A WRITER'S WIT
MY JOURNEY OF STATES is a series in which I relate my sixty-year quest to visit all fifty states in the U.S. In each post I tell of my relationship to that state, whether brief or long, highlighting personal events. I include the year of each state's entry into the union and related celebrations. I hope you enjoy my journey as much as I have. This is the twenty-seventh post of fifty.
In 1976, Ken and I spent the night in Rochester and the next day passed through Austin and Albert Lea. I would like to return one day and see Minneapolis/St. Paul. Rochester, where the Mayo Clinic is located. I always refer to the May Clinic Web site when searching out medical information.
I’ll always envy Minnesota for being the home of F. Scott Fitzgerald, although I think he had mixed feelings about his origins. I sometimes believe it was his voice speaking, and not Daisy’s, in The Great Gatsby, when she says, “Sophisticated—God, I’m sophisticated.” Said with such irony and sarcasm for I don’t think she, or he, felt sophisticated at all.
Minnesota became the thirty-second state in 1858 and celebrated its sesquicentennial in 2008.
Historical Postcards & Trunk Decals
If you missed earlier My Journey of States posts, please click on a link:
1-Kansas 13. New Jersey 25. Michigan
2-Oklahoma 14. Delaware 26. Wisconsin
3-Texas 15. New York
4-Louisiana 16. Connecticut
5-Missouri 17. Colorado
6-Illinois 18. Arkansas
7-Indiana 19. California
8-Ohio 20. Florida
10-West VA 22. New Mexico
11-Maryland 23. Tennessee
12. Virginia 24. Arizona