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How a Mr. Rogers Episode Featuring a Pool Helped Fight Segregation

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How Mr. Rogers Helped Break Down Barriers of Segregation at Swimming Pools

In 1964 the Civil Rights Act outlawed segregation in public places. One person on the forefront of breaking down barriers of segregation was Fred Rogers. His children’s show, “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood,” ran from 1968 to 2001, and he became famous for the compassion he showed on the show.

In particular, two scenes from different years (one from 1969 and the other from 1993, per NPR) have been getting a lot of attention from viewers, who have been tweeting and posting them on Instagram and Reddit. Rogers (who passed away in 2003) and Officer Clemmons (played by François Clemmons), a black actor, both dip their feet into a wading pool.

Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood Episode An Important Moment For Civil Rights

Civil unrest over U.S. pool segregation policies coincided with the airing of the first scene, and many viewers saw it as Rogers speaking out against racism. Rogers is shown in the scene inviting Officer Clemmons to join him in a wading pool for a refreshing foot soak. Rogers offers Clemmons his towel after Clemmons says he doesn’t have one.

Sharing a simple plastic pool stood for so much more in 1969 when this episode Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood aired.

In 1969, when this episode aired, many public pools were still segregated despite the passage of the Civil Rights Act almost five years earlier. This act of kindness from Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood meant more than it seemed at the time. For tens of thousands of young viewers, it was a chance to see that there was no reason to assume that people of different races couldn’t enjoy the same activities together, such as sitting at a table or swimming in the same pool.

Mr. Rogers had a good friend in Police Officer Clemmons. It was a hot and sunny day. To ask if he wanted to take a seat and relax for a while to cool off was the humane thing to do. It’s a small thing, but it would be a great example of compassion and acceptance for the rest of humanity. What a terrific example to set for millions of children watching at home. The imagery of that moment was a canonizing footnote in television history.

The pair’s final episode together in 1993 featured a replay of the same scene from 24 years earlier. While soaking his tired feet, Rogers invites Clemmons to do the same. “Sure!” Clemmons gives his reply.

When promoting his memoir, which came out in May 2020, and in the 2018 documentary about the show, “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?,” Clemmons discussed these powerful clips.

“They didn’t want black people to come and swim in their swimming pools, and Fred said, ‘That is absolutely ridiculous,'” Clemmons recalled in the documentary.

“He invited me to come over and to rest my feet in the water with him,” Clemmons said. “The icon Fred Rogers not only was showing my brown skin in the tub with his white skin as two friends, but as I was getting out of that tub, he was helping me dry my feet.”

They revisited the scene in their final episode together in 1993, and Clemmons says reenacting it affected him deeply.

Fred Rogers and Francois Clemmons reenacting an important and iconic moment in television history.

“I think he was making a very strong statement. That was his way. I still was not convinced that Officer Clemmons could have a positive influence in the neighborhood and in the real-world neighborhood, but I think I was proven wrong,” he says.

Much has changed since the first airing of that episode but the road to a fair and caring society is long and arduous. It was five decades ago when Officer Clemmons and Mr. Rogers conveyed a message that is as powerful today as it was fifty years ago.

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HTX Surf Will Be a World Class Surf Destination in Houston

HTX Surf is set to start construction in Houston,TX early 2023.

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HTX Surf Will Be a World Class Surf Destination in Houston

HTX Surf, a premier surf resort and destination, is set to begin development in early 2023. According to the press announcement, the new surf resort will be conveniently positioned in Generation Park, only ten minutes from Bush Intercontinental Airport, and within 60 minutes of nearly seven million people in the city of Houston.

In a press statement, HTX Surf was described as providing a “surfing experience rivaling the ocean by delivering perfect waves every time.” The technology behind HTX Surf can generate up to 1,000 waves per hour, and it can be adjusted to produce waves of varying sizes to accommodate surfers of varying abilities.

Beach Street Development’s new surf 15-acre surf resort is planned to start construction sometime in 2023. HTX Surf will draw surf enthusiasts of all ages and abilities from all corners of the globe.

HTX Surf complex will feature a six-acre lagoon that is sure to become a world-class surfing destination.
HTX Surf complex will feature a six-acre lagoon that is sure to become a world-class surfing destination.

