Saturday, June 26, 2010

Tap Lightly and Don’t Smoke

Civil War: Union soldiers removing the powder from Confederate torpedoes at James River, Virginia in 1864.

Life expectancy of the sappers was short.  The powder shack sat in a deep gully to protect others in the area from any unexpected explosion.


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Wednesday, June 16, 2010

The Quiet Man

After a long week of hassles at work, home or on the road, taking a break to watch a well acted movie without the crudity and flashing of flesh seen so often today is a welcome escape.

Put the 1952 classic movie, “The Quiet Man” in the player, sit back and enjoy John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara in the 1933 story by Maurice Walsh…    Life is good..

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Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Putting the Pepsin in Gum

Dr. Edward E. Beeman invented and marketed a chewing gum made of pepsin powder and chicle as an aid to digestion.

Sales of Beman’s “Original Pepsin” Chewing Gum ceased in 1978 but was later produced again in a nostalgia campaign.


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Sunday, June 6, 2010

Remembering D-Day

Sixty-six years ago, at 6:30 AM, 6 June 1944 the Alllied invasion of France commenced in Normandy to free Nazi occupied Europe.

160,000 troops landed on the five assault sectors now well-known by the world as Utah, Omaha, Gold, Juno and Sword. 

They were supported by 195,700 naval and merchant personnel.

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