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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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Americana: Soda Fountains

Posted by on Apr 27, 2011 in Americana | Comments Off on Americana: Soda Fountains

Okay, those of you under 30 bear with me for a few moments. Long, long ago, before a Walgreens or CVS occupied every corner, communities...

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Americana: Big Boy Restaurants

Posted by on Apr 17, 2010 in Americana | Comments Off on Americana: Big Boy Restaurants

No matter where you live in the U.S., you probably had a franchise of Big Boy near you. Where I grew up it was Shoney’s Big Boy, lots...

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Americana: Boy Scouts of America

Posted by on Feb 8, 2010 in Americana | Comments Off on Americana: Boy Scouts of America

I was a Cub Scout back in my hometown of Newport News, Va., and Mrs. Ranny Leake was my den mother. My memories of scouting are sketchy; we...

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Singer: Ella Fitzgerald

Posted by on Oct 10, 2009 in Singer | Comments Off on Singer: Ella Fitzgerald

What would you call the most popular female jazz singer over a period of 50 years? Who won 13 Grammys and sold more than 40 million albums?...

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