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RI’s new sailboat license plate on dry dock

The new sailboat license plate might be sunk.

By Kim Kalunian, WPRO News 

Rhode Island’s new sailboat license plate might be taking on water.

Last fall, the Department of Motor Vehicles unveiled a new design featuring a solid “Newport blue” background with a gold silhouette of the 1903 America’s Cup winner Reliance. At the time, the DMV said they would begin replacing the 17-year-old “wave” license plates in September of 2015.


Well, September of 2015 is almost here, but the new license plates aren’t setting sail anytime soon.

According to Marie Aberger, spokeswoman for Governor Gina Raimondo, a new license plate is set to be designed in coordination with the Governor’s statewide tourism initiative.

Aberger couldn’t say for sure that the sailboat design was sunk, but it appears to be a dry dock for now. She said a license plate design is expected to be finalized in 2016, and issuance will begin next July.

When WPRO reported on the new license plates last fall, the DMV said it was possible the new design would change with the new administration. The sailboat design was crafted by a committee made up of artists and members of Governor Lincoln Chafee’s cabinet. The Reliance design also featured a tie to Chafee’s “Discover Beautiful Rhode Island” tourism campaign.

Aberger said the new license plate will tie in with Raimondo’s $5 million dollar tourism campaign that’s currently under development.

The American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators (AAMVA) recommends re-issuing license plates every 10 years due to the lifespan of the reflective coating. Rhode Island hasn’t reissued plates since 1997, when the “wave” plates were unveiled.


Filed Under: Kim, Local News, Matt Allen, Top StoriesSours: https://www.997wpro.com/2015/08/24/ris-new-sailboat-license-plate-on-dry-dock/

Rhode Island License Plate Obsession Takes a Turn

Sunday, June 09, 2019

William Morgan, GoLocalProv Architectural Critic


Rhode Island is the most license plate obsessed state I have ever called home. And while I usually address larger issues of architecture and cities, license plates–like all designed objects–say a great deal about the society that employs them.

The current "Wave" plate was designed by Tyler Smith, a RISD graduate and internationally respected graphic designer and art director. This handsome moniker for the state speaks well for our collective visual identity.


So, it is of real interest that the Rhode Island Senate has passed a bill that would replace the Wave tag. What would its replacement look like and who would design it?

The Wave stands out as an exceptionally simple and clean design. If we retire the Wave, its successor should be something better, even more distinctive.

The Herreshoff sailboat, an alternative plate option to the Wave, is not nearly as strong an image. The yacht could not be more Rhode Island. But splitting the state name in two, and using different typefaces weaken the design's effect.

All fifty states are experiencing a boom in specialty plates. Almost any organization's request to have its own plate is granted.

These raise funds for the groups in question, but they often try to include too much information and look more like small billboards than automobile identifiers.

For example, one of the latest offerings here in the Ocean State is a tableau of animals.

While money raised from the plate will go to Rhode Island Wildlife Rehab, one wonders if a six-by-twelve-inch, the two-dimensional canvas is large enough to host squirrels, raccoons, foxes, deer, and owls in a landscape scene while still providing information to law enforcement.

Another Bristol-themed plate commemorates the nation's oldest Independence Day celebration–a fun event, to be sure.

But the bombs-bursting-in-air motif, the waving flags, and the Revolutionary War drum and the crossed flags obscure the primary function of the license plate.

Add the ability to add your own names, slogans, and secret codes, and a license plate can become a vehicle for all kinds of expression, appropriate or otherwise.

This plate spotted on Hope Street in Providence begs the question of what the Commonwealth of Virginia has to do with the Friends of Tibet.


Specialty license plates, which are usually designed by the group proposing them, are proliferating in Rhode Island.

Some, such as the conservation "osprey" plate and the Plum Beach Lighthouse are reasonably attractive.

Raising money for breast cancer research is a noble cause.

Yet having several fonts (and writing running three different directions) lessens the potential effectiveness of the Gloria Gemma tag.

Just think of a state trooper or traffic camera trying to read a license plate.

Does the Patriots plate offer too much information?

A proposed, multi-motto replacement for the Wave a couple of years ago did not win many converts.

This "Beautiful" plate was to forgo embossed letters.

Far too many states are going to flat, printed license plates. This economy measure renders tags less readable. Rhode Island should

resurrect some of the strong designs of years past? Is there any confusion about which state this plate represents?

During World II when steel was needed for the war effort, Little Rhody's plates were made of aluminum. It is hard to image a license design plate handsomer than this.

What if Rhode Island were to adopt the nation's most no-nonsense license plate design? No mottos, no political slogans, no animals, no teams, no colleges, no landscape, no sunsets, no fraternal organizations, no boats, no tourism copy–in short, no advertisements for anything but our name.

Imagine the smallest state having the courage, the self-confidence, and the style just to have RHODE ISLAND on the license plate. What an advertisement!



Will Morgan has a degree in the restoration and preservation of historic architecture from the School of Architecture at Columbia. He is the author of The Cape Cod Cottage.


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Professor J. Michael Kosterlitz

Nobel Prize Winner

In October 2016, Brown University Professor J. Michael Kosterlitz was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics. He has been at Brown since 1982.

The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences announced that it awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics 2016 to three U.S. scientists, including Kosterlitz ”for theoretical discoveries of topological phase transitions and topological phases of matter."

"They revealed the secrets of exotic matter," wrote the Academy in their October 4 release.  "This year’s Laureates opened the door on an unknown world where matter can assume strange states. They have used advanced mathematical methods to study unusual phases, or states, of matter, such as superconductors, superfluids or thin magnetic films. Thanks to their pioneering work, the hunt is now on for new and exotic phases of matter. Many people are hopeful of future applications in both materials science and electronics."

The Academy wrote:

The three Laureates’ use of topological concepts in physics was decisive for their discoveries. Topology is a branch of mathematics that describes properties that only change step-wise. Using topology as a tool, they were able to astound the experts. In the early 1970s, Michael Kosterlitz and David Thouless overturned the then current theory that superconductivity or suprafluidity could not occur in thin layers. They demonstrated that superconductivity could occur at low temperatures and also explained the mechanism, phase transition, that makes superconductivity disappear at higher temperatures.

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Barnaby Evans


Barnaby Evans is the creator of WaterFire, cited as one of America’s most important pieces of public art. Friedrich St. Florian called WaterFire the “crown jewel of the Providence renaissance.”

He has won numerous regional, national and global awards for his creation of WaterFire. The art and event has helped to transform Providence.

As his bio states, he "is also known for his photography which is included in the permanent collections of the Victoria and Albert Museum, London; the Bibliotheque National, Paris; the Musee’ d’art et d’histoire, Fribourg, Switzerland; the Addison Gallery of American Art, Andover, Massachusetts; and the Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design among others."

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John William Middendorf II

Ambassador, Investor, Musician

Ambassador Middendorf has a brilliantly diverse and legacy. Financier, ambassador, and accomplished musical composer.

He served in World War II, was an investment banker, served as the U.S. Ambassador to the Netherlands, and served as Secretary of the Navy.

Middendorf graduated from the College of the Holy Cross in 1945 with a bachelor's degree in naval science after having served in World War II as an engineering officer and navigator aboard LCS 53. He then earned an A.B. from Harvard College in 1947 and received his MBA from the Stern School of Business, at New York University in 1954.

Middendorf founded the investment banking firm Middendorf, Colgate and Company, and held a seat on the New York Stock Exchange.

“Having learned how to make money,” he writes in his memoir, “I wanted to learn how to make a difference.” He became actively involved in politics, first at the local level in Connecticut and then with the presidential campaign of Senator Barry Goldwater in 1964 as treasurer of the Republican National Committee.

