18 Airports Named After People (Including a Cartoonist)

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If you're doing any air travel this winter, chances are you'll end up spending quite a bit of time sitting in airports. During those layovers, your mind may wander. Who is this O'Hare fellow? What made LaGuardia worthy of an airport? How about Hartsfield and Jackson? Here's a look at some namesake airports whose origins you might not have known.

1. O'Hare International Airport (Chicago)

O'Hare International Airport is named after Edward Henry "Butch" O'Hare, a World War II flying ace for the Navy. O'Hare won the Medal of Honor for engaging a group of Japanese torpedo bombers in a dogfight during an attempted attack on the aircraft carrier Lexington. O'Hare and his wingman gunned down three Japanese bombers and damaging several others to ward off the potentially catastrophic attack. Sadly, O'Hare later crashed while leading a dangerous night mission off of an aircraft carrier to ward off Japanese bombers.
If you ever have a delay at O'Hare—and if you're flying through O'Hare, you're going to have a delay—check out Lieutenant Commander O'Hare's restored F6F Hellcat in Terminal 2.

Another interesting O'Hare fact: his father was a lawyer who was originally friendly with Al Capone before turning against the gangster. Unknown gunmen mowed down the elder O'Hare while he was in his car in 1939, and just last week the Chicago Police Department reopened the long-cold case in an attempt to uncover the murderers' true identities.

2. Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport used to just be named after William B. Hartsfield, whose stints in office from 1937 to 1941 and 1942 to 1962 made him the longest-serving mayor Atlanta's ever had. In 2003, the city amended the airport's name to also honor Maynard Jackson, the Atlanta mayor who helped modernize and rebuild the facility during the 1970s and "˜80s.

3. Logan International Airport (Boston)

Logan International Airport in Boston also takes its name from a military hero. General Edward Lawrence Logan was a Boston native and Harvard grad who served in the Spanish-American War and later commanded infantry in World War I.

4. Charlotte/Douglas International Airport

Charlotte/Douglas International Airport bears the name of Ben Elbert Douglas, Sr., Charlotte's mayor from 1935 to 1941. Douglas actually made his big money in the fur trade. He owned Douglas Furs, a Charlotte-based furrier, and sold the government a method for cleaning the fleece trim of bomber jackets.

5. McCarran International Airport (Las Vegas)

McCarran International Airport welcomes gamblers to Las Vegas. The slot-machine-filled airport is named in honor of Pat McCarran, who served as a Democratic Senator from Nevada from 1933 to 1954. He seems like a somewhat curious character to have a namesake international airport, since he made a name for himself in the Senate as a hard-line anti-Communist who favored strict entry quotas into the United States.

6. LaGuardia Airport (New York)

LaGuardia Airport, the smallest of the New York area's three major airports, bears the name of Fiorello LaGuardia, who served as New York's mayor from 1935 to 1945 and oversaw the airport's construction.

7. Charles M. Schulz Sonoma County Airport

Charles M. Schulz Sonoma County Airport is much smaller than the other airports on this list, but how can you not love an airport named after the creator of Peanuts? The airport's logo even features Snoopy in his full flying-ace getup. The airport is located in Santa Rosa, CA, where Schulz lived for 30-plus years.

8. William P. Hobby Airport (Houston)

The William P. Hobby Airport, Houston's older, secondary airport, is named after a former newspaperman who served as Texas' governor from 1917 to 1921. The city could have just as easily named the airport after his wife, though. In 1953, Oveta Culp Hobby became the first Secretary of what would become the Department of Health and Human Services.

9. Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport (Alabama)

Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport got its name in 2008, when the old Birmingham International Airport tweaked its existing moniker to honor Fred Shuttlesworth, an influential civil rights leader. Shuttlesworth was instrumental in founding the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and planning the Birmingham Campaign in 1963.

