Time to Celebrate
We are at the start of an exciting year in the history of ICHRIE! This year we mark the 70th anniversary of our beloved organization. The organization we now know as the International Council on Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Education (ICHRIE) was formed in 1946 through the efforts of a group of dedicated hospitality professionals comprised of individuals from academia, the American Hotel Association, the National Restaurant Association and the U.S. Office of Education.
ICHRIE member, Bob Bosselman (Iowa State), has long held the moniker of “ICHRIE historian” and many years ago published an article entitled “Foundations of a Professional Organization: The Birth of CHRIE.” I urge every member to read his article available on the ICHRIE website at http://www.chrie.org/about/birth-of-ichrie/index.aspx to learn how CHRIE was conceived and created.
Seventy years ago the world was a very different reality and the formation of CHRIE occurred during a year when many other historic and international events took place:
ENIAC, US 1st computer finished by Mauchly/Eckert
UN General Assembly meets for 1st time (London)
United Nations Security Council holds its 1st meeting
US president sets up CIA, Central Intelligence Agency
1st commercially designed helicopter tested, Bridgeport, Connecticut
Winston Churchill’s “Iron Curtain” speech Apr 1st - Weight Watchers forms
1st radar installed aboard a commercial ship
Tokyo Telecommunications Engineering (later renamed Sony) is founded with around 20 employees.
First US rocket (WAC Corporal) to reach edge of space fired from White Sands Missile Range New Mexico
Canadian Library Association established
SW Bell inaugurates mobile telephone commercial service, St. Louis, Missouri
Philippines gains independence from US
Louis Reard’s bikini swimsuit design debuts at Paris fashion show
Jesus T Pinerol becomes 1st native born Puerto Rican governor
Aug 1st US President Harry Truman establishes Atomic Energy Commission (AEC)
1st mobile long-distance car-to-car telephone conversation
Churchill argues for a ‘United States of Europe’
1st Cannes Film Festival ends
German rocket engineers begin work in USSR
UN Educational, Scientific, & Cultural Organization formed
First artificial snow produced from a natural cloud, Mt. Greylock, Massachusetts
First meeting of the Council on Hotel and Restaurant Education, Chicago, Illinois
UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) established (Nobel 1965)
Flamingo Hotel in Las Vegas opens (start of an era)
Pres Harry Truman officially proclaims end of WWII
We’re currently developing plans to celebrate our 70th anniversary and will unveil a special logo in the coming weeks. We most definitely will celebrate during our annual summer conference July 20-22 in Grapevine, Texas USA and I hope you will make plans to join us. In a world filled today with many negative announcements,it’s nice to mark this time of celebration.