Blue Star Contemporary
Blue Star Contemporary is a non-profit contemporary art institution located in San Antonio, Texas. It was established by a group of artists in 1986 after the success of the Blue Star Exhibition, a show featuring the work of local contemporary artists in the former Blue Star Ice and Cold Storage warehouse. Blue Star Contemporary is the longest running non-profit contemporary art space in the city. Blue Star Contemporary known as BSC, is run by Executive Director Mary Heathcott. Open calls for artists from Texas, the United States, abroad are held on an annual basis. Blue Star Contemporary is housed in a renovated warehouse in the Blue Star Arts Complex, a mixed-use development containing lofts, galleries, artist studios, retail stores, restaurants; the Blue Star Arts Complex is a stop on the VIA Metropolitan Transit VIVA Culture bus route. BSC is a part of the King Williams Cultural Arts District in the Southtown neighborhood and is located along the San Antonio River Walk. Blue Star Contemporary is at the center of San Antonio's First Friday Art Walk, an event that takes place on the first Friday of each month and is intended to provide "a free showcase of the art community in San Antonio."
Blue Star Contemporary is credited as being a revitalizing force for the arts district and surrounding neighborhoods. Contemporary Art Month, San Antonio's monthlong celebration of local contemporary art in July, started at the museum. Current BSC programs include Creative Classrooms, a free six-week program that brings artists to school classrooms for weekly lessons, the MOSAIC Student Artist Program, a free after-school program for students interested in learning about the arts, the Berlin Residency Program, a three-month residency at the Künstlerhaus Bethanien granted to four artists from Bexar County annually. Blue Star Contemporary partnered with BiblioTech, Bexar County's digital library, to open a reading room in the museum's Arts Education Lab in 2016. Art in the Garden is an ongoing partnership between Blue Star Contemporary and the San Antonio Botanical Garden; each year, an artist is commissioned to create a site-specific work in the garden. Blue Star Contemporary has partnered with the City of San Antonio's Department of Arts and Culture's Public Art San Antonio division to commission Plexus c18 at the San Antonio International Airport.
The work is described on the BSC website as "a site-specific public art installation by Dallas-based artist Gabriel Dawe. The installation, a weaving of 90 miles of colored thread hooked from wall to ceiling that emulates the dynamic shape of an airplane, will suspend from the vaulted ceiling of the Terminal A ticketing Area. Plexus c18 is composed of more than 19 colors--creating a prism-like effect that represents the full spectrum of visible light; the art installation will be on view for three years beginning October 2016."In addition to these off-site exhibitions and partnerships, BSC's MOSAIC student artists, under the direction of Artist-in-Residence Alex Rubio, have completed nine public works projects throughout the city, including murals and mosaics of handmade and hand-painted ceramic tiles. Blue Star Contemporary https://web.archive.org/web/20070821000709/http://travel.nytimes.com/travel/guides/north-america/united-states/texas/san-antonio/attraction-detail.html?vid=1154654608603 http://www.museumsusa.org/museums/info/1167675 http://www.frommers.com/destinations/sanantonio/A7663.html http://www.bizjournals.com/sanantonio/stories/2008/05/05/story10.html http://www.americantowns.com/tx/sanantonio/organization/blue_star_contemporary_art_center http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/klblr http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m1248/is_/ai_54432739
HemisFair'68 was the official 1968 World's Fair held in San Antonio, from April 6 through October 6, 1968. The theme of the fair was "The Confluence of Civilizations in the Americas", celebrating the many nations which settled the region; the fair was held in 1968 to coincide with the 250th anniversary of the founding of San Antonio in 1718. More than thirty nations and fifteen corporations hosted pavilions at the fair; the Bureau International des Expositions which oversees World's Fairs and Expositions, awarded HemisFair'68 with official Fair status on November 17, 1965. The theme character of the fair was a dragon named Luther created by Sid and Marty Krofft, renamed and starred in the Kroffts' Saturday morning television show H. R. Pufnstuf; the main premise of the show was taken from their production for the Coca-Cola pavilion at the fair. The venture, which had an announced cost of $156 million, was financed by a combination of public and private funds. Public funding included $12.2 million from the U.
