drive-ins, movies, sports cars, Tucson
Gone but not forgotten. Tucson's last surviving drive-in theater closed abruptly on October 3, 2009. The DeAnza Corporation announced it was closing only 3 days before.
It had been offered for sale every year since at least 1999 when a Denver man tried to buy it and run it as a drive-in theater.
The DeAnza folks just abandoned it and did very little maintenance and zero promotion so it had become very shabby. It still had a loyal clientele though, and depending on the movies, business could be brisk on weekends.
Vandals speeded up the demise by covering every inch of the buildings with graffiti. Plans were underway to use the property as a fundraiser for a new drive-in but in response to the neighborhood and police complaints, the development company leveled everything and fenced in the property in March 2010.
Hopefully some day soon, another will rise like a Phoenix from the ashes and Tucson can once again enjoy movies under the stars.
Great, a 100 foot sign. Just what we need to block the views of the desert. If I had asked to build a drive-in movie theater and put up a bunch of 60 foot tall screens, the screaming from the nimbys and others would drown out any comment about increased revenue and taxes.
Movie theaters are rapidly becoming dinosaurs of the entertainment industry with people streaming movies and watching on their big screen TV's at home. Who can afford to spend $20 or more for one movie and a few snacks when we can watch the same thing at home for a couple of dollars?
Technology has nearly killed the print media and the movie theater is next on the endangered list. What will we use those huge empty buildings with their huge billboard signs for in twenty years?
Sorry guys, as a character from an old TV show would say, "This does not compute."
Re: Hospital Food
Reminds me of the times when I worked at St. Josephs Hospital when the patients would sneak out of the Alcohol Rehab Center to go across the parking lot to Hoolihans for a booster shot or two.
Someone once even figured out how to bypass the alarm switches on the doors so they could leave without setting off the alarm!
Perhaps he should try teaching a class or two with 27 or more students in it?
I do that as an adjunct every semester and it is hard. When you have a half dozen students that need one on one help, you have to ignore the rest of the class while you get them back on track. Everyone suffers as it cuts down on the amount of time you have to cover a topic.
In some classes in the past, we have had two instructors at half pay and it lets the primary instructor carry on with the lecture while the secondary instructor helps the struggling student(s). The whole class moves smoothly and everyone gets to stay on track.
I'm not suggesting that we cut teachers pay by 50% and have two for every class but in some situations it works. And how many teachers would want to teach for half of what they get now?
Miserable right wing a-hole? That's funny, most of the other folks always call him a left-wing liberal.
I don't agree with everything he says but at least it is interesting and fairly well researched.
The problem with most "news reporters" today is they are just a bunch of talking heads spouting off whatever is a quick soundbite.
I miss the days of folks like Walter Cronkite, Chet Huntley, David Brinkley, et al. They were newsmen and did a lot of research before making a statement in public, and tried to cover both sides of a story without prejudice.
In the meantime, at least what Tom says is entertaining.
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"You have to want an education before you can get an education."
Truer words were never spoken! I teach a few classes at Pima and it is always discouraging when a student just stops showing up and never communicates that they are leaving and why.
Just this summer, we told students that we are being asked to enforce the homework requirement and one student flat out said they aren't going to do homework. That student has never showed up since nor bothered to officially drop.
The homework was very onerous, watching some videos on the subject and writing a few lines telling us what they got out of them.
We are supposed to engage the students and keep them interested but there are always some that just want to coast by. I've even had students ask what was the minimum work they need to do to get a C.
It's a two way street and we try our best to make the classes interesting and informative but the student needs to put in some effort and show some interest as well.
On the other hand, it is always a pleasure when students hang around after class and ask questions and want more resources on the topic. We get those as well and they are the ones that make us keep coming back every semester.
Any kid who watched the Syfy series "Warehouse 13" should have realized that Farnsworth was the inventor of TV. After all, the agents carried around portable TV communicators called "Farnsworths!"
Great article and since I grew up in the vacuum tube days before color TV, it brought back memories of many of the stories I read about inventors.
Most folks don't remember that A. G. Bell was working on something to help deaf people. They also don't remember that Elias Gray actually invented the telephone and Bell beat him to the patent office by a few hours. He later let Gray manufacture equipment for him and two companies came out of that, Western Electric and Graybar Electric. Yes, the same Graybar that exists today selling to contractors.
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