Archive for January, 2011

Good Monday morning to all.  Hope the weekend went well.  Time for the 90th Infantry Division – Picture of the Week.  Who remembers the Big Band Music of WWII or the Swing Era?  Ah one … ah two … ah three!

The History Junkie is thankful for many things, including Fridays.  Time for the Weekly History Wrap-Up. Ever feel like a storehouse of largely useless, but very interesting information.  I’ve found the blog post for you, and me. Sargent Shriver’s funeral was held this week.  Rest in peace Sarg. The Rosenbach Museum and Library in Philadelphia [...]

Oak Farm Montessori School in Avilla, Indiana is preparing for their annual History Fair next week.  Students are busy putting the final touches on history reports ranging from the Band of Brothers to Rosa Parks, from D-Day to Cleopatra. In conjunction with the upcoming event, upper elementary Oak Farm students, grades 4-6, each received a [...]

Hump day, and time for Letters From War Wednesdays.  This October 1965 note comes from trooper, Dennis Black, who served with 1st Platoon, Company A, 2nd Battalion, 7th Cavalry, 1st Air Cav Division in Vietnam.  Black had just returned to the field at the time of this writing, having healed from shrapnel wounds.  The letter [...]

On November 14, 1910, Eugene Ely, a burgeoning young pilot, made the first “carrier” take off at Hampton Roads, Virginia.  Though the plane, a Curtiss pusher, dropped dramatically after launching from the USS Birmingham’s rigged deck, with landing gear actually dipping into the water, Ely was able to make a safe landing on a nearby [...]

It’s Monday again, and time for the 90th Infantry Division – Picture of the Week. More snow and cold, here in the land of the History Junkie.  Accordingly, we have to stay with a Battle of the Bulge theme.

Here we are, at Friday again.  Time for the History Junkie’s Weekly History Wrap-Up. Big News!  Upper elementary students, grades 4-6, over at Oak Farm Montessori School are reading BOOTPRINTS.  Wow!  Wow! And more Wow!  We’re talking some 40 kids.  I’ll be heading back over next week for a question-and-answer session with the group.  This, [...]

Two More Pass Away

January 20, 2011

I just received word that two friends, and contributors to EVERYTOWN, USA have passed away.   God rest their souls. Lucille Parker Steckley died at the age of 90, on January 13, in Pomona Park, Florida.  Her brother, Donald Parker, a World War II airman, was featured in Chapter 55 of EVERYTOWN, USA.  She was more [...]

This Wednesday, we’re featuring a letter from World War II infantryman, Ralph Conner.  He fought through North Africa, Sicily and into Italy with Company L, 7th Infantry, 3rd Infantry Division.  Conner,  while on the Italian Front, wrote this short December 1943 note to his little sister, Lois, back home in Noble County, Indiana. Dear Lois, [...]

I think I can safely say that we’ve all been amazed by the progress of Arizona Representative, Gabrielle Giffords, in the aftermath of the shooting at Tucson.  Some would call her climb thus far nothing less than a miracle.  We all certainly wish her well. It got me thinking of others, that I’ve talked to [...]

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