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Notes and Quotes: September 29, 2018

By Tom Morrow When I was growing up, we had an elderly neighbor who was one of our town’s many colorful characters. He was a rather rotund man ...

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Historically Speaking: ‘Black Jack,’ the 6-Star General of the Armies

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By Tom Morrow World War II produced a handful of “five-star” flag officers, with “general of the army” or “fleet admiral” designations but preceding them was a lone ...

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Notes and Quotes: September 22, 2018

The Ultimate Eighth-Grade Education’ By Tom Morrow When I was growing up in the 1940-50s, the State of Iowa only required an 8th grade education before a student ...

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Historically Speaking: Douglas MacArthur: An ‘American Caesar’

Historically Speaking

By Tom Morrow He was one of the world’s greatest military leaders, yet among the most controversial: U.S. five-star Gen. Douglas MacArthur. This thumb-nail sketch is but an ...

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Notes and Quotes-September 15, 2018

Where Does This Road Take US? By Tom Morrow In 2005, I had the good fortune of traveling to Italy for another of my travel-writing excursions. Upon our ...

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Historically Speaking: The Teapot Dome Scandal

Historically Speaking

By Tom Morrow Most of us have heard of the “Teapot Dome” scandal, but what was it, where was it, and what did it involve? Teapot Dome was ...

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Notes and Quotes: September 8, 2018

Who Was That Fat Man? By Tom Morrow About 1973, I have having lunch at a rather posh restaurant in Scottsdale, Arizona. I don’t recall the reason for ...

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Historically Speaking: ‘Beau James’ – the ‘Gentleman’ Mayor of NYC

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By Tom Morrow James John Walker, born June 19, 1881, was known colloquially as “Beau James,” was mayor of New York City from 1926 to 1932. A flamboyant ...

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Notes and Quotes: August 25, 2018

More ‘Think About Its…’ By Tom Morrow SEZ ME, MYSELF & I: The SOLUTION – The cheapest and quickest way to prevent anyone from ‘hacking’ or tampering with ...

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Historically Speaking: ‘The Kingfish’ — America’s Would-Be Dictator

Historically Speaking

By Tom Morrow Huey Pierce Long Jr., born Aug. 30, 1893, was a socialist-leaning Democrat who nicknamed himself “The Kingfish” after a radio character (Amos ‘n’ Andy). He ...

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Notes and Quotes: August 18, 2018

Observations to Think About By Tom Morrow “Those people who dislike or are bored with history no doubt had a boring history teacher.” “The defining event of the ...

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Historically Speaking: The Great Depression of the 1930s

Historically Speaking

By Tom Morrow My parents lived through the Great Depression – a world-wide event that captivated the entire decade of the 1930s. My parents grew up in separate ...

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Notes and Quotes: August 11, 2018

By Tom Morrow It’s funny how some things never leave you, no matter how old you get. When I was a small lad back in Iowa, I was ...

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Historically Speaking: Mail-Order Houses by Sears, Roebuck

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By Tom Morrow If you grew up during the thirties and forties, chances are you lived in a mail-order house sold and delivered via rail from Sears, Roebuck ...

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Notes and Quotes- August 4, 2018

By Tom Morrow In the 16th and 17th centuries, everything for export had to be transported by ship on the oceans and rivers. It also was before the ...

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