During his time as Secretary of the Navy, Middendorf oversaw the establishment of the General Dynamics facility at Quonset Point, now one of Rhode Island's largest employers. He also created the Marine Corps Marathon, and its trophy for the winner has been named in his honor.

He has authored two books, Glorious Disaster: Barry Goldwater's Presidential Campaign and the Origins of the Conservative Movement and Potomac Fever: A Memoir of Politics and Public Service.

Middendorf has written more than 100 marches and the Holland Symphony which he presented to Dutch Queen Juliana on the 25th anniversary of her ascension to the throne.

For his musical efforts, Middendorf received the “Edwin Franko Goldman Award” from the American Bandmasters Association and is a member of the American Society of Composers and Performers. Other of his honors include: Navy Distinguished Public Service Award (1976); the U.S. Olympic Committee Gold Shield Award; and the State of New York's Distinguished Patriot Award (1976).

He has lived in Little Compton, Rhode Island for decades.

Source: RI Heritage, U.S.Navy

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Bill Reynolds


Reynolds' books use sports as the framework, but are deeper examinations of poverty, race, and addiction.

His book "Fall River Dreams" defined him a leading American writer who uniquely captures the intersection of sports and culture. 

“Bill Reynolds is one of the best writers around, and this book is the Friday Night Lights of high school basketball,” said Dan Shaughnessy of the Boston Globe.

"Success is a Choice," which he co-wrote with Rick Pitino, is a business "how to" book that was a New York Times best-seller.

Reynolds has written 11 books and is a sports reporter for the Providence Journal.


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John McCauley (Deer Tick)


McCauley has been a leading voice in the alternative, indie rock sphere for more than a decade. His work is a mix of rock with folk, blues, and country influences.

Along with his band, McCauley won Rock Artist of the Year at the Boston Music Awards (beating out Aerosmith) in 2013. He is married to fellow musician Vanessa Carlton -- Stevie Nicks officiated their wedding.

With Deer Tick he has produced five albums. 

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Ray Rickman

Civil Rights Leader, Business Consultant

Rickman has become the conscious of Rhode Island, calling out issues of inequity far before it was in vogue.

He served as a member of the Rhode Island General Assembly and as Deputy Secretary of State in Rhode Island. His efforts and leadership on civil rights issues have been consistent over the past 50 years.

His civil rights leadership is just one aspect of Rickman's accomplished legacy. He has owned small businesses, served as a TV talk show host, is a noted expert on books and so much more.

One of his most noted accomplishments was his critical role in helping to establish one of Rhode Island most successful tech companies - Virgin Pulse.

Today, Rickman founded and runs Stages of Freedom, an organization that provides everything from swim lessons to minority children to building a legacy of minority culture in Rhode Island.

Rickman is a true Renaissance man.

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Angus Davis


Few business innovators in America have had the success of native Rhode Islander Davis. 

He co-founded Tellme, raised more than $200M in capital, and helped to lead the company to more than $100 million in sales and 300 employees. Tellme was acquired by Microsoft for nearly $1 billion.

Now, he is trying to do it again with Upserve, formerly Swipely. The company is "the smart management assistant serving up clear guidance that makes your restaurant thrive" - a tech firm that creates an information infrastructure for restaurants. He has raised upwards of $50 million for Upserve. Davis is a leading American business thinker -- all before the age of 40.

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Terry "Mother" Moy


If the Navy SEALs are the best trained and most respected in the United State Armed Forces, Moy is the "Mother" of the SEALs.

The Newport native is the embodiment of military lore. He was a famous SEAL instructor and one of his most infamous trainees was Jesse "The Body" Venture - Seal, professional Wrestler and Governor of Minnesota. 

While most SEAL activity is undisclosed, his effort to recover Apollo 17 was globally broadcast.

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Phil West

Government Reformer

Once dubbed the Godfather of Ethics Reform, West has been the driving force in reforming governmental ethics for three decades in Rhode Island. 

His successes include a then-record fine against Governor Ed DiPrete, Separation of Powers, downsizing and modernizing the legislature, and the requirement of electronic filing of bills and making hearings accessible to the public.

He was the head of Common Cause RI for eighteen years and retired in 2006, but still remains a guiding force in reform. Two years ago, the master lever was eliminated and this year major ethics reform is moving through the General Assembly — all under the watchful eye of West.

West has taken on the most powerful forces — sometimes alone — and made Rhode Island a better place as a result.

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Richard Jenkins


Jenkins is the consummate American actor. His work ranges from everything from “The Witches of Eastwick” to “Hannah and Her Sisters” to HBO's "Six Feet Under" to his award winning role in “Olive Kitteridge”

His formative acting years took place at Trinity Repertory Company (now Trinity Rep). Jenkins then returned later in his career to help save the financially struggling theater.

He has starred and appeared in more than 80 movies and television series or movies. In 2014, Jenkins and his wife Sharon received the Pell Award for Lifetime Achievement from Trinity Repertory Company in Providence.

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Alan Hassenfeld


The former CEO and Chairman of Hasbro was a driving force in transforming the company from a toy manufacturer to an entertainment company.

Michael Jackson and slews of others came to Rhode Island to tour the company and negotiate licensing deals.

In the early 1990's he became a force in initiating ethics reform in Rhode Island. More recently, he endowed the creation of the Hassenfeld Institute for Public Leadership at Bryant University.

The Rhode Island-based Hassenfeld Foundation gave out roughly $4.7 million in donations in the most recently reported year. 

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M. Therese Antone, RSM, Ed.D


Sister Antone was born in Central Falls, and educated at Salve Regina University, Villanova University, Harvard University and MIT Sloan School of Management.

Correspondingly, she has taught almost every level of education, rising to President of Salve Regina. There, she transformed the school, and Salve Regina’s national rankings and student profile vastly improved under her leadership.

During her tenure, the University's endowment grew from $1 million to more than $50 million and the University invested $76 million on renovations and expansions and has received numerous awards for restoring the historic mansions, cottages, and gatehouses on its campus. She transformed the University and correspondingly has won countless awards for her service.

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Umberto Crenca

Artist and Entrepreneur

Artist, visionary and business leader, Crenca took a crazy idea of developing a sustainable art cluster in Downtown Providence and made it the most unimaginable success, and has become a national model. 

AS220 was founded in 1985 to "provide a local, unjuried, and uncensored home for the arts," and has grown to own and operate multiple facilities, currently providing fifty eight artist live and/or work spaces, four exhibition spaces, a print shop, a media lab including a black and white darkroom, a fabrication lab, a stage, a recording studio, a black box theater, a dance studio, and a bar and restaurant.

In 2016, Crenca was awarded Honorary Degrees from two different Rhode Island Universities.

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Carolyn Rafaelian


In July, Forbes announced its “America's Richest Self-Made Women” list for 2018 and Rhode Island’s Carolyn Rafaelian came in at #21 on the list.

The list includes Oprah Winfrey at #6, Sheryl Sandberg of Facebook at #12, Sara Blakely of Spanx tied with Rafaelian at #21, and Kylie Jenner at #27.

“Despite this crazy state, it’s possible for a Rhode Island woman to reach this self-made list. For that I am proud,” said Rafaelian, Founder and CEO of Alex and Ani in an interview with GoLocal.

“I am thrilled with my new team in place and we will continue to attract all the right people and continue to streamline the business and its efficiency. After all, we are the jewelry capital of the world!” she said.

In June, Alex and Ani hit a milestone that few companies could ever dream of achieving — it has surpassed the donation of $50 million to more than 50 non-profit partners through its Charity by Design program.

The program was created in 2011 to “spread the Alex and Ani ideal of sharing positive energy worldwide, igniting passion for the wellbeing of our planet, our communities, and our individual paths. Since 2011, Alex and Ani has donated $52.6M to organizations large and small,” she said. She no longer serves as CEO, but is a major shareholder and her legacy for innovation will continue.

