured in the movie Edward Scissorhands.

    And again in 2010 with "Endure". A movie set in 'Lakeridge' that features the city of Lakeland, as well as the Green Swamp. (Staring Judd Nelson from the Breakfast Club).

    It is also mentioned in the Sublime song "April 26, 1992 (Miami)" when lead singer Bradley Nowell lists the cities burning across the United States.

    Swans are one of the most visible features on the lakes of Lakeland. They have a long history, the first swans appearing around 1923. By 1954, the swans were gone, eradicated by alligators and pets. A Lakeland resident who mourned the passing of the swans wrote to Queen Elizabeth. The royal family allowed the capture of two of the royal swans, and the swans now on the lakes of Lakeland are the descendants of the royal swans sent by the queen.

    Large industries in the Lakeland area are citrus, cattle and phosphate mining. In the past few decades, tourism, medicine, insurance, transportation and music have grown in importance.

    Phosphate mining is still important to the economy of Lakeland, although most of the mining now takes place further south. The Bone valley produced 25% of the U.S. phosphate supply.

    Joker Marchant Stadium is a baseball field located in Lakeland, Florida. The stadium, opened in 1966, was renovated in 2002, holds 8,500 people, and was named after local resident and former Parks and Recreation Director, Joker Marchant. It is the spring training home of the Detroit Tigers, as well as the regular season home for the minor league affiliates Lakeland Flying Tigers and Gulf Coast Tigers. On March 15, 2011 the Largest crowd in the 75 year history of Detroit Tiger Spring Training all 10,307 people packed Joker Marchant Stadium when the Boston Red Sox visited The Detroit Tigers a game won by the Red Sox 2-1 in 10 innings

    Florida Southern College (commonly referred to as Florida Southern, Southern or FSC) is a private college located in Lakeland, Florida. It was selected by U.S. News & World Report as one of the top ten Southern Comprehensive Colleges-Bachelors, and by The Princeton Review as a Best Southeastern College, a Best Value College, and included in the Best 366 Colleges: 2008. Florida Southern is the home of the world’s largest single-site collection of Frank Lloyd Wright architecture.

    From Lakeland, FL:
    Copeland was an indie rock band, originally formed in 2001 by singer Aaron Marsh (who also plays the guitar, mellotron, organ, and piano) with his friend, bassist and backup singer James Likeness, in the city of Lakeland, Florida.

    Julia Frances Langford (April 4, 1913 – July 11, 2005) was an American singer and entertainer who was popular during the Golden Age of Radio and also made film appearances over two decades

    This was fun. I look forward to reading about your hometowns. icon_biggrin.gif
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    Oct 24, 2011 3:51 AM GMT
    Should I go first?

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    Oh but actually the bit about the swanz was kinda cool.
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    Oct 24, 2011 3:59 AM GMT


    peanuts, peanuts, peanuts
  • bachelorpad

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    Oct 24, 2011 4:13 AM GMT
    I lived in the first city lighted with atomic power population 901 we have this crazy thing called a number hill and every graduation high school class goes up and paints their graduation year in like 30 foot letters. Good oh arco ID
  • waccamatt

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    Oct 24, 2011 4:20 AM GMT
    I was born and (partially) raised in South River, NJ. South River's claim to fame was that it was the bootlegging capital of the world during prohibition and had more bars per square mile than any place in the country. South River (population around 15,000) and a distant suburb of New York City was also the hometown of 2 NFL starters - Joe Theismann and Drew Pearson.

    My 2nd hometown is where I've lived since 3rd grade, Columbia, SC. Columbia is one of the most educated cities in the south and also one of the most gay-friendly. How many cities out there have the 2 biggest pride supporters as the city and the county? Columbia is also the state capitol, home of one of the top zoos in the country and the army's basic training base and Congaree National Park. The secession convention began here in 1860 before it moved to Charleston.
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    Oct 24, 2011 4:22 AM GMT
    Fine I'll go. I pretty much have three hometowns because my neighborhood is in Maple Grove and Plymouth, yet I went to high school in a town called Osseo. (I dare you to try to pronounce it.)

    Basically, my high school's alumni consists of politicians, hockey players, bums, the NPR writer and playwright Kevin Kling and average joes. On the flip side, Plymouth's rich bitch public school, Wayzata High (I'm not kidding- it's a public school with wood panels and chandeliers) births NFL stars like an Irish woman births children. (Like the Barber brothers, and the hot piece of ass below) Also, I may have talked to Blake Wheeler (also from Plymouth) a long time ago, but I'm not really sure.


