UT Posted in Utah January 16, 2016 by Catherine Armstrong 10 Undeniable Reasons Why the World Wouldn’t Be the Same Without Utah Our great state has had a major impact on society. Utah has influenced the world in many ways. Here are just a few. 1. Thanks to Utah, the world has television. Benjamin Chan/flickr Philo T. Farnsworth was born in Beaver, Utah. Without him, television wouldn’t have been possible. 2. We represent the Wild West. Troy Snow/flickr When people think of John Wayne, they picture Utah’s landscape. Dozens of Westerns were filmed in Kanab, beginning with “Deadwood Coach” in 1924. 3. Every ice skater and hockey player has Utah to thank. Michael Perekas/flickr Frank Zamboni was born in Eureka. He invented the Zamboni Ice Resurfacer which grooms the ice rink, leaving a smooth surface for ice skaters and hockey players all over the world. 4. The 2002 Winter Olympics Ian McFarland/flickr Utah brought the world the 2002 Winter Olympics, with all its glory...and controversy. 5. We helped win World War II. Cliff/flickr The Enola Gay, which dropped the bomb on Hiroshima and ended WWII, was piloted by a crew that trained at Wendover Air Base. 6. Utah brought the world video games. moparx/flickr Nolan Bushnell, the inventor of Atari, was born in Clearfield in 1943. He graduated from the University of Utah College of Engineering. 7. Our snow changes everything. SnowBirdPhoto/flickr Once people ski Utah’s snow, they’re never the same -- one day in fresh Utah powder spoils them for life. 8. Land speed records were made and broken here. Brad/flickr In 1960, the first American to break 400 mph (Mickey Thompson) did so at Bonneville Salt Flats, but beginning in 1935 speed records have been made and broken there. 9. Our national parks are stunning. Dmitry.S./flickr Can you imagine a world without the stunning beauty of our national parks? 10. One Utah man changed the way wars are fought. by unknown/Browning Licensed under Public Domain via Commons John Browning was influential in the design of most modern firearms. Born in Ogden, his father was a gunsmith. As an adult, John designed weapons for Winchester Repeating Arms Co., then formed his own company, where he created several repeating rifles used by American armed forces in WW II, Korea and Vietnam. Can you think of any other reasons why the world wouldn’t be the same without Utah?