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Louise Durfee

Environmentalist and Attorney

When one talks about trail blazers in Rhode Island, Louise Durfee’s image should be the first thing that comes to mind. She was the first female partner at a major Providence law firm at a time when most law firms did not employ women attorneys. She was one of a small group of Tiverton residents who joined together in the early 1970's to oppose a proposal to build a major oil refinery. 

The fight was so profound that it was featured in 1971 in Life Magazine and resulted in the founding of an organization that ultimately became Save the Bay. Again, Durfee the trail blazer.

In the 1980’s she helped to clean up the aftermath at Rhode Housing after widespread corruption was found. In 1991, Governor Bruce Sundlun named her Director of the Department of Environmental Management and just three years later, he fired her.

So she ran against him in the Democratic primary for Governor. 

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Ron Machtley 

Politician and University President

Rhode Islanders were first introduced to Ron Machtley in 1988 when he traveled around Rhode Island with a pig named Lester “Less" Pork to point out the wasteful spending of then-Congressman Fred St. Germain.

Machtley upset the 28-year veteran and Chairman of the House Banking Committee to take the Congressional seat. In 1994, he was the odds-on-favorite to win the Governorship, but was upset in the GOP primary by Lincoln Almond, who went on to serve eight years as Governor.

After his defeat, he was the surprise choice to serve as President of then-Bryant College. At first appearances it was a strange choice, but Machtley could not have turned out to be a better selection.

Under his leadership, the college transformed to a University, with massive improvements in the University’s campus, an elevation to Division I Sports, and an overall improvement in Bryant’s academic position. 

When he assumed office Bryant had a $1.7 million operating deficit and a tiny endowment. Today, the University’s endowment is nearing $200 million. Over the past 20 years, Bryant has become one of the most improved higher education institutions in America.

He stepped down at President of Bryant in 2020.

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U.S. Senator Jack Reed


If this list of greatest living Rhode Islanders had been developed twenty years ago, it might have been rich with elected officials - the likes of Senators Claiborne Pell and John Chafee, the retired John O. Pastore and Bruce Sundlun, but today there are few with the gravitas of achievement of those politicians. 

However, there is the now-senior Senator from Rhode Island, who has a national reputation as an expert on issues of national defense and is a constantly rumored to serve as the Secretary of Defense.

The former Army ranger worked his way up the political ladder as a State legislator and Congressman before winning the Senate seat of the retiring Pell.

In a time of great diverseness, he is a rare member that has conversations across the aisle.

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Trudy Coxe

Environmentalist and Historic Preservationist

Coxe has now headed three of the most most important preservation organizations in New England. As the long-time Executive Director of Save the Bay in the 1980's and 1990's, she was a powerful force in driving the preservation of Rhode Island's open space and improvements to Narragansett Bay.

Coxe lost a close race for Congress against Jack Reed, but was later appointed head of the largest Environmental Agency in New England when then-Governor Bill Weld named her head of the Massachusetts environmental agency - the Department of Environmental Protection.

After a multi-year stint in the Commonwealth, she came back to Rhode Island to lead and transform the Preservation Society of Newport.  In that role she has helped to recpaitalize and modernize the non-profit that stewards the mansions and other assets in Newport and across Aquidneck Island.

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Ken Read


No one on this list may be more accomplished in their individual field than Ken Read is to sailing. Twice the Rolex United States Yachtsman of the Year, three times leading America’s Cup yachts, and dominant in the Volvo Ocean Races for decades.

One could argue Read may be the most accomplished sailor in the world. He was a three-time college All-American at Boston University.

Today, he sails leading privately owned yachts and has been involved with the North Sail company. 

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Michael Littman


There are few computer science professors that get tapped for their celebrity for a national television commercial (see below), but Brown University’s Littman is an academic rock star.  After ten years at Rutgers he left to join the faculty at Brown 

He leads an effort called Humanity-Centered Robotics Initiative (HCRI) in which Brown University aims to become a global leader in the field of creating robots that benefit, learn from, teach, support, and collaborate with people.

One of his recent journal articles he co-wrote was titled, “Learning behaviors via human-delivered discrete feedback: modeling implicit feedback strategies to speed up learning.”

His commercial was easier to understand -- it has been viewed 550,000 times. 

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Johanne Killeen 


For decades the nicest restaurant in Providence might have been the old Rusty Scupper, but in the 1980s, Johanne Killeen and George Germon not only transformed the restaurant scene in Providence, but also proved that small cities with brilliant chefs could compete.

Food & Wine honored Al Forno for launching 'a new era of ambitious cooking in Providence [in 1980] with their thin-crusted grilled pizzas topped with superfresh ingredients.' The editors singled out Al Forno's Margarita Pizza (with house-made pomodoro, fresh herbs, two cheeses and extra virgin olive oil) as the signature item.

John Mariani, the food writer for Esquire put the new restaurant, Al Forno, on the national map by naming it the best new restaurant in America. Other food and travel magazines followed and the recognition transformed Providence, and as a result other mid-sized cities.

Al Forno put Providence on the food map and sparked many other creative and smart chefs. George Germon passed away in October of 2015. 

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Terry Murray 


It has been a number of years since Terry Murray ran one of the biggest banks in America. In 2004, Fleet Bank was acquired by Bank of America. Even today, Bank of America is headed up by a former Fleet executive -- Brian Moynihan.

In the 1990s, Fleet was a superstar financial service firm — it gobbled up bank after bank in the U.S. and in 1999 Murray and Fleet made the biggest buy - acquiring BankBoston. The new FleetBoston was a megabank. 

FleetBoston was the seventh-largest bank in the United States, as measured by assets (US$197 billion in 2003). It employed over 50,000, served more than 20 million customers globally, and revenues of $12 billion per year.

Murray grew Fleet from a small RI community bank to a global player.

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Farrelly Brothers

Movie Producers

The Cumberland brothers - Peter and Bobby - are two of the most prolific comedic movie makers in Hollywood. They created a genre of politically incorrect, slapstick humor that has generated billions in box office sales.

Their movies include Kingpin, There's Something About Mary and Dumb and Dumber --  to name a few of their 15 movies.

The Farrelly Brothers also co-wrote one of the all-time great Seinfeld episodes -- titled "The Virgin."

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Ojetta Rogeriee Thompson


In 1965 Thompson came to Providence from South Carolina to attend Brown University and never went home. Today, she serves on the 1st Circuit Court of Appeals - one of the highest federal courts in America.

She was elevated to the seat previously held by Judge Bruce Selya.  Before serving on the court she served on the District and Superior Courts in the Rhode Island Courts.

Today, she serves on the Brown Corporation, the Board for College Unbound, and Save the Bay.

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Sid Abruzzi (Johnny Morocco)


Abruzzi is known as the "godfather of the New England surf/skate mafia."

"With a face that launched a thousand spliffs, ‘The Package’ has skated, surfed, and partied over the last 50 years with no end in sight. After reaching rockstar status with Big World in the mid ’80s, Sid’s infamous Water Bros. Surf shop brought vert skating to the beaches of Newport, RI," wrote Jim Murphy in Juice Magazine.

Before ESPN's X Games (Extreme Games) or the Gravity Games were envisioned, Abruzzi was an innovator helping to create a movement and industry that was primarily a West Coast phenomenon.  

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Duke Robillard


The blues guitarist and Woonsocket native is well-known locally for co-founding Roomful of Blues, but his presence on the national stage, performing with The Fabulous Thunderbirds and recording with the likes of Bob Dylan and Tom Waits has helped make Robillard a bona fide star in American music. 

