Ottumwa Re-Creates Legendary 1982 LIFE Magazine Video Game Photograph

Photo credit: William McEvoy

My husband is a big fan of the 80′s arcade scene. He spent countless hours in the arcades as a child so when he heard about the legendary 1982 LIFE Magazine Video Game Photograph being retaken he wanted to be there to see it happen.

How could I say no? He supports me 110 percent in my blogging travels and I thought to myself, “Hey, I’ve never been to Iowa, this could be fun.” I’ll be sharing my own personal photos and experiences either here or on my facebook page, I’ll let you know as soon as I get them up. All I can say is I wouldn’t have missed it (The Video Game Trading Cards & Posters of Twin Galaxies event in Fairfield, Iowa) for the world. But for now, here is the press release and photos. Do you remember the original:

Photo credit: Enrico Ferorelli

Photo credit: Enrico Ferorelli

OTTUMWA, IOWA – AUGUST 4, 2014 — On Sunday, August 3rd, the citizens of Ottumwa, Iowa Celebrated the City’s 32nd-year as the “Video Game Capital of the World” by re-enacting a famous 1982 LIFE Magazine photograph.
There was no way he could miss the opportunity of a lifetime, so William McEvoy, flew to Iowa at his own expense from his hometown of Ottawa, ON, Canada to volunteer his services as the official photographer of a photograph that commemorated Ottumwa, Iowa’s unique legacy as the “Video Game Capital of the World.”
McEvoy says: “When I heard they were going to re-enact the legendary LIFE Magazine photograph from 1982 that honored the video game superstars of the “Golden Age of Video Game Arcades” — the picture that helped put Ottumwa on the world map as the ‘video capital,’ I knew I had to be there and take the photo. It was a dream come true.”
The original photo was taken outside the landmark Twin Galaxies Arcade at 8:00 AM, on Sunday, November 7, 1982, on East Main Street, in Ottumwa, Iowa, by famed LIFE Magazine photographer Enrico Ferorelli. Some video game historians today considered the photo the most recognizable picture in the history of the video game industry.
The 1982 photo was published as a two-page centerfold in LIFE’s January, 1983 issue – the “1982 Year-In-Review” edition — and included 16 superstar V.I.P video game players along with five members of Ottumwa High School’s cheerleading squad. For this modern remake of the classic photoshoot, three of the original video gamers (Billy Mitchell, of Hollywood, FL; Steve Sanders of Kansas City, MO and Joel West, of Gastonia, NC) appeared in the picture along with one of the original cheerleaders, Tracey Groy, now of Phoenix, Arizona.
The re-enactment photo included 16 members of the current OHS cheerleading squad along with over 75 other individuals who came from as far away as Tallahassee, Florida; Winnipeg, MB, Canada; Hillsboro, Oregon; Center Barnstead, NH and Minden, Louisiana. For the gathering, Ottumwa City officials barricaded East Main Street and Mayor Tom Lazio personally gave the proceedings the blessings of City Hall by appearing in the photograph, as seen on the far right of the photo.
The nation’s video game players have been actively supporting Ottumwa’s quest to create the official International Video Game Hall of Fame & Museum during recent years. The inspiration for the photo re-enactment was to generate more public and civic support for the project.
Ottumwa’s claim to video game royalty stems back to the early 1980s when the city was the home of the famous Twin Galaxies Arcade — famous as the “scorekeeper” for the worldwide video game industry. On November 30, 1982, then-Mayor Jerry Parker proclaimed Ottumwa to be the “Video Game Capital of the World,” a claim that was later reconfirmed by Iowa Governor Terry Branstad, Atari and the Amusement Game Manufacturers Association (AGMA).
 Ottumwa continues to enjoy its unique legacy as “the birthplace of organized video game playing” and hopes to develop themed tourist attractions in the city which capitalize on its remarkable video game heritage.
The Video Game Trading Cards & Posters of Twin Galaxies  William McEvoy  Arcade Culture Magazine

Photo credit: William McEvoy

© 2014, Nanette Gomez. All rights reserved.

What is Food Insecurity and What Does it Really Look Like? #ChildHunger

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I am being compensated as an ambassador for the Child Hunger Ends Here campaign but as always all thoughts and opinions are my own.
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When you think about child hunger, do you think of children in other countries? I think most people do. But in reality, child hunger is an issue that’s right here in your own country, your own state and yes even in your own community.