10. Jackson-Evers International Airport (Mississippi)

Jackson-Evers International Airport follows in the same vein as Birmingham-Shuttlesworth; the Mississippi airport is named after civil rights activist Medgar Evers.

11. Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport

Anchorage named its airport after longtime Alaska Senator Ted Stevens, who became internet famous with his "Series of Tubes" speech.

12. Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport

Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport is named after the San Jose native who has been active in a number of government offices, including Secretary of Commerce under Bill Clinton, Secretary of Transportation under George W. Bush, Congressman, and Mayor of San Jose.

13. Bradley International Airport (Connecticut)

Connecticut's busiest airport bears the name of Lt. Eugene M. Bradley, an Army pilot who crashed his P40 during a training drill when the air field was still a military base. The base's soldiers led a movement to rename the field after Bradley, and the name stuck even after the conversion to civilian traffic.

14. Eppley Airfield (Omaha)

Eppley Airfield in Omaha is named after late hotel magnate Eugene C. Eppley, but the name is equal parts tribute and thank-you note. When the airport upgraded so it could accommodate jets in 1959, a million dollars from Eppley's estate helped the cause along.

15. Lambert-St. Louis International Airport

Lambert-St. Louis International Airport also shows that it can't hurt to be proactive if you want to get your name on an airport. Albert Bond Lambert won a silver medal with the American men's golf team at the 1904 Olympics, and in 1909 he met the Wright Brothers and bought a plane from them. In 1920 Lambert shelled out $68,000 for a 550-acre plot of land just outside St. Louis and built and maintained an early airport at his own expense. After eight eventful years—Charles Lindbergh took off for Paris from Lambert Field—Lambert sold his airport to the city of St. Louis for the same $68,000 he'd paid for the land.

16. Cleveland Hopkins International Airport

Cleveland Hopkins International Airport was quite the birthday present. In 1951, the city of Cleveland officially named the airport after its founder, former city manager William R. Hopkins. The naming ceremony took place on Hopkins' 82nd birthday.

17. General Mitchell International Airport (Milwaukee)

General Mitchell International Airport takes its name from William "Billy" Mitchell, an American flying ace in World War I who is often referred to as "the father of the modern Air Force."

18. Washington Dulles International Airport

Washington Dulles International Airport is named after John Foster Dulles, who served as Secretary of State under Eisenhower and helped shape a number of American Cold War policies.

Looking to Downsize? You Can Buy a 5-Room DIY Cabin on Amazon for Less Than $33,000

Five rooms of one's own.
Five rooms of one's own.
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If you’ve already mastered DIY houses for birds and dogs, maybe it’s time you built one for yourself.

As Simplemost reports, there are a number of house kits that you can order on Amazon, and the Allwood Avalon Cabin Kit is one of the quaintest—and, at $32,990, most affordable—options. The 540-square-foot structure has enough space for a kitchen, a bathroom, a bedroom, and a sitting room—and there’s an additional 218-square-foot loft with the potential to be the coziest reading nook of all time.

You can opt for three larger rooms if you're willing to skip the kitchen and bathroom.Allwood/Amazon

The construction process might not be a great idea for someone who’s never picked up a hammer, but you don’t need an architectural degree to tackle it. Step-by-step instructions and all materials are included, so it’s a little like a high-level IKEA project. According to the Amazon listing, it takes two adults about a week to complete. Since the Nordic wood walls are reinforced with steel rods, the house can withstand winds up to 120 mph, and you can pay an extra $1000 to upgrade from double-glass windows and doors to triple-glass for added fortification.

Sadly, the cool ceiling lamp is not included.Allwood/Amazon

Though everything you need for the shell of the house comes in the kit, you will need to purchase whatever goes inside it: toilet, shower, sink, stove, insulation, and all other furnishings. You can also customize the blueprint to fit your own plans for the space; maybe, for example, you’re going to use the house as a small event venue, and you’d rather have two or three large, airy rooms and no kitchen or bedroom.

Intrigued? Find out more here.

