Betty White Dies

The First Lady of Television

We got the bad news today, New Years’ Eve 2021, that the near 100-year-old Betty White had passed away. She was an American actress and comedian born in Oak Park, Illinois, on January 17, 1922.

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2022 – A Look at 100 Years Ago

What was happening 100 years ago this year?

We made it, through another year of the Covid pandemic, worsening at the end of 2021 with the Omicron variant. But it’s 2022. I never thought, as a child, that we would ever make it this far. I thought this would be a good time to look back 100 years to 1922.

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Ann Rice Dies

Her gothic tales reinvented the blood-drinking immortal as a tragic antihero

Ann Rice, the writer of gothic tales has died at the age of 80. She was born October 4, 19461 in New Orleans, Louisiana where she would base several of her books. Her dad worked for the postal service but made sculptures and wrote fiction on the side.

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Shotguns and Stagecoaches by John Boessenecker

Wells Fargo always had courageous men to protect it’s treasure

I read the 2018 book “Shotguns and Stagecoaches: The Brave Men Who Rode for Wells Fargo in the Wild West” by John Boessenecker (American historian and author, a lawyer specializing in trust and estate litigation, and a former police officer, is considered one of the leading authorities on crime and law enforcement in the Old West). It is published by Thomas Dunne Books, St. Martins Press, New York. It has an embossed dust cover designed by Rob Grom (skateboarder, artist).

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Rebecca Romney

A rare book dealer, appraiser, and author

You might have seen Rebecca on Pawn Stars. The rare book dealer was born in Los Angeles in 1985 as Rebecca Angeline Engeat. She speaks several languages including English, Japanese, Latin, Ancient Greek, and French.

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Everything’s Archie Comics

We wanna dance, and we wanna sing, have some fun and go adventuring.

When I was 11 years old, I would go to Alpha Drugs in downtown Alpharetta, Georgia. They had a comic book section, just as you walked in the front door. One of my favorites was “Everything’s Archie” comic book, it even had a picture of Archie’s rock band on each cover. A lot of the stories had to do with the band, music, and dancing which fit in with Archie’s albums that were being released in this period. It was, of course, published by Archie Comics, from 1969 to 1991. It also was in conjunction with the Archie TV cartoon series that was on Saturday mornings.

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The Cover Up At Omaha Beach: Maisy Battery and the US Rangers by Gary Sterne

Normandy’s best kept secret

I was watching “Expedition Unknown” on the Discovery channel Season 8, Episode 1 when I learned about Maisy Battery. I posted about it then and you can read that one here. I was anxious to get this book and was not disappointed. A British military historian and author, Gary Sterne found Maisy Battery after locating a hand-drawn map in a US Army veteran’s uniform he had purchased. He is a keen collector of militaria and was a co-founder of “The Armourer and Skirmish Magazines“.

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Nick Pope

Nick Pope is an author, freelance publicist and media commentator. He served as an employee of the British Government’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) where he was responsible for investigating UFO phenomena to determine if they had any defence significance.

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Sea-Monkeys

They can even be trained!

I grew up seeing these ads in magazines and comic books. I always wondered about them but never pulled the trigger and purchased one. It seems that Sea-Monkeys are brine shrimp (Artemia). They were developed in the United States in 1957 by Harold von Braunhut.

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TV Guide

What is on television tonight?

The magazine that would eventually become the classic “TV Guide” was developed by Lee Wagner (circulation director of MacFadden Publications in New York City). In 1948, he released “The TeleVision Guide” with New York City listings. The cover of the first issue featured Gloria Swanson who was star of the short lived “The Gloria Swanson Hour”. He would expand to the New England and the Baltimore–Washington areas. In 1953 he sold the editions to Walter Annenberg who folded the operation into his Triangle Publications.

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