Syd Albright

HISTORY CORNER: Tragic Hindenburg disaster ends zeppelins as air transportation

September 22, 2019 at 5:00 am

“It burst into flames!…Get out of the way!… Get out of the way!“Get this Charley! Get this Charley! It’s burning and it’s crashing! It’s crashing terrible! “Oh my, get out of the way please… It’s burning, bursting into flames and it’s… and ...

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HISTORY CORNER: The glory and tragedy of America’s steamboat era

September 15, 2019 at 5:00 am

For a century starting in the 1780s, America’s rivers, lakes and ocean shores were dominated by steamboats, as wind-driven and pole-powered vessels were fading into history.The world’s first steamboat was invented in 1776 by French nobleman...

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HISTORY CORNER: The Muckrakers exposed greed, crime and corruption in high places — where are they today?

September 08, 2019 at 5:00 am

George W. Plunkett was one of the under-bosses in the notorious Tammany Hall political machine that dominated the political scene in New York in the early 20th century. “If a family is burned out,” he said, “I don’t ask whether they are Rep...

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HISTORY CORNER: Get your kicks on… ROUTE 66

September 01, 2019 at 5:00 am

“Well if you ever plan to motor west, Jack, take my way, it’s the highway that’s the best — Get your kicks on Route 66!”That’s the way Bobby and Cynthia Troup started a song they wrote as they drove the entire 2,448-mile route stretching fr...

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HISTORY CORNER: Why is a cultural tsunami sweeping across America?

August 25, 2019 at 5:00 am

America isn’t the country it was less than a generation ago.News reports in the media and chatter on social media paint a picture of a society in turmoil — anarchy, crime, abortion, mass shootings, gun control, illegal immigrants, hedonism,...

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HISTORY CORNER: Who was your Daddy? The search for the birth of mankind

August 17, 2019 at 5:00 am

Genesis tells us about Adam and Eve being the first humans on Earth in the Garden of Eden, but is there archeological evidence of the origin of mankind? Kenya-British paleo-anthropologists/archeologists Louis and Mary Leakey spent 40 years ...

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HISTORY CORNER: Cunard Line’s flagship luxury liner RMS Queen Mary carried royalty, movie stars, world leaders and World War II troops

August 11, 2019 at 5:00 am

Cruising across the Atlantic aboard a luxury liner was considered a quality-of-life time worth remembering, and sailing on Britain’s Cunard Line flagship RMS Queen Mary was one of the best. The Queen Mary was the bright super-star of the se...

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HISTORY CORNER: Tattoos have a long history and tell a lot about the people who wear them

August 04, 2019 at 5:00 am

While traveling with a group of breakaway Mormons through Arizona in 1858, 14-year-old Olive Oatman and her younger sister were kidnapped by “likely Yavapais” Indians after they murdered her parents. Then she was adopted into a tribe of Moj...

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HISTORY CORNER: Why would anyone want to tear down the statue of Robert E. Lee?

July 28, 2019 at 5:00 am

“I was raised by one of the greatest men in the world. There was never one born of a woman greater than Gen. Robert E. Lee,” said William Mac Lee, a black slave that Lee inherited from his wife’s family, who throughout the Civil War faithfu...

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History Corner: California bandit Tiburcio Vasquez killed people, robbed, charmed the ladies, fought for Californian-Mexican rights, and ended up on the gallows

July 21, 2019 at 5:00 am

Biographer John Boessenecker described California outlaw Tiburcio Vasquez as “handsome, literate, charming, played guitar, and was a skillful dancer. Women were attracted to him and he had many love affairs. He enjoyed reading romantic nove...

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