S. Housing and Home Finance Agency for acquiring and clearing the site, $11 million in publicly approved city bonds for construction of the convention center and arena, $5.5 million in general revenues from the City of San Antonio for construction of the Tower of the Americas, $10 million from the State of Texas for the construction of the Texas State Pavilion, $7.5 million from the United States Congress for the construction of the United States pavilion. Although HemisFair'68 attracted 6.3 million visitors and brought international attention to San Antonio and Texas, attendance never matched predictions, the fair lost $7.5 million. The fair was built on a 96.2-acre site on the southeastern edge of Downtown San Antonio. The site was acquired through eminent domain. Many structures in what was considered a blighted area were demolished and moved to make room for the fair; the project was developed with federal urban renewal funds. The San Antonio Conservation Society recommended. Overall, only 24 structures were saved.
In addition, as a part of the overall HemisFair project, the city extended its River Walk one-quarter of a mile into the site in order to link the River Walk and the HemisFair grounds in 1968. In 2001, the River Walk was extended again under the new Convention Center Expansion and is now connected to a small lagoon inside HemisFair Park. HemisFair began on April 6, 1968, with the gates opening at 9:00am and official ceremonies beginning at 10:00am in the new Convention Center Arena. However, with the opening just two days after Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated, VIPs including U. S. First Lady Lady Bird Johnson and Texas Governor John Connally, both of whom received death threats, were escorted around the site under heavy security. National pavilions at the fair included: Canada, Italy, France, Belgium, Republic of China, West Germany, Panama, Switzerland and Venezuela. There were shared pavilions such as a five-nation Central American pavilion, representing Nicaragua, Guatemala, El Salvador, Costa Rica and the special pavilions of the Organization of American States, which represented eleven more Latin American countries, including Brazil and Peru.
Corporate pavilions at the fair included: Eastman Kodak, Ford Motor Company, General Electric, General Motors, Humble Oil, IBM, RCA, Southwestern Bell, Frito Lay, Pepsi-Cola, Coca-Cola, American Express, 3M. Other pavilions at the fair included: the LDS Church, the Southern Baptist pavilion, the Women's Pavilion and Project Y. A monorail, named Mini-Monorail, connected pavilions together; the monorail was manufactured by Universal Design Limited and constructed by H. C. P. Enterprises. After HemisFair, much of the land ownership was transferred to the State of Texas and the U. S. Federal Government. Today, the City of San Antonio owns 50 acres of the site, 30 of which the Convention Center occupies. In 1986, many unused remaining structures built for the fair were removed and in celebration of the 20th Anniversary of HemisFair'68 15 acres of the site were redeveloped with cascading waterfalls, fountains and lush landscaping. Many of the improvements were concentrated near the base of the Tower of the Americas.
At the site's re-dedication in April 1988, the site was re-christened "HemisFair Park". This urban park is a gift from the city to its citizens. In 2008 Hyatt Hotels completed construction of the Grand Hyatt San Antonio on the north and eastern sides of the convention center theater built for HemisFair'68, it features guest rooms on the first 24 floors and condos on the last 10, all rooms on the south side have an unobstructed view of HemisFair Park and the Tower of the Americas. As of spring 2013, only a handful of structures built/renovated for the HemisFair remain on the former fairgrounds and are still open to the public. Convention Center Theater - The theater was built as one of a three-building complex during the buildup for HemisFair'68 and leased to San Antonio Fair, Inc. for use during the fair. Sometime after the fair it was renamed in honor of the city's former three-term mayor Lila Cockrell. After decades of limited upgrades, the building received a 26 million dollar renovation in 2010.
Above the windows on the exterior is a mural titled "Confluence of Civili
Downtown San Antonio
Downtown San Antonio is the central business district of San Antonio, United States. It serves as the urban core of Greater San Antonio, a metropolitan area with nearly 2.5 million people. In addition to being encircled by Loops 1604 and 410, Downtown San Antonio is encircled by three Interstate freeways: I-35, I-37, I-10. Together, the three highways create a rectangular route around the city's urban core: I-35 to the north and west, I-37 to the east, I-10 to the south; the rectangular loop has a nine-mile circumference and is known as the "Downtown Loop" or "Central Loop", which encompasses both it and Southtown. Downtown is home to many districts including the Alamo District, Alamodome District, Central Business District, Convention Center District, Historic Civic District, Houston Street District, Lavaca District, La Villita District, Market Square District, North Downtown, River North District, Zona cultural, San Antonio CO-OP district, River Bend District, King William Historic District, South Flores Warehouse District, SoSo, Southtown Arts District and the University District.