He is a two-time Grammy nominee, won the W.C. Handy Award in 2000 and 2001 for Best Blues Guitarist, and in 2007 received a Rhode Island Pell Award for Excellence in the Arts.   But don’t take our word for it — Tom Clarke with Elmore Magazine extolled Robillard’s virtues when he reviewed “The Acoustic Blues & Roots of Duke Robillard” in 2015."

“A jazz man, a front porch pickin’ blues man and one-time guitarist for Dylan. A string band, jug band, ragtime, delta, Louisiana, Appalachian folk and Jimmie Rodgers-country aficionado. A backwards traveler, but forward thinker. A writer and singer with distinct style, and a studio owner and in-demand producer. Did I miss anything? Duke Robillard may wear a handsome, if nondescript, lid lounging on the cover of The Acoustic Blues,but he almost literally wears a hundred hats—all of them damn well. It’s hard to believe any one man can be as prolific as this Rhode Island Duke of the blues,” wrote Clarke. 


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John Ghiorse


Ghiorse may be Rhode Island’s most trusted and beloved television and digital news personality of all time. The Air Force Veteran and Harvard educated weatherman studied Meteorology at Penn State. He transformed weather reporting in Rhode Island and created his own branded measure — the Ghiorse Factor.

He first joined WJAR-10 in 1968, then moved to Channel 6 for nearly a decade and then back to WJAR. He retired from Channel 10 in 2009 and joined GoLocal and helped the digital media company launch its first site in 2010. He has delivered the daily Ghiorse Factor to GoLocal for the past five-plus years. 

Ghiorse continues to be one of Southeastern New England’s most beloved news personalities.

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Eugene Lee

Set Designer

If you have watched Saturday Night Live, the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon or many a production of A Christmas Carol at Trinity Rep, you have seen the work of Eugene Lee. He is one of America’s most creative and accomplished set designers.

The Providence resident has won three Tonys for Wicked, Sweeney Todd, and Candide. He has won multiple Drama Desk Awards for Outstanding Set Design and has won an Emmy for the design of the set for Saturday Night Live.

He is a member of the American Theater Hall of Fame.

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Claire Andrade Watkins


Rhode Island has always been one of the top destinations for Cape Verde emigres — and next month, Emerson College Professor and Brown University Fellow Andrade-Watkins, who grew up in Fox Point, will have a thirty year retrospective of her work at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. 

The subject? “Our Rhode: 30 Years of Cinema by and About Cape Verdian Rhode Islanders.”

Andrade-Watkins, a PhD, is Professor of Africana and Postcolonial Media Studies at Emerson, and is a Fellow at the Swearer Center for Public Service at Brown (as well as a visiting scholar). She is the Director of the Fox Point Cape Verdean Project, President, SPIA Media Productions, Inc., and a pioneer of global, intercultural media, marketing and distribution.  Her CV of work and accomplishments is 17 pages long. 

In 2006 Dr. Andrade-Watkins released "Some Kind of Funny Porto Rican?" A Cape Verdean American Story" (SKFPR), the “popular and critically acclaimed feature documentary about the Cape Verdean community in the Fox Point section of Providence, RI, and the first in a trilogy of documentaries about this unique and important community of the Africana Diaspora,” states her Emerson bio. 

She’s won numerous awards including the 2008 Community Service Award from Fox Point Boys & Girls Club Alumni Association.

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Freidrich St. Florian


St. Florian is one of the most accomplished and varied architects in America. At one extreme he was the architect of the critically acclaimed World War II memorial in Washington, DC and on the other he designed the Providence Place Mall.

 St.Florian has won numerous awards for his architectural achievements. He is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects and a Fellow of the American Academy in Rome. His drawings are in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Georges Pompidou Centre in Paris. In 2006 he was an awarded an honorary degree from Brown University.

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Brad Read


Over the past few decades, Brad Read has built Sail Newport into a leading world class sailing education organization. Their programs vary from a partnership with the MET school  that introduces urban children to sailing to running world class sailing events. 

In 2015, Read was the driving force to bringing the Volvo Ocean Race to Rhode Island and then followed it up by leading the state’s effort to successfully bring the Volvo race back in 2017.

Read is a leading sailor, educator, facilitator, organizer and leader. His impact on Newport — and Rhode Island — has been remarkable. 

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Gordon Wood


In a scene in the movie Good Will Hunting, Matt Damon humiliates a Harvard grad student by picking apart the student’s thesis regarding Wood’s “pre-revolutionary utopia.” (see scene below)

Matt Damon aside, Wood is one of America’s most accomplished scholars on the American Revolution — he won the 1993 Pulitzer Prize for History for his work The Radicalism of the American Revolution. In 2010 he was awarded the National Humanities Medal.

He is the Alva O. Way University Professor and Professor of History Emeritus at Brown University. His list of academic awards over the past 50 years is unmatched - he is the leading Revolutionary era historian.


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Barrett Hazeltine

Business Mentor

For the past 60 years Hazeltine has been one of the most important educators at Brown University. While Brown does not have a traditional B-School like Penn’s Wharton, it does have one of the top American business mentors. According to many of the top business leaders in America, Hazeltine was a guiding influence on their careers.

A 2000 article in Brown Alumni Monthly unveiled in 2000 that 10% of the freshman class at Brown University took his “Engin. 9” class — short for Engineering 9.

Entrepreneurs as diverse as “Tom and Tom” (First and Scott, who met at Brown), Founders of Nantucket Nectars to John Koudounis, the CEO of Calamos Investment to Marques Coleman at Carlyle Group all identify Hazeltine as being a driving force in their business careers.

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John Donoghue

Brain Scientist

Donoghue is one of the leading brain science researchers and entrepreneurs in the world. At Brown, he led the enhancement and growth of the Brain Science Center and his work to develop BrainGate, a mind-to-movement system developed in Donoghue’s lab.

Donoghue has published over 80 scientific articles in leading journals including Nature and Science. His work was featured on 60 Minutes and he has served on advisory panels for the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation and NASA.

On October 2, 2018, he got another accolade that might just change the course of humanity -- "Brown scientist wins $1.5 million innovator award for new approach to decoding brain signals."

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James Woods


The Warwick native is a two-time Academy Award nominee and winner of a Golden Globe, and three-time Emmy Award winner. His acting career ranges from The Onion Field to Casino and Nixon. 

More recently his voice work has been featured on The Simpsons, Family Guy, and Stuart Little 2.

Between TV, voiceover work and movies he has played roles in more than 100 productions.

Once dubbed as a genius by Business Insider for his attendance at MIT and his reported near-perfect SAT score and IQ of 184.

Today he is a Republican activist and supported Ted Cruz for President.  He has also been the center of controversy.

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Arlene Violet


Violet was one of a group of pioneering women who changed the face of politics in Rhode Island.

Claudine Schneider had been elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1980 in the 2nd Congressional District.  Susan Farmer won the Secretary of State post two years later in 1982. Violet was the first female Attorney General in the United States when she was elected by Rhode Island voters in 1984. The new decade had ushered in a new era in Rhode Island politics. All three were Republicans.

It was her work and the work of other women that set the stage for Governor Gina Raimondo to be elected Rhode Island's first woman Governor in 2014.

Violet was defeated in her re-election bid in 1986, but her political presence continued in the state.

She was a talk radio host.

She penned two books, Convictions: My Journey from the Convent to the Courtroom and Me and the Mob, a book about the witness protection program. Violet was inducted into the Rhode Island Heritage Hall of Fame in 1996.

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Meredith Vieira


A native Rhode Islander, TV-journalist Vieira is one of the leading Portuguese Americans in the United States. She attended Lincoln School and Tufts before landing her first job in Worcester in radio and on television as a reporter at WJAR-TV in Providence.

