Strange Arrivals

A new podcast at iHeart Radio: On a September night in 1961, in the mountains of New Hampshire, Betty and Barney Hill encountered something they could not explain. What really happened that autumn night? Welcome to Strange Arrivals, where host Toby Ball will unravel one of history’s most famous cases of alien abduction. Learn moreContinue reading “Strange Arrivals”

Krush the Kaiser!

So there I was, reading the 02 November 1918 issue of The Billboard (which is now called just “Billboard,” originally a newspaper for folks who stuck up handbills on walls), when I saw this ad: https://archive.org/details/billboard30-1918-11 “KRUSH THE KAISER” New York is going wild over this novelty and the craze is spreading all over theContinue reading “Krush the Kaiser!”

“An Accomplished Man and a Gallant Officer….”

Although I grew up in the area I had never paid much attention to this part of American history.  I therefore determined that, since I was once again in southern New York for a science fiction convention that I would go down a few days early to follow the path of Major John André, Adjutant-GeneralContinue reading ““An Accomplished Man and a Gallant Officer….””

The Bravest Man Among the Brave

The National Clay Minstrel and Frelinghuysen Melodist  continues with a panegyric to Joseph Markle, a politician so obscure that he doesn’t even have a Wikipedia page.   THE MISSISSINEWA WAR SONG. BY D. M. SMYSER, ESQ. Brave Markle is the soldier’s pride,Hurrah! hurrah! hurrah!He stem’d the battles raging tide,Hurrah! hurrah! hurrah!He rush’d like lightning onContinue reading “The Bravest Man Among the Brave”

The Great War

One hundred years ago today, 28 June,  Archduke Franz Ferdinand was assassinated in Sarajevo.   To one way of thinking, the war that started that afternoon still isn’t over. The way it went down, the assassination happened more-or-less by accident. Six or seven different individuals were trying to assassinate the arch-duke that day. One of themContinue reading “The Great War”

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