05 March 2009


Wow! Over the past twenty four hours there's been lots of good news in the air! I think the tide is changing. My friend JL got a new job after several months of being unemployed. Yesterday the Dow was up. And today The Man at the Wheel Gets State's Nod to be on Quarter". I think this is fun and fabulous news. Gloucester will be everwhere! And most important, our fishermen will be recognized worldwide.

Here's an article from today's Gloucester Times...

'Man at the Wheel' gets state's nod to be on quarterBy Patrick Anderson
Staff Writer

March 05, 2009 11:59 am

Gloucester's Man at the Wheel statue has been chosen by citizens to appear on the back of a new Massachusetts quarter, Gov. Deval Patrick announced this morning.

The iconic image from the Gloucester Fisherman's Memorial was chosen from 100 other finalist sites in the state in an online vote. Those finalists were chosen from a list of over 4,000 potential sites.

The round of new quarter designs, which will feature nationally recognized sites from each of the 50 states, the district of columbia and the territories will begin appearing 2010. Each year, five new quarters will be released.

While the state has proposed the Man at the Wheel based on the citizen voting, the U.S. Mint has veto power if the image chosen proves too difficult to reproduce. Alternate sites and voting runnersup are the Lowell National Historic Park, the House of the Seven Gables and the U.S.S. Constitution. The Mint, however, asked the states for their top preference.

For more on this story, look back to this site later today, and to tomorrow's print and online edition of the Gloucester Daily Times and gloucestertimes.com.

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