Plans for the new surf complex include a six-acre surf lagoon that can accommodate more than 70 surfers per hour and allows novice and advanced surfers to surf simultaneously. A beach will be built for guests who want to watch the surfers.

“This is a special location for us as it is true to our vision of sharing great waves with everyone, everywhere in the world, specifically those who live far away from the ocean. We are looking forward to seeing HTX Surf bring our Wavegarden Cove technology to Houston,” said Fernando Odriozola, Wavegarden’s Chief Commercial Officer.

HTX Wavegarden Cove Lagoon - Photo Credit: HTX Surf
HTX Wavegarden Cove Lagoon – Photo Credit: HTX Surf

A Closer Look at HTX Surf

HTX Surf’s Wavegarden Cove lagoon will be an inland fantasy surfing destination with guaranteed waves and a tropical beach atmosphere modeled after some of the world’s best surf spots. The revolutionary method accurately reproduces the motion of water particles in ocean ground swells, without the presence of secondary waves that degrade the wave quality. Very little energy is wasted as forces are transferred from the machinery to the water, resulting in maximum efficiency. Each module in the Wavegarden Cove will be powered by its own electro-mechanical system and move in unison to create perfectly timed waves. Different modes and types of waves can be changed with the push of a button, to easily modify the wave’s form and size.

Wave technology will allow different modes of surfing. Photo Credit: HTX Surf
Wave technology will allow different modes of surfing

In addition to surfing, there will also be a skateboard pump track, members-only club, hot tubs, fire pits, pool, beach sections with food and drink options, and an event lawn for concerts and festivals.

According to projections made by Alex Bergman, principal partner of Beach Street Development and Operations, the opening is expected to take place in the fall of 2024.

“We plan to break ground this winter and are working with a well-known Houston-based (general contractor) that also has offices around the country,” said Bergman.

Photo Credits: HTX Surf

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PoolCorp Rings Opening Bell at Nasdaq

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On Tuesday, October 25, 2022, Pool Corporation (Nasdaq: POOL) rang the opening bell at the Nasdaq MarketSite (4 Times Square, New York) to commemorate more than 25 years of being listed on the market. A number of POOLCORP officials and directors joined CEO Peter Arvan to mark the event.

Recently listed by Barron’s as one of the 10 Hottest Stocks Over the Past 30 Years, ringing the bell marked an important milestone for PoolCorp which trades as the ticker symbol ‘POOL’ on the Nasdaq Global Select Market exchange.

Watch PoolCorp ring the Nasdaq Opening Bell

Fast Facts About PoolCorp:

South Central Pool Supply, Inc. was founded in 1993, renamed SCP Pool Corporation in 1995, and debuted on the NASDAQ on October 12, 1995. The proceeds from its first public offering (IPO) were utilized to retire the company’s debt and provide the capacity to borrow to further accelerate growth via new acquisitions and the opening of service center locations. The company’s name was changed to Pool Corporation in 2006. 

POOLCORP officials and directors joined CEO Peter Arvan for the ringing of the opening bell at Nasdaq.
POOLCORP officials and directors joined CEO Peter Arvan for the ringing of the opening bell at Nasdaq.

Today, Pool Corporation is the leading distributor of swimming pool equipment, parts, supplies, and accessories. These products include non-discretionary pool care items, such as chemicals and replacement parts, packaged pools (kits to construct swimming pools that include walls, liners, bracing, and other materials), and pool equipment, such as cleaners, filters, heaters, pumps, and lighting.

The company currently maintains 336 sales centers throughout North America, Europe, South America, and Australia, through which it sells more than 160,000 national brand and private label items to about 100,000 wholesale customers.

Featured Photo Credit: PoolCorp

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Glass Infinity Pool at Chalet Al Foss is a Hidden Gem of the Alps

The glass infinity pool at Chalet Al Foss has become a world class pool destination for selfie hungry travelers.

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When you think of the most romantic pools in the world, what comes to mind? Maybe the pool at the Hanging Gardens in Bali or the Jade Mountain Resort in St. Lucia. But have you ever heard of the Chalet Al Foss Alp Resort’s glass infinity pool? This hidden gem is located in Northern Italy and is a must-see for any traveler looking for a unique swimming experience.

