On This Day
1915 – The Vancouver Millionaires win the 1915 Stanley Cup Finals, the first championship played between the Pacific Coast Hockey Association and the National Hockey Association.
The Vancouver Millionaires (later known as the Vancouver Maroons) were a professional ice hockey team that competed in the Pacific Coast Hockey Association and the Western Canada Hockey League between 1911 and 1926. Based in Vancouver, British Columbia, they played in Denman Arena, the first artificial ice surface in Canada and the largest indoor ice rink in the world at the time it opened.
The Millionaires/Maroons succeeded as PCHA champions six times (1915, 1918, 1921, 1922, 1923, 1924) and won the Stanley Cup once, in 1915, against the Ottawa Senators of the NHA.
Their jerseys were maroon, featuring a white V with “Vancouver” spelled down one side of the V and up the other. Hall of Famers Fred “Cyclone” Taylor, Mickey MacKay and Didier Pitre were among the most significant players to don the Millionaires/Maroons uniform in the team’s history.
On October 1, 2010, the Vancouver Canucks president and management officially announced that the Vancouver Canucks had purchased the rights to logos, jerseys and trademarks of the Vancouver Millionaires. Since that time, the Canucks have worn Millionaires throwback uniforms on a few occasions, most notably on March 2, 2014 in the 2014 Heritage Classic against the Ottawa Senators.
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1516 – Conrad Gessner, Swiss botanist and zoologist (d. 1565)
Conrad Gessner (/ˈɡɛsnər/; Latin: Conradus Gesnerus[a] 26 March 1516 – 13 December 1565) was a Swiss physician, naturalist, bibliographer, and philologist. Born into a poor family in Zürich, Switzerland, his father and teachers quickly realised his talents and supported him through university, where he studied classical languages, theology and medicine. He became Zürich’s city physician, but was able to spend much of his time on collecting, research and writing. Gessner compiled monumental works on bibliography (Bibliotheca universalis 1545–1549) and zoology (Historia animalium 1551–1558) and was working on a major botanical text at the time of his death from plague at the age of 49. He is regarded as the father of modern scientific bibliography, zoology and botany. He was frequently the first to describe species of plants or animals in Europe, such as the tulip in 1559. A number of plants and animals have been named after him.
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Oliver Taylor Hawkins (February 17, 1972 – March 25, 2022) was an American musician, widely known as the drummer for the rock band Foo Fighters, with whom he recorded eight studio albums between 1999 and 2021. Before joining the band in 1997, he was the touring drummer for Sass Jordan and for Alanis Morissette, as well as the drummer in the progressive experimental band Sylvia.
In 2004, Hawkins formed his own side project, Taylor Hawkins and the Coattail Riders, in which he played drums and sang, releasing three studio albums between 2006 and 2019. In 2021, he formed the supergroup NHC with Jane’s Addiction members Dave Navarro and Chris Chaney, where he also took on lead vocal and drumming duties. The band’s sole album is due for release in 2022. He was voted “Best Rock Drummer” in 2005 by the British drumming magazine Rhythm.
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Over 10 years ago, as a small business owner interested in growing my boutique investment bank in New York City, I never would have imagined that a personal development course would spark a passion to write books for children. When I enrolled in Bob Proctor’s online course, Thinking Into Results, my primary goals were professional – more clients, more closed transactions, better service. But when I was asked to share a single goal, a goal that I really felt passionate about, I chose something unconventional: I wanted to meet Bob Proctor in person.
I was not sure why I felt so strongly about meeting Bob. I did not have any particular questions to ask him about my investment banking practice or marketing strategy. But somehow, I intuitively knew that a meeting with him would be important. When I told the program moderator that I wanted to fly to Toronto to take Bob to lunch, she chuckled. She said that was a nice goal, but that Bob was a busy man. Instead, she suggested that I try to attend a live event.
A few months later, I followed her advice and attended “Three Feet from Gold” in Anaheim. The event celebrated the 100th Anniversary of the 1908 meeting between Napoleon Hill and Andrew Carnegie where Carnegie inspired Hill to a lifetime of research and writing on the principles of achievement. Sitting in the back row, I saw little chance of meeting Mr. Proctor. But after relating my story to a friendly usher, I was guided to a small area near the front where Bob was standing. When I asked Bob if he would meet with me, he told me to wait a minute. He stepped away and returned with a VIP bracelet. “Take this,” he said, “and come back at the next break.” When I returned, Bob took me backstage and asked, “So, how can I help?” I don’t think I had prepared sufficiently for what happened next.
After a few minutes of conversation, I posed this question: “You often suggest that we need to change our paradigms to achieve happiness and success. Wouldn’t it be better to learn a positive paradigm in childhood? Wouldn’t it be great to have books that taught children the principles you teach like purpose, vision, goals, attitude, and persistence? Every book could teach a different principle. You could, for example, have an island boy, searching for more meaning in his life, pursuing a job as a marine biologist, all the while learning from wise and happy sea creatures. You must know a writer who could do this?” Bob just smiled and said, “That is a great idea. Why don’t you do it?”
Following that meeting, I went home with a goal card in hand, courtesy of Mr. Proctor, and began writing rhyming stories for children. I have written and published a picture book and three early chapter books that teach achievement principles through the adventures of an island boy, his mentor, and a cast of sea and island creatures. It is still remarkable to me how this all came to pass from a singular goal to meet a man who inspired me.
But perhaps even more remarkable is how the process of sharing these books with children, especially in less advantaged areas, has been so rewarding. Through multiple charities, I have done readings, donated books, and participated in fundraising events, all benefiting kids in need in New York and throughout the country.
Although I did not foresee the impact it would have on my life, the idea I had presented to Bob first dawned on me while reading picture books to my young son at bedtime. Later, when I began sharing my stories and draft illustrations with him, and he became my best advisor, I wondered if one day these stories could be shared with other children in New York (and beyond). I must have held that vision, perhaps subconsciously, because I recently realized that it was coming true. In the past several years, thousands of my books have been distributed to New York City kids through Literacy Inc. (LINC), a community-based charity serving all five boroughs, and to children nationwide as a part of disaster relief efforts led by California-based literacy charity, Be the Star You Are! This year, I hope to place my early chapter book trilogy, The Adventures of Blue Ocean Bob, into every elementary school that LINC serves and to continue to provide books for children affected by natural disasters.
By following my intuition in that online class, I somehow discovered a latent purpose. It took some time to reveal itself, but my unconventional journey has convinced me that the principles that inspired my books are no fairy tale.
Brooks Olbrys is an attorney, investment banker and children’s book author in New York City where he lives with his son Nico and wife Paola. You can learn more about his award-winning early chapter book series The Adventures of Blue Ocean Bob, iTunes apps, and resources at www.blueoceanbob.com
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