Monday, May 28, 2012

Fun Facts About Post-it Notes

There's a bit in Wonderful World that has to do with Post-it Notes so we did some research into this seemingly ubiquitous office product and learned some fun stuff. Here goes, courtesy of the inventor, 3-M. 
- The Post-it Note was invented as a solution without a problem: In 1968 Dr. Spencer Silver developed a unique, repositionable adhesive, but the 3M scientist didn't know what to do with his discovery. Early ideas included a sticky bulletin board for temporary messages, or as a low-powered spray adhesive. Silver kept plugging away at the possibilities of this new glue, presenting it individually and during seminars.
Then, six years later, a colleague of Dr. Silver, Art Fry, remembered the light adhesive when he was daydreaming about a bookmark that would stay put in his church hymnal. The rest is history.
- Post-it Notes were introduced to the American market in 1980 by the 3M Company. 
- A Post-it Note weathered a flight from Las Vegas to Minneapolis on the nose of the plane. It endured speeds of 500 mph and temperatures as low as -56 degree Fahrenheit.
- In 1989 a family left a Post-it® Note on their front door during Hurricane Hugo and it was there 3 days later. Their trees weren’t. 

Monday, May 21, 2012

What a Wonderful World

Our latest play, Wonderful World, takes its title from Louis Armstrong's hit song, "What a Wonderful World." You'll have to see the show to see why, but I asked the Dragon interns to do some research on the famous song because they hadn't heard of it, and here's what they learned: 

  • It was first recorded by Louis Armstrong and released as a single in 1968
  • Armstrong's recording was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1999
  • Intended as an antidote for the increasingly racially and politically charged climate of everyday life in the United States, the song also has a hopeful, optimistic tone with regard to the future, with reference to babies being born into the world and having much to look forward to.
  • The song was not initially a hit in the United States, where it sold fewer than 1,000 copies because the head of ABC Records did not like the song and so did not promote it. It was a major success in the United Kingdom, reaching number one on the UK Singles Chart.
  • The song made Louis Armstrong the oldest male to top the chart, at sixty-six years and ten months old. Armstrong's record was broken in 2009 when a cover version of "Islands in the Stream" recorded for Comic Relief — which included 68-year-old Tom Jones — reached number one.
  • The song gradually became something of a standard and reached a new level of popularity. In 1988, Louis Armstrong's 1968 recording was featured in the film Good Morning, Vietnam and was re-released as a single, hitting #32 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart in February 1988. 

And here he is, Mr. Louis Armstrong!