Category Archives: History

History at all levels, not just not my past or nostalgic musings.

Hidden Figures: Worth Seeing

Firstly, I thought it was weird that 20th Century Fox made this movie. Then I remembered how the crew at The Simpsons said Murdoch doesn’t really care what the entertainment division does, as long as its profitable, thus it can contradict his propaganda-hate … Continue reading

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The Comedians by Kliph Nesteroff

An awesome “Comedy History 101” book that covers all the bases on how stand-up became not just an art form but a dominant form of entertainment in the Twentieth Century. Nesteroff takes a chronological approach, explaining the evolutionary changes: Vaudeville (and Burlesque): these … Continue reading

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New Star Wars shirt

This awesome tribute to Star Wars and VJ-Day was purchased sadly right before Carrie Fisher died. It will be my personal memorial to her.

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White Trash… by Nancy Isenberg

Given Trump’s success, this book’s timing couldn’t be any better since they were a major factor in the outcome and were lumped in with the “White Working Class.” For starters, when does the term White Trash really begin? As hinted by the … Continue reading

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Farewell to McCormick Hall, aka the Beer Can

This is very old news to any living in Milwaukee and/or more into keeping up with Marquette events. I found out recently through the alumni magazine. All I had to say was “It’s about time!” McCormick Hall was so crappy … Continue reading

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Italian #44: Christopher Lee

What? The consummate Englishman from all those Hammer Horror movies? Saruman the White? Count Dokku? Scaramanga? Yes, the towering actor was half Italian. His mother was Countess Estelle Marie Carandini di Sarzano, an Italian citizen who married an English army officer. … Continue reading

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Italian #43: Giovanni Schiaparelli

This year, my tribute to famous Italians has been heavy on the Science side, namely Astronomy but Dr. Schiaparelli is relevant due to the joint ESA-Russia Schiaparelli mission to Mars. Today is the day the probe makes its attempt to land … Continue reading

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Washington: a Life by Ron Chernow

My first book on a Quixotic Quest to read up on all 44 presidents. Since I read David McCullough’s opus on Harry Truman 20 years ago I have two down and 42 to go. I figure William Harrison and James Garfield will … Continue reading

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Italian #42: Dr. Camillo Golgi

In the spirit of all those Nobel prizes being awarded, I decided to look up who was the first Italian to receive one and it was this gentleman; it was for Medicine. Golgi was considered the greatest neuroscientist and biologist of … Continue reading

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Italian #41: Joe Barbera

Joe’s name may sound familiar to anyone over 35 because he was half of the prolific cartoon empire Hanna-Barbera. For about thirty years, these two dominated Saturday mornings with their animated shows. I readily admit many were formulaic and just … Continue reading

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