Tag Archives: American History

Did You Know?…Noir Edition

During the editing of Ken Burns’s epic film, The Civil War, when they came to the part where Abraham Lincoln gets shot at Ford’s Theater, he and his colleagues sat there, not wanting to lay the track for the sound … Continue reading

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Those Wacky Presidents Part Three

It’s interesting what stays with you when you read, our noble list of leaders lingering like after dinner mints. Let’s begin with the short of it… James Madison, being only 5’4 weighing less that 100 pounds. Must have been like … Continue reading

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Those Wacky Presidents Part Two

There are so many fun facts about U.S. Presidents that aren’t mainstream, like JFK being allergic to Caroline’s pony, Macaroni, and how Teddy Roosevelt’s kids once brought theirs up in the White House elevator. Speaking of Theodore Roosevelt, who hated … Continue reading

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Governor Andrew M. Cuomo…Respectfully

My respect for Governor Andrew Cuomo has increased considerably. If one wants to see what’s been referred to as a War President, he certainly wears the mantle. New York, the city where I’ve lived more than half my life, is … Continue reading

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A New Year’s Promise

I find when I call changes I’d like to make in the coming year, resolutions, they never pan out. But a promise, after all, is a promise, even if it’s only to yourself. I’ve decided, I’m going to be happier. … Continue reading

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A Patriot Without a President

So, Michael Bloomberg, to quote Teddy, is tossing his hat in the ring, and I for one am glad. He was my neighbor for many years before and after he became Mayor of New York, so I got to observe … Continue reading

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The Tiers of History

As I’m rereading a book about Mickey Mantle, I don’t recall the problems he had had with Joe DiMaggio, who, as The Mick was beginning his career, Joltin Joe was ending his. I also don’t remember what a light touch … Continue reading

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History’s Greatest Hits

I had lunch with my friend Jack and his date, I’ll call Minnie, from Long Island. Jack, whenever we meet, always asks what I’m reading, so I mention a book on Benjamin Franklin, by Stacy Schiff, I’ve just reread. Minnie … Continue reading

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Sentimental History

There are so many poignant stories that aren’t mainstream, reminding us that we all possess humanity in one way or another. I’d like to share eight tender tales of lore, five about U.S. Presidents. Theodore Roosevelt wore a ring with … Continue reading

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Tweeting History

You know how much I love American History, regaling it at every opportunity.  It’s what keeps me calm during our present, being able to tiptoe back to consult with our noble predecessors. When I recently was told to shut-up by … Continue reading

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