The Harlem Globetrotters, who have been around for nearly 9 decades, are loved by young and old alike. Part-sports, part-theater performance, part-comedy, each Harlem Globetrotters game is a perfect family affair. So here are a few things you may not know about the beloved basketball team.
- The Harlem Globetrotters didn't actually form in Harlem; the team came together in Chicago, IL, in the 1920s, known then only as the "Globe Trotters". They were called the "New York Globe Trotters" by 1929, and given the hometown of Harlem. Yet...
There are fans — the kinds of people who have positive feelings toward something. And then there are fanatics — the kinds of people who dedicate themselves to That Thing They Love. Abe Calimag falls into the latter category; as a very passionate, very devoted fan of the Broadway show Rock of Ages, Calimag has spent an estimated $25,000 to experience it again and again.
With that $25,000, Calimag has seen Rock of Ages (in all its forms, on Broadway, on film, and in other live renditions) more than 500 times. He's seen the show across state lines, on the Great White Way, in six different countries, and on multiple cruise ships. Because he can.
People hear a number and think, 'You’re nuts! You can buy a car for that!' People have seen Bon Jovi concerts a hundred times — it’s what they enjoy. This is what I enjoy.
So... if you had $25,000, which show/band/artist/sporting event would you revisit again and again?
Today we continue our week-long celebration of our 7th anniversary by taking a look back at what music was popular in 2007. So we took a look at Billboard's 2007 chart of the top 100 songs to see what people were listening to back then. As a chart that combines sales, radio play, and streams, it's a fairly good indicator of popularity. Here are the top seven songs:
1. Beyonce - "Irreplaceable"
We're absolutely not surprised that Beyonce tops this list because she just has a way of doing that. Our lack of emotion aside, it was an immensely successful song, particularly favored because of it's "to the left" hook. Originally meant to be a country tune, it was re-arranged as a pop song for Beyonce. Although it didn't debut at number one, radio play let it rapidly climb the charts, eventually giving Beyonce her fourth #1 hit. It was the top-selling song of 2007, and to date has sold over two million copies just in the U.S.