Syd Albright

HISTORY CORNER: ‘Mumpers’ Tom Bell and Bampfylde in the days of the Founding Fathers

November 17, 2019 at 5:00 am

America was blessed with men of great character in the Founding Fathers, but lurking in the shadows of society — and sometimes even in the spotlight — were purveyors of deceit, dishonesty and dread.They called those scallywags “mumpers” — “...

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HISTORY CORNER: The fighting Sullivan brothers

November 10, 2019 at 5:00 am

All five gave their lives in World War II

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HISTORY CORNER: The fighting Sullivan brothers

November 10, 2019 at 5:00 am

All five gave their lives in World War II

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HISTORY CORNER: American World War I hero Sgt. Alvin C. York

November 03, 2019 at 5:00 am

Alvin C. York was a rough-and-tumble boy from Pall Mall, a small town in the back woods of Tennessee near the Kentucky border. He was born in a log cabin in 1887, third in a family of 11 children that eked out a living as subsistence farmer...

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HISTORY CORNER: ‘Coastwatchers’ among unsung heroes of World War II

October 27, 2019 at 5:00 am

Working in the tropical jungle in the South Pacific gathering military information for the Allies with the enemy all around was vital and incredibly dangerous.That’s what the Coastwatchers did during World War II. Peering through binoculars...

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HISTORY CORNER: Building the Golden Gate Bridge

October 20, 2019 at 5:00 am

It must have been harrowing for those construction workers building the Golden Gate Bridge working hundreds of feet above the water in the fog, cold and wind. One misstep would be disaster.Despite all the danger, the men were no doubt just ...

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HISTORY CORNER: ‘All in the Family’ exposed American culture in the 1970s

October 06, 2019 at 5:00 am

In 1970s America, how could any TV comedy show be based on such sobering subjects as abortion, anti-Semitism, breast cancer, homosexuality, impotence, menopause, racism, rape, religion, the Vietnam War and women’s lib?CBS’s television comed...

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HISTORY CORNER: The agony of Andersonville — for both North and South

September 29, 2019 at 5:00 am

The worst place to be during the Civil War was Andersonville, Ga. — a Confederate prisoner of war camp that was 26-and-a-half acres of hell-on-Earth for both the captured Union soldiers and the Confederates who guarded them.It was originall...

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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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