Photos of the Chalet Al Foss Alpine Resort's glass infinity pool have gone viral on social media.
Photos of the Chalet Al Foss Alpine Resort’s glass infinity pool have gone viral on social media.

Chalet Al Foss is An Alpine Dream With a Glass Infinity Pool

The Chalet Al Foss Alp Resort is a five-star hotel that sits atop a mountain in the heart of the Italian Alps. The resort is known for its luxurious accommodations and world-class amenities, but it’s the luxury glass swimming pool that really steals the show. This one-of-a-kind pool offers breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains.

The glass infinity pool at Chalet Al Foss Alp Resort is certainly a bucket-list-worthy pool destination.
The glass infinity pool at Chalet Al Foss Alp Resort is certainly a bucket-list-worthy pool destination.

When it comes to bucket list travel experiences, swimming in an infinity glass pool high up in the Alps has got to be right up there. And there’s no better place to do it than at the Chalet Al Foss Alp Resort.

More About This World Class Infinity Pool

Situated in the picturesque commune of Vermiglio in Trentino, which is famous for its scenic mountains. With 118,142 inhabitants, Trento is the third largest city in the Alps. Trentino, in northeastern Italy, in the heart of the Italian Alps, between Lake Garda and the Dolomites. Consequently, the Chalet Al Foss Alp Resort has become a world-class destination for luxury travelers. The resort is home to a stunning glass infinity pool that offers breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains.

Swimming in the glass infinity pool is an unforgettable experience and one that you’ll definitely want to add to your bucket list. Here’s everything you need to know about swimming in the Chalet Al Foss Alp Resort’s infinity pool.

The Chalet Al Foss Alp Resort’s glass pool is located on the top floor of the resort, offering breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains. The pool is heated, so you can enjoy a swim even in the cooler months.

The Chalet Al Foss is drawing travelers who are looking for the most Instagrammable pool destinations.
The Chalet Al Foss is drawing travelers who are looking for the most Instagrammable pool destinations.

Instagram Selfies Are a Must

If you’re looking for a once-in-a-lifetime luxury swimming experience, the Chalet Al Foss Alp Resort may just be the place for you. This is a pool destination that ranks high with travelers. The swimming pool and picturesque snowy backdrop create the ultimate opportunity to take some memorable selfies.

One traveler on Kayak.com gave it a 9.0 and said “Very Instagrammable, quiet, and very romantic.” Another on Booking.com gave it 10 out of 10 and said, “the view from the rooms and outdoor pool is breathtaking. Fantastic experience, just a magical hotel.”

Chalet Al Foss All Resort

Here’s everything you need to know about visiting this world-class pool destination:

When to go: The best time to visit the Chalet Al Foss Alp Resort is during the summer months when the weather is warm and sunny. The pool is open from June to September, so plan your trip accordingly.

How to get there: The Chalet Al Foss Alp Resort is located in the town of Vermiglio. There are 4 ways to get from Milan to Chalet Al Foss, Vermiglio by train, car, bus, or shuttle. The closest airport to Vermiglio is Bolzano/Bozen (BZO). One of the better options for getting to Vermiglio is Autostradale which operates a bus from Milano Lampugnano to Mezzana Station once daily.

Address: Localita’ Foss, 2, 38029 Vermiglio TN, Italy
Phone: +39 0463 758161

What to pack: Since the Chalet Al Foss Alp Resort is located in the mountains, it’s important to pack appropriately for your trip. Be sure to bring a bathing suit, sunscreen, and comfortable walking shoes.

What to do: In addition to swimming in the glass pool, there are plenty of other activities to enjoy at the Chalet Al Foss Alp Resort. You can go hiking or biking in the surrounding mountains, take a cable car up to the nearby glacier, or relax in the hotel’s spa.

No matter what time of year you visit, the Chalet Al Foss Alp Resort is an alpine dream that sure to impress. So, what are you waiting for? Start planning your trip today!

Photo Credits: Chalet Al Foss Alp Resort

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