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Armed with a BA in History earned in 1973 I debated between conquering the world and sitting back and taking it all in. After living for three years in Avalon, NJ I moved to Philadelphia to use my education and became a locomotive mechanic at 30th Street Station. Injured on the job after twelve years I was forced to come up with another career. After a short stint with a law firm, essentially checking out the legal game and what it was all about, I returned to school and received my Certification to teach in Pennsylvania as well as a Masters in Educational Leadership. For the next fifteen years I taught alternative school kids in both public school and lockdown settings. I left teaching to start my own custom framing business where I got Bushwacked by the economy in 2010. Since then I've been doing advertising for smaller companies, watching the last of my five kids do battle with their teen years and playing with the grandkids.

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  • The First Indy 500
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    The First Indy 500

    3 years ago

    The first Indianapolis 500 was a bit different than those we’ve seen lately. The cars lined up five abreast except for the first and last rows; the pace car occupied the pole position. Forty cars started the race;...

  • The Mary Rose
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    The Mary Rose

    3 years ago

    By the time she sank off Portsmouth harbor in 1545, the Mary Rose was obsolete: cumbersome, vulnerable to attack and ill-equipped for 16th century warfare. Fifty years earlier, however, she had been the pride of Henry...

  • The Regent Diamond
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    The Regent Diamond

    3 years ago

    The history of the Regent is similar to that of several other great diamonds. Greed, murder and remorse play a part in the beginning followed by trouble -- political, social, and personal.

  • Herblock vs Joseph McCarthy
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    Herblock vs Joseph McCarthy

    3 years ago

    “The press must speak out and, if the occasion arises, raise bloody hell.” -- Herblock

  • The Capture of Adolf Eichmann
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    The Capture of Adolf Eichmann

    3 years ago

    Daniel Silva has written an excellent series of thrillers regarding the exploits of master art restorer and sometimes Israeli spy Gabriel Allon. One of the main characters in the series is Ari Shamron, the former head...

  • Pennsylvania Dutch Hex Signs
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    Pennsylvania Dutch Hex Signs

    3 years ago

    The use of stars and circles in art and decoration goes back thousands of years. These designs of rosettes, stars, circles, and the "Tree of Life" with their connection to the sun, nature, and the celestial,...

  • The Blue Eyed Six
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    The Blue Eyed Six

    3 years ago

    It was a foolproof plan. You buy insurance policies on the life of an elderly recluse living in a hut surviving on handouts from his neighbors. He dies and your financial troubles come to an end. But what if he...

  • Simon Girty: American Frontiersman
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    Simon Girty: American Frontiersman

    3 years ago

    “[Simon Girty was] as brutal, depraved, and wicked a wretch as ever lived.” –John Heckewelder (1743-1823) an American missionary who lived and worked among the Indians of Ohio and Pennsylvania.

  • Boathouse Row
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    Boathouse Row

    3 years ago

    If you ever get to Philadelphia at some point during your visit you want to make sure you’re on the Schuylkill Expressway north of Vine St at night. When you get there look across the river towards the east;...

  • History of Covered Bridges
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    History of Covered Bridges

    3 years ago

    The covered bridge belongs in the same category as the prairie schooner and tall ship: they are picturesque but largely obsolete technologies of a formative stage of American development.

  • Casey Jones
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    Casey Jones

    3 years ago

    “Driving that train, high on cocaine, Casey Jones is ready, watch your speed. Trouble ahead, trouble behind, And you know that notion just crossed my mind.” …Robert Hunter

  • Horseshoe Curve
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    Horseshoe Curve

    3 years ago

    Before electricity and automobiles, airplanes and space travel there was the engineering marvel known as the Horseshoe Curve. Since it was constructed many highways and railroads have used the curving technology but...

  • Ephrata Cloister
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    Ephrata Cloister

    3 years ago

    Established in 1732 in the northern Lancaster County the religious society that came to be known as the Ephrata Cloister gave William Penn’s “Holy Experiment” its most extreme test.

