American History in Real LifeMovies in the past have often shown characters that were touched by historical events. Yet sometimes, the truth is often more fantastic than anything Hollywood can devise. These stories of real people show how the events of the past touched their lives. Some times the stories are dramatic, sometimes simple, but all in all they weave a tapesty of the richness of the American experience.
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Found this little pin in a box recently. Not much to look at from a distance. Small F4 on it, but its the caption that catches the eye: Mach 2 Club, Phantom II. The first reaction might be: “Is this … Continue reading
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When I selected the F-4 aircraft as my choice to fly, I knew that I had selected SEA as an assignment. The F-4 was the workhorse fighter of the Vietnam War and virtually ensured…
My father never knew what happened to his brother Hamilton Redfield Norvell Jr, — shown below in one of his only photos. Perhaps not on the scale of what ever happened to Amelia Earhart, but in our family in many … Continue reading
There is no way around it. The 4th of July makes me think of fireworks. When we were small there were always fireworks in Fair Haven, a town located on Lake Ontario about 8 miles away. We lived on the … Continue reading
In the 19th century, Americans often wrote to the chief executive asking for jobs or advice on how to conduct their lives. Two such letters were sent to Thomas Jefferson by members of the same family. The first one was … Continue reading