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#1 A 70th anniversary is commonly known as the Platinum Anniversary.
#2 Cheetahs are the world's fastest mammals. They can run 70 mph but only for short distances.
#3 The SRP Water Temple Building served as the original home of Altier CU in 1947.
#4 Antarctica contains 70% of the world's freshwater in the form of glaciers and ice caps.
#5 Founded in 1947, Altier CU began as the vision of eight forward-thinking employees of the Salt River Valley Water Users Association.
#6 A man or woman who has lived for 70 years is called a septuagenarian.
#7 In 1947, you could mail a card or letter via the United States Postal Service for just 3 cents.
#8 By the time you turn 70, your heart will have beat over two and a half billion times!
#9 Tupperware and the "Tupperware Party" were invented by Earl Tupper in 1947.
#10 In Olympic archery, the targets are 70 meters from the archers.
#11 In 1947, the President of the United State was Harry S. Truman.
#12 In 1970, The Who became the first act to perform rock music at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York.
#13 For added realism, the hump and harness costume used in the 1923 silent movie "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" weighed 70 pounds.
#14 Copyright protection lasts for the life of the author plus an additional 70 years.
#15 In 1947, the Yankees beat the Dodgers in seven games in the first ever televised World Series.
#16 The lowest temperature ever recorded was -70 degrees centigrade in Yakutsk, Russia.
#17 The first computer "bug" was a moth that was stuck in a Harvard Mark II computer in 1947.
#18 Americans cooking the classic Irish staple, corned beef and cabbage, leads to a 70% increase is cabbage shipments during the week of St. Patrick's Day.
#19 NASCAR driver J.D. McDuffie, was known for driving car #70 and holds the record for most starts in NASCAR's top level without a win.
#20 The mummification process for the Egyptians lasted 70 days.
#21 The dinosaurs are widely believed to have been wiped out by a meteorite that crashed into the Earth 70 million years ago.
#22 The American Gaming Association estimates 70 million March Madness brackets were filled out to total $10.4 billion overall in bets.
#23 On April Fool's Day 1974, a man hauled 70 tires into the crater of a dormant volcano in Alaska and set them on fire, terrifying nearby residents into thinking the volcano was erupting again.
#24 Dark chocolate is considered healthier than milk chocolate because it contains 70% to 99% cocoa, reducing the amount of sugars, oils and other fillers.
#25 On the periodic table of elements, atomic number 70 belongs to Ytterbium, a metallic element in the Lanthanide series.
#26 70% of pet owners, at least occasionally, let their pets sleep in their bed.
#27 Joey Chestnut set the world record for eating grilled cheese sandwiches in 2006, eating 47 sandwiches in 10 minutes.
#28 More than 70% of people who file a tax return receive a refund.
#29 70 members attended the first annual meeting of the CU on August 6, 1947. Ralph Brooks was elected as the first president.
#30 The Polaroid camera was invented in 1947 by Edwin H. Land.
Founded in 1947, Altier began as the vision of eight forward-thinking employees of the Salt River Valley Water Users Association.
The Water Temple Building (pictured left), was built in
1920, and served as the original home of Altier Credit Union.
Image Courtesy of SRP Research Archives
Today, membership has expanded to over 18,000 members and is open to anyone who lives, works, worships, or attends school in Maricopa County, Page and St. Johns AZ.
With five full-service branches in Arizona and a network of over 80,000 surcharge-free ATMs nationwide, Altier provides a complete line of financial services. We're trusted, strong and local - just as we've always been!