  • Earth Day: April 22, 1970
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    Earth Day: April 22, 1970

    3 years ago

    ". . . on April 22, 1970, Earth Day was held, one of the most remarkable happenings in the history of democracy. . . “-American Heritage Magazine, October 1993.

  • Kim Jong-un: Nepotism At Its Worst
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    Kim Jong-un: Nepotism At Its Worst

    3 years ago

    Just like any 30-year old who inherits the family business, controls some nukes and has a bad haircut.

  • A Short History of Time
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    A Short History of Time

    3 years ago

    What is Time? A physicist would tell you time appears to be related to change and is only apparent to us through motion. The Present gives us the most real feel of time, though it is of no measurable duration. The Past...

  • MLK, JR.: "Letter from Birmingham Jail"
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    MLK, JR.: "Letter from Birmingham Jail"

    3 years ago

    Many leaders of Christian denominations from across the United States are gathering in Birmingham, Alabama April 14 – 15 to mark the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s “Letter from Birmingham...

  • Interstellar Travel: Is It Possible?
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    Interstellar Travel: Is It Possible?

    3 years ago

    We can get off the planet. We can even get to the moon with manned missions and send unmanned probes to the depths of the solar system. But can we get anywhere? Where is anywhere? The closest star to Earth, Proxima...

  • JFK: The Babushka Lady
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    JFK: The Babushka Lady

    3 years ago

    Everyone who was alive and old enough to be aware remembers where they were when they heard JFK was shot. I was in my seventh grade English class. It was my twelfth birthday. There have probably been as many, if not...

  • Kryptos
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    Kryptos

    3 years ago

    A 1989 sculpture by Jim Sanborn it sits in front of the Central Intelligence Agency in Langley, Virginia. There are four coded puzzles embedded in the curved copper panels of the sculptures. The codes were designed by...

  • Mordecai "Three Finger" Brown
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    Mordecai "Three Finger" Brown

    3 years ago

    Mordecai Brown overcame a childhood farm accident that mutilated his right hand. His disability notwithstanding, he became one of the greatest pitchers of his day, a member of baseball’s Hall of Fame and his 2.06...

  • William Wilson: "The Pennsylvania Hermit"
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    William Wilson: "The Pennsylvania Hermit"

    3 years ago

    After he was unable to stop the execution of his sister in Chester, PA William Wilson roamed southeastern and south-central PA living the life of a hermit. He ended up living from 1802 until his death in 1821 in a cave...

  • Nixon Posters
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    Nixon Posters

    3 years ago

    There has been something nagging at me for the longest time and I never could quite put my finger on it. All through the last election cycle, the inaction and intransigence of the Congress to date, the wars, the...

  • Medal of Honor Winner: William Carney
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    Medal of Honor Winner: William Carney

    3 years ago

    From the time Abraham Lincoln burst upon the national scene until his assassination he argued that the major issue facing the United States of America was the disintegration of the nation. Lincoln was not an...

  • Jack the Stripper
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    Jack the Stripper

    3 years ago

    Jack the Stripper was the name given to an unknown serial killer who terrorized London in much the same pattern as Jack the Ripper in 1964 and 1965. He murdered six – possibly eight – prostitutes, whose nude...

  • Last Meals of the Famous and Infamous
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    Last Meals of the Famous and Infamous

    3 years ago

    I like to eat. I don’t necessarily like to eat a lot of things, but of those things I like to eat, I like to eat them a lot.

  • The Beast: The President's Ride
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    The Beast: The President's Ride

    3 years ago

    There was a picture shown world-wide of the Presidential limousine hung up in the driveway of the Dublin embassy. A video of the Secret Service trying to execute a ‘K’ turn and get the vehicle moving quickly...

  • The Greatest Game Ever Played
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    The Greatest Game Ever Played

    3 years ago

    Rarely is it possible to discern a watershed event in the moment; usually it takes time and reflection to label something “The Greatest.” That was not the case with the 1958 NFL Championship game. As Tex...

