IN THIS ISSUE
· A HOLIDAY GIFT
· DINING TIP
· GROWTH—MOVE OVER THEY’RE STILL COMING
· A LITTLE HISTORY
EVERY COUPLE OF MONTHS OR SO.
THINGS TO BE PROUD OF
AND THE BEAT GOES ON!! GINNY (OUR SECOND) GAVE BIRTH TO ALEX JOHN NAGY (HERS AND STEVE’S SECOND) ON SEPTEMBER 28, 2000. ALEX IS OUR SIXTH GRAND CHILD. BOY! AM I TIRED!!
DID YOU KNOW?
ACCORDING TO 49 PER CENT OF CFO’S ASKED IN A RECENT SURVEY, THE BEST PLACE TO CONDUCT BUSINESS OUTSIDE OF THE OFFICE SETTING IS AT A RESTAURANT. OTHERS IN ORDER ARE GOLF COURSES WITH 9 PER CENT, TRADE SHOWS AND CONFERENCES WITH 7 PER CENT, AUTOMOBILES WITH 5 PER CENT, AND AIRPLANES WITH 2 PERCENT. BON APPÉTIT!!
Did you ever wonder why there were so many wonderful restaurants in Durham that either used the name of another country in their name or required you to speak with an accent when you ordered from the menu? A hint lies in the fact that 10% of Durham’s population is international in origin. The Durham public school system has kids enrolled from 60 different countries around the world and they speak 76 different languages. Which brings me back to the food issue. I studied French unsuccessfully for years but I did learn that nobody prepares a meal like the French. Durham has a new French restaurant named “ Café Momo” located on Highway 54 at the side entrance to the Woodcroft Shopping Center. That’s right, the building use to be a McDonald’s. Trust me, you can’t get a Big Mac at this establishment. The food is wonderful and the service and presentation are excellent. And best of all, you don’t have to sit on that plane for seven hour to enjoy it.
A LITTLE HISTORY
Most of you “who aren’t from around here”, and most of you aren’t, have the impression that Durham was founded by the Duke family. Well, they may have put Durham on the map, so to speak, (even though there is a growing contingent that credits Coach K with that) but Durham’s origin can be traced back to the railroad. According to a very interesting article in the Herald-Sun by Jim Wise, the North Carolina Railroad was planning to build its cross-state route south of here through Pittsboro and Siler City. In steps one Ben Trollinger- - who just happened to be on the Board of Directors of the railroad- - offering to pay for three trestles if the railroad would take a more northerly route by his new cotton mill in Haw River. This route took the railroad through land owned by Dr. Bartlett L. Durham. They asked Dr. Durham for land to build a depot and consequently named it Durham’s Station.
. I realize the movie lovers out there think that the term “Bull Durham” came from the movie. The term actually goes back to J. R. Green, a tobacco farmer and cigarette maker at the end of the civil war. Green made a lot of money selling cigarettes to the soldiers gathered at Bennett Place during the surrender. He wanted a name that would set his brand apart from the others. The story goes that he was inspired by the emblem of a bull on a jar of Colman’s Mustard, which just happened to be made in Durham, England. Tradition also tells us the term “Bull Pen” in baseball came from a Bull Durham billboard behind the dugout in Yankee Stadium. Then the Dukes came along. That’s another story!!
GROWTH—MOVE OVER THEY’RE STILL COMING
If you wonder why there is more traffic, the U. S. Census Bureau estimates that the Raleigh/Durham Metropolitan Statistical area grew by 250,000 people from 1990 to 1999. Most of them are still sitting on I-40. This is an astounding growth rate of 28.8%. Total population for the area as of July 1, 1999 was 1.1 million. Our peak growth year was 1995 when 29,500 people move to the area.
It should not go unnoticed that the big growth spurt followed Raleigh/Durham being named the No. 1 place to live by Money Magazine. Their December 2000 issue just coming out has named Raleigh/Durham the No. 1 place to live in the South. And those of us who grew up in the South know that…well, you know.
The Charlotte area, with 1.4 million people, grew at a 22% rate. The Triad (Winston-Salem, Greensboro, and High Point) with 1.15 million people grew at a 12.3 per cent rate. When the 2000 census comes out, if the Triangle is not in second place in the state, I think we should demand a recount.
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The Triangle ranks No. 1 in the nation in percentage of households that get their TV from a satellite dish. I am not sure what this means but I am certain that Time-Warner is not too pleased.