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Althea Gibson

Posted by on May 16, 2014 in Featured, Sports | 1 comment

Some have called Althea Gibson “the female Jackie Robinson“, and that’s pretty close. While the international tennis...

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Amadeus

Posted by on May 12, 2014 in Featured, Film | 2 comments

You wouldn’t think the rivalry between two 19th century composers would make a movie of interest to anyone, save some highbrow...

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Newport News Shipbuilding

Posted by on May 9, 2014 in Americana, Featured | Comments Off on Newport News Shipbuilding

I grew up in Newport News, and many of my friends’ parents worked at the Shipyard. After high school, many of those friends also had...

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“Jolene”

Posted by on May 7, 2014 in Featured, Songs | 1 comment

When you think about Dolly Parton, songwriting probably isn’t the first thing you think about. In fact, it isn’t the first two...

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Southwest Airlines

Posted by on Apr 22, 2014 in Americana, Featured | 1 comment

Most airlines will get you where you want to go. But as an industry, rising costs have made them a pale imitation of what they used to be....

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Carmel-by-the-Sea

Posted by on Apr 15, 2014 in Featured, Travel | 1 comment

Lots of folks outside California know little about Carmel-by-the-Sea, and no wonder. It’s not a big place to start with, with less...

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Judy Garland

Posted by on Apr 4, 2014 in Actor, Featured, Singer | 1 comment

Need an object lesson on what the tawdriness of Hollywood can do to a person? Read a biography of Judy Garland. Multiple affairs,...

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Velveeta

Posted by on Mar 10, 2014 in Featured, Food | 1 comment

The Kraft folks call it “liquid gold.” And just before the Super Bowl, we were told by the Cheese Powers-That-Be that we could...

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Cormac McCarthy

Posted by on Mar 6, 2014 in Featured, Writers | 1 comment

Most writers would love to have just one book recognized as being among the best novels of its time. Cormac McCarthy has four. Blood...

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George Lucas

Posted by on Feb 6, 2014 in Director, Featured | Comments Off on George Lucas

Let’s be honest here. What George Lucas has done to his own Star Wars franchise almost disqualifies him from this list. And yet, the...

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