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Mark Twain…in and out with Halley’s Comet

Mark Twain…in and out with Halley’s Comet

By Don Radebaugh — Halley’s Comet is visible in the sky about every 75 years, the approximate duration of Samuel Langhorne Clemens’ amazing life. The fact that the famous Comet coincided with the coming and going of Clemens — AKA Mark Twain — seems to suggest he was worthy of some good old-fashioned divine intervention. In the first twist, Halley’s Comet would not have been in the sky at all had Twain been born on time;  but he was born…

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Have a seat in Lincoln’s chair…might as well…everyone else did

Have a seat in Lincoln’s chair…might as well…everyone else did

By Don Radebaugh — Good Friday turned out to be not all that good for Abraham Lincoln, unless being on the other side is better than living as we know it. Leading up to that fateful day, the stress of four years of Civil War…the price paid by three-quarter million mostly men who died…the strain was distinctly visible on Lincoln’s face on Good Friday, April 14, 1865. Despite the pain and suffering that came with his first term — including…

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Welcome to Gettysburg’s Evergreen Cemetery…enter “at night” at your own risk…a self-guided ghost tour

Welcome to Gettysburg’s Evergreen Cemetery…enter “at night” at your own risk…a self-guided ghost tour

By Don Radebaugh — Ghost walk tours have become big attractions at historical sites across the country, especially in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania where thousands of Union and Confederate soldiers fell during the three-day Battle of Gettysburg July 1-3, 1863. When the armies on both sides began leaving Gettysburg, they simply packed up what they could and marched off, leaving behind dead soldiers where they fell. The unfathomable job of dealing with the dead and wounded fell upon the locals. Rather than…

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How the Emancipation Proclamation restored my faith in humankind

How the Emancipation Proclamation restored my faith in humankind

By Don Radebaugh — I had to act fast if I wanted to see Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation. I knew it was a rare day indeed when it was somewhere other than the National Archives in Washington D.C. But a few years back, the original document went on a three-city tour of the United States. It started out east, stopped at The Henry Ford in Dearborn, Michigan for a day and concluded in Phoenix. As it turned out, The Henry…

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Three cheers for sweet 16, the Chuck Ealey story…

Three cheers for sweet 16, the Chuck Ealey story…

By Don Radebaugh  — Who wants to be a millionaire? Any takers? If the answer’s yes, then write the script for one of the greatest, yet relatively untold sports stories in American history. Actually, the script is nearly written; in fact the hard part’s already done…done by the real life players who brought the true story to life. All you have to do is arrange the words in such a way that would turn it into the major motion picture…

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Code duello anyone? Ready, fire, aim…the great Hamilton is dead

Code duello anyone? Ready, fire, aim…the great Hamilton is dead

By Don Radebaugh – Imagine this. Vice President Mike Pence challenges one of the greatest Statesman in American history to a duel. The two characters meet, and in accordance with the protocol of the code duello, Pence pulls the trigger and kills his opponent in cold blood. I know, I know…a similar scenario is too far-fetched and would never happen, except that it did. In the early morning hours of July 11, 1804, Aaron Burr, the Vice President under Thomas…

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The American experiment endures…rock on red, white and blue…

The American experiment endures…rock on red, white and blue…

By Don Radebaugh – The American experiment in democracy has proven exceptionally resilient over the centuries; in fact we know the United States is the longest enduring republic in world history. If the creation of America is a foregone conclusion now, it certainly wasn’t during the tumultuous times of the American Revolution when a ragtag, untrained American military somehow, someway defeated the most powerful military superpower (at that time) on earth. Even if America could win the war, most experts…

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Major-league salute to American hero, stock car racer Wayne Peterson

Major-league salute to American hero, stock car racer Wayne Peterson

By Don Radebaugh – He served several tours of duty during the Vietnam War, marched as part of Special Forces in the Kennedy funeral procession, interpreted foreign languages for President Nixon, went to Cuba during the Bay of Pigs, and performed missions in Iran and all over the world. He literally went into the military a mere boy, and came out a man, completely transformed through his life experiences shaped by the ravages of war. Through it all, he maintained…

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Friends and foes, Adams and Jefferson…divine intervention?

Friends and foes, Adams and Jefferson…divine intervention?

By Don Radebaugh – If there was ever an example of “divine intervention” in American history, one could arguably make the case around the deaths of John Adams and Thomas Jefferson. The two men, most responsible for the contents of the Declaration of Independence, died about five hours apart on July 4, 1826. It wasn’t just any Independence Day celebration…it was the 50th anniversary of the signing of America’s independence from Great Britain. Jefferson, 83, slipped away first, an hour…

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Meet the parents of Abraham Lincoln

Meet the parents of Abraham Lincoln

By Don Radebaugh – Ever wonder where Abraham Lincoln got his amazing mind? Evidence suggests it came from the maternal side of the equation. Meet Thomas and Nancy Hanks Lincoln, the parents of the 16th President. The image of Thomas is from an actual photo whereas the image of Nancy is an artist’s rendition of what she may have looked like. No photo of Nancy exists because she, at the age of 34, died on Oct. 5, 1818, before photography…

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