The northwestern corner of Downtown is the Medical District. The Central Business District is home to the Rivercenter, anchored by a Macy's, an IMAX theater, an H&M, Dillard's; the five-level Art Deco Dillard's, at the corner of Alamo and Commerce streets, opened in 1887 as Joske's. Joske's flagship store was 551,000 square feet in floor space until Dillard's bought the Joske's chain in 1987. In August 2008, Dillard's moved out of the historic building as a part of a redevelopment plan for Rivercenter Mall; the Rivercenter Mall was built around St. Joseph Catholic Church. Many people travel to visit the Alamo Plaza Historic District. Attractions such as the river walk are home to many of the festivities throughout the year including NIOSA A Night in Old San Antonio which celebrates Fiesta, Cinco de Mayo, numerous parades such as celebrations for their home NBA team the Spurs, Christmas parades and much more. In the southeastern part of Downtown is the Alamodome, a 65,000-seat arena that hosts many types of events conventions and football games.
While many companies based in San Antonio are based in other parts of the city the Northwest Side and Uptown, there are companies based in Downtown San Antonio, such as H-E-B, Eye Care Centers of America, Bromley Originate Change, Kell Muñoz Architects. The San Antonio Police Department serves Downtown from the Central Substation; the main SAPD headquarters are in Downtown. The San Antonio Fire Department, the city's fire protection and EMS service, is based in Downtown; the Texas Fourth Court of Appeals is located in the Cadena-Reeves Justice Center in Downtown San Antonio. The San Antonio Post Office and Courthouse, located at 615 East Houston Street, functions as a United States Postal Service post office and as a regional office for federal agencies. In 2009, $61 million were allocated to renovate the Post Office and Courthouse as a part of federal stimulus spending; the six story, Beaux-Arts building opened in 1937. The Consulate-General of Mexico in San Antonio is located at 127 Navarro Street in Downtown.
Greyhound Lines operates the San Antonio Station at 500 North St. Marys Street. VIA Metropolitan Transit operates an Information Center at 211 W. Commerce Street, its Main Executive Office, called The Grand, at 123 N. Medina Street, Ellis Alley Park & Ride, Centro Plaza, the company's main transit facility, located across from the Grand. Both Centro Plaza and The Grand are located in the Cattleman Square District of Downtown. Amtrak operates a train station in St. Paul's Square. Since Downtown is located at the City's geographical center, Interstate Highways 10, 35, 37 combine to form a Downtown Circulator, which surrounds Downtown San Antonio. IH35 borders Downtown S. A. to the north and west, IH10 to the south and west, IH37 along the east end. Downtown is within the San Antonio Independent School District, headquartered in there. Austin Academy, a PreK-8 school, serves parts of northern Downtown. Bonham Elementary School, an elementary school which will become PreK-8 by 2009, is south of Downtown and serves southern Downtown.
Bowden Elementary School, east of Downtown, serves parts of northern Downtown. Middle schools serving sections of Downtown include Tafolla and Wheatley. Northern Downtown is in the attendance zone of Fox Tech High School in Downtown, while southern parts are zoned to Brackenridge High School, south of Downtown. Navarro High School, a magnet school, is adjacent to Downtown; the University of Texas at San Antonio has both its Downtown and HemisFair Park campuses in the downtown area. Trinity University is a private undergraduate, liberal arts college in midtown San Antonio five miles due north of downtown; the six-story Central Library, a branch of the San Antonio Public Library system, is located at 600 Soledad Street. SAPL operates a library portal located at the Briscoe Western Art Museum on Market Street. BiblioTech digital public library has a satellite branch at the Bexar County Courthouse in the Central Jury Room; the Alamo Mission in San Antonio, located in Downtown, is Texas' top tourist attraction.