Her hard news journalism bona fides were earned while working on the CBS news magazine West 57th, then as an investigative reporter for 60 Minutes.

Then in the late 1990s she shifted to more entertainment-focused broadcast as a co-host to The View, hosting the game show “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire,” co-hosting the Today Show and Dateline NBC. She hosted her own show, The Meredith Viera Show for two years.

More recently she has been involved with a range of event and initiatives in Rhode Island including speaking at RIC regarding her heritage — all four of her grandparents were born in the Azores. Last year, URI’s Harrington School of Communication traveled down to Viera’s show at NBC Universal.

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Leon Cooper


Brown University's Leon Cooper held the distinction as Rhode Island’s only Nobel Prize winner -- until colleague J. Michael Kosterlitz earned the honor in 2016.

Cooper won the Nobel Prize in 1972 for Physics (along with J. Bardeen and J.R. Schrieffer) for his studies on the theory of superconductivity. The winning work was completed while still in his 20s.

He has received seven honorary degrees from leading academic institutions from across the globe.

In the past few years, his work at Brown has focused on neural and cognitive sciences and has been “working towards an understanding of memory and other brain functions, and thus formulating a scientific model of how the human mind works.”

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Ernie DiGregorio


There are certain athletes who transcend the game and elevate it from sports to a higher level of entertainment.  Ernie D. was one of those rare athletes. He was am epic story, the 6 foot guard from North Providence who helped to take the beloved Providence College Friars to the final four. His skills and showmanship helped to transform the game from fundamentals to entertainment along with players like Connie Hawkins, Pistol Pete Maravich, Dr. J, and then Larry Bird, Magic Johnson and Michael Jordan. They all may have had better and longer careers, but none of them put on any better a show.

His NBA career was cut short due to injury but in his first year in the league he dazzled and won the NBA Rookie of the year. He was the third pick in the NBA draft.

For Rhode Islanders at the time his achievements were mythical. He teamed with fellow local boy Marvin Barnes and put little Providence College in the same sentence with powerhouse programs like UCLA.

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Elizabeth Beisel


Arguably the best swimmer to come out of Rhode Island, the Saunderstown native and North Kingstown high school grad first competed in the 2007 World Championships at the tender age of 14, placing 12th in the world in the 200 meter backstroke after advancing to the semi-finals. 

Beisel was the youngest member of the U.S. swim team at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, finishing just out of medal contention with a fourth place in the 400-meter individual medley and fifth in the 200 meter backstroke.  Four years later in London, Beisel made it to the Olympic podium with a silver in the 400 meter individual relay and a bronze in the 200 meter backstroke. 

The SEC Female Swimmer of the Year in 2012, Beisel won two individual national titles and was an eighteen-time All-American at the University of Florida, and a first-team Academic All-American.  According to her USA Swimming bio, the college communications major had dreams as a child of being an actress, but now has professional aspirations of being a news anchor.  As someone accustomed to being in the headlines, it’s not hard to imagine we’ll be seeing more from Beisel in the future. 

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George Wein


The Newport Jazz and Folk Festivals would not be among the top American music festivals were it not for Wein, who celebrated his 90th birthday last year. 

Trained as a jazz pianist, Wein might be Boston-born and educated, but it was the Newport Lorillards who invited Wein down in 1954 to the City by the Sea to establish the first outdoor jazz festival in the country.  Wein went on to form Festival Productions to promote large-scale jazz events, and has been well-lauded for his efforts — both nationally, and internationally.

In 1995, Wein received the Patron of the Arts Award from the Studio Museum of Harlem, and in 2004 given an Impact Award from the AARP. He was decorated with France's Légion d'honneur and appointed a Commandeur de L'Ordre des Arts et Lettres (Commander of the Order of Arts and Literature) by the French government, and has been honored at the White House twice, by Jimmy Carter in 1978 and Bill Clinton in 1993. In 2005 he was named a "Jazz Master" by the National Endowment for the Arts. He has received honorary degrees from the Berklee College of Music and Rhode Island College of Music.

GoLocal’s Ken Abrams sat down with Wein for a one-on-one last summer — read more here.


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Jeffrey Osborne


Grammy Award-winning Osborne, born and raised in Providence, came from musical lineage. His father, Clarence “Legs” Osborne was a trumpeter who played with the likes of Duke Ellington and Count Basie.  And the Osborne roots are firmly planted here — in 2012, the city named a portion of Olney Street “Jeffrey Osborne Way,” to honor him. 

Osborne’s biggest hits include “On the Wings of Love” and a duet with Dionne Warwick, “Love Power.” He wrote the lyrics for Whitney Houston’s “All at Once,”  appeared in the fundraising “We Are the World” video in 1985, and has sung the national anthem at multiple World Series and NBA finals games.

While Osborne is an international legend in his own right, his star status continues to grow and impact the community here through his charity work.  He’s done golf and softball classics, comedy nights, celebrity basketball games. And he brings in the big names, from Magic Johnson to Smokey Robinson to Kareem Abdul Jabbar — the list is extensive.  Osborne is the epitome of a “greatest Rhode Islander” — one who’s gone on to make the state proud, and keeps coming back to help use his celebrity to benefit the community. 

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Tom Ryan


Ryan helped to build one of America’s Fortune 500 top 10 companies, as CVS is a leading retail and healthcare force in America. 

More recently, the URI pharmacy grad has been involved with two of the biggest initiatives in Rhode Island in the past few years.

He and his wife Anne donated $15 million to fund the George and Anne Ryan Center on Neuroscience at URI. The effort is one of the key elements in bringing together major educational and health organizations in a broad-based neuroscience initiative in Rhode Island.

Ryan’s neuroscience gift coupled with his fundraising leadership and donations to build the Ryan Center have made him the single biggest individual donor to URI. 

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Ann Hood


Born in West Warwick and a URI grad, Hood is a best-selling novelist and short story writer; and the author of fifteen books, with her latest, The Book That Matters the Most, due out this August.

Hood has won two Pushcart Prizes, two Best American Food Writing Awards, Best American Spiritual Writing and Travel Writing Awards, and a Boston Public Library Literary Light Award. Her essays and short stories have appeared in The Paris Review, Ploughshares, and Tin House. Hood is a regular contributor to The New York Times' Op-Ed page, and is a faculty member in the MFA in Creative Writing program at The New School in New York City.  Hood’s “An Italian Wife” was recently featured as a play at the Contemporary Theater Company in South Kingstown. 

Of Hood's The Knitting Circle, The Washington Post wrote, “A wondrously simple book about something complicated: the nearly unendurable process of enduring a great loss."  Fellow best-selling writer Jodi Picoult even asked if anyone could top Hood. “Is there anyone who can write about the connections of ordinary people better than Ann Hood?" posed Picoult. 

While her reach is worldwide, Hood lives in Providence and is a fixture in the Rhode Island community.

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Bob Ballard


Ballard found the Titanic.  And yes, he was a URI undergrad and now serves multiple leading roles at URI as a Professor of Oceanography; Director, Center for Ocean Exploration; and head of the Institute for Archaeological Oceanography.

Today, the Archeological Oceanography, which he started in 2003 is a unique institute “combines the disciplines of oceanography, ocean engineering, maritime history, anthropology and archeology into one academic program.” The institute involves a broad cross section of URI faculty and includes faculty from Harvard University, the University of Pennsylvania, Florida State University, MIT and Woods Hole.

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Jonathan Nelson


Nelson is one of America’s leading investors. In an era of Wall Street mega firms, Rhode Islander Nelson has built in Downtown Providence a $40 billion private equity fund Providence Equity Group. 

Once the golden boys of private equity and lauded for putting together “the biggest deal in the world,” he and the firm have had a series of set backs.

