Kent State University…Never Forget May 4

Kent State University…Never Forget May 4

By Don Radebaugh — On May 4, 1970, at precisely 12:24 p.m., the Ohio National Guard open-fired on unarmed college students at Kent State University in Kent, Ohio. The students at Kent State were protesting President Nixon’s invasion of Cambodia. Nixon had campaigned on a promise to end the war in Vietnam. Then on April 30, 1970, Nixon announced on national TV his plans to invade Cambodia. College campuses across the country erupted in protest. Tension escalated across the Kent…

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Remembering stock car pioneer James Harvey Hylton…and “Tweet” too

Remembering stock car pioneer James Harvey Hylton…and “Tweet” too

By Don Radebaugh — It’s hard to imagine an ARCA stock car race without James Harvey Hylton in the garage. For those of us who have been around the ARCA tour 20-plus years, we can hardly recall a time when he wasn’t there. The same could be said for those who hung out in the NASCAR garage through the 60s, 70s and 80s. In either place, his son, James, Jr. (Tweet), was always by his side. They were inseparable. They…

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VIDEO: Back in small town America; check out Grand Rapids, Ohio…what a gem!

VIDEO: Back in small town America; check out Grand Rapids, Ohio…what a gem!

I absolutely love small town America and visit as often as I can. Small towns across America have great stories to tell, and I love discovering them. Recently, I traveled to Grand Rapids, Ohio, which is a gorgeous village situated right on the banks of the beautiful Maumee River, about a half hour west of Toledo. The old canal town, steeped in history, has tons of personality, character, charm, art, antiques and more. Restaurants, small town shops, bed & breakfasts,…

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Meet Sylvania resident “Return Jonathan Meigs Ward”… Ohio’s first known serial killer

Meet Sylvania resident “Return Jonathan Meigs Ward”… Ohio’s first known serial killer

SYLVANIA, Ohio — His full name was Return Jonathan Meigs Ward. Even the sound of it is super creepy. The story behind the name is even creepier and bizarre beyond comprehension. A sensational murder mystery that played out on the pages of the Daily Toledo Blade in 1857, culminated in the gloomy gallows of the Lucas County Courthouse that same year. But before Return Ward was swinging from a noose with thousands crowded around outside the courthouse, the relatively short…

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Let’s make a deal…welcome to Jefferson’s dinner table bargain of 1790

Let’s make a deal…welcome to Jefferson’s dinner table bargain of 1790

By Don Radebaugh — If you were paying attention in history class, you’ve probably heard about the Missouri Compromise or the Compromise of 1850; but how about the Compromise of 1790? Heard of that one? Unless you’ve seen the Broadway musical Hamilton, or you’re a student of the post-American Revolutionary period, you may not know about the earlier compromise, or in this case, a “dinner table bargain” between political friends/rivals James Madison and Alexander Hamilton, as brokered by Thomas Jefferson…

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Hail to the Secret Service, albeit 3 months too late for Lincoln

Hail to the Secret Service, albeit 3 months too late for Lincoln

By Don Radebaugh — SYLVANIA, Ohio (Jan. 22, 2018) — Most people recognize Secret Service agents as those mysterious, stone-faced guys in dark glasses and trench coats who surround the American President, full-well ready, willing and able to pour bullets into anyone intent on bringing harm to the Commander in Chief. Unfortunately for Abraham Lincoln, they showed up three months too late. Ironically, it was Lincoln, on the day he was assassinated, who put the concept of the Secret Service…

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“Over Lincoln’s dead body” … the bizarre story

“Over Lincoln’s dead body” … the bizarre story

By Don Radebaugh — When Fleetwood Lindley died in 1963, he would officially go down in history as the last person to have looked upon the face of Abraham Lincoln, albeit the “viewing” came 36 years after Lincoln’s death. Lindley was among several other witnesses who “signed off” on the 16th President before he was buried for good in 1901. Lindley was 75 years old in January of 1963 when he was interviewed for the final time. “I was allowed…

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Welcome to Lincoln’s “University of New Salem”

Welcome to Lincoln’s “University of New Salem”

By Don Radebaugh — Abraham Lincoln was largely self-taught, which makes his rise to the presidency of the United States that more incredible. Based on what we know, he had, all totaled, about a year or less of formal education, and that was all in “blab” schools during his boyhood years . They were blab schools because children would recite their lessons out loud. Writing utensils, paper, books and other essentials were scarce on the frontier so lessons were often…

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Happy Thanksgiving … “Party of one?”

Happy Thanksgiving … “Party of one?”

By Don Radebaugh — As far as favorite holidays go, it’s hard to out-run Christmas; but Thanksgiving gives ole Saint Nick a run for the money every time. No commercial pressure to buy presents for people who don’t need anything. Just the amazing warmth of family and friends and the most delicious homemade meal on earth. For a history geek like me, it also doesn’t hurt that my favorite President, that would be Abraham Lincoln if you hadn’t noticed, officially…

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Remembering Indiana’s Pat O’Connor…the untold stories

Remembering Indiana’s Pat O’Connor…the untold stories

By Don Radebaugh — Nothing ever tore through the heart and soul of North Vernon, Indiana quite like it did the day Pat O’Connor died. In the blink of an eye, he was gone, and North Vernon has not been the same ever since. How could it? Their very own hometown hero, the man that had so much promise, was no more. Had he lived, he would have more than likely become the President of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and…

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