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Bud and Chuck: Aerial adventures in WWII

Chuck Yeager is famous for breaking the sound barrier in a Bell X-1 rocket plane. That happened on Oct. 14, 1947, at Muroc Army Air Base in southern California, renamed Edwards Air Force Base in 1950. On that day Yeager … Continue reading

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A new look at an American life

Published Aug. 23, 2005 “Benjamin Franklin An American Life” by Walter Isaacson, published in 2003, stands next to Carl Van Doren’s “Benjamin Franklin,” published in 1938, long the definitive biography, as a masterly look at a masterly man. Isaacson introduces … Continue reading

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New words for the Shemanese

Published Feb. 15, 2005 Conquerors bring their culture to the land they occupy, and part of that culture is words. The white conqueror, called Shemanese by the Shawnee for the swords the Virginia military men carried, brought his language to … Continue reading

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Exploring the past in HO Gauge

I received an HO gauge train set for Christmas in sixth grade and took to it immediately. It was a Tyco HO set, a freight train with a Santa Fe F9 diesel locomotive, silver and red, with several freight cars, … Continue reading

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Waning summer near the Great Trail

The unofficial end of summer for me is the Great Trail Festival in Malvern. Yes, summer runs until the Autumnal Equinox around Sept. 21, depending on the year, but Labor Day and the start of school have long been considered … Continue reading

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