    As of those three towns, I can't really say anything about Maple Grove because it's pretty much three-quarters developed at best, has a mall, and... um... that's pretty much it. Plymouth is the least walkable town I've ever been in, but both are nouveau voulez-etre riche. Osseo is tiny as hell (seriously- our auditorium is in Maple Grove), and as a senior, I always looked around from the school and thought that the western half looked like the small town where dreams go to die. The east side is decent, though- nice brick buildings and well-maintained middle class houses. Otherwise boring.
  • waccamatt

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    Oct 24, 2011 4:30 AM GMT
    rightasrain said


    peanuts, peanuts, peanuts

    I tink I taw a putty tat!
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    Oct 24, 2011 4:35 AM GMT
    Gaithersburg, MD

    Most notable for being in between DC and Baltimore.

    There is a mall where at least one person has been stabbed every year for as long as I can remember. The Lord & Taylor parking lot is the safest lot to park in.

    There is a Waffle House, but that's actually in Urbana, not Gaithersburg.

    The county fair is always held there, but it's kind of gross. I went every year until I moved away and I would always get there and wonder why I had spent the money to get in.

    There's a metro stop off of 370 so you can go to DC and get away from Gaithersburg for reasonably cheap.

    Don't go to Gaithersburg.

    Only redeeming quality is a Chipotle.
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    Oct 24, 2011 4:40 AM GMT
    Chicago: I love it more than my own life.
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    Oct 24, 2011 4:53 AM GMT
    I was born in Willemstad on Curacao, a Dutch ruled town formerly governed by Peter Stuyvesant, aka Pegleg Pete..... after which Pete was promoted in his political career to become the last governor of New Amsterdam, before that city was renamed...

    New York City...


    thus, before the English conquered it in the 18th century.. NYC's main political affiliation was with my hometown, here on the coast of South America... Thanks to this close connection, being under Dutch colonial governance, and both part of the West India Company trade routes... led Curacao's Willemstad and NYC to have corresponding original city layout and architecture ... thus my hometown is the site where you can see...
    the old version of NY's Broadway...




    in its ORIGINAL architectural layout,.. and known by its old Dutch name as "Breedestraat"... we just added a splash of Caribbean colour icon_smile.gif


    Initially, at the outset of the Dutch cities in the 16th and 17th centuries... the Dutch colonies were the only safe haven in the Americas for the jews fleeing from Iberia... so that the city now boasts the OLDEST synagogue still in use in the Americas..



    also, thus most of the original Sephardic Jewish families of New York and Curacao are related by 17 generations back


    During WWII.. the city of Willemstad Curacao, became one of THE ONLY TWO REFINERY'S that supplied oil and gas to ALL the Allied Forces.. namely, Curacao and Aruba.... also a Dutch island...


    . thus depending on the islands for all of the fuel for the war, the US built a base in the city to keep the refinery safe... that area is now a residential neighborhood, poignantly called "Amerikanenkamp"

  • Thirdbeach

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    Oct 24, 2011 4:57 AM GMT
    Nanaimo BC. My Mother has lived there all her life.


    When I moved away (almost 30 years ago, I was so glad to leave. Now when I visit, I want to move there for retirement. Oh wait, that would be social suicide.

    Movies shot there:
    Not to give too much away; we shot a portion of the Nanaimo River for "Twilight Saga: Eclipse". Good that I remembered that part from when I was a teenager.
    Our 2nd Unit Director; EJ, his jaw dropped when I took him to that section of the river. And it matched the storeyboards that were done.
    The Cassidy Inn was used last month as a location for "Superman: The Man of Steel"
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    Oct 24, 2011 5:31 AM GMT
    I grew up in Alexandria, Virginia just outside of Washington DC. One of it's bif landmarks is Mount Vernon Estate, George Washington's home;

    I used to perform at Mt Vernon Estate singing colonial period songs in an a capella group. picture at link below;


    If you love history, Alexandria's a place to see.
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    Nov 01, 2011 3:13 AM GMT
    Rock Springs, WY, where we hosted the great anti-Chinese riot in the 1880's, resulting in federal troops being based there until th e1920's. My Great Grandfather and Grandmother hid one Chinese man in their coal shed to keep him safe. I still have the plate he gave them later. Butch Cassidy got his nick-name "Butch" because he was a butcher there. He als spent time in the local jail. When I was 10 I met a lady who knew him very well and liked him a lot. The best thing about it is that my relatives there, from 19 to 90, accepted my partner as a fulll family member.
  • alphatop

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    Nov 01, 2011 3:30 AM GMT
    Born in Belgrade, Serbia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Belgrade , but live in Shanghai, China http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shanghai