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Omaha Beach

Posted by on Jun 6, 2014 in Featured, History | 1 comment

  We have a phrase that we throw away lightly: “Hell on earth.” We have to wait in an airplane on the tarmac for two...

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History: Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima

Posted by on Oct 11, 2011 in Featured, History | 1 comment

Five Marines and a Navy corpsman raised the American flag on the worthless island of Iwo Jima near the end of World War II, and the image...

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Book: Catch-22

Posted by on Aug 8, 2011 in The Arts | Comments Off on Book: Catch-22

“Catch-22” has come to be a popular phrase that today means “a frustrating situation in which one feels trapped by...

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Americana: Duct Tape

Posted by on Jun 28, 2011 in Americana | 1 comment

What holds America together? Is it our shared history? Our common sense of purpose, of what it means to be Americans? Is it the founding...

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Film: Patton

Posted by on May 30, 2011 in Film | Comments Off on Film: Patton

It's a great movie, and George C. Scott gives a tremendous performance. In his portrayal, the scope of the general's military skills were only matched by the size of his ego.

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History: Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

Posted by on May 29, 2011 in History | Comments Off on History: Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

Several years following World War I, Congress approved the burial of an unknown soldier at Arlington Cemetery. The process for selecting...

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Americana: Life Magazine

Posted by on May 19, 2011 in Americana | Comments Off on Americana: Life Magazine

While there was an earlier (and a later) incarnation of Life magazine, this honor goes to the Henry Luce version (as in Time-Life)...

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Americana: Navy SEALs

Posted by on May 2, 2011 in Americana | 2 comments

There’s an old saying, “Don’t send a boy to do a man’s job.” Since their creation in 1961, the Navy SEALs...

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History: The Berlin Airlift

Posted by on Apr 29, 2011 in History | Comments Off on History: The Berlin Airlift

At the conclusion of World War II, both the western Allies and the Soviet Union wanted Germany under their sphere of influence. The...

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Sports: Ted Williams

Posted by on Nov 23, 2010 in Sports | Comments Off on Sports: Ted Williams

  Many baseball people consider Ted Williams the best pure hitter in baseball history. I’m certainly willing to go along with...

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