Utah January 16, 2016
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.
Philo T. Farnsworth was born in Beaver, Utah. Without him, television wouldn’t have been possible.
2. We represent the Wild West.
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.
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
Utah brought the world the 2002 Winter Olympics, with all its glory...and controversy.
5. We helped win World War II.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Can you imagine a world without the stunning beauty of our national parks?
10. One Utah man changed the way wars are fought.
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?