Because of the mission, San Antonio is called the "Alamo City". The River Walk, which meanders through the Downtown area, is the city's second-most-visited attraction, it was one of the first restorations of an urban river. Lined with numerous shops and restaurants, as well as the Arneson River Theater, this attraction is transformed into an impressive festival of lights d
Tower Life Building
The Tower Life Building is a landmark and historic building in Downtown San Antonio, Texas, USA. Construction of the tower began in 1927 and the building rises 403 feet and has 30 floors; the building, which opened in 1929, was named the Smith-Young Tower and is the central component of a completed development called the Bowen Island Skyscrapers. The eight sided, neo-gothic brick and terra-cotta tower was designed by noted local architectural firm Ayres & Ayres; the building housed San Antonio's first Sears and Company store in its lowest 6 levels. The other completed building in the development is the former Plaza Hotel, which opened in 1927; the property became the local outlet of Hilton Hotels in 1956 and was converted into the Granada Apartments in 1966. Subsequent structures in the development were never built as a direct result of the Stock Market Crash of 1929 and the Great Depression. In the 1940s the building was renamed the Transit Tower for the San Antonio Transit Company, which the Smith Brothers purchased in 1943.
In 1953 a television transmission tower was added to the structure. Renovations in 2010 removed the obsolete television mast in favor of the tower's original design, a copper tophouse with a 100 ft tall flagpole; the building is now named for Tower Life Insurance Company. In 1991 the building was placed on the National Register of Historic Places. Tower of the Americas Menger Hotel Emily D. West National Register nomination, Smith Young Tower, prepared by Stephanie Hetos Cocke, 1991. Stephanie Hetos Cocke, "Atlee B. and Robert M. Ayres," Texas Architect, November–December 1989
San Antonio River Walk
The San Antonio River Walk is a city park and network of walkways along the banks of the San Antonio River, one story beneath the streets of San Antonio, United States. Lined by bars, restaurants, public artwork, the five historic missions, the River Walk is an important part of the city's urban fabric and a tourist attraction in its own right; the River Walk is a successful special-case pedestrian street, one level down from the automobile street. The River Walk winds and loops under bridges as two parallel sidewalks lined with restaurants and shops, connecting the major tourist draws from the Shops at Rivercenter, to the Arneson River Theatre, to Marriage Island, to La Villita, to HemisFair Park, to the Tower Life Building, to the San Antonio Museum of Art, to the Pearl and the city's five Spanish colonial missions, which have been named a World Heritage Site, including the Alamo. During the annual springtime Fiesta San Antonio, the River Parade features flowery floats that float down the river.
In September 1921, a disastrous flood along the San Antonio River took 50 lives. Plans were developed for flood control of the river. Among the plans was to build an upstream dam and bypass a prominent bend of the river in the Downtown area to pave over the bend, create a storm sewer. Work began on the Olmos Dam and bypass channel in 1926. No major plans came into play until 1929, when San Antonio native and architect Robert Hugman submitted his plans for what would become the River Walk. Although many have been involved in development of the site, the leadership of former mayor Jack White was instrumental in passage of a bond issue that raised funds to empower the 1938 "San Antonio River Beautification Project", which began the evolution of the site into the present 2.5-mile-long River Walk. Hugman endorsed the bypass channel idea but, instead of paving over the bend, Hugman suggested 1) a flood gate at the northern end of the bend; the bend would be surrounded by commercial development, which he titled "The Shops of Aragon and Romula".
Hugman went as far as to maintain his architect's office along the bend. Hugman's plan was not well-received – the area was noted for being dangerous. At one point, it was declared off-limits to military personnel. People were warned of the threat of being "drowned like a rat". However, over the next decade support for commercial development of the river bend grew, crucial funding came in 1939 under the Works Progress Administration which resulted in the initial construction of a network of some 17,000 feet of walkways, about twenty bridges, extensive plantings including some of the bald cypress whose branches stretch up to ten stories and are visible from street level. Hugman's persistence paid off, his plan would be put to the test in 1946, when another major flood threatened Downtown San Antonio, but the Olmos Dam and bypass channel minimized the area damage. Casa Rio, a landmark River Walk restaurant, became the first restaurant in the area in 1946, opening next door to Hugman's office. Through the following decades the network has been extended.
The first major extension of the Riverwalk was constructed by the joint venture of two general contractors Darragh & Lyda Inc. and H. A. Lott Inc. to Tower of the Americas as part of HemisFair'68. The expansion extended the Riverwalk beyond its natural banks at the horseshoe bend to the new convention center and theater by excavating much of the block bordered by Commerce, Bowie and Alamo Streets; that was the year the Hilton Palacio del Rio was built, the first of many downtown hotels that leverage their slice of urban "riverfront." A subsequent major expansion opened in 1988 that extended a branch from the 1968 extension to create a lagoon at the new Rivercenter Mall and the Marriott Rivercenter Hotel. In 1981 the Hyatt Regency San Antonio opened with a new pedestrian connector that linked Alamo Plaza to the River Walk with concrete waterfalls and indigenous landscaping. Known as the Paseo del Alamo, this river "extension" flows from Alamo Plaza into the San Antonio River through the atrium of the hotel.
