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What's really so interesting about Interesting America.com

Many web experts say that in order for a website to be successful, it must have a tight focus—occupy a niche.

Well, our only specialty is to be your one-stop shop for curing boredom! We cast a wide net to bring you information about all sorts of interesting things to do, places to go, and oddities & mysteries to ponder, right here in the good old USA.

Whether you live on a mountain in Colorado, a farm in Idaho, a Gotham apartment or a stately Victorian home in that fair city by the Bay, don't forget to browse on over to InterestingAmerica.com, kick off your shoes, and stay for a while.

Refresh yourself where interesting stuff is always on tap!

 

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Bio of Editor-in-Chief, Richard Grigonis

Richard "Zippy" Grigonis is an internationally-known technology editor and writer. He was Executive Editor of TMC's IP Communications Group of magazines: Internet TelephonyUnified Communications and NGN (Next Generation Networks) from 2006 to 2009. Grigonis was the Editor-in-Chief of VON Magazine from its founding by Jeff Pulver and Pulvermedia in 2003 to August 2006. The author of five books on computers and telecom (including the Computer Telephony Encyclopedia andDictionary of IP Communications), he was the Chief Technical Editor of Harry Newton's Computer Telephony magazine (which was later renamed Communications Convergence after its acquisition by CMP Media) from its first year of operation in 1994 until 2003. His monthly column called "Nitty Gritty" spotlighted new developments in core technologies used in communications (he has continued the column in various publications to the present day). Additionally, he helped design and construct a testing lab used by four CMP publications.

He is also a preeminent figure in the field of embedded bus & board technologies and fault resilient computers relating to telecom; in December of 1998, for example, he supervised the world’s first product interoperability test involving the CompactPCI H.110 Computer Telephony Bus.

Indeed, it was while at Computer Telephony in 1995 that he coined the term "fault-resilient computer" to describe high availability rackmount computers having "four nines" (99.95 to 99.99 percent) uptime then coming into use for computer telephony platforms instead of the more expensive and somewhat underpowered "fault tolerant computers" having at least "five nines" (99.999 percent) uptime.

Grigonis is the former MIS Director of Squadron, Ellenoff, Plesent & Scheinfeld (now part of Hogan Lovells) a major law firm representing such clients as Rupert Murdoch and his News America Corp.

The winner of several programming awards, in the early 1990s Richard did multimedia programming and consulting for AT&T Bell Laboratories in Holmdel, New Jersey. He was the principal consultant on town24.com (now defunct), the world’s first all-Flash Website. He has also designed and implemented complete LAN and business systems for law firms and literary agencies, and during the 1980s worked for KPMG Peat Marwick at their New York headquarters.

Richard has published articles in Forbes,Internet TelephonyUnified Communications, NGNVON Magazine, Dr. Dobb's JournalTELECONNECT and Call Center magazines. He has also advised foreign governments and corporations on computer telephony, IP Communications and contact center technologies. Cited as a long-time speaker, conference session moderator and editor at telecom and embedded computing shows, he has also ghost-written editorials, articles, blogs, white papers and other materials for various telecom industry leaders and companies.

In the early 1980s he was part of the production staff of the TV show Sesame Street.

Grigonis is a graduate of Rowan University in New Jersey.

TRIVIA: Richard's mother was a mathematician who worked on the Manhattan Project. Napoleon is in her family tree.

How did Richard Grigonis get his nickname, Zippy?

he explanation can be found in the “Zippy” entry in my old Computer Telephony  Encyclopedia (CMPBooks, 2000), which can be summarized as follows:

Zippy

Nickname of Richard Grigonis, formulated during his time as the Chief Technical Editor of the now-defunct Computer Telephony Magazine.

The legend of Zippy began when CT Editor-in-chief Rick Luhmann found that too many people were confusing the names “Rick” with “Richard.” He decided to devise a clever nickname for Richard. Did he ever. Luhmann later said that he gave Richard the name Zippy because “he zips through information and holds it like a Zip disk.”

Zippy himself is not quite sure about this origin of this sobriquet, having spent many accumulated hours patiently explaining to new acquaintances that he has absolutely nothing to do with the Zippy the Pinhead cartoon character.

Needless to say, Harry Newton (then publisher of the magazine) was absolutely delighted with such a deft example of character assassination, and so the name Zippy was spread far and wide, making Richard (or Zippy) into an industry icon, of sorts.

