Happy Nevada Day!

Happy (official) Nevada Day! Those of us who grew up here (and there are many) appreciate Nevada Day not only for what it truly represents (the anniversary of our statehood), but for its annual cause for kids to get the day off of school on Halloween. (Out-of-staters never understood why we got the day off for Halloween and were always jealous.)

Somewhere along the lines, the day it’s observed started moving around to give people a three-day weekend (this year it was observed on Oct. 25), but we’re all too old to have experienced that during our own school years and, being purists and all, we’re sticking to the official date for our public display of affection for the state Imagine proper (AKA Imagine headquarters) calls home.

In addition to the general specialness of Nevada Day (more below), this next year is extra special because it’s leading up to Nevada’s 150th birthday!

Because turning 150 doesn’t just happen every day, Nevada’s making a big deal of things and is hosting events and activities throughout the year (see the official events calendar here), culminating with its 150th birthday Oct. 31, 2014, and the state’s encouraging businesses and organizations throughout Nevada to take part. For our part in things, we got some clients excited about hosting some “official” events, and we also surveyed the team with 12 (one for each month for the next year) Nevada- and birthday-themed questions. Each month, we’ll post one question along with everyone’s answers. This month is a birthday question. Please join us in our walk down memory lane as we recall our most memorable birthdays and, if you have a moment, tell us about yours!

Melissa Biernacinski serves as Director of Media Relations for Imagine Communications. Email Melissa at mbiernacinski@weareimagine.com.

*MORE: “Eight days prior to the presidential election of 1864, Nevada became the 36th state in the union. Statehood was rushed to the date of October 31 to help ensure Abraham Lincoln’s reelection on November 8 and post-Civil War Republican dominance in Congress, as Nevada’s mining-based economy tied it to the more industrialized Union. As it turned out, however, Lincoln and the Republicans won the election handily, and did not need Nevada’s help.” Source: Wikipedia (When we were in school, Wikipedia wouldn’t have counted as a “trusted source,” but we’re in the digital age now, so the Internet’s largest – I think – crowdsourced project ever totally counts.)

Imagine-Nevada facts: Two Imagineers are Nevada natives. Five graduated from a Nevada high school; we have alumnae from Chaparral High School, Nevada State High School, Earl Wooster High School (Northern Nevada), Eldorado High School and Silverado High School. Seven are Nevada college/university grads, and one will graduate this May. We have alumnae from UNLV, UNR, University of Southern Nevada (now Roseman University of Health Sciences) and The Art Institute of Las Vegas. Eleven of Imagine’s 13 team members currently call Nevada home; of those 11 team members, the average number of years living in Nevada is 19.63.

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In a few sentences, describe your most memorable birthday.

“My eighth birthday was probably the biggest birthday I ever had and will ever have. My younger sister and I have always celebrated our birthdays together since they are a day apart. I remember all our classmates being at our party. We lived in India then, so my mom hired a snake charmer to entertain my friends, we had elephant rides for all our guests and an entertainer whose accomplice was a monkey. I remember receiving tons of presents, there was plenty of ice-cream and cake to go around, we had a piñata, I wore my favorite dark pink dress with a big white bow – after all this was the ‘90s – we played musical chairs and many other games and I had the time of my life!” –Diana

“My most memorable birthday was when I was turning 7; with how large my family was, we always had our special day, but never parties inviting all our friends. For my 7th birthday, I had my very own birthday party at Hardees with balloons that were weighted down with Mambo and all my friends were there.” –Cynthia

“The one I had in 1975.  My wife, Carol, and I got married on that particular birthday.” –Jim

“A few friends and my family and I went ‘camping’ at Mount Charleston in my grandparents’ motor home for my 13th birthday. We hiked and took a bunch of photos. It was an experience my friends and I still talk about sometimes.” –Tiffannie

“At my age, I can’t remember.” –Brian

“My 21st birthday was the most memorable. I consider Las Vegas my home and that day so many possibilities opened up to me!” –Tamara

“For my 50th birthday, my co-workers at Western Michigan University threw a BIG surprise party for me. They even invited my best childhood friend and really did it up big with lots of purple accessories … ‘when I am an old woman, I shall wear purple. …’” –Gail

“It’s challenging to think of just one birthday that leaves a lasting memory, but I can think of traditions that were a part of many birthdays. Although it was always exciting to get out of the house and go rollerblading, or to a gameland, the best birthdays I had were at my house with my family and closest friends. A tradition I will never forget is our craft time. Each year my parents would organize a craft for my friends and I to make which they could bring home to their families after the party. Holiday decorations were often the craft since my birthday is in December.” –Julie

“My most memorable birthday was when I turned 21. I could finally check out the club scene and all that Las Vegas had to offer.” –Megan

“I was 10 years old. It was pirate themed, and I got a toy bazooka. All my friends and family were there.” –Alex

“My 21st birthday was the most memorable because it’s the one I remember the least about.” –Nadia

“My memory doesn’t go too far back, so my most memorable birthday is the last one I had, my 29th. Many of my co-workers and friends did special things for me, a group of us went bowling and had a great time together, and then my husband, Marek, and I went to Zion (his gift to me).” –Melissa

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