Ragtag Daily Prompt: History

Upon entering the room, the Baron von Maxwell bowed low at the waist before King GarGar. When I stood upright, he spoke excitedly, “Your Majesty is the greatest king in the history of our nation!”

“Oh, I wouldn’t go so far as to say that,” responded the King with a sardonic grin.

“Of course you wouldn’t!” said the Baron. “That’s because you are modest to a fault! To an absolute fault!”

Second Sculpture Saturday: August 29, 2020

Statue of Eleftherios Venizelos, Prime Minister of Greece,

Eleftherios Venizelos (1864-1936) was elected Prime Minister of Greece eight times between the years 1910 to 1933. He held other offices such as Minister of Justice for the Cretan State. He is sometimes called the father of modern Greece. This statue is in front of the Greek Embassy in Washington, DC on Massachusetts Ave, NW along a corridor that is known as “Embassy Row.”

Tuesday Photo Challenge: Tourism

Chines TheaterAccording to the website, tclchinesetheatres.com, the former Grauman’s Chinese Theater receives more than four million visitors each year. TCL is the China-based company that bought naming rights for the theater over six years ago. This is not the first name-change for Grauman’s. Also once known as Mann’s Chinese Theater from 1973 to 2013, it was built in 1926 by Sidney Patrick Grauman.

Sid Grauman also built the famous Egyptian Theater on Hollywood Boulevard. The Egyptian  cost $800,000 to build and took 18 months to construct. Architects Meyer & Holler designed the building, and it was built by The Milwaukee Building Company. The Egyptian was the venue for the first-ever Hollywood premiere, Robin Hood, starring Douglas Fairbanks, on Wednesday, October 18, 1922.

Both structures represent the dawn of tourism as a major industry for Hollywood, an unincorporated village of Los Angeles, California. According to the tourism website DiscoverLosAngeles.com, over fifty million visitors came to L.A. in 2018, a record number that represents an increase of one and half million individuals (or a 3.1 percent increase.) The number fifty million was a goal set by L.A.’s mayor Garcetti that was met two years earlier than hoped.

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