Francis Marion Hotel in Charleston, South Carolina turns 95 today – First Opened its doors on February 7, 1924

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Today, one of Charleston’s architectural jewels and landmarks is celebrating a very special day. 95 Years Ago Today, February 7, 1924, the Francis Marion Hotel, standing proudly on the corner of King and Calhoun opened its doors for the first time. Let us learn a little bit more of the proud history in words and pictures.

Happy Birthday Francis Marion Hotel!!! Cheers to you.

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History of the Francis Marion Hotel

Meticulously restored in 1996 with a National Trust for Historic Preservation award-winning restoration, the Francis Marion Hotel now combines 1920s style and grace with 21st-century comfort and convenience in the heart of historic Charleston on Marion Square. Rising 12 stories, many of the hotel’s 234 guestrooms and suites offer spectacular views of Charleston’s historic harbor, church steeples, and legendary King Street. Its central downtown location is an easy walk from the antebellum homes, magnificent gardens, antique shops, boutiques, and world-class restaurants.

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The historic Francis Marion Hotel, named for the Revolutionary War hero Francis Marion, the “Swamp Fox,” has a long tradition of gracious service and elegant accommodations, hosting splendid banquets and events dating back to its opening in 1924. Built by local investors at a cost of $1.5 million from plans by New York architect W.L. Stoddard, the Francis Marion was the largest and grandest hotel in the Carolinas. The 1920s was the Golden Age of railroads, radio and grand hotels–the Charleston Renaissance was in full bloom and the Francis Marion Hotel was “the place to be.”

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Happy Birthday John Tecklenburg: Message from his wife Sandy

Today we celebrate the 63rd birthday of my husband and our Mayor. I am incredibly proud to walk with him in this journey. Serving our hometown has been a truly rewarding and humbling experience. This birthday year John is kicking off his 2019 re-election effort, please join me in donating $63 to send John a great birthday present – just click the birthday card to add your name to the well wishers and consider donating $5, $25, $63, or any amount today.


Flying high on hope,

Sandy Tecklenburg

Happy 77th Birthday to Bob Dylan: The Voice of a Generation and Beyond

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“A poem is a naked person… Some people say that I am a poet.”


“A person is a success if they get up in the morning and gets to bed at night and in between does what he wants to do.”


“All this talk about equality. The only thing people really have in common is that they are all going to die.”


“Being noticed can be a burden. Jesus got himself crucified because he got himself noticed. So I disappear a lot.”


“Democracy don’t rule the world, You’d better get that in your head; This world is ruled by violence, But I guess that’s better left unsaid.”


“Don’t matter how much money you got, there’s only two kinds of people: there’s saved people and there’s lost people.”


“I am against nature. I don’t dig nature at all. I think nature is very unnatural. I think the truly natural things are dreams, which nature can’t touch with decay.”


“I consider myself a poet first and a musician second. I live like a poet and I’ll die like a poet.”

“I don’t think the human mind can comprehend the past and the future. They are both just illusions that can manipulate you into thinking there’s some kind of change.”


“How many roads must a man walk down
Before you call him a man ?
How many seas must a white dove sail
Before she sleeps in the sand ?
Yes, how many times must the cannon balls fly
Before they’re forever banned ?
The answer my friend is blowin’ in the wind
The answer is blowin’ in the wind.”


“I think of a hero as someone who understands the degree of responsibility that comes with his freedom.”


“No one is free, even the birds are chained to the sky.”

Today Would Mark the 77th Birthday of John Lennon – Let us remember him through his words

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“What is the use of a house if you haven’t got a tolerable planet to put it on?” – Henry David Thoreau

Today marks what would have been the 77th birthday celebration for one of the most inspirational poets of the 20th Century, John Lennon. A man who led a revolt, a revolt for peace around the world. Tolerance and acceptance are sometimes the most simple yet most difficult things to achieve. John believed in both. He united children, adults, enemies and families and taught us to love one and other through selfless actions and generosity.

John didn’t believe in religious differences, race or ethnic differences or social barriers. He believe in the goals of respect, equality and peace.

Deep down inside, once you shed the fame and celebrity status was a simple man who created a vision with his music that so many of us try to adhere to each and every day.

He only asked one thing of all of us and that is to look inside ourselves for the truth.

John once said “A dream you dream alone is only a dream. A dream you dream together is reality.” Think about that for a moment. We all share a common goal in life and that is happiness. Some find happiness in material wealth while others find it in the comfort of being surrounded by loved ones. He broke the barriers of difference and promoted individual thought coated with the bond of true love.

John transcended reality and fantasy and made it one. He wanted us to believe in everything and the magic it has to offer.

Here are just a few of the most inspirational words he was able to share during his living years:

“Everything is clearer when you’re in love.”

