Tuesday, 14 May 2002
Pix Of The Day: Parley P. Pratt
This picture is of the statue of Parley Parker Pratt that stands in the Sugarhouse area of Salt Lake City, UT. Parley was born in New York in 1807, and converted to Mormonism in 1830.
After joining the original Mormon pioneers in the Salt Lake Valley he became a leading explorer, road builder, and founder of communities. He wrote many religious tracts & hymns and a colorful autobiography. In 1848 Parley received a stewardship over the area where his statue stands, and he built a forty mile long road through Big Canyon.
The road was completed in 1850 when gold seekers were headed for the California gold rush, becoming known as the Golden Pass. Big Canyon was renamed as Parley's Canyon in his honour. The route was far superior to the original pioneer route over Big Mountain, and Parley collected tolls to keep the road in good condition. He was killed while doing missionary work in Arkansas in 1857.
In 1913 Parley's road became part of the Lincoln Highway, the first transcontinental road to connect New York City with San Francisco.
The Ultimate Power Tool
Regular readers may recall a weakness for the 'Possum Lodge' saga on the 'Red Green Show'. Steve 'Red Green' Smith regularly extolls the virtues of duct tape as 'the handyman's secret weapon', but it seems that fashion victims have now joined the cause, because that red-green jacket is made from duct tape!
Jim Berg and Tim Nyberg are the 'Duct Tape Guys', and what they don't know about this product is probably something you wouldn't want to know anywhichway. So is it 'duck tape' or is it 'duct tape'? Visit Jim and Tim's refrigerator door, then click on the duck to find the answer to this important question!
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Jules Laforgue (1860-1887)
"Ah! que la vie est quotidienne."
Oh, what a day-to-day business life is.
'Complainte sur certains ennuis' (1885)