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15 Fascinating Facts About Julia Child

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Julia Child was much more than just a bestselling cookbook author and chef. Over the course of her life, she was also a breast cancer survivor, a TV trailblazer, and a government spy. It's the famed chef's spy game that will be the focus of Julia, a new series being developed by ABC Signature and created by Benjamin Brand.

The project will draw its inspiration from Child's PBS program Cooking for the C.I.A. “I was disappointed when I learned that in this case, the C.I.A. stood for the Culinary Institute of America,” Brand told Deadline. “Cooking Secrets of the Central Intelligence Agency always seemed like a more interesting show to me. Many years later, when I read a biography of Julia Child and learned about her experiences during World War II, working for the Office of Strategic Services—the precursor to the C.I.A.—the story of Julia quickly fell into place.”

Though Julia will be a work of fiction, here are 15 facts about the beloved cook, who was born on August 15, 1912.

1. Julia Child met the inventor of the Caesar salad when she was a kid.

As a preteen, Julia Child traveled to Tijuana on a family vacation. Her parents took her to dine at Caesar Cardini’s restaurant, so that they could all try his trendy “Caesar salad.” Child recalled the formative culinary experience to The New York Times: “My parents were so excited, eating this famous salad that was suddenly very chic. Caesar himself was a great big old fellow who stood right in front of us to make it. I remember the turning of the salad in the bowl was very dramatic. And egg in a salad was unheard of at that point.” Years later, when she was a famous chef in her own right, Child convinced Cardini’s daughter, Rosa, to share the authentic recipe with her.

2. The WAVES and WACs rejected Julia Child for being too tall.

Like so many others of her generation, Child felt the call to serve when America entered World War II. There was just one problem: her height. At a towering 6'2", Child was deemed “too tall” for both the Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service (WAVES) and Women’s Army Corps (WAC). But she was accepted by the forerunner to the CIA, which brings us to our next point.

3. Julia Child was a spy during World War II.

Child took a position at the Office of Strategic Services (OSS), which was basically the CIA 1.0. She began as a research assistant in the Secret Intelligence division, where she worked directly for the head of the OSS, General William J. Donovan. But she moved over to the OSS Emergency Sea Rescue Equipment Section, and then took an overseas post for the final two years of the war. First in Ceylon (present-day Sri Lanka) and later in Kunming, China, Child served as the chief of the OSS Registry. This meant she had top-level security clearance. It also meant she was working with Paul Child, the OSS officer she would eventually marry.

4. Julia Child helped develop a shark repellent for the Navy.

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While Child was in the Emergency Sea Rescue Equipment Section, she helped the team in its search for a suitable shark repellent. Several U.S. naval officers had been attacked by the ocean predators since the war broke out, so the OSS brought in a scientist specializing in zoology and an anthropologist to come up with a fix. Child assisted in this mission, and recalled her experience in the book Sisterhood of Spies: “I must say we had lots of fun. We designed rescue kits and other agent paraphernalia. I understand the shark repellent we developed is being used today for downed space equipment—strapped around it so the sharks won’t attack when it lands in the ocean.”

5. Julia Child got married in bandages.

Once the war ended, Julia and Paul Child decided to take a “few months to get to know each other in civilian clothes.” They met with family members and traveled cross-country before they decided to tie the knot. The wedding took place on September 1, 1946. Julia remembered being “extremely happy, but a bit banged up from a car accident the day before.” She wasn’t kidding; she actually had to wear a bandage on the side of her face for her wedding photos. The New York Review of Books has one of those pictures.

6. Julia Child was a terrible cook well into her 30s.

Child did not have a natural talent for cooking. In fact, she was a self-admitted disaster in the kitchen until she began taking classes at Le Cordon Bleu in Paris, where she and Paul lived for several years. Prior to her marriage, Child simply fed herself frozen dinners. It was probably the safest choice; one of her earliest attempts at cooking resulted in an exploded duck and an oven fire.