“I believe in everything until it’s disproved. So I believe in fairies, the myths, dragons. It all exists, even if it’s in your mind. Who’s to say that dreams and nightmares aren’t as real as the here and now?”

“If someone thinks that love and peace is a cliche that must have been left behind in the Sixties, that’s his problem. Love and peace are eternal.”

“Imagine all the people living life in peace. You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one. I hope someday you’ll join us, and the world will be as one.”

“It doesn’t matter how long my hair is or what colour my skin is or whether I’m a woman or a man.”

“Love is the answer, and you know that for sure; Love is a flower, you’ve got to let it grow.”

“My role in society, or any artist’s or poet’s role, is to try and express what we all feel. Not to tell people how to feel. Not as a preacher, not as a leader, but as a reflection of us all.”

“The more I see the less I know for sure.”

“We’ve got this gift of love, but love is like a precious plant. You can’t just accept it and leave it in the cupboard or just think it’s going to get on by itself. You’ve got to keep watering it. You’ve got to really look after it and nurture it.”

From all the musicians, poets, mothers, fathers, children and dreamers, Thank you John for inspiring all of us with the poetry of love.



The Peace of Technology: The Day Jobs, Warhol and Lennon Came Together

By Mark A. Leon

“We went into Sean’s bedroom – and there was a kid there setting up an Apple computer that Sean had gotten as a present, the Macintosh model. I said that once some man had been calling me a lot wanting to give me one, but that I’d never called him back or something, and then the kid looked up and said, “Yeah, that was me. I’m Steve Jobs.” And he looked so young, like a college guy. And he told me that he would still send me one now. And then he gave me a lesson on drawing with it. It only comes in black and white now, but they’ll make it soon in color. And then Keith and Kenny used it. Keith had already used it once to make a T-shirt, but Kenny was using it for the first time, and I felt so old and out of it with this young whiz guy right there who’d helped invent it.”From Andy Warhol’s Tuesday, 9 October 1984 diary entry. It was Sean Lennon’s 9th birthday party.

October 9th, 1984 – The Dakota, Manhattan – The day that would have marked the 44th birthday of John Lennon and one shared with his son Sean. This day would be the celebration of the life of Sean Lennon though with an apartment filled with some of the most important names in the creative community coming to honor the off spring of a musical and spiritual legend. With all this wealth, power and celebrity shared, one gift, one guest would become the most important for the next 25 plus years. At the time, it was one day, one celebration and one moment.

The importance of this event would not be felt to the fullest extend until many years later. As we look back on the players and the single box object on the floor of Sean’s room, it is clear that this was a defining day in our history and our future.

A young, shaggy twenty something arrived with a gift no bigger than a breadbox to present to young Sean. It was a prototype of the new Mac Computer and the man presenting the gift was Steve Jobs. As he opened the box and put it on the floor sitting next to Sean, you could see a look of bewilderment as not only Sean but the guest list was not aware what this device was. Steve took the next few minutes to insert a floppy disk and install the art/design software. With a short tutorial and the swift movements of the mouse, Sean and Steve were creating digital art.

It was only a few minutes later that art and pop culture icon Andy Warhol stepped into the room and observed this device and the images on the screen. He sat down next to Steve and Sean and raised the mouse into the air, looking closely and trying to figure out how this mechanism worked. Steve reach over and began to lower his hand and the mouse to the ground and instructed Andy to just move it along the ground and that would translate to the screen. Like a grown child, Andy began to play. Soon the simplest of images was born on this monitor. Andy Warhol then stood up and announced to the crowd that he had created a circle.

With the spirit of John Lennon air apparent in the room, there was an aura of two visionaries. One that pledged the release of all material value to preserve the ideals of peace for all humanity and one that would revolutionize the entire culture of communication, computers, film and music. With Andy Warhol presiding over the church of Lennon, the marriage of the spirituality of the past and future were joined bridging two generations and forever changing the world as we know it.

John Lennon and Steve Jobs were born with an amazing gift of vision and insight and both were able to use their greatness in the pursuit of the greater good of mankind. Becoming vulnerable and naked, each opened themselves up to the unknown abyss to take the greatest leap so that we can be rewarded with a lifetime of wonder without boundary.

Both men taken before their time to their final resting place, but each one’s song continues to linger in the hearts and souls of every man, woman and child that dares to dream.

Throughout his illustrious career, Steve Jobs always generously showed his respect and admiration for those that influenced and inspired him. It does not take an obsessive Apple fan to see how much the music of the Beatles shaped his thinking toward his products, his customers, his family and his views on life.

How often do we find ourselves bearing witness to what seemingly is a just a moment in time, but much later realize the affect that moment had on the greater good. October 9th, 1984 on West 72nd Street, across from Strawberry Fields in Central Park, a group of people, on the floor of an apartment saw the vision of the future surrounded by the music of peace, love and harmony.