  • The Role of the Filibuster in the Senate
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    The Role of the Filibuster in the Senate

    3 years ago

    Senator Ron Paul recently conducted a 12 hour and 52 minute filibuster, the 9th longest speech in the history of the Senate. The Kentucky Republican was delaying a final vote on the confirmation of John Brennan as CIA...

  • Why Columbus?
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    Why Columbus?

    3 years ago

    Regardless of how many people preceded Columbus to the Americas, it is only his voyages that had world-changing impact.

  • Who Is A Patriot?
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    Who Is A Patriot?

    3 years ago

    “A patriot is he whose publick conduct is regulated by one single motive, the love of his country; who, as an agent in parliament, has, for himself, neither hope nor fear, neither kindness nor resentment, but...

  • How Accurate is the Weather Forecast?
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    How Accurate is the Weather Forecast?

    3 years ago

    “You don’t need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows” Bob Dylan.

  • Ten Athletes Who Have Faced Bankruptcy
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    Ten Athletes Who Have Faced Bankruptcy

    3 years ago

    Joe Flacco, Ravens quarterback, just signed a new contract with Baltimore. He is now the highest-paid player in NFL history. That got me to thinking about the other side of the coin…

  • Gun Violence in Pennsylvania
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    Gun Violence in Pennsylvania

    3 years ago

    Second Amendment: A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.

  • The Murmansk Run
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    The Murmansk Run

    3 years ago

    If the Allies were going to defeat Germany in World War II it was imperative they keep the Soviet Union in the war. Until a western front could be established all hopes hung on the Soviets being able to maintain an...

  • Electing A Pope
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    Electing A Pope

    3 years ago

    One hundred-fifteen cardinals are going into seclusion to elect the next head of the Catholic Church. As the leader of over one billion Catholics the Pope can still have an extremely important role in global affairs as...

  • KAL Flight 007
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    KAL Flight 007

    3 years ago

    One of the most tragic incidents of the Cold War was the loss of Korean Air Lines Flight 007, a Boeing 747 jumbo jet en route from New York to Seoul via Anchorage.

  • Chip Hilton: Young Adult Sports Series
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    Chip Hilton: Young Adult Sports Series

    3 years ago

    William “Chip” Hilton is the central character in a series of young adult books written by Clair Bee. Hilton is an exceptional athlete who excels at football, basketball and baseball, but more importantly,...

  • USS Thresher: Crush Depth
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    USS Thresher: Crush Depth

    3 years ago

    Sonar operators aboard the Skylark heard a chilling sound “like air rushing into a tank,” and Thresher was no more.

  • GG1: 20th Century Workhorse
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    GG1: 20th Century Workhorse

    3 years ago

    The GG1 was a class of electric locomotives built by General Electric for the Pennsylvania Railroad and designed to operate under the catenaries of the northeastern United States.

  • Preserving Your Memories With Framing
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    Preserving Your Memories With Framing

    3 years ago

    “Take care of all your memories” said my friend Mick “For you cannot relive them…” … Bob Dylan, “Open The Door, Homer”

  • The Rhoads Opera House Fire
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    The Rhoads Opera House Fire

    3 years ago

    January 13, 1908 dawned much like any other day in Boyertown, PA, by the time the calendar flipped to January 14th 170 people, one-tenth of the town’s population, would be dead.

  • The Battle of Gettysburg at 150
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    The Battle of Gettysburg at 150

    3 years ago

    It has been 150 years since General Lee led the Army of Northern Virginia into Pennsylvania and met the Union Army in the bloodiest clash ever fought on American soil.

  • 20 Years Ago: The 1st World Trade Center Bombing
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    20 Years Ago: The 1st World Trade Center Bombing

    3 years ago

    At 12:18 p.m. on Friday, February 26, 1993 an explosion rocked the basement of World Trade Tower One – the NorthTower - and rocked the American psyche as the first attack by foreign terrorists on U.S. soil...

  • Social Security: Why Do We Refuse To Fix It?
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    Social Security: Why Do We Refuse To Fix It?

    3 years ago

    After almost 80 years of debating the pros and cons of Social Security and "entitlements" maybe we should actually make it solvent and move on to something else.

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