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Vera Coking‘s Atlantic City property [seen here in a 1990s photo by Jack E Boucher] that she refused to sell to Bob Guccione, who decided to build his Penthouse Boardwalk Hotel and Casino around it.  The casino was unable to secure a gaming license and/or ran out of money, and construction stopped.  Donald Trump bought and tore down the unfinished project, and ran into the same roadbloack that was Vera Coking and her property, when trying to build a parking lot for limos next to his own casino

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Coking’s property was eventually sold in July of 2014, and demolished that November.  Trump’s Casino closed that September

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Ohhhh Fuuudge!

Peter Billingsley challenger

Classmates of the son of America’s first teacher-astronaut, Christa McAuliffe, cheer as the space shuttle Challenger lifts skyward from Launch Pad 39B on January 28, 1986.  Their delight turned to horror as the shuttle exploded 73 seconds into flight.  The boy in the white hat and glasses at center is Peter Billingsley, the star of A Christmas Story and a spokesman for the young astronaut program

here is video of Peter and others in the crowd watching liftoff  :(

Billingsley said after the tragedy – ‘I’ve talked to kids from all over, even some not too long after the accident.  They seem more interested in the future. I don`t think it`s going to set the program back in the long run. They seem to be looking beyond it.

Kids are not going to be terribly disturbed in the long run. They might think twice, but most kids have a dream of going into space

The Challenger tragedy in pictures

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Somewhere Man

why

the question remains unanswered :(

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More Park Than Bite

Happy 60th Birthday Disneyland!!!

disneland opening day

which opened on July 17, 1955

 

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