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.
- Alaska and Earthquakes December 1, 2018
- Thanksgiving 45 years ago – long ago and far away November 17, 2018
- Speech Given at the First Annual Veterans Dinner at Finger Lakes Community College November 7, 2018
- Halloween in a small town October 23, 2018
- A Tale of the 13 TFS – With Gilligan in China October 10, 2018
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Tag Archives: Alaska
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Recently, I spent a great day at the Air Force Museum in Dayton Ohio. It was amazing to see all those aircraft — every version of Air Force One from President Franklin Roosevelt’s plane to the 707 aircraft that took … Continue reading
About forty years ago, we began camping with my late aunt, who had just lost her husband to cancer. This occurred the first time she and my mother visited us in Alaska. We decided it would be fun to take … Continue reading
Forty years ago we celebrated our nation’s birthday in Alaska. It was the Bicentennial, our 200th birthday. From the start we were heavily involved with the celebration as I was a member of both the Anchorage Bicentennial commission and the … Continue reading
The cold air rushing down from Canada today, its about -3F as I write this, reminds me of when I attended Arctic Survival School in Alaska. From 1974-1978, I flew air intercept missions in the F4 Phantom II out of … Continue reading