100 Years Already?

With the introduction of the third version of the iPad tomorrow, we are reminded how quickly innovations can be introduced and become obsolete.

But some of the names, products and brands we have come to know and love are celebrating their Centennial Birthdays this year, proving that, although we crave “new and improved,” the “tried and true” brings us comfort as well.

RMS Titanic – okay, so it didn’t even make it through its maiden voyage, but the legendary “unsinkable ship” set sail in April, 1912, and our fascination with the RMS Titanic has not waned during the last century. At the time, the Titanic was the largest ship afloat – one of three Olympic-class ocean liners. Of the 2,200 people aboard, 1,517 perished, including millionaires John Jacob Astor IV, Benjamin Guggenheim and Isidor Strauss.

Universal Studios – founded on April 30, 1912 by German-Jewish immigrant Carl Laemmle, Universal Studios is the oldest American movie studio in continuous production. Later that same year, Paramount Pictures was founded, and is the last major film studio with its headquarters still in Hollywood, California.

New Mexico and Arizona  became the 47th and 48th states in 1912. New Mexico was named a state on January 6, 1912, followed by Arizona on February 14, 1912.

Girl Scouts – on March 12, 1912, Juliette Gordon Lowe organized the first Girl Scout troop in Savannah, Georgia. Today – 100 years later – there are 2.3 million girls and 880,000 adult members working as volunteers to advance the mission of helping girls build courage, confidence and character and make the world a better place. (Girl Scout Cookies have been a part of the organization since 1917).

Speaking of cookies, OREO celebrated its 100th birthday on March 7, 2012. It was introduced in Chelsea, New York City as “America’s Favorite Cookie,” and has gone on to sell more than 491 billion in the last 100 years.

So twist and dunk an Oreo, then sit back and watch a classic Universal or Paramount Pictures movie… now available on your iPad!

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