In 1952, UNC sociologist Howard Odum suggested that the state take advantage of the Triangle’s three research universities: UNC-Chapel Hill, North Carolina State, and Duke University. And thus, the idea for a research park in the triangle area was born. Business leaders like Robert Hanes, the president of Wachovia Bank and Trust Company, and Romeo Guest, a Greensboro contractor wanted to attract modern industry to the Tar Heel State. Research Triangle Park was their brainchild, and it later became one of the top five research centers in the United States. According to historian Numan V. Bartley, RTP was the “South’s most successful high-technology venture.”
The first few years of development would prove uneventful, and the project would be changed to non-profit status. In 1956, the Research Triangle Company was formed and its Executive Director, George Simpson, would approach developer Karl Robbins in 1957 with the proposition of development. Robbins created Pineland, Inc., a stock venture to purchase land for the potential center. Few people purchased stock in the company, so developers sought corporate and institutional funding. The Research Triangle Institute was formed in 1958 and operated independently from the area universities. In a year, RTI had raised $1.5 million.
Five companies would be located in RTP by the year 1959. By the mid-1960s, public confidence in the feasibility of the Park’s long-term success was solidified. International Business Machines (IBM) announced its plans for a 400-acre, 600,000 square foot research facility in RTP, and the U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare publicized its plans to establish its National Environment Health Service Center at RTP.
Research Triangle Park averaged six new companies and 1,800 new employees annually over the next four decades. During the 1990s technological boom, RTP’s employment numbers reached its peak at approximately 45,000.
What a really cool museum! Very high quality and it was free to get inside too! (donations are appreciated)
I got my dinosaur sketching fix here by not sketching the skeletons this time but a figure model instead. The flying bird creatures just kept on spinning around in the ceiling. Too bad this place is far from home but I’ll be sure to be back.
The end of one journey, the start of another—the in-between periods can be difficult.
If you feel restless in between 1st and 2nd semester, you’re not alone. Many students feel that way.
While you’re thrilled to be done with the semester, you may feel worried about the future.
Don’t stress about 2nd semester right now. Enjoy your break! Get sleep and eat lots of good food!
And...stay tuned for a new blog post on Monday 📲
Day 14 ⚡️ it’s Muggle Harry Potter!! “You’re a Wizard Harry!” - Rubeus Hagrid
On Harry Potter's eleventh birthday, Vernon Dursley attempted to evade Harry's Hogwarts acceptance letter by fleeing to Hut-on-the-Rock. Regardless, Rubeus Hagrid, gamekeeperof Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, flew to the secluded hut. He subsequently broke down the door, threatened the Dursleys and handed Harry his very first birthday cake.
This is Harry, in hand me down clothes and broken glasses as Hagrid introduces him to Diagon Alley and the wizarding world - and the journey we can’t get enough of! (Sidenote: I love HP but I do think that with the MANY characters we know and love.. funkopop could have done without duplicating characters. But what do I know? 🤷🏼♀️ I love them either way!)