I'm an Arizona native, been in Tucson since 1964 so I've seen it go from a sleepy cowtown to a sprawling metropolis. I worked in…
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.
Renee, not all "old" vehicles are owned and driven by poor people. Some of us own "classics" because we liked them back then and still like them and take care of them.
My classics are all two seater sports models and I drive like I actually learned how to drive back in high school. I don't text, very rarely answer the cell phone, watch out for stale green lights, and generally try to pay attention to what is going on around me.
Much of what you observe is correct but use a little finer brush when categorizing drivers and their vehicles.
Now my pet peeve is those monster trucks with 4, count 'em 4, brain piercing headlights, What idiot repealed the law that headlights had to be a certain distance above the road and that drivers should dim them when following or approaching another vehicle?
Besides the dimmed rear view mirror, I have side mirrors and suddenly you are blinded by a light that would do a lighthouse proud until you have almost no forward vision. It takes a few seconds for your pupils to adapt and in the mean time, Macho Monster truck is still sitting on your bumper.
My objection to the cameras is that they are managed by a private company that rakes in millions. Anytime you outsource something to private industry you get less than what you pay for as they are in the business to make money, not promote safety.
How's this for a novel idea? Add a person or two to the IT staff of the city and install and run the cameras yourself. You get to keep all of the money except for the meager salaries you pay the IT staff and you can say it is for safety.
Win-win, you add more jobs and get to keep more of the money.
"Let's say temperatures in San Francisco will come to resemble those in Southern California today. Well, then, we expect that the plant life of the Bay Area will become more like that around Los Angeles."
Its more serious and drastic than that. There are huge frozen lakes of methane gas under the ocean floor. As temperatures rise, those lakes begin to thaw and release that methane into the atmosphere which makes the temperature rise and the cycle accelerates. Eventually you reach a tipping point where the cycle cannot be reversed and temperatures increase dramatically.
At that point, human-kind will be affected drastically and places like Tucson will end up being barren deserts with temperatures well into the 120's all year around.
We may survive a few hundred years more but unless we take serious steps to cut our contribution to this cycle, we may only have a few more generations left.
In the end, nature will balance out and when we die off, the planet will stabilize again after a few thousand millennia and the cycle will start over.
Like the old joke, we are spending our kids inheritance now.
And can someone explain 22nd and Kino to me? From my drive through there 4 days a week, it looks like they are creating one of those "bantam freeway" type interchanges that got voted down so many times?
I must have missed the media coverage on the approval of that one.
Back in 1961, Newton Minnow, the new chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, you know, the folks that 'used' to regulate broadcasting, made a speech to the National Association of Broadcasters declaring that television was "A Vast Wasteland'.
At the time, he blasted them for the mindless drivel that passed as entertainment and the blaring commercials that interrupted all too often to cajole the viewer into buying something they didn't want or need.
Many years ago, I read a sci-fi story that posited that aliens invented television to dumb down the populace and make them docile. Hm, I wonder if that author knew something?
You are not the only one who reads magazines. While today's crop seems to be mostly entertainment related, there was once a time when magazines told you how to build and repair things.
I recently picked up a huge box of electronics magazines from the 50's and they brought back great memories of how most of the articles were teaching us how to think logically. Things like if you do this, then this action should occur, etc.
Even the "Popular" magazines of the time had articles on car repair and even a couple of kids who were electronics whiz kids, sort of like the "geeks" of today I suppose.
Hey, remember when the word "geek" referred to someone strange as in a circus character?
It was those magazines that started me on a career in electronics, then IT, and finally teaching. All jobs that require critical thinking and attention to detail. And I suppose to some extent, you can call me a computer geek. My wife does when she needs something fixed!
I wonder if the current generation will look back in 30 years on that "killer app" with the same fondness many of us hold for the printed page?
I had a lukewarm feeling for Jeff Smith. As a biker of many years I just couldn't understand how he could be so irresponsible to nearly kill himself by taking too many chances.
His articles were sometimes entertaining and usually interesting but i wouldn't compare him to Woodward and Bernstein.
Tom takes a lot of flack but then it's usually the right wing that is taking pot-shots at him so I know he is doing a good job by ticking them off.
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