A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from May 27, 2008
Fun Central (Arlington slogan)

’Fun Central” is the Arlington Convention and Visitors Bureau city slogan, created in 2002. Arlington boasts “fun” attractions such as Six Flags Over Texas (the original Six Flags), Hurricane Harbor, the Texas Rangers baseball team and (in fall 2009) the Dallas Cowboys football team.


Wikipedia: Arlington, Texas
Arlington is a city in Tarrant County, Texas (USA) within the Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington metropolitan area. According to a U.S Census Bureau release, as of July 1, 2006 Arlington has an estimated population of 367,197. Arlington is the 7th largest city in Texas and the 49th largest city in the United States.

Located approximately 12 miles (19 km) east of downtown Fort Worth and 20 miles (32 km) west of downtown Dallas, Arlington is home to the Texas Rangers’ Ballpark in Arlington and the theme parks Six Flags Over Texas, which is the original Six Flags, and Hurricane Harbor. The Dallas Cowboys’ new stadium will also be located in Arlington. The city borders Kennedale, Grand Prairie, Mansfield and Fort Worth, and surrounds the smaller communities of Dalworthington Gardens and Pantego.

Arlington, Texas: Welcome to Fun Central
Welcome to FUN CENTRAL Arlington, Texas!!
We are your Arlington vacation resource! FUN CENTRAL - where fun is a state of mind. It’s the place to go and the place to be…

Arlington is the new home to the Dallas Cowboys and the state-of-the-art billion dollar stadium!  Centrally located between Dallas and Fort Worth, Arlington has over forty-five years of family fun and entertainment, and the ‘Excitement Is Building!’

Dallas (TX) Morning News
Arlington, Texas, Tourism Officials Get Serious over Fun.
Byline: Michael A. Lindenberger
Publication Date: 05-AUG-02
Aug. 5—ARLINGTON, Texas-Tourism officials want to remind tourists that the fun they come for is in their city and not in neighboring ones.

After all, said Linda DiMario, president of the Arlington Convention and Visitors Bureau, other cities might claim Six Flags Over Texas, the Texas Rangers or Hurricane Harbor, but those spots have Arlington addresses.

“We want to cooperate with our neighbors, but Arlington can’t allow themselves to be co-opted by the other communities in our region,” Ms. DiMario said. “Right now, our assets are being used by others as if they were their own. We have to declare ownership of Six Flags and Hurricane Harbor, for…

PR Newswire
Arlington Convention & Visitors Bureau Announces ‘Fun Central’
PR Newswire - New York
Date: Oct 1, 2002
ARLINGTON, Texas, Oct. 1 /PRNewswire/—Arlington Convention & Visitors Bureau unveiled the new brand campaign, “Arlington, FUN CENTRAL, Texas” at a tourism rally today. Held at Legends of the Game Baseball Museum, the program began with a multimedia presentation of George C. Scott’s first scene in the film, “Patton.”

Setting the military tone, Linda Howell DiMario, President & CEO of ACVB, donned a Patton costume and addressed “the troops”: Arlington City Council and staff, ACVB’s Board of Directors, and owners, operators and employees of the local tourism industry. “The brand is Arlington’s answer to an economic war, not just with our competitors, but for the hearts and minds of consumers with so many entertainment choices,” states DiMario.

6 October 2002, Fort Worth (TX) Star-Telegram, pg. 2:
The city’s Convention and Visitors Bureau has come up with “Fun Central” for Arlington, complete with new logo and ad campaign.

20 November 2002, Dallas (TX) Morning News:
The naked truth is “Fun Central, Arlington, Texas” is the new pitch for the suburb’s C&V bureau.

Posted by Barry Popik
Texas (Lone Star State Dictionary) • (0) Comments • Tuesday, May 27, 2008 • Permalink