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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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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Tinker Tailor Soldier Sailor

Tinker, Tailor is a counting game (simple method of randomly selecting a person from a group like Eeny, meeny, miny, moe), nursery rhyme (late 18th/early 19th century poems or songs like the Mother Goose Rhymes) and fortune telling song (practice of predicting information about a persons life) traditionally played in England. It has a Roud Folk Song Index number of 802 (database of around 250,000 references to nearly 25,000 songs collected from oral tradition in the English language from all over the world).

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The Old Farmers Almanac

North America’s most popular reference guide and oldest continuously published periodical

My grandfather, “Doc” Mize, was a farmer all his life. When I was a child, in the 1960’s, I remember him having The Old Farmers Almanac and planning his planting schedule around the forecasts within. Mother used to buy them for the articles and recipes and such. I used to check the almanac for the fishing charts to see when the fish would bite (but then I’d just go when I could). This magazine has been beloved for many years and probably years to come.

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Jess Phoenix

Jess Phoenix is a volcanologist, geologist, adventurer, author, podcaster, TV personality and founder of the non-profit Blueprint Earth.

Jess Phoenix is a volcanologist, born January, 13 1982 in Colorado, to parents who were both FBI agents, she grew up athletic and very curious. I recently discovered her on the Discovery television show “Hunting Atlantis” where she is co-host to Stel Pavlou (British screenwriter and speculative fiction novelist). She attended Smith College in in Northampton, Massachusetts, received her master’s degree, in geology, from California State University.

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Travis S. Taylor

Travis Shane Taylor was born in Decatur, Alabama on July 24, 1968. His father, Charles Taylor, worked for Wyle Laboratories, as a machinist, who subcontracted with NASA in the 1960s building America’s first satellites with Wernher von Braun. At 17, Travis built a radio telescope that won the state science fair, placing 6th in the nation.

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Batman Unlimited: Animal Instincts (2015)

I watched the DC Comics 2015 animated movie Batman Unlimited: Animal Instincts on Netflix DVD. Oswald Cobblepot, a.k.a. The Penguin, has just built the tallest building in Gotham City, taller than Wayne Enterprises. Oswald (first appearing in comics in 1941) is a man of good taste, very rich, wears a top hat and a monocle, always carrying the umbrella and dressed in black and white. His laugh sounds like a penguin, always teased and made fun of growing up, is the villain you tend to feel bad for.

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Pill City by Kevin Deutsch

I read the 2017 book from St. Martin’s Press called Pill City: How two honor roll students foiled the Feds and built a drug empire. The author is Kevin Deutsch a criminal justice journalist and author. The book, Pill City, is his account of two high tech teens that used opioids, stolen during the Freddie Gray Riots in Baltimore, to sell using an Uber like app and form a nationwide syndicate. Deutsch worked for the Miami Herald, Daily News, Riverdale Press, Palm Beach Post and Newsday. At the time of this post he has written two books.

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Amy Shira Teitel

Amy Shira Teitel (born in Toronto, lives in Pasadena with her cat Pete Conrad) has had a lifelong passion for spaceflight, her second grade project was on Venus and since then hasn’t stopped accumulating knowledge on the Apollo program and all of Space history.

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