Archive for the ‘Utah’ Category

“Hardware Ranch Utah Bucket List KUED 7”

December 19, 2017

In a phone call with a cousin last night, she told me this is a place that my Dad and other family members would to to quite a bit in past years. I heard of it for the first time a few weeks ago.

“Auerbach’s and ZCMI Memories””

December 7, 2017

This article is about the making of KUED’s new documentary on Auerbach’s and ZCMI, two notable Utah department stores.  The articles includes historic pictures of the stores.

Christmas Spirit (house just to the east of where I go to church)

November 30, 2017


Ron Jon Surf Shop

November 28, 2017

This past Sunday morning, as I was walking from one church to another in Provo, Utah, I came upon a car that had a Ron Jon Surf Shop decal in its back window.

That triggered some memories.

My father was an aerospace engineer at Martin Marietta, which is now part of Lockheed Martin.  Over the years he went on many business trips to Cape Canaveral in Florida.

Beginning about the time I started high school, he began giving my siblings and me t-shirts from the Ron Jon Surf Shop in Cocoa Beach.  They were similar to the t-shirts that can be bought today.

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I would wear those to school frequently.  On some of those cold winter days in Colorado, I’d walk to school wearing one of these t-shirts under my big down coat.

This brief video tells the history of the Ron Jon Surf Shop (click on the arrow in the middle of the image to play the video):

This article gives some historical facts:


“We’ve always loved Utah for all the right reasons: beautiful people, fabulous geography and geology, incredible spirit and drive of the pioneering, entrepreneurial dreamers and visionaries who built the place. Brigham Young was ever so right when he declared, `This is the place.’ And what a place they had to play ball there on BYU’s campus: the Marriott Center, the most beautiful basketball temple one could dream of, right in the center of everything, with 20,000 blue and gold seats and the most technologically advanced floor (along with Stanford’s) I ever played on. It was like playing on a trampoline, with unlimited springboard capabilities.”

August 28, 2017

Walton, Bill. Back from the Dead (Kindle Locations 1479-1483). Simon & Schuster. Kindle Edition.