The highest profile bump was the firm’s loss of nearly $800 million in the firm, Altegrity, that was contracted to review federal contractors like Edward Snowden.

As GoLocal previously reported, the domino effect of Snowden’s absconding with federal data bases exposed the deficiencies of Altegrity’s vetting process.

He has become more active as a philanthropist and is listed by Forbes richest in Rhode Island.

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Dennis Littky


Littky is a rebel, a disruptor, an innovator, a trouble maker, and an educator.  They made a movie about him, Newsweek has featured his schools, President Obama talks about his schools and Bill and Melinda Gates gave him millions to grow, refine and scale is model of disruption.

In 2009, Littky defied all and created an alternative college and by 2015 the Rhode Island Council on Postsecondary Education approved College Unbound as a degree-granting postsecondary option in the state.

In Rhode Island, The Met School celebrated its 20th Anniversary this past week. Thousands of students who would not have finished high school have graduated and moved on to college, business and beyond.

There may be no more accomplished innovator than Littky.

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Bill and David Belisle


Bill and David Belisle may be the best high school and youth coaches in history. Going by the statistics, the record of twenty-six consecutive state hockey championship (1978 to 2003) and a total of 32 may be a record never to be matched. Bill Belisle (the father) has coached at Mount for 42 years and his son David has been his assistant for years.

The younger Belisle made national headlines with his post-game speech to the Little League team he was coaching was defeated in the Little League World Series.

Twice their players have been selected #1 in the NHL Draft, countless others played in the NHL, and dozens played college hockey. There are movies and books on the exploits of Mount Hockey under the Belisles. 

Photo courtesy of Dave Belisle

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Nick Benson


There are few people in the world that are recognized as the very best in their craft, but Nick Benson of the John Stevens Shop in Newport is globally recognized as the best stone cutter in the world. 

Founded in 1705, The John Stevens Shop specializes in the design and execution of one-of-a-kind inscriptions in stone — the MLK Memorial, FDR’s Four Freedoms Park, and the inscription for the John F. Kennedy Memorial in Arlington National Cemetery, to name a few. 

Benson won a Genius Fellowship from the MacArthur Foundation, and was recently featured on CBS news. The John Stevens Shop is one of America’s longest continuously running businesses.

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Viola Davis


Davis is one of the most accomplished actors in the United States. She is the winner of two Tony awards, an Emmy and a SAG award as well as an Oscar.  With regard to her Emmy, she became the first African-American to win the Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series in 2015. Amazingly, she did not earn her SAG card until she was 30 years old.

Davis self-describes that she grew up in abject poverty in Central Falls and worked her way to Rhode Island College and now beyond but has been a constant force in helping Central Falls to recover from its bankruptcy and rebuilding its spirit.

She is a leading fundraiser for a range of Rhode Island causes.  Davis is the embodiment of the Rhode Island spirit and a model of how to overcome the greatest challenges to reach greatness.


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Vehicle registration plates of Rhode Island

Image Dates issued Design Slogan Serial format Serials issued Notes Blank License Plate Shape.svg1904–08White serial on black porcelain plate; "REGISTERED IN R.I." at top none1234 1 to approximately 3300 Blank License Plate Shape.svg1908–12 White serial on black porcelain plate; "RI" at right none1234 3301 to approximately 8700 Blank License Plate Shape.svg1912–17 Black serial on white porcelain plate; vertical "RI" at left none12345 1 to approximately 35000 Rhode Island 1918 license plate - Number 17056.jpg1918 White serial on black flat metal plate; "R.I. 1918" centered at bottom none12345 1 to approximately 30000 First dated plate. Blank License Plate Shape.svg1919 Black serial on white flat metal plate; "R.I. 1919" centered at bottom none12345 1 to approximately 32000 Blank License Plate Shape.svg1920 White serial on black flat metal plate; "R.I. 1920" centered at bottom none12345 1 to approximately 37000 1921 Rhode Island license plate.jpg1921 Embossed black serial on white plate with border line; "R.I. 1921" centered at bottom none12345 1 to approximately 43000 First embossed plate. Blank License Plate Shape.svg1922 Embossed white serial on black plate with border line; "R.I. 1922" centered at bottom none12345 1 to approximately 50000 Blank License Plate Shape.svg1923 Embossed black serial on white plate with border line; "R.I. 1923" centered at bottom none12-345 1 to approximately 62-000 Blank License Plate Shape.svg1924 Embossed white serial on black plate with border line; "R.I. 1924" centered at bottom none12-345 1 to approximately 86-000 Blank License Plate Shape.svg1925 Embossed black serial on white plate with border line; "R.I. 1925" centered at bottom none12-345 1 to approximately 85-000 1926 Rhode Island license plate.jpg1926 Embossed white serial on black plate with border line; "R.I. 1926" centered at top none12-345 1 to approximately 90-000 Blank License Plate Shape.svg1927 Embossed black serial on white plate with border line; "27 R.I." centered at top none12-345 1 to approximately 97-000 1928 Rhode Island licence plate.jpg1928 Embossed white serial on black plate with border line; "R.I. 1928" centered at bottom none123-4561 to approximately 108-000 1929 Rhode Island license plate.jpg1929 Embossed black serial on white plate with border line; "29–R.I." centered at bottom none123-4561 to approximately 109-000 1930 Rhode Island license plate.jpg1930 Embossed white serial on black plate with border line; "RHODE ISLAND 1930" at bottom none123-4561 to approximately 115-000 First use of the full state name. Blank License Plate Shape.svg1931 Embossed black serial on white plate with border line; "31 RHODE ISLAND" centered at bottom none123-4561 to approximately 116-000 Blank License Plate Shape.svg1932 Embossed white serial on black plate with border line; "RHODE ISLAND 1932" centered at top none123-4561 to approximately 113-000 1933 RI license plate.jpg1933 Embossed black serial on white plate with border line; "33 RHODE ISLAND" centered at top none123-4561 to approximately 117-000 1934 Rhode Island license plate.JPG1934 Embossed white serial on black plate with border line; "1934 RHODE ISLAND" centered at bottom none123-4561 to approximately 125-000 Blank License Plate Shape.svg1935 Embossed black serial on white plate with border line; "RHODE ISLAND 35" centered at bottom none123-4561 to approximately 130-000 Blank License Plate Shape.svg1936 Embossed white serial on black plate with border line; "1636 RHODE ISLAND 1936" centered at top "300TH YEAR" centered at bottom 123-4561 to approximately 140-000 Commemorated the 300th anniversary of the settlement of Rhode Island. Blank License Plate Shape.svg1937 Embossed black serial on white plate with border line; "1937 RHODE ISLAND" centered at bottom none123-4561 to approximately 148-000 1938 Rhode Island license plate.JPG1938 Embossed white serial on black plate; "R.I. 1938" at bottom noneA1234 B1 to approximately P9000 Blank License Plate Shape.svg1939 Embossed black serial on white plate; "R.I. 39" at top noneA-1234 B-1 to approximately R-5000 Blank License Plate Shape.svg1940 Embossed white serial on black plate; "R.I. 40" at bottom noneA-1234 B-1 to approximately T-4000 1941 Rhode Island license plate.jpg1941 As 1939 base, but with "R.I. 41" at top noneA-1234 B-1 to approximately W-9000 1942 Rhode Island license plate.jpg1942–43 As 1940 base, but with "R.I. 42" at bottom noneA-1234 B-1 to approximately W-8000 Revalidated for 1943 with windshield stickers, due to metal conservation for World War II. Blank License Plate Shape.svgBlank License Plate Shape.svgBlank License Plate Shape.svg1944–46 Embossed white serial on black plate; "R.I." at bottom, offset to left, with tab slots to right noneA-1234 B-1 to approximately W-5000 Validated for 1944 with orange tabs, for 1945 with green tabs, and until July 31, 1946 with red tabs. Blank License Plate Shape.svg1947 Rhode Island license plate.jpg1946–47 Embossed black serial on silver plate; "RHODE ISLAND" at bottom, with tab box between the two words noneA1234 B1 to approximately Y9999 Validated until December 31, 1946 with silver tabs, then for 1947 with white tabs. Blank License Plate Shape.svgBlank License Plate Shape.svgBlank License Plate Shape.svg1948–50 Embossed black serial on white plate; "RHODE ISLAND" at bottom, with tab slots between the two words noneA1234 B1 to Z9999 Tab-slot plates validated each year with white tabs. All-numeric serials from 1 through 10000 were reserved, while 10001 through 19999 were used on replacement plates. 12345 30001 to approximately 59000 Blank License Plate Shape.svg1950 As above, but with "50" instead of tab slots 59001 to approximately 71000 1951 Rhode Island license plate.JPG1951 Embossed white serial on black plate; "RHODE 51 ISLAND" at bottom noneA1234
12345 1951 plates revalidated for 1952 with windshield stickers. 1952 plates issued only to new registrants. Blank License Plate Shape.svg1952 As above, but with "52" instead of "51" Blank License Plate Shape.svg
1954 Rhode Island license plate.jpg1953–54 Embossed black serial on white plate; "RHODE 53 ISLAND" at bottom noneA1234 B1 to Z9999 Revalidated for 1954 with black tabs. 12345 30001 to approximately 85000 1955 Rhode Island license plate.JPGBlank License Plate Shape.svg1955–56 Embossed white serial on black plate; "RHODE 55 ISLAND" at bottom noneA1234 B1 to Z9999 Revalidated for 1956 with white tabs. 12345 30001 to 99999 Blank License Plate Shape.svgBlank License Plate Shape.svg1957–58 Embossed black serial on white plate with border line; "RHODE ISLAND 57" at top noneAB123 AA1 to
WW999 Letters I, Q and U not used in serials, and X, Y and Z used only on replacement plates.[2] Revalidated for 1958 with black tabs. 1959 Rhode Island license plate.JPG

