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V.22 No.3 |
David Bales

on this day

On this day 1/19/1915

Georges Claude patents the neon tube

New Mexico has some of the neatest neon signs in the world, particularly those in Gallup and Albuquerque. Sometimes it seems there's a cool or just plain strange neon sign waiting to be discovered around every bend in the road. My personal favorite in Albuquerque is the wrench sign for Rupert's Plumbing on Lomas Blvd. Alibi readers however, voted the Scott's Dog Grooming sign as best neon sign in ten Best of Burque polls in a row.

On this day in 1915, Frenchman Georges Claude patented his "neon tube" in the U.S. Check out the "Neon Report" for a large collection of New Mexico examples, pictured both in their heyday and in their "fazed cookie" stage.

V.22 No.1 |

culture

On this day 1/5/81

"Yorkshire Ripper" charged with murder

On This day in 1981 Peter Sutcliffe was charged with the murders of 13 women in the county of Yorkshire, Northern England. Sutcliffe was identified as the Yorkshire Ripper, a serial killer believed to be responsible for at least 13 murders and seven maimings over a period of six to ten years. The Ripper preyed mostly on prostitutes and was the subject of many televised pleas by police for information, resulting in so many leads that authorities were overwhelmed to a degree that made the case virtually unsolvable.

The Yorkshire Ripper case is one of the inspirations behind Red Riding, an excellent trilogy of feature-length television episodes that first aired in March of 2009. Red Riding captures the bleakness of Northern England in the 70's and 80's while weaving together a dark and complex story that is not easy to forget. You may be compelled to watch the series many times, each viewing transporting you to a particular time and place in Britain.

Red Riding is available on Netflix Watch Instantly.

Peter Sutcliffe will never be released from prison.