Did you know....

MIRACLE GRO BOX

MIRACLE-GRO WAS BORN HERE

 

Miracle-Gro was first conceived by Otto Stern, a German immigrant and nurseryman from Geneva, NY.  In the 1940s, he sold plants through a mail-order service, but had problems ensuring the mailed plants survived shipment and transplanting. Stern approached Horace Hagedorn,  who worked at a New York advertising firm, to ask about buying air time on a radio program. Together, they recognized a niche market for a fast-acting liquid fertilizer, and they hired Rutgers professor O. Wesley Davidson to create a water-soluble formula. Peggy Hagedorn, Horace's wife, coined the name Miracle-Gro and they founded the Miracle-Gro company in 1950.

 

After four years, Miracle-Gro's sales had passed $500,000 annually, and Mr. Hagedorn decided to leave a successful advertising career to work  full time on Miracle-Gro. He bought out Mr. Stern in the mid-1980s, a couple of years before he died. The gardening business is now estimated to exceed $35 billion in annual sales, and Miracle-Gro's share of the home fertilizer market is estimated to be about 85 percent.

 

HOMETOWN STARS 

Two of Hollywood's notables were born raised in the Geneva area.

From Wikipedia

LAUREN HOLLY 

Born in Bristol, Pennsylvania. Her mother, Michael Ann Holly, is an art historian and the Starr Director of Research and Academic Program at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, and former professor at Hobart and William Smith Colleges. Her father, Grant Holly, is a screenwriter and professor of literature at Hobart and William Smith Colleges Holly was raised in Geneva, New York, and is a 1981 graduate of Geneva High School, where she was a cheerleader. In 1985, she earned an undergraduate degree in English from Sarah Lawrence College in New York

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She has played the roles of Deputy Sheriff Maxine Stewart in the television series Picket Fences, Director Jenny Shepard in the series NCIS, Dr. Betty Rogers on Motive, Mary Swanson in Dumb and DumberLinda Lee in Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story, Darian Smalls in Beautiful Girls, Cindy Rooney in Any Given Sunday, and Gigi in What Women Want

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