This connector not only allows the hotel to market itself as being on Alamo Plaza and on the River Walk, but it provides the city with an urban park that connects the city's two largest tourist attractions. Many downtown buildings like the Casino Club Building have street entrances and separate river entrances one level below; this separates the automotive service grid and pedestrian traffic below, creating an intricate network of bridges and old staircases. The San Antonio Spurs had their five NBA Championship victory parades/cruises along the river. Expansion plans are planned for areas of the river south of Downtown; as chain restaurants and establishments have begun to flourish, now taking up about a third of commercial space, talk has begun at City Hall about limiting their existence on the River Walk and keeping a distinctively local flair. On May 30, 2009 the city opened the $72 million Museum Reach; the Museum Reach features local attractions such as the San Antonio Museum of Art and The Pearl Brewery, which has become one of the most popular areas for locals.
Two years in May 2011, the River Walk was extended by several m
Basilica of the National Shrine of the Little Flower
See the National Shrine of the Little Flower Catholic Church in Royal Oak, Michigan. The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Little Flower called Our Lady of Mount Carmel and St. Thérèse Church is a historic Roman Catholic church, located in San Antonio, Texas, USA; the church is distinguished as one of 84 in the United States bearing the papal designation of "minor basilica." Despite its religious importance it is not the cathedral of the local diocese. The Basilica is dedicated to Ste. Thérèse de Lisieux of the Child Jesus, bearing her nickname, "The Little Flower" of Jesus; the cornerstone of her basilica "was solemnly blessed and laid" on October 15, 1929. Its remarkable edifice and accompanying works of religious art are uniquely uncharacteristic of its recent construction; the Basilica is a treasury of art, master craftsmanship, relics. The Discalced Carmelite Friars began serving the surrounding parish community in San Antonio in 1926; the Basilica was thus constructed during the Great Depression and today stands as a monument to the great faith of devotees of St. Thérèse from throughout the United States and the world.
The most treasured work of art at the basilica is a painting of Ste. Thérèse, a gift from the Carmel of Lisieux to the friars of San Antonio in 1927; the saint’s blood sister Céline Martin a nun in the Carmel of Lisieux, created the model for this painting, referred to as the "Apotheosis," at the request of the Vatican during the canonization process for Thérèse, according to the Archives of Carmel in Lisieux. Another artist, Pascal Blanchard, painted several large canvases based on Celine’s model. Céline and another nun, Sr. Marie of the Holy Spirit retouched the face on each copy. One of these paintings was the standard carried in the procession to St. Peter's during the canonization ceremony on May 17, 1925; the Basilica’s painting is one of the several others that were loaned out by the Convent of Lisieux to Carmels in France for the canonization events. The painting was acquired for the friars of San Antonio by Fr. Raymon Gomez, one of the four original friars who arrived in San Antonio in 1926.
He was instrumental in bringing to fruition the friars’ dream of building a National Shrine to be dedicated to the newly canonized St. Thérèse. It’s recorded in Basilica archives that he went to France in 1927 to visit the sisters of St. Therese's Discalced Carmelite Convent in Lisieux to ask for their blessing on the project; the nuns, including St. Thérèse’s sister Pauline, prioress of Lisieux, were delighted with the idea and pledged their support. Along with their blessings, the nuns sent gifts, including autographed books and photos, printed collection cards, relics of all degrees, this beautiful portrait to grace the Shrine upon its opening; the original painting was restored with the support of the Strake Foundation of Houston and reinstalled in a place of honor in the Basilica in 2007. It is 7 ft wide by 10 ft tall, is located in the undercroft of the church. Now that the National Shrine of the Little Flower has joined the ranks of a minor basilica, the church's ecclesiastical throne has become, symbolically, a papal throne.
