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Newport News Shipbuilding

Posted by on May 9, 2014 in Americana, Featured | 0 comments

I grew up in Newport News, and many of my friends’ parents worked at the...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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?...

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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...

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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...

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George Lucas

Posted by on Feb 6, 2014 in Director, Featured | 0 comments

Let’s be honest here. What George Lucas has done to his own Star Wars...

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Barn Advertising

Posted by on Jan 29, 2014 in Americana, Featured | 0 comments

Before folks traveled almost exclusively on interstate highways, when two-lane...

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Album: Songs in the Key of Life

Posted by on Jan 24, 2014 in Featured, Songs | 1 comment

The word “genius” probably gets thrown around too often, just as...

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