1960 Rhode Island license plate.jpg

1959–60 Embossed white serial on black plate with border line; "RHODE ISLAND 59" at top noneAB123 AA1 to
WW999 Unused and replacement serial letters same as on 1957–58 base. Revalidated for 1960 with white tabs.
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Episode #122 Examining Our Chainplates!

The New Rhode Island License Plate: A Plea for a Dignified Design – Architecture Critic Morgan

Saturday, May 01, 2021

Will Morgan, Architecture Critic


License Plates are to Rhode Islanders what football is to Texans or what basketball is to Hoosiers. Watching, obtaining, and showing off the perquisites of auto tag privilege is a sport in the Ocean State. Where else do divorcing couples engage in court fights over an inherited low number plate? What other state has a license plate for a former Senate Majority Leader?


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The closest thing to royalty: a Lincoln and a ticket-proof tag.



Just as the Rhode Island State Police has the most distinguished uniforms of any highway patrol in the nation, the state is also blessed by a handsome license plate. Known as the Wave, our current license plate was designed by Rhode Island native, RISD graduate, and internationally famous art director, Tyler Smith.


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The Wave: a design so simple the Ocean State motto is superfluous.


Now after a quarter of a century, the wave plate is going to be replaced. Governor McKee has proposed a competition, in which Rhode Islanders will submit their own ideas for the new plate. Holding an open design contest is bold and exciting; it is also a recipe for disaster. Instead of a single design guru or a committee of visually literate judges, it appears that the public will vote for a winner from finalists. Cluttered picture scenes with seagulls and sailboats will no doubt overwhelm dignified, timeless schemes.

A license plate is more than just a way to raise revenue and identify automobiles for public safety. A license plate serves as an ambassador for the state. It is a nametag, a statement, and an inescapable advertisement for the state. Designing a post-wave plate is not to be taken lightly, especially as we may live with it until 2045 or so.


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The "Home of America's Oldest Fourth of July Celebration," with far too much going on, is a graphic mess.


One major change in the new plates is that the embossed tags will be retired in favor of digitally flat plates. While the manufacturer (3M) claims that E-Z Pass and other scanners more easily read flat plates, they are decidedly less handsome. Why should E-Z Pass and a corporation dictate this important design decision for Rhode Island?


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The recently issued six-digit tag is an unfortunate, inelegant solution. Why not three letters and three numbers, say, ABC 333?


3M dominates–some would say monopolizes–the license plate coatings market. (Before digital plates, 3M lead the campaign to have all state tags reflectorized; never mind that the reflective surfaces offer no extra appreciable measure of safety.) Since the new unstamped plates allow all manner of pictures, it will be a strong temptation to excessively clutter up these six-by-twelve-inch canvases. Just because overcrowded tags with far too much distracting material are rampant everywhere doesn't mean Rhode Island has to copy them. A plethora of mottos, landscapes, fruit, animals, maps, and symbols make legibility a joke–no wonder the scanners are challenged.


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The current Georgia plate at least four competing fonts, plus peaches and swaths of pastels. The motto is surely a violation of the First Amendment.




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The cuteness factor of a picture plate, like a Mickey Mouse watch, is bound to recede quickly.


Remember the state's Cooler and Warmer tourism campaign five years ago?  That kind of tone-deaf sensibility on the new plate could make us a laughing stock. For example, the cartoonish SAVE WILDLIFE plate suggests that squirrels, deer, and raccoons are endangered species. We need to resist the temptation to add lighthouses, quahogs, and the meaningless Ocean State motto. A license tag is, ultimately, for identification and is not a mini-billboard


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The sailboat plate looks like a high school poster: the split state name, the trite use of stars and stripes, and the clunky drawing of the graceless sailboat.


A license plate, like a classic example of industrial design, such as a steam locomotive, a 1936 Cord, or a perfectly weighted chef's knife, must be simple and devoid of superfluous ornament. Similarly, our next license plate should be a strong statement, without any embarrassing chamber of commerce boosterism.



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RHODE ISLAND. What more do you need to say?


If such restraint is impossible in our super tacky age, perhaps we could at least offer the option of retro license plates. California has done this successfully; car owners can secure the gold-on-black plates from the 1950s.


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California's retro plate: nostalgia plus extreme readability.


During World War II, when steel was limited to military purposes, Rhode Island turned to aluminum for license plates. The black on an industrial metal finish is one of the handsomest car tags ever. Simple, elegant, no-nonsense. This would be my choice for the new and ideal Rhode Island license plate. A non-reflectorized tag would be less expensive to manufacture, and the state could forgo the purchase of the digital machines.



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Industrial chic. Elegance personified.



What would this say about Rhode Island? It would announce that we are self-assured and have a refined sense of design.


GoLocal Architecture critic and license plate watcher, Will Morgan, has written about license plates for the Hartford Courant, the Louisville Courier-Journal, Slate, and other publications.


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Ask the DMV: You can still place an order for a 'Sailboat' plate

Q: Will the state continue to issue the sailboat license plate?

— Jean

A: The state’s “Sailboat” plate or the Alternative design plate (RIGL 31-3-60) will still be available even when the State Reissuance program begins next June. If you would like to order one or order a remake of one, then go to our website and download the order form (Application for Remake of License Plates). Once the form is completed, you can mail it to the Cranston DMV (600 New London Ave., Cranston, RI 02920) with a check or money order or visit any DMV Branch and place your order.

The only plates that will be reissued are the ones with the blue waves on them, except the older Antique plates that have the blue wave and the antique car stamped on them. If you have a charity plate (Friends of Plum Beach Lighthouse, Gloria Gemma Ribbon of Hope, etc.), then you will not be receiving a new state plate as well.