7. A lunch in Rouen changed Julia Child's life.

Child repeatedly credited one meal with spurring her interest in fine foods: a lunch in the French city of Rouen that she and Paul enjoyed en route to their new home in Paris. The meal consisted of oysters portugaises on the half-shell, sole meunière browned in Normandy butter, a salad with baguettes, and cheese and coffee for dessert. They also “happily downed a whole bottle of Pouilly-Fumé” over the courses.

8. It took Julia Child nine years to write and publish her first cookbook.

Mastering the Art of French Cooking revolutionized home cooking when it was published in 1961—but the revolution didn't happen overnight. Child first began work on her famous tome in 1952, when she met Simone Beck and Louisette Bertholle. The French women were writing a cookbook aimed at teaching Americans how to make French cuisine, and brought Child on board as a third author. Nine years of research, rewrites, and rejections ensued before the book landed a publisher at Alfred A. Knopf.

9. Julia Child got famous by beating eggs on Boston public television.

Child’s big TV break came from an unlikely source: Boston’s local WGBH station. While promoting Mastering the Art of French Cooking, Child appeared as a guest on the book review program I’ve Been Reading. But rather than sit down and discuss recipe semantics, Child started cracking eggs into a hot plate she brought with her. She made an omelette on air as she answered questions, and viewers loved it. The station received dozens of letters begging for more demonstrations, which led WGBH producer Russell Morash to offer Child a deal. She filmed three pilot episodes, which turned into her star-making show The French Chef.

10. All of Julia Child's essential utensils were kept in a "sacred bag."

According to a 1974 New Yorker profile, Child carried a large black canvas satchel known as the “sacred bag.” Rather than holy artifacts, it contained the cooking utensils she couldn’t live without. That included her pastry-cutting wheel, her favorite flour scoop, and her knives, among other things. She started using it when The French Chef premiered, and only entrusted certain people with its care.

11. Julia Child survived breast cancer.

Child’s doctors ordered a mastectomy in the late 1960s after a routine biopsy came back with cancerous results. She was in a depressed mood following her 10-day hospital stay, and Paul was a wreck. But she later became vocal about her operation in hopes that it would remove the stigma for other women. She told TIME, “I would certainly not pussyfoot around having a radical [mastectomy] because it’s not worth it.”

12. Julia Child's marriage was well ahead of its time.

As their meet-cute in the OSS offices would suggest, Paul and Julia Child had far from a conventional marriage (at least by 1950s standards). Once Julia’s career took off, Paul happily assisted in whatever way he could—as a taste tester, dishwasher, agent, or manager. He had retired from the Foreign Service in 1960, and immediately thrust himself into an active role in Julia’s business. The New Yorker took note of Paul’s progressive attitudes in its 1974 profile of Julia, noting that he suffered “from no apparent insecurities of male ego.” He continued to serve as Julia’s partner in every sense of the word until his death in 1994.

13. Julia Child was the first woman inducted into the Culinary Institute of America's Hall of Fame.

Child spent her early years working for what would become the Central Intelligence Agency. In 1993, she joined another CIA: the Culinary Institute of America. The group inducted Child into its Hall of Fame that year, making her the first woman to ever receive the honor.

14. Julia Child earned the highest civilian honors from the U.S. and France.

Along with that CIA distinction, Child received top civilian awards from both her home country and the country she considered her second home. In 2000, she accepted the Legion D’Honneur from Jacques Pépin at Boston’s Le Méridien hotel. Just three years later, George W. Bush gave her the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

15. Julia Child's kitchen is in the Smithsonian.

In 2001, Julia donated the kitchen that Paul designed in their Cambridge, Massachusetts home to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History. Although it’s not possible to walk directly through it, there are three viewports from which visitors can see the high counters, wall of copper pots, and gleaming stove. Framed recipes, articles, and other mementos from her career adorn the surrounding walls—and, of course, there’s a television which plays her cooking shows on loop.