Old News – WWI Update

I haven’t posted anything about World War I in a while. A hundred years ago it was still going strong but no one was make any significant progress in defeating the other side. Nieuport (now spelled Niewupoort) is a small port city in Belgium on the North Sea. Monastir is a city in Macedonian now …

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“The Birth of a Nation” in Rochester

One hundred years ago today the classic movie, “The Birth of a Nation” opened at the Lyceum Theater in Rochester for a two week run. This movie ran for over three hours at a time when most movies were about 20 minutes. It is known for being the first blockbuster film. It cost $110,000 to …

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Top Songs of 1966 – #2

Simon and Garfunkel first got together while in High School. They had a minor hit in 1957 with “Hey Schoolgirl” but they were billed as Tom and Jerry. After an audition for Columbia records in 1964 they were given a contract to record the album Wednesday Morning, 3 A.M which included “The Sounds of Silence.” …

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Old News – Courtesy on the Road

In spite of what this article states, a TV program that I saw last month said that early auto manufactures pushed for laws like jay-walking to make it seem that a pedestrian was responsible for being hit by an auto. This would end up giving dominance of the road to the auto. Also the last …

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Top Songs of 1966 – #1

Nineteen-sixty-six will be an interesting year for pop music. The British invasion is in full swing. Also there are folk-rock groups that will show up in the countdown. An American group that imitates Beatles movies will show up on the top of the charts. Two Sinatras will have number one songs. There is even a …

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