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The death of Hu Yaobang: the first chapter of a story that changed the world.

Twenty-five years ago today, on April 15, 1989, a man named Hu Yaobang died in a hospital in Beijing, China following a heart attack he’d suffered several days earlier. You’ve … Continue reading

April 15, 2014 · Leave a comment

Earth Panorama: Rainbow Warrior memorial, Matauri Bay, Northland, New Zealand.

This somber but beautiful memorial overlooks Matauri Bay, in the northernmost island of New Zealand. The propeller belonged to a ship called the Rainbow Warrior, which was deliberately sunk by French … Continue reading

April 2, 2014 · Leave a comment

The tragic obsession that almost changed history: the Reagan assassination attempt.

Thirty-three years ago today, on March 30, 1981, mad gunman John Hinckley shot President Ronald Reagan and several others outside the Hilton Hotel in Washington, D.C. Reagan and his press … Continue reading

March 30, 2014 · 2 Comments

Retro Book Review: Sabotage (Choose Your Own Adventure).

At last! After two duds in a row, I’m finally able to recommend a really good Choose Your Own Adventure book. Sabotage, the maiden effort in the series by historical fiction … Continue reading

March 26, 2014 · 3 Comments

The beginning of the end of Communism: the Bratislava Candle Demonstration.

Today is an absolutely wonderful and fascinating historical anniversary. Twenty-six years ago today, on March 25, 1988, over 5,000 Slovaks attended a peaceful demonstration in Hviezdoslav Square in Bratislava, then part … Continue reading

March 25, 2014 · Leave a comment

Someone else’s childhood: the false mirror of 80s teen movies.

Were you a teenager in America in the 80s? If so, chances are pretty good that you have a soft spot in your heart for certain movies that depicted your … Continue reading

March 24, 2014 · 2 Comments

Retro Book Review: War With The Evil Power Master (Choose Your Own Adventure).

This is the first Choose Your Own Adventure book review I’ve done since November. My apologies for the long lapse! I’m hoping to get back into the series which has … Continue reading

March 8, 2014 · 3 Comments

Earth: A corner of my past. “Smoker’s Alley,” Havertown, Pennsylvania.

This completely normal looking street dead-end is a piece of my past, literally. It’s a little wooded corner at the far end of the athletic fields behind Haverford Township Senior … Continue reading

February 25, 2014 · 4 Comments

The pen, the sword, and offending God: my thoughts on “The Satanic Verses” controversy.

A quarter-century ago today, on February 14, 1989, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, the spiritual and political leader of Iran, issued a fatwa–a form of holy commandment–against British author Salman Rushdie, author