It’s 3 a.m., and The Trio begins to wake up with a few historical thoughts on their minds that they believe most Petalumans aren’t aware of, or never knew in the first place. They relate to the return of the Smithsonian Institution in the form of the “Beyond: Visions of Planetary Landscapes” exhibit that just had its debut at the Petaluma Historical Museum, and will be on display until July 4th., when fireworks might steal the show.
Me wondered whether or not the Smithsonian’s first “visit” in the form of an announcement on May 17, 1947, 36 years after Fred J. Wiseman’s air mail flight from Petaluma to Santa Rosa on February 17-18, 1911 was indeed the first delivery of a letter flown on a man-made aircraft.
Myself wondered if “Eagle-Eyes” would ever see a headline in our local newspapers acknowledging this earlier Smithsonian “visit” as significant in our River Town and Sonoma County’s history.
I wondered if another significant date (August 17, 1968), honoring Wiseman would be passed over without any community fanfare commemorating the original dedication of the Wiseman monument in its original location – Kenilworth Park (now the Sonoma-Marin County Fairground). The monument has since been moved to Wiseman Park, next to the Petaluma airport.
As our regular readers can detect, The Trio, still are not quite sure what they might do as the summer season approaches. During this past week, their “community clock” was turned back to various projects initiated over the past 15 years as a result of visits with staff at City Hall, the Petaluma School District, and a drop-in look at Leo Laporte’s TWiT studio. All three members of The Trio agreed that their involvement with these earlier initiatives dealing with the City’s efforts to expand broadband and Wi-Fi throughout Petaluma was an exciting vision, and that promoting greater use of “Information and Communication Technology” (ICT) in the schools were their most significant endeavors for years; and of course, getting acquainted with the founder of TWiT before be became world famous was a real adventure.
Perhaps The Trio should consider a look at the past for clues as to what they might do next (as pondered in the blog dated April 25th.) Maybe it’s time to just stop blogging until (you know what) has been cleaned up. (Any suggestions?)
It’s time for more Zzzz, and then a quick look at our town’s 17th annual Petaluma River clean up efforts by community volunteers. Stay tuned