The throne is original to the Basilica and has been used by various visiting prelates for over 70 years. Most it has been used by the Archbishop and auxiliary bishops of the Archdiocese of San Antonio during special liturgies, such as feast day Masses and ordinations at the Basilica. List of basilicas Official website
Guinness World Records
Guinness World Records, known from its inception from 1955 until 2000 as The Guinness Book of Records and in previous United States editions as The Guinness Book of World Records, is a reference book published annually, listing world records both of human achievements and the extremes of the natural world. The brainchild of Sir Hugh Beaver, the book was co-founded by brothers Norris and Ross McWhirter in Fleet Street, London in August 1954; the book itself holds a world record, as the best-selling copyrighted book of all time. As of the 2019 edition, it is now in its 64th year of publication, published in 100 countries and 23 languages; the international franchise has extended beyond print to include museums. The popularity of the franchise has resulted in Guinness World Records becoming the primary international authority on the cataloguing and verification of a huge number of world records. On 10 November 1951, Sir Hugh Beaver the managing director of the Guinness Breweries, went on a shooting party in the North Slob, by the River Slaney in County Wexford, Ireland.
After missing a shot at a golden plover, he became involved in an argument over, the fastest game bird in Europe, the golden plover or the red grouse. That evening at Castlebridge House, he realized that it was impossible to confirm in reference books whether or not the golden plover was Europe's fastest game bird. Beaver knew that there must be numerous other questions debated nightly in pubs throughout Ireland and abroad, but there was no book in the world with which to settle arguments about records, he realised that a book supplying the answers to this sort of question might prove successful. Beaver's idea became reality when Guinness employee Christopher Chataway recommended University friends Norris and Ross McWhirter, running a fact-finding agency in London; the twin brothers were commissioned to compile what became The Guinness Book of Records in August 1954. A thousand copies were given away. After the founding of The Guinness Book of Records at 107 Fleet Street, the first 198-page edition was bound on 27 August 1955 and went to the top of the British best seller lists by Christmas.
The following year, it launched in the US, sold 70,000 copies. Since Guinness World Records has gone on to become a record breaker in its own right; because the book became a surprise hit, many further editions were printed settling into a pattern of one revision a year, published in September/October, in time for Christmas. The McWhirters continued to compile it for many years. Both brothers had an encyclopedic memory. Ross McWhirter was assassinated by the Provisional Irish Republican Army in 1975. Following Ross' assassination, the feature in the show where questions about records posed by children were answered was called Norris on the Spot. Guinness Superlatives Limited was formed in 1954 to publish the first book. Sterling Publishing owned the rights to the Guinness book in the US for decades; the group was owned by Guinness PLC and subsequently Diageo until 2001, when it was purchased by Gullane Entertainment. Gullane was itself purchased by HIT Entertainment in 2002. In 2006, Apax Partners purchased HiT and subsequently sold Guinness World Records in early 2008 to the Jim Pattison Group, the parent company of Ripley Entertainment, licensed to operate Guinness World Records' Attractions.
With offices in New York City and Tokyo, Guinness World Records' global headquarters remain in London, while its museum attractions are based at Ripley headquarters in Orlando, Florida, US. Recent editions have focused on record feats by person competitors. Competitions range from obvious ones such as Olympic weightlifting to the longest egg tossing distances, or for longest time spent playing Grand Theft Auto IV or the number of hot dogs that can be consumed in three minutes. Besides records about competitions, it contains such facts such as the heaviest tumour, the most poisonous fungus, the longest-running soap opera and the most valuable life-insurance policy, among others. Many records relate to the youngest people to have achieved something, such as the youngest person to visit all nations of the world; each edition contains a selection of the records from the Guinness World Records database, as well as select new records, with the criteria for inclusion changing from year to year. The retirement of Norris McWhirter from his consulting role in 1995 and the subsequent decision by Diageo Plc to sell The Guinness Book of Records brand have shifted the focus of the books from text-oriented to illustrated reference.
A selection of records are curated for the book from the full archive but all existing Guinness World Records titles can be accessed by creating a login on the company's website. Applications made by individuals for existing record categories are free of charge. There is an administration fee of $5 to propose a new record title. A number of spin-off books and television series have been produced. Guinness World Records bestowed the record of "Person with the most records" on Ashrita Furman of Queens, NY in April 2009. At that time, he held 100 records. In 2005, Guinness designated 9 November as International Guinness World Records Day to encourage breaking of world records. In 2006, an esti