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Today’s Note: Happy 100th Birthday, Arizona

February 15, 2012

On Valentine’s Day, 1912, Arizona become the 48th state. Thus, today, Arizona celebrates its centennial anniversary of statehood. In recognition of this anniversary, the Arizona Daily Star has run a series of articles, one of which has caught my eye. “Goldwater’s crystal ball: Fifty years ago, senator penned predictions on Arizona at 100” documents a set of predictions Senator Goldwater made about Arizona’s future, on it’s 100th birthday, in 1962.

The introduction to the article tells us

Barry Goldwater was a U.S. senator in 1962 when he wrote this piece for the Tucson Citizen newspaper. On this centennial day, see for yourself what Arizona’s most famous native son said about growth, the desert, water and more. Notes about how things are today are in bold.

[italics are preserved from the article]

Some of Goldwater’s predictions are eerily accurate. Others ( “Our ties with Mexico will be much more firmly established in 2012 because sometime within the next 50 years the Mexican border will become as the Canadian border, a free one, with the formalities and red tape of ingress and egress cut to a minimum so that the residents of both countries can travel back and forth across the line as if it were not there” ) are wide misses. [these italics added by me]

This is a very interesting article. I strongly suggest it.

Some other recent posts that relate to Arizona’s birthday celebration include:

Quick Note: Another Take on Arizona Turning 100

Quick Note: 100 Years Old

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5 Comments
  1. Phoenix Arizona is one place I’ve always wanted to visit. Congratulations Arizona.

  2. Happy 100th Birthday, Arizona!

  3. TaxCoach permalink

    I sure hope our border could move southward – in the style of Canada. Yet, drug trade along the border is more dangerous than illegal aliens cross the border. 50 years might be little bit optimistic.

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