1900s · New York · Newspapers · Strike · Words

December 8, 1962–NY Newspapers Shattered by Strikes

Last week, I passed a quaint little print shop in a town in Washington. I longed to go inside and just see what they were! I have had a life-long fascination with words. And that includes the look of words, as well as their meanings. In fact, some of my favorite words are the ones that look… Continue reading December 8, 1962–NY Newspapers Shattered by Strikes

Holidays · New York · Pop Culture · Thanksgiving Day · United States

November 27, 1997 – The Day Barney Died

I am going to cheat a little today. It is Thanksgiving Day here in the United States. For my entire life, Thanksgiving has meant one thing. The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade. On the fourth Thursday of November, I always wake with two things on my mind: turkey and parade floats. Don’t get me wrong, I… Continue reading November 27, 1997 – The Day Barney Died

Criminals · Murder · New York

November 25, 1976 – New York City Police Officer Kills Unarmed Teen

I would normally never touch a subject like this one. This week, I  had an interaction with a law enforcement officer that had me shaking my head. He had come to my house looking for someone else and was just RUDE. What ever happened to customer service? I was a cop in a former life,… Continue reading November 25, 1976 – New York City Police Officer Kills Unarmed Teen

Medicine · Natural Disasters · New York · United States

November 24, 1966-Mystery Smog Kills 400 in New York

I live in an area that has what is called “an inversion” every dang winter. They explain it and explain it, and I just roll my eyes. Warm air trapped under cold air or something. What does it mean to me? Terrible air!! As if January and February weren’t cold, gray, and gloomy enough. Then… Continue reading November 24, 1966-Mystery Smog Kills 400 in New York

Inventors · New York · Second World War · Television

November 23, 1948- Dr. Back Awarded the Patent for his Zoomar Lens

I love watching football, and just this season, I have converted my wife into a football –okay, Seattle Seahawks, and Utah Utes–fan. Could you imagine watching a football game without a zoom lens? Earlier this year, Littlesparksoflife2 and I were at the Gaylord Texan in Dallas and watched a game on this screen.  Could you imagine… Continue reading November 23, 1948- Dr. Back Awarded the Patent for his Zoomar Lens

Modern Marvels · New York · United States

November 13, 1927 – The Holland Tunnel connects Manhattan and Jersey City

When I was a kid growing up in Arkansas, I lived in both Fort Smith and Van Buren, and really always considered them the same city. The two cities are in two different counties and are separated by the Arkansas River. I was used to traveling back and forth across a river to get into… Continue reading November 13, 1927 – The Holland Tunnel connects Manhattan and Jersey City

Immigration · New York · United States

November 12, 1954–Ellis Island Closes

On November 12, 1954, the immigration station of Ellis Island and all 33 of its buildings closed. I’m going to admit–the MAIN reason I picked this topic today ended up being a myth! But I had a ton of fun researching interesting tidbits all about Ellis Island. I’ve listed the sections below that interested me… Continue reading November 12, 1954–Ellis Island Closes