“Nothing in the world can take the place of Persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan ‘Press On’ has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.”
Bubble gum alley is a local tourist attraction in San Luis Obispo. A 70 foot long alley covered with bubble gums left by passers-by. Gross? Maybe… The tradition of sticking bubble gums in this alley started soon after WWII, by high school students and has continued to this day.
This wall is testimony to the fact that sometimes small, random acts performed unwittingly by a few people can take the form of bigger traditions over time.