Tag Archives: history

Deer Diary

The signs in Cumberland Gap National Historic Park taught me some things about Daniel Boone. He was a longhunter, which means he would go on hunting expeditions that lasted a long time. The lesson on the sign also said that … Continue reading

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Silent Partner

According to the Facebook page for Silent Heroes of the Cold War, construction will begin next month on the long-awaited monument to 14 men who died in a plane crash on November 17, 1955. The plane was flying from Burbank … Continue reading

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Peabrain Peabody

A TV commercial for Mr. Peabody & Sherman disappointed me. The ad included two butt jokes, easily the lowest rung of the comedy ladder. After all, everyone poops. If there are two butt jokes just in the ad for Mr. … Continue reading

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Bowyer, Fletcher & Smith

A listener named Diane stopped by my remote broadcast at Weigel’s in Newport last week. She gave me an arrowhead that she found in the lake-bed of Douglas Lake when the water level was low. As you can imagine, I was … Continue reading

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How ‘Bout Dem Cowboys?

A friend of mine is friends with a respected actor. A couple of months ago, my friend told me that her friend was raving about Matthew McConaughey’s performance in an upcoming film. I’m sure she told me what it was … Continue reading

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Magna Carter

Fr. David Carter was actually transferred to Saints Peter and Paul Basilica over a month ago. The parishioners of All Saints Catholic Parish had a chance to say goodbye last night. Fr. David celebrated the 5:00 p.m. Mass at All Saints. There … Continue reading

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Oh, You Betchya, Yah!

The Pioneer Press published an article about Frank Murphy reopening in downtown White Bear Lake. They are referring to a high-fashion clothing store that originally opened in St. Paul, Minnesota, in 1931. Intrigued by the name, I clicked around their … Continue reading

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Sesquintessence

Google impressed me today with their Google Cultural Institute. In honor of the sesquicentennial of the Gettysburg Address, they posted a link to their digital exhibits about the historic speech. It was my first experience with the GCI. My wife … Continue reading

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November the Time

This weekend, a show that airs on public radio stations celebrated the anniversary of the first regular radio broadcast. On November 2, 1920, KDKA received its license and broadcast the presidential election returns. Appropriately titled Weekend Radio with Robert Conrad, … Continue reading

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Butcher Block

The opening of Face the Nation caught my attention as I was channel flipping on Sunday morning. I don’t usually watch the show but they teased an upcoming segment about the 50th anniversary of the assassination of John F. Kennedy that … Continue reading

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WOTW, Grover’s Mill

This week’s episode of American Experience on PBS commemorates the 75th anniversary of the classic 1938 radio broadcast of The War of the Worlds. I watched the show, as well as some great bonus footage, on the show’s website. I … Continue reading

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Well Struck, Sir

Excitement over baseball is in the air, or at least it is thick on my social media fans. A lot of my friends are either St. Louis Cardinals fans or Los Angeles Dodgers fans. There are some Detroit Tigers fans … Continue reading

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Roman Minutes

The Diocese of Knoxville’s Eucharistic Congress is underway at the Sevierville Convention Center. On Friday evening, Bishop Richard Stika and Cardinal Justin Rigali had the crowd laughing as they began an entertaining conversation about the Cardinal’s early career. There were … Continue reading

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Family Ties

Some relatives on my wife’s side of the family stopped by for a visit this week. One of them didn’t know about my cousin Terry Hatton, who died twelve years ago today after responding to the attack on the World … Continue reading

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