Category Archives: History

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

Wow! The Seventies were really fashion-impaired

I definitely have it so much better than my father when it comes to work attire in the white-collar world! By the time I got to enter the workforce in 1991, blue jeans were accepted in most places but a … Continue reading

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RIP Desmond Tutu

He was a pretty amazing and fortunate figure in how he helped fight apartheid in South Africa. In some regimes, organized religion is complicit with tyranny, regardless of a person’s color or ethnicity. However, he rightfully chose to speak out and … Continue reading

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Festa dei Sette Pesci 2021!

A new year, a new opportunity, a new menu and a new (and better) person to share this great experience with! Austin’s genuine, ass-kicking Italian bistro L’oca D’oro (The Golden Goose) held up my newish tradition…Feast of the Seven Fishes. … Continue reading

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A solid piece on how America is heading toward Fascism

Jason Stanley’s piece in today’s Guardian will fall on deaf ears much like Bob Garfield’s two-part podcast about the American Right’s long game of 40 years to topple democracy. We know these two will be dismissed right away by George Will and … Continue reading

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1901: The first Trans-Atlantic radio transmission!

On this day, Marconi’s solution to wireless transmissions was put to the test. From Cornwall (UK), the letter S in Morse Code was transmitted and clearly received in Newfoundland (Canada). The success paved the way for the UK’s naval forces … Continue reading

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1941: Pearl Harbor Part Two, dispelling the myths

I think I can thank Qanonsense for the lessening of the lies perpetuated about the attack on Pearl Harbor I’ve heard for years. The biggest one is often, FDR made it happened. Nothing could be further from the truth. The … Continue reading

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1941: Pearl Harbor attacked by the Imperial Japanese Navy

One thing I’m glad to reflect on with this horrendous event is that after 80 years, the peoples of Japan and the United States have evolved into being friends. The brutal battles which followed for the next three years were … Continue reading

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The last symmetrical date of the century! 12-2-21

Now before you Europeans or wannabes correct me over the US’s better and more logical format, jokingly claiming this really happened in February, ask yourself…are we English speakers more likely to say, “December 2nd” or “the Second of December?” Yeah, I thought … Continue reading

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Visited a little shrine of Computer Science History

To save our energy and health after the RenFest, Jennifer booked a hotel for the night. Brilliant idea. Beats the hell out of driving another three hours back to Austin after walking around all day. Since we stayed nearby, she … Continue reading

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Italian #60: Giovanni Martino

Giovanni is a really an odd character in History thanks to his two brushes with fame through coincidence. The latter, read on, is what made him a temporary celebrity in the US and it should’ve led to a cameo in … Continue reading

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Italian #59: Enrico Casarosa

We now move on to the miscellaneous professions of the numerous people with Italian heritage. This entry goes to Enrico who is an animation person and you might be familiar with his biggest work to date, Pixar’s Luca. The movie represents … Continue reading

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RIP Colin Powell, partially

As expected, the lazy corporate media kicked off with all the hagiography about Mr. Powell on how he was a first in certain positions and his reluctance to present the bullshit evidence to the UN about Iraq’s weapon-production capabilities. Or how he … Continue reading

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Italian #58: Oriana Fallaci

Oriana was primarily a journalist who was famous for getting some really spectacular interviews, experiencing some History firsthand and writing numerous books which allows me to give her the final author slot for this month. Her life was also a series … Continue reading

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Italian #57: Licia Troisi

For starters, her name is pronounced LEE-cha TRO-easy, not, what I’m predicting from lazy American English, LEE-sia TROY-see. I’m also going to be upfront, I don’t know much about Mrs. Troisi other than I was thrilled to find a person … Continue reading

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Danny DeVito is closer to the real character’s height

OK, I was wrong, according to imdb.com, Danny is 4′ 10″ (1.47 m) and what I remember from the Marvel Universe comics, Wolverine (aka Logan) is 5′ 2″ (1.58 m) but let’s face it, movies prefer the illusion of height: many … Continue reading

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