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Director: Billy Wilder

Posted by on Oct 4, 2011 in Director, Featured | Comments Off on Director: Billy Wilder

If you’re an actor, you love it when you get to work with a director who brings out your best work. A director like Billy Wilder, who...

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TV Show: The Flintstones

Posted by on Oct 3, 2011 in Featured, TV Show | 2 comments

I bet you can probably sing at least part of the theme song. Although The Flintstones premiered on prime time more than 50 years ago (Sept....

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Sports: Joe Montana

Posted by on Oct 2, 2011 in Featured, Sports | Comments Off on Sports: Joe Montana

He wasn’t the most talented quarterback ever to play the game. But he won four Super Bowls. He didn’t accumulate the flashiest...

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Music: Duke Ellington

Posted by on Sep 30, 2011 in Featured, General, Music | Comments Off on Music: Duke Ellington

Jazz entered the popular consciousness in the 1920s, an untamed and spontaneous explosion. By the 1950s, it returned to its experimental...

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Americana: 1959 Cadillac

Posted by on Sep 29, 2011 in Americana, Featured | Comments Off on Americana: 1959 Cadillac

Ah, the fin. The fins on cars in the late fifties came in three sizes: Big, Bigger, ’59 Cadillac. The style mavens of the day minced...

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Food: Best Hot Dog (1)

Posted by on Sep 28, 2011 in Featured, Food | Comments Off on Food: Best Hot Dog (1)

First, let’s acknowledge this: The best hot dog in America is somewhere in your town. You know the place, maybe the rest of America...

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Singer: Billy Joel

Posted by on Sep 27, 2011 in Featured, Music, Singer | 2 comments

First, let me get something out of the way that’s always bothered me. Once you reach age 21, you can be Bill, William, Will –...

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Kid Stuff: Cracker Jack

Posted by on Sep 26, 2011 in Americana, Featured, Kids Stuff | 1 comment

My first question – how is that all the peanuts always fall to the bottom? They’re my favorite part of Cracker Jack, and it...

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Song: “Psycho Killer”

Posted by on Sep 23, 2011 in Featured, Music, Songs | 2 comments

“‘Psycho Killer,’ huh? Hey Mr. Great American Things guy, maybe you didn’t know that this song was such a huge hit...

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Writer: Dashiell Hammett

Posted by on Sep 22, 2011 in Featured, The Arts, Writers | Comments Off on Writer: Dashiell Hammett

Every now and again, one person comes along who changes the tide of a literary genre. Dashiell Hammett took the genteel mystery novel...

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