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More Things I learned on the way to something else - July Edition

A trip to Minnesota's Iron Range had me trotting in and out of some of the most hallowed,entertaining and chuckle-inducing museums. Along with Open iron Ore Mines and Hugh IRONMAN sculptures I saw,  I also visited :

*  The US Hockey Hall of Fame in Eveleth. For a boy from Minne-SOTA, this is hallowed ground. I actually believe the sun was shining down and a choir was singing as we walked in the doors. I learned that in the early days of the Zamboni, each one of the original 6 teams ( Maple Leafs, Canadiens, Rangers, Blackhawks,Bruins,Red Wings) had their own customized Zamboni's.

* The Judy Garland Birthplace and Museum in Grand Rapids. The carriage used in The Wizard of Oz was originally owned by Abraham Lincoln. And they still haven't found the burglars who broke in and took the original ruby slippers.

* The Greyhound Bus Museum in Hibbing. I know--Who knew ? The bus was started THERE because Hibbing, the entire city, had to be moved because it was sitting on top of some valuable iron ore. So to get miners to and from work--The HUPMOBILE was created--from there it grew, and grew, and grew--routes were added and next thing you know--The Greyhound Bus goes nearly worldwide. The 1947 Greyhound was particularly impressive and I still can't get that infectiously addictive jingle from the 80's out of my head.

* Bob Dylan did a little bowling in his day at a little joint in Hibbing. His song-- "Like a Rolling 8 Pound Ball " never caught on. His Boyhood Home (of which i saw the outside of) is nothing to write home about (But I guess I just did)

* Guy Fieri featured a little place called THE DULUTH GRILL in his Diners, Drive Ins and Dives show and so we thought we'd give it a try. NICE CHOICE. It was excellent--I had the Bison Burger, with bacon and onions ! That's what I'M talking about. I'd give Guy a fist bump for that for sure.


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