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is a city located in Story County, Iowa. As of the 2000 Census,
the city had a total population of 50,731. The city was named
after 19th century U.S. congressman Oakes Ames of Massachusetts,
who was influential in the building of the transcontinental
railroad. Ames was founded near a location that was deemed
favorable for a railroad crossing of the Skunk River. It is
located roughly 30 miles north of the state capital Des Moines.
Two small rivers run through the town: the Skunk River and Squaw
is home of Iowa State University of Science & Technology, a
space-grant university, at its founding, the state's (Morrill
Act) land-grant university, formerly known as the Iowa State
College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts. Ames is the home of the
closely allied U.S Department of Agriculture's National Animal
Disease Center, and the main offices of the Iowa state Department
of Transportation. State and Federal institutions are the largest
employers in Ames.
of Four Seasons at Iowa State University
John V. Atanasoff and his graduate student, Clifford Berry, are
now credited with the creation of the first true electronic
digital computer in the basement of the physics department during
the years 1937-1942. The Atanasoff/Berry computer used binary
arithmetic circuits, regenerative memory, and logic circuits.
These seminal ideas were communicated by Atanasoff to John
Mauchly during a visit to Iowa State in the 1940s who then used
them in the design of the better-known ENIAC built some years
area employers include a 3M manufacturing plant; Sauer-Danfoss, a
hydraulics manufacturer; Barilla, a pasta manufacturer; Pella, a
window manufacturer; and Ball, a manufacturer of canning jars and
of the 2000 Census, there are 50,731 people, 18,085 households,
and 8,970 families residing in the city. The population density
is 908.1/km² (2,352.3/mi²). There are 18,757 housing
units at an average density of 335.7/km² (869.7/mi²).
The racial makeup of the city is 87.34% White, 7.70% Asian, 2.65%
African American, 1.98% Hispanic American or Latino of any race,
0.15% Native American, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 0.76% from other
races, and 1.36% from two or more races.
Ames Brothers were a singing quartet from Malden, Massachusetts,
who were particularly famous in the 1950s for their traditional
pop music hits.
sketch of Ed Ames as Mingo in the 1960s
Ames Brothers got their beginning in Malden, where all four were
born. The act consisted of brothers Joe (3 May 1921 – 22
December 2007), Gene (born 13 February 1923 – 4 April
1997), Vic (20 May 1925 – 23 January 1978) and Ed (born 9
into a non-professional but musically talented family, the boys
were brought up on classical and operatic music. Their parents,
David and Sarah Urick, were Jewish immigrants from the Ukraine
who read Shakespeare and semi-classics to their nine children
from the time they were old enough to listen.
brothers formed a quartet with a cousin named Lennie, and had
been touring United States Army and Navy bases entertaining the
troops and were offered a job at The Fox and Hounds nightclub,
one of the fanciest clubs in Boston. This one week engagement
turned into several months when the word got around of their
appearance. At the time, they were going by the name of the Amory
Brothers, a name taken from Vic's middle name and they were
becoming quite popular in the area. It was at this time that Joe
decided to rejoin the group. He said they were just having too
much fun together for him to miss out. Taking
their act to New York they got a job with bandleader Art Mooney.
One day while at Leeds Publishing Company in search of a song
called "Should I" that their mother had asked them to
sing, Milt Gabler of Decca Records heard them singing it and had
them cut a few sides for Decca Records just before the AFM
recording ban which James Petrillo imposed in January, 1948.
year later when the ban was lifted, the Ames Brothers were the
first artists to record for Coral Records. The name Amory was
shortened to Ames. They were swept into national top billing with
their first hit record, "Rag Mop," in January, 1950.
Doing radio shows for free at times just for the experience, they
later became regulars on such shows as Arthur Godfrey and His
Friends. One of the first acts to appear on the original The Ed
Sullivan Show when it was known as Toast of the Town, they made
their debut with him when the show was telecast live from
Wanamaker's Department Store.
they were the top paid group in nightclubs and supperclubs
everywhere and their popularity on television was nationwide. In
1956 they starred in their own show, The Ames Brothers Show,
which was seen on Friday nights. It was the first syndicated
television show to be shown in foreign countries. The brothers
also appeared on ABC's The Pat Boone Chevy Showroom.
their fifteen year career, their prolific work notched up 49 U.S.
chart entries, 21 of them on the Coral label before signing with
RCA Victor. The group disbanded in 1960, but Ed Ames went on with
a successful singing and acting career, including playing Daniel
Boone's sidekick, Mingo, on the popular Daniel Boone television
were inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 1998. Ed Ames,
as the youngest brother, is the only surviving member of the
group. Vic died in a car accident in 1978 at age 52, Gene died of
cancer in 1997 at age 74, and Joe died of a heart attack in 2007
at age 86.
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