Ray Charles Robinson was born n 1930 in Albany, GA, but as an infant moved to Greenfield, FL. At the age of five, Charles began to lose his sight and by the age of 7 was completely blind. It is thought cause of his blindness was due to an infection caused by soapy water. From 1937 to 1945 Charles was a student at the Florida School For the Deaf and Blind in St. Augustine, just located down the street from Old Town Trolley Tours. It was while at the Florida School For the Deaf and Blind that his musical talent began to develop. At school Ray was taught classical music, but it was the jazz he heard on the radio that he really wanted to play and established his first group, RC Robinson and the Shop Boys. (more…)
Archive for February, 2010
While not a native of Boston, Dr. George Franklin spent most of his adult life there. He was born in 1846 in Oswego, NY and at the age of 22 entered the Harvard School of Dental Medicine, graduating in just two years. A year later, Dr. Grant became the first African American falculty member of America’s most prestigious university. While at Harvard Dr. Grant invented the oblate palate, a prosthetic used for the treatment of cleft palate and something he is probably even more famous for, the invention of the wooden golf tee.
Dr. Grant was elected president of the Harvard Alumni Association in 1881. He died of liver disease at his vacation home in New Hampshire in 1910.
Congratulations to our conductor Alexandria “Denise” Coleman who won the Savannah Morning News Scavenger Hunt and a $1000 prize. A Savannah, native, Denise has been a conductor with Old Town Trolley Tours for over six years. . Knowing the city and showing it each day to the visitors of Savannah has really paid off! Read all about it here.
Joyce Ellis, Groups and Charters Rep, was a finalist for the TLC’s service award. She had a rooting section that evening as all the finalists took the stage. Sadly she did not win, but at least she was honored and recognized for her service to the industry and her community. Go Joycee!
Denise Coleman, OTT Savannah Conductor, won the Savannah Morning News Savanager Hunt. Go to http://savannahnow.com/news/2010-02-13/tour-guide-wins-scavenger-hunt to read about Denise’s big day. Our Conductors not only talk the talk but they can back it up too. Go OTT Savannah!
Irish families abound in Savannah for our annual Irish Festival. This small venue with music, dancers, and arts and crafts is a precursor to things green in March. Did I mention 31 days till the St. Patty Day Parade! Go to http://www.savannahsaintpatricksday.com/ for the highlights.