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Frank B. Adams, born in 1847, was a professional carom billiards player – in the days when you used your fingers to ‘shoot’ the ball rather than a pool cue. To shoot the ball, you placed it between your thumb … Continue reading

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As part of his duties as King of Prussia, Frederick William I, King of Prussia, (1688-1740), went to a prison in Potsdam to hear petitions for pardons. One after another the inmates came into his presence and told the king … Continue reading

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This photograph intrigues me. Why?  Because these salmon left this stream five years ago when they were fry. They have never seen a grizzly bear. But here they are giving the bear a wide berth. They know it is a … Continue reading

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One fateful day in the 1870s, the James Robinson Circus traveled to Middleton, Missouri.  As was usual in those days, the circus made a parade circuit around town.  To drum up business, management told the circus band to ride on … Continue reading

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        Two of the best known singers of all time are Elvis Presley and Jerry Lee Lewis.  But not many people know the songs that made them famous were written by Otis Blackwell.  Born in Brooklyn in … Continue reading

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Here’s a trick question:  Who was the first President of the United States. For most people the answer is obvious: George Washington. It may be obvious but it is in error.  George Washington was not the first President of the … Continue reading

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At precisely 12:02 pm, a century ago this September 16th, a massive bomb exploded on Wall Street in New York.  Just before noon, a wagon, driven by person unknown, parked on the curb beside J. P. Morgan at 23 Wall … Continue reading

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Every historical era has its acronyms, legends and heroes. If you are a millennial, it will take you a while to decipher this license plate holder. If you are over 50, it will come quickly. So will terms like carriage … Continue reading

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The single, most important reason to read history – ANY HISTORY – is because things do not change. The human character is the same today as it was in the cave.  And, since the cave, the rich have controlled 85% … Continue reading

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History is not the story of the past; it is the study of the future.  102 years ago America went through another pandemic. It was called the Spanish Flu and it killed 50 million people worldwide – 675,000 of them … Continue reading

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