Friday, August 15, 2008

The Republicans Are Coming..... to the Twin Cities

Top 10 Interesting Facts about the most plugged-in gathering in Republican history, and its host cities of Minneapolis-St. Paul for the 2008 Republican National Convention (September 1-4):

1. This is the first time since 1928 that the candidate pool doesn't include an incumbent president or vice-president (for at least one party).

2. There will be 15,000 members of the media at the convention, second only to the Olympics in size.

3. When NY hosted the Republican convention in 2004, YouTube didn't even exist. This year, the convention has its own pages on Facebook and MySpace, and its own YouTube channel.


4. In 2004, only a dozen bloggers were granted press credentials to cover the convention. This year, 200 bloggers will be granted access.

5. The Twin Cities have 57 museums; only Chicago and Washington, D.C. have more.

6. St. Paul has more higher education institutions per capita than any city except Boston, with 10 colleges and universities within the city limits.

7. Downtown Minneapolis is home to 33,000 residents, more than the downtowns of Dallas, Denver, Houston, Indianapolis and Sacramento combined.

8. Minneapolis-St. Paul have more theater seats per capita than city outside of New York.

9. St. Paul's Summit Avenue has the longest stretch (5 miles) of Victorian mansions in the country.

10. Minneapolis has the fourth most active jazz scene in the country, right after L.A., New York and Chicago.

Source: Northwest Airlines World Traveler Magazine, Aug. 2008


6 Comments:

At 8/15/2008 9:23 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who were the incumbents in '52?
buck

 
At 8/15/2008 10:42 PM, Blogger OBloodyHell said...

> 5. The Twin Cities have 57 museums; only Chicago and Washington, D.C. have more.

Yeah, well, what else are ya gonna do with 24 hours of night... LOL

And if the place is such a GOP stronghold why is Al Franken running there?

> 10. Minneapolis has the fourth most active jazz scene in the country, right after L.A., New York and Chicago.

I'll accept the notion that it's hotter than the Big Easy, after Katrina, but bigger than KC? I find that hard to believe.

 
At 8/15/2008 10:51 PM, Blogger OBloodyHell said...

> Who were the incumbents in '52?

Correct. Weren't any. World Traveler Magazine is in error:

Dwight D.Eisenhower/Richard Nixon

Adlai Stevenson/John Sparkman

None had previously served at that level.

Nice catch.

 
At 8/16/2008 7:36 AM, Blogger Mark J. Perry said...

Alben W. Barkley, President Truman's VP from 1949-1952 was a Democratic candidate for president in 1952. You can check Wikipedia's listing for "U.S. presidential election, 1952" for more details.

 
At 8/16/2008 6:08 PM, Anonymous OBloodyhell said...

> Alben W. Barkley, President Truman's VP from 1949-1952 was a Democratic candidate for president in 1952.

Ah, I see. I thought they meant the actual final candidates, not the nominees.

The statement is accurate about the final candidates for every PotUS election from 1928 except 1952.

 
At 8/17/2008 6:40 PM, Blogger juandos said...

Prof. Mark, you forgot #11...

St. Paul is cold enough in the winter to freeze the buttocks off of a brass monkey...

 

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