Category Archives: History

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

Congratulations to the Bucks!

It took them 50 years but Milwaukee’s NBA franchise finally won its second championship after numerous teams failed to get there. When I lived there near my waning years at Marquette, I grew to be a fan through my part-time … Continue reading

Posted in History | Tagged , | Leave a comment

NTSC TV in the US is finally gone

This week was the end for the last Analog-based broadcasting TV stations in the US. But by now, even the cheapest Senior Citizen has cable. I have to admit, it was an interesting system for as long as it lasted, … Continue reading

Posted in History, Physics, Science & Technology | Tagged | Leave a comment

‘Merica! turns 245, will it see 250?

 These Irish comedians are painfully on the nose about ‘Merica these days. Meanwhile, I hope to get my own copy of Team America since Alamo isn’t allowed to show it anymore for fear of North Korea’s wrath. I guess we … Continue reading

Posted in History | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Rot in Hell Donald Rumsfeld

He was one of the architects of the continued mess America is in. Still waiting for those Arabs to welcome us as liberators while they kill our soldiers with mines and bullets. Rummy helped pump up the lie about Iraq … Continue reading

Posted in History, News | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

1876: The Battle of Greasy Grass ends in Custer’s defeat

Most people refer to this as Little Bighorn but I prefer to go with the winners, a combined force of First Nations known as the Lakota, North Cheyenne and Arapaho. It’s also known as one of America’s biggest defeats in … Continue reading

Posted in History | Tagged , , | Comments Off on 1876: The Battle of Greasy Grass ends in Custer’s defeat

Happy Juneteenth Day

It’s nice to see what was often a Texas-based holiday finally become a National Holiday in the US. The more amazing thing was how many Republicans voted with the Democrats on this. Currently, they can’t even have a compromise on … Continue reading

Posted in Austintatious, History | Tagged , , , | Comments Off on Happy Juneteenth Day

1966: NFL and AFL agree to merge by 1970

With the growing popularity of professional football thanks to TV, the upstart AFL and the older (started in the Twenties) NFL will come together into the newer, bigger NFL. I guess then the Super Bowl followed a year later. We … Continue reading

Posted in History | Tagged , | Comments Off on 1966: NFL and AFL agree to merge by 1970

1961: Newton Minnow gives his “Wasteland Speech”

This one is under the wire for the month for it happened on May 9, 1961; roughly four years into the new Kennedy administration, FCC Chairman Newton Minnow declares American TV a vast wasteland. Pretty funny given that there were … Continue reading

Posted in History, The Lost Tales, TV | Tagged | Comments Off on 1961: Newton Minnow gives his “Wasteland Speech”

1981: Bobby Sands dies from hunger strike

I remember this happening 40 years ago since we didn’t celebrate Cinco de Mayo in the Midwest. St. Patrick’s Day is the Midwest’s preferred binge-drinking holiday. Sands’ death was a tragic event and in its immediacy, more fighting and killing … Continue reading

Posted in History, The Lost Tales | Tagged , , | Comments Off on 1981: Bobby Sands dies from hunger strike

1971: NPR begins with All Things Considered

Too many obituaries this week! Three great people to celebrate and another whose career got screwed over. By the way, I did listen to the first new episode of On the Media minus Bob and Brooke did address it. Unfortunately, she … Continue reading

Posted in History, News, The Lost Tales | Tagged , , , | Comments Off on 1971: NPR begins with All Things Considered

1996: Australia’s enough is enough moment

I’ve forgotten how many shooting sprees the US has had just this year but 25 years ago, the Aussies had what was their worst on the Island of Tasmania. After that, they reformed their gun laws and now being gunned … Continue reading

Posted in History | Tagged , , , | Comments Off on 1996: Australia’s enough is enough moment

RIP Walter Mondale

I’m glad to see that most of the stories about the former veep’s passing focused on how he changed the role instead of the alleged trouncing he received from St. Reagan in 1984. This is what I hope he will also … Continue reading

Posted in History, News | Tagged , , | Comments Off on RIP Walter Mondale

1971: Charles Manson convicted

Vincent Bugliosi did a helluva’ job putting this shitbag and his followers away. Too bad he wasn’t around to nail OJ, the Juice could’ve been neighbors with Charlie. However, the infatuation Americans have had with the man is bewildering to … Continue reading

Posted in History | Tagged | Comments Off on 1971: Charles Manson convicted

Generational stereotypes of the past

As you can see, friction between the young and older people is as old as History itself but the cartoon is a funny take even if it’s inaccurate. Knocking people’s codpieces while wearing those funky shoes that can be several … Continue reading

Posted in History | Tagged | Comments Off on Generational stereotypes of the past

Happy Birthday Post-It Notes®

What makes Romy & Michele’s lie about inventing this product even funnier is that it made its debut in 1980 so Post-It Notes were already conspicuous when the duo graduated from high school in 1987. A big thank you to … Continue reading

Posted in History | Tagged | Comments Off on Happy Birthday Post-It Notes®