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Historically Speaking: The Founding Father with the Loudest Voice

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By Tom Morrow John Adams was born in the British colony of Massachusetts on Oct. 30, 1735. He was a farmer and a somewhat successful lawyer, who later ...

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Historically Speaking: He Could Have Been Great

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By Tom Morrow If he had lived, James Garfield could have been one of America’s most popular and successful presidents. Unfortunately, an assassin’s bullet struck him down. He ...

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Historically Speaking: The 20th Century’s Great American Songwriter

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By Tom Morrow While a number of composers like Irving Berlin, Cole Porter, and others could be considered America’s greatest songwriter, George Gershwin has to be at the ...

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Historically Speaking: From Veep to President in 30 days

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By Tom Morrow John Tyler was our 10th president, but he was vice president under William Henry Harrison for 30 days earlier – one of those oddities of ...

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Historically Speaking: The Worst U.S. President … Or Was He?

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By Tom Morrow He was a gambler, a hard drinker and a womanizer, but did that make him a bad President? Warren Gamaliel Harding was the 29th President ...

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Historically Speaking: The Nation’s Largest Military Base More Popular than it’s Namesake

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By Tom Morrow For the past 75 years, the name “Pendleton” has become legendary because of the nation’s largest military base hugging the northern city limits of Oceanside, ...

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Historically Speaking: The Tragic, Gifted Lives of the Fitzgeralds

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By Tom Morrow If ever there was an example of success ruining two lives it was the tragic fame of F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald. Francis Scott Key ...

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Historically Speaking: The Real Tragedies of the USS Indianapolis

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By Tom Morrow Among the many tragic stories of World War II, the sinking of the USS Indianapolis resulted in a miscarriage of justice that sent its skipper ...

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Historically Speaking: Hollywood’s Utility Comedian and Oldest Freshman

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By Tom Morrow Anyone who loves old movies, especially comedies and mello-dramas made during the 1930s and 1940s, will recognize the comedy and “second-banana” roles of Jack Oakie. ...

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Historically Speaking: The Most Private Public Man Who Ever Lived

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By Tom Morrow For four decades, America’s most recognizable and popular entertainer was Johnny Carson. From 1962 until 1992, Carson’s talk-show, known as The Tonight Show Starring Johnny ...

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Historically Speaking: History Came Alive During My Life’s Journey

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By Tom Morrow Every life is about history, and, for an Iowa country boy I’ve seen and experienced more than my share of 20th century history. As a ...

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Historically Speaking: A Lot of Techno Changes Over Past 70 Years

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By Tom Morrow Over the 77 years I’ve been on this earth, more changes, advancements, and inventions have been made than nearly all of recorded history. A great ...

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Historically Speaking: America’s Favorite Funnyman

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By Tom Morrow Bob Hope was an American comedian, vaudevillian, actor, singer, dancer, athlete, and author. With a career spanning nearly 80 years, he was born Leslie Townes ...

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Historically Speaking: The Rebel Slave with a Cause

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By Tom Morrow Nat Turner, born circa October 1800, was an African-American slave who led a rebellion of fellow slaves and free blacks in Southhampton County, Va., on ...

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Historically Speaking- John Jay: America’s 1st All-Around Citizen

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By Tom Morrow John Jay was from a wealthy family of merchants, who became an attorney, one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence, a signatory on ...

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