Take a look here at Map the Meal Gap (provides local food insecurity data) and you may be surprised to find out just how many of your neighbors are struggling with hunger and food insecurity. I was surprised to see what the local numbers were for my community compared to the state average.

My state’s average  is 18.7% or 4,812,760 people but my community average is even higher at 19.5% or 784,010 people. Honestly, I had no idea the percentage was so high.

What does it look like in your community?

What does it mean to be “food insecure”? Well, basically what it means is a lack of access, at times to enough food for an active healthy life for all household members. It doesn’t mean they don’t have food all the time but may at times need to trade off healthier food options in order to pay for other necessities such as medical needs or housing

For those families facing food insecurities as well as the many others across the county, every meal counts. And this is where a few moments of your time can help! You can continue to visit the Child Hunger Ends Here website and enter codes found on specially marked packages of participating ConAgra Foods through August 28th. Each code you input represents one meal for a child who needs it. Yes, it’s that simple to help a child by providing a meal for them simply by entering a code. You can also go up to the top of my sidebar and enter your code there as well.

Please take a moment to fill out this quick reader survey to help ConAgra Foods and the Child Hunger Ends Here campaign gauge awareness.

I know you want to help those 16 million children so go find those specially marked products and take just a couple of minutes to come back and enter the code. I’ll keep the code box right there on the sidebar for you.

Join the Child Hunger Ends Here Facebook community or follow the news on Twitter and Instagram @ChildHungerEnds.

© 2014, Nanette Gomez. All rights reserved.

Hunter Hayes Helping to Stop Child Hunger #childhunger

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I am being compensated as an ambassador for the Child Hunger Ends Here campaign but as always all thoughts and opinions are my own.

More than 1 in 5 children in the United Sates, may not know where their next meal is coming from. That’s nearly sixteen million children. It’s hard to believe about children in this country but it’s true. I know we always think it’s happening in other parts of the world and not here in the U.S. but it is.

ConAgra Foods is partnering with P&G to build a community of people to make a difference and help donate up to 7 million meals through the Child Hunger Ends Here campaign. Since March and through August 2014,  ConAgra Foods or P&G, will donate the monetary equivalent of one meal to Feeding America when you enter the 8-digit code found on specially marked ConAgra and P&G products. All you have to do is look for the red pushpin on specially marked packages and enter the the code at www.ChildHungerEndsHere.com or you can go over to my sidebar and enter the code right there in the box.

Child Hunger Ends Here is proud to work with Grammy-nominated country music artist Hunter Hayes and be the presenting sponsor of his “We’re Not Invisible” tour. For every download of Hunter’s new single, “Invisible,” on iTunes, Child Hunger Ends Here will donate the monetary equivalent of one meal to the nation’s leading hunger-relief charity, Feeding America, up to 1 million meals.

hunter-hayesAnd they are also giving you the chance for a pretty exciting opportunity to “Ask Hunter” a question – and he may answer it personally (using the winners name) and posting the video on the Child Hunger Ends Here Facebook page! Through April 24th, simply enter a code on www.childhungerendshere.com for the chance to “Ask Hunter”  a question.

So be thinking about what question you’d like to “ask Hunter”. Think you might need a little help? Child Hunger Ends Here will share some suggestions for great questions. Think about what you’d want to know from Hunter about maybe being a role model. Or what the best thing about being a role model is or perhaps what the hardest part of being a role model is? Maybe you’d like to know how Hunter hopes to leave a mark on the world? I’m sure you can come up with something.

The rules are pretty simple:  You must be 14 or older and only one prize/question per user. Please review the Privacy Policy at http://www.conagrafoods.com/privacy-policy

Please take a moment to fill out this quick reader survey to help ConAgra Foods and the Child Hunger Ends Here campaign gauge awareness.

I know you want to help those 16 million children so go find those specially marked products and take just a couple of minutes to come back and enter the code. I’ll keep the code box right there on the sidebar for you.

Join the Child Hunger Ends Here Facebook community or follow the news on Twitter and Instagram @ChildHungerEnds.

© 2014, Nanette Gomez. All rights reserved.