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One hundred and 13 years ago, my 19-year-old grandfather arrived in San Francisco on his trip to ‘see the world.’ He checked into a cheap hotel and went out to see the town. Before he could return to his room, … Continue reading

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I learned a new word the other day: syzygy.  It’s another word in English which has no vowels. It was originally an astronomical term which meant three celestial bodies in a line. On this planet, it means the three or … Continue reading

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History is not the story of the past; it is the study of the future. This photograph was taken in Juneau during the Alaska Gold Rush. About 100 years ago. It would be hard to miss the “ALL WHITE HELP” … Continue reading

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Yup, it’s a sea horse. (No Photoshop necessary.) The scientific name for the seahorse is Hippocampus which translates from the Greek as Hippos for “horse” and kampos for “sea monster.” But it is a small monster, ranging up to 14 … Continue reading

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Until the movie PATTON, in 1970, General George S. Patton, was largely a forgotten hero. But he was a man who was at the forefront of every military action from the American expedition into Mexico after Pancho Villa in 1916 … Continue reading

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If you live in New York you will recognize this as the Flat Iron Building. It was the first steel structure building in the city. In 1903. EVERYONE expected it to collapse when it rose to the Third Floor.  Why? … Continue reading

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This is the Culebra Cut in what would become the Panama Canal. The Panama Canal fascinates me because of the unique solution applied to its construction. Time after time, as the Army Corps of Engineers was digging the Canal, the … Continue reading

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In the Alaska dog racing biz, there is a prophetic expression: “unless you are the lead dog, the scenery never changes.” But that’s more than just a dog racing adage; it’s an aphorism for life.  Without a spark of originality, … Continue reading

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Ok. This is photoshop. It was done in the 1940s to stimulate the Alaska sea food market.  (“There are a lot of great steaks on this Copper River Red!  Look for them in the seafood section of your local grocery … Continue reading

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The greatest shortcoming of American education is the belief that you ‘teach for the job.’ That is, you teach the basics of what most jobs will require and ‘that’s that.’ The result? Products like this. If you are a millennial, … Continue reading

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