Summer Reading

I’m taking the summer off from blogging and hope to get in some quality reading time. I generally read books that make history come alive. I would appreciate any recommendations for mystery or suspense authors. I am left cold by today’s leading suspense writers including, David Baldacci, and John … Read more about Summer Reading

No Ordinary Betsy

On June 14, 1777, the First Continental Congress adopted the Stars and Stripes as the national flag. In 1873, almost one century later, “Harper’s New Monthly Magazine” credited the previously unknown Betsy Ross with the design of the flag and she quickly became part of our nation’s folklore. … Read more about No Ordinary Betsy

Guitar Heroes

Blues guitar virtuoso Derek Trucks turns 40 on Saturday, June 8. His birthday coincides with my college reunion, establishing a great starting place for resurrecting lively midnight dorm discussions of the world’s greatest guitar players. Just because Derek Trucks was the nephew of longtime Allman … Read more about Guitar Heroes

A Tale of Two Cities

When you think of all the great professional sports cities it’s amazing to note that Boston and St. Louis are the only opposing cities to have played each other in the finals of all four major sports.In 1946 The Cardinals deprived Ted Williams of his one opportunity to win a World Series ring. The … Read more about A Tale of Two Cities

Celebrating Dracula

On May 18, 1897 Bram Stoker's first and most famous novel, “Dracula” was published. Folklore about vampires and the undead had circulated for centuries but modern vampire stories may have originated with some of the literary giants of the early 19th century. While vacationing with friends on … Read more about Celebrating Dracula

More Useless Trivia

Entrepreneur extraordinaire and global adventurer Victor Colantanio recently sent me a list of factoids that I would like to share:In the old west a cartridge for a six-gun cost 12 cents and so did a glass of whiskey. If a cowhand was low on cash, he would give the bartender a cartridge in exchange … Read more about More Useless Trivia

Great Comebacks

College friend and scratch golfer, Peter Lyons sent me a link to some of the wittiest comebacks in history. Here are some of my favorites.A woman approached the notoriously taciturn President Calvin Coolidge AKA Silent Cal at a White House Dinner. She Said: "Mr. Coolidge, I've made a bet against a … Read more about Great Comebacks

Who Needs College?

We were having lunch at Five Guys recently when I was struck by the urge to know more about these guys. Why is their business model and food so much better than other burger chains?In 1986, the first of Jerry and Janie Murrell's five sons was preparing to head off to college but his parents sensed … Read more about Who Needs College?