Delegating Denver #42 of 56: Pennsylvania
Total Number of Delegates: 187
How to Recognize a Pennsylvania Delegate:
No state in the union suffers from poor self-esteem issues more than Pennsylvania. Quaker Staters have played pivotal roles in the history of religious freedom, civil rights and labor laws, and they have every right to be proud of their declarations of independence and their cracked liberty bells. Yet it is Pennsylvania residents who have given the state's two largest cities the nicknames of Filthadelphia and Shittsburgh, and they call the space in between them Pigsylvania. And it's not just the pot-holed roads and the slate-gray skies that make them so moody; it's the food. Pennsylvania is the snack-food capital of America. Besides being the home of Hershey's Chocolate, the state ranks as the nation's leading producer of potato chips. Pennsylvanians make enough potato chips in a year to ruin 80 million diets. It is also home to cheesesteaks, that damn cream cheese everyone loves, Tastykakes, marshmallow peeps and all the Heinz ketchup and relish needed for the mass consumption of hot dogs. This doesn't mean that Pennsylvania delegates will be obese. They get exercise by scraping the ice off their car windows in winter and running from muggers all year long. They're just a "cuppla tree" pounds overweight, so females will wear Studio 1940 Flyaway Layered dresses from Bensalem-based Fashion Bug, and male delegates will wear the Savane Total Comfort No-iron pleated twill pants over Consensus Button-down Chambray Shirts from York-based Bon-Ton Department Stores.
American pioneer Daniel Boone; civil rights pioneer Bayard Rustin; journalists Ed Bradley and Michelle Malkin; actors Nancy Kulp, Will Smith, Tina Fey, Sharon Stone, Richard Gere, Seth Green, Bill Cosby, Grace Kelly and Cheri Oteri; artists Thomas Eakins, Maxfield Parrish, Andrew Wyeth, Andy Warhol, Keith Haring and Robert Crumb; writers Louisa May Alcott, Rita Mae Brown, Rachel Carson, Gertrude Stein and John Updike; musicians Ethyl Waters, Dean Martin, George Benson, Joan Jett, Teddy Prendergrass, Todd Rundgren, Robert Mothersbaugh and Trent Reznor; musical acts Boys II Men, CKY, the Dead Milkmen, Hall & Oates, the Julianna Theory and Ween; golfer Arnold Palmer; Republicans Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul.
Famous Pennsylvania Democrats:
15th president of the United States James Buchanan; 45th governor Ed Rendell; junior United States senator Bob Casey Jr.; U.S. representatives John Murtha, Chaka Fattah, Allyson Schwartz and Patrick Murphy.
Famous Pennsylvanians With Denver Connections:
LoDo street namesake William Larimer Jr.; State Capitol architect Elijah E. Myers; legendary Denver mayors Richard Sopris and Robert W. Speer; wannabe legendary mayor John W. Hickenlooper; wannabe state governor Marc Holtzman; Broadmoor founder Spencer Penrose; Centennial author James A. Michener; Broncos wide receiver Ed McCaffrey; Nuggets head coach George Karl; CBS4 News special projects correspondent Molly Hughes; Castle Rock municipal judge Lou Gersh.
State Nickname: The Keystone State, The Quaker State, The Steel State (official); The Steal State, Shoofly Pieland, Snacker's Paradise (unofficial)
Racial Distribution: 83% white, 11% black, 2% Asian, 4% Hispanic
Per Capita Personal Income: $32,044
RECOMMENDATIONS FOR THE PENNSYLVANIA DELEGATION
Most Pennsylvanian Denver Neighborhood: Hampden South
Most Pennsylvanian Bar:
314 East 13th Avenue
All the creamy cheesiness of Philadelphia combined with the gothic friendliness of Pittsburgh.
Most Pennsylvanian Restaurant:
Taste of Philly
The most authentic cheesesteaks on Amoroso bread, hoagies, Tastykakes and Herr's Chips available west of Yeadon, Pennsylvania.
Best Day Trip: Kit Carson County Carousel
The Philadelphia Toboggan Company is the oldest existing roller-coaster maker in the world. Based in Hatfield, Pennsylvania, the company was founded in 1904 and carved carousels in addition to making wooden roller coasters. The oldest example that survives today is Philadelphia Toboggan Carousel #6, purchased by Denver's own Elitch Gardens Amusement Park in 1905. It is also the earliest example of the "menagerie" style made by the company. The assortment of animals, rather than just horses, spins round at twelve miles per hour to the tunes of a Wurlitzer Monster Military Band Organ, which Elitch's used at its skating rink. Both were sold to the Kit Carson County Fairgrounds in 1928. It took the town nine years to unpack the boxes. And when they did, they found a true treasure. To see the National Historic landmark, get onto Interstate 70 and head east. The 160-mile drive to Burlington is a spectacular way to see the High Plains of Colorado. The vast vistas and open skies will be a stark contrast to the mountains and density of Penn's wooded glades. Take exit 437 and turn left toward town. Drive five blocks and turn right at the stop light onto Rose Avenue. At 15th Street, turn left and drive seven blocks north. The Carousel is just past the railroad tracks. It is here, in this twelve-sided building in the middle of the prairie, that the hippocamus and his 45 wooden friends keep the history of Pennsylvania from standing still by spinning (counter-clockwise) to waltzes from the turn of the last century.
-- Kenny Be