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Captain Kirk, Herbert Hoover, World's Largest Strawberry

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Captain Kirk, Herbert Hoover, World's Largest Strawberry
« on: April 22, 2007, 09:40:28 AM »


I guess this solves the problem of where the Fuzzmental household is going on family vacation this summer.

RIVERSIDE, Iowa - A small Iowa town is trying to lure tourists by going where no town has gone before — forward 200 years in time to be the birthplace of Captain James T. Kirk from cult science fiction show “Star Trek.”

Welcome to Riverside, a once prosperous little farming town with a population of 928 that has fallen on hard times, wants to attract tourists and much needed money with a “Star Trek” museum to revive its largely lifeless, boarded-up main drag.

The town has no famous offspring like West Branch, 25 miles away, where former U.S. President Herbert Hoover was born in 1874, and can’t boast the “World’s Largest Strawberry,” a 15 feet high fiberglass fruit, like Strawberry Point, 100 miles to the north.

This part of the article made me chuckle.

At local bar Murphy’s, a plaque states Kirk was “conceived at this point” — hanging on the wall instead of its original spot under the pool table.   

“Regulars got a kick out of seeing Star Trek fans crawl under there to look, but it seemed kind of cruel,” said Becky Laroche, who works at People’s Bank, the town’s only bank.

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Re: Captain Kirk, Herbert Hoover, World's Largest Strawberry
« Reply #1 on: April 22, 2007, 09:47:04 AM »

Heck, it's only an hour from Oskie:

and 2 hours from Knoxville

Maybe next summer!
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