It’s very important that everyone makes sure that the RI DMV has the correct plate design on record for you as well as your current physical and mailing address.

Q: According to recent news accounts, those with "Wave" license plates will be required to exchange them for new plates beginning in 2020.

I have pristine "Sailboat" design plates but my registration certificate indicates a Wave design plate. I'd prefer to keep my Sailboat plates. I suspect because the record indicates Wave, I'll be required to obtain new plates.

How do you suggest I correct the record to indicate I have a Sailboat plate?

— George

A: I apologize that we have the incorrect plate design for you. Errors do occur and we like to correct them as soon as we find out. I have made the change for you on your record to reflect the correct plate design. Now you will not receive the new reissuance plates when you renew your registration.

If anyone else has found an error with their registration, license or addresses, please use the “Feedback & Questions” tab on our website (ri.dmv.gov) and let us know. You can also visit any DMV Branch or AAA Branch, if you’re a member, to update your information with the RI DMV.

— Chuck Hollis is assistant administrator for the Rhode Island Division of Motor Vehicles. Please email your questions to [email protected] with “Ask the DMV” in the subject field.

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Unique pick up by of a first issue (1904) Rhode Island No. 1 plate in September of 2014

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April 2016 expiration on Rhode Island Plum Beach Lighthouse plate

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June 2015 expiration on Rhode Island State Senate plate issued to the President of the State Senate

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March 2015 expiration on Rhode Island, sailboat base, commercial plate
December 2014 expiration on Rhode Island manufacturer plate

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February 2015 expiration on Rhode Island New England Patriots Charitable Foundation plate owned by Joe Macera of Cranston, Rhode Island
2014 expiring Rhode Island used vehicle dealer plate
December 2014 expiration on Rhode Island U.S. Senate plate used by Senator Jack Reed

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September 2014 expiration on Rhode Island suburban plate
June 2014 expiration on Rhode Island Combat Wounded plate

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June 2014 expiration on Rhode Island motorcycle plate
June 2015 expiration on Rhode Island motorcycle plate

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September 2015 expiration on Rhode Island Red Sox Foundation plate
December 2014 expiration on Rhode Island in transit plate
August 2014 expiration on Rhode Island Firefighter plate

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July 2014 expiration on Rhode Island public vehicle plate
October 2014 expiration on Rhode Island National Guard plate
December 2014 expiration on Rhode Island city plate

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November 2014 expiration on Rhode Island desinger sailboat plate
July 2014 expiration on Rhode Island taxi plate
June 2013 expiration on Rhode Island vanity plate

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June 2014 expiration on Rhode Island multi stickered plate

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2013 Rhode Island dealer plate seen in use October 2013 on older vehicle at Hershey, PA car meet
Current (October 2013) Rhode Island police plate seen in use on traffic control trailer
March 2014 expiration on Rhode Island commercial plate in use on garbage truck with Rhode Island Resource Recovery sticker

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May 2014 expiration on Rhode Island Plum Beach Lighthouse plate
Current (October 2013) Rhode Island Fire Apparatus plate seen in use on fire truck

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February 28, 2013 expiring Rhode Island boat registration sticker
February 28, 2015 expiring Rhode Island boat registration sticker placed near bow of boat next to boat serial

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April 2015 expiration on Rhode Island license plate

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July 2014 expiration on Rhode Island public vehicle plate
March 2014 expiration on Rhode Island commercial plate

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September 2014 Rhode Island expiration sticker

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September 2013 expiration on Rhode Island license plate
June 2014 expiration on Rhode Island Plum Beach Lighthouse plate
March 2014 expiration on Rhode Island U.S. Navy War Veteran plate

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June 2012 expiration on Rhode Island Plum Beach Lighthouse plate

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November 2011 expiration on Rhode Island license plate

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August 2013 expiration on Rhode Island Conservation Education plate

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June 2013 expiration on Rhode Island motorcycle plate
June 2011 expiration on Rhode War Veteran motorcycle plate

Image sent by Mike Glauboch of Butte, Montana

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June 2006 expiration on Rhode Island Help End Hunger plate

Image sent by Dani DeGuzman of Orlando, Florida

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April 2011 expiration on Rhode Island license plate

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May 2012 expiration on Rhode Island Plum Beach Lighthouse plate

Image sent by Neil Bartfeld of San Diego, California

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June 2011 expiration on Rhode Island motorcycle vanity plate

Image sent by Joe Sallmen of Fairmont, West Virginia

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February 2009 expiration on Rhode Island license plate

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October 2007 expiration on Rhode Island vanity plate

Image sent by John Ferguson of West Bay, Caymen Islands

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January 2010 expiration on Rhode Island license plate

Images sent by Jim Moini of Bergenfield, New Jersey

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April 2006 expiration on Rhode Island license plate
March 2006 expiration on Rhode Island commercial plate
September 2008 expiration on Rhode Island license plate

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December 2008 expiration on Rhode Island Governor's license plate

Image from Bob Bennett of Coventry, Rhode Island

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September 2008 expiration on Rhode Island license plate
Image sent by Norm Russo of St. Louis Park, Minnesota

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May 2005 expiration on Rhode Island vanity plate

Image sent by David Douin of Springfield, Illinois

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September 2005 expiration on Rhode Island license plate

Image sent by Jim Moini of Bergenfield, New Jersey

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November 2007 expiration on Rhode Island license plate
January 2007 expiration on Rhode Island vanity plate

Images sent by Norm Russo of St. Louis Park, Minnesota

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2005-2006 Rhode Island Safety Inspection windshield sticker. Image sent by Bruce Bufalini of Lemont Furnace, Pennsylvania

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August 2005 expiration on Rhode Island license plate.
Image sent by Eric Sivertsen of Park Ridge, Illinois

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September 2005 on Rhode Island special issue sailboat type plate.
Image sent by D'Arcy Matters of Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island

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November 2003 expiration on Rhode Island license plate.
Image sent by Eric Sivertsen of Park Ridge, Illinois

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May 2004 expiration on Rhode Island Help End Hunger plate.
Image sent by D'Arcy Matters of Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island

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January 2004 Rhode Island expiration tab.
Picture sent by Karl Denhart of Ocala, Florida

March 2004 expiration on Rhode Island sailboat special issue plate.
Image from Jeff Fazekas of Montgomery, New Jersey

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October 2003 expiration on Rhode Island license plate.
May 2001 expiration on Rhode Island all numerical serial passenger plate.
January 2004 expiration on Rhode Island vanity plate.
September 2004 expiration on Rhode Island War Veteran plate.
Images sent by Darcy Matters of Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island

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December 2003 expiration on Rhode Island Judiciary license plate.
Image sent by Danny Beard of Woodinville, Washington

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The new Rhode Island Help End Hunger license plate that has been made available in 2002.

2000 Rhode Island State Police plate seen on ebay the week of Aug. 4-10, 2002.
Unfortunately, the ends of the plate were a little clipped in the scan.

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October 2002 expiration on Rhode Island license plate.
Image sent by Norm Russo of St. Louis Park, Minnesota

March 2001 expiration on Rhode Island commercial plate brought to you by Jim Moini of Bergenfield, New Jersey

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Brought to you by Jim Palmer of Richmond, Texas

Rhode Island 2000 Purple Heart plate brought to you by Jim Moini of Bergenfield, New Jersey

Brought to you by Brian Bulk

Rhode Island plate with February 2000 expiration

Rhode Island 2001 tab from Karl Denhart of Ocala, Florida

Scanned version from Karl.

Rhode Island 2001 off eBay.
Sours: http://www.plateshack.com/y2k/Rhode_Island/riy2k.html

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