For the record, Zippy has no connection with the national Zippy the Clown party franchise, nor did he get his nickname by hanging out repeatedly at the Zippy Coin Laundry in Oakland Park, Florida. Zippy doesn't use Zippy Mail, doesn't shop at Zippy's Mini-Mart in Priest River, Idaho, and while he is considered to be a professional photographer, he has yet to do a celebrity endorsement of the Zippy One Hour Photo Shop in Valley Village, California. He doesn't own the Zippy Boat Works in Arden, North Carolina, nor does he have a controlling interest in Zippy Auto Glass of Lehighton, Pennsylvania -- though Zippy does wish he owned the lucrative national chain of Zippy Lube shops headquartered in Rexburg, Idaho, or the chain of Zippy Marts in the great American Southeast, or even the string of 21 Zippy's restaurants that serve mouth-watering chili to the denizens of the beautiful Hawaiian islands.

Perhaps Zippy will one day eat Mexican in Hawaii, in which case he'll be sure to bring along some salsa from Zippy's Hot House Salsa Co. in Petersburg, Arkansas and some buffalo wing appetizers from Zippy's Zesty Wings in Okeechobee, Florida.

And if the magazine should ever fold for good [Note: It did], Zippy will be sure to send his resume to Zippy Typing Services in New Castle, Delaware. It looks like his kind of place. Maybe he'll even bump into Rick there.

As simple a name to remember as “Zippy” is, some people mistakenly call me Ziggy or Skippy. dingbat

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Do You Know Something Interesting?

Have you found something in the USA so interesting that you think it should be on our website? Great! We’d love to hear about it! (If it’s a fun place to visit, we’ll likely go see it too.) We—and everyone reading this site—loves to see new information contributed by readers.

Perhaps you’re aware of an interesting place known only to the locals, like a unique restaurant or diner having funny architecture or a far-out menu (Do I hear the sound of gourmet hot dogs frying in bananas and chunky peanut butter?) Or maybe it’s a forgotten abandoned tunnel you’ve explored or an old (or demolished) building that had something to do with a famous person, strange happenstance or weird crime.

Maybe you know about some little-known incident in American history that isn’t taught in school or has been suppressed (Remember the book, Lies My Teacher Told Me?) Or perhaps you, your relative or a friend had an interesting, unknown “cameo” in some great, not-so-great, or just plain amusing or obscure historical event… or for many years you’ve guarded that a special piece of super-trivia that you spring on people at parties.

Perhaps you’ve had a brush with unexplained phenomena. Is there a “ghost tour” of haunted houses in your town? Does Bigfoot raid trashcans in your neighborhood at night? Was there a UFO landing in a park across the street? Possibly you live near a bizarre roadside attraction? Or maybe you know of a weird geological thing, like a field of rocks that ring when you hit them (like those in Bucks County, Pennsylvania)? Or maybe you’ve got a great crop circle photo?

Is there a great new rollercoaster or thrill ride that just opened in your vicinity? Some kind of new 3-D entertainment? Or some other fun place to visit? We want to know about it, as does everybody else who visits InterestingAmerica.com.

Perchance you’ve read about something on our site and you have some new information about it, or you’d like to reminisce about a particular place that we have featured on the site, because you’re in possession of an obscure fact that we’ve missed, or something has changed or new information has come to light since our article on it first appeared. If so, get in touch with us.

Remember, we love to hear about interesting things, whether well-known, little known, or totally unknown to the general public.

You can send your leads (with or without photos) to...

leads@InterestingAmerica.com

Text and photos provided by you are assumed to be your copyrighted property, made available to InterestingAmerica.com for nonexclusive use. We assume that any recognizable person in your photo has granted you permission to use said photo. Also submission of text and photos does not guarantee publication on our site (See our Terms, Conditions and Disclaimer, below.)

Contacting Zippy

If you would just like to say Hi, are interested in advertising on our site, or are an investor looking to take us to “the next level” (whatever that may be), feel free to contact me, Richard Grigonis. The easiest way to get in touch with me is by sending an e-mail to...

rgrigonis@interestingamerica.com

You can also give me a phone call at 610-370-9879 (I'm in the Eastern Time Zone).

If necessary, you can contact me via Facebook, LinkedIn, or follow us on Twitter where I'm @ZippyInterAmer. I'm also Editor-in-Chief of Jeff Pulver's State of NOW online community (@EditStateofNow)

And we don't mind getting fan mail either! dingbat

 


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