Friday, October 01, 2010
Open notes, mult-choice quiz on California notes first class of Oct 4 - 5
Leo Fender, Los Angeles engineer, transforms music in the 1950's by development of the electric solidbody Precision Bass, which offered an alternative to the acoustic bass. He also developed the first mass-produced electric solidbody guitars, the Telecaster and Stratocaster, and the powerful Bassman amplifier.
Colorado R - the river that formed the Grand Canyon is also part of California and supplies a huge amount of water to California's fields of fruits, nuts and vegetables.
Sequoia tree, aka the Giant California Redwood, is the world's largest tree. It grows only in Northern California and Oregon. It is only propagated via forest fire, says Wikipedia.com.
gentrified - when historic housing in an impoverished area is purchased by gentry, ie rich people, and made into expensive real estate. Ex: 40 years ago parts of the French Quarter of New Orleans was run down and inhabited by working class people. Today the entire Quarter has been gentrified.
junket - a trip that combines business and pleasure.
Indie work for next week:
Steve Jobs, founder of Apple, and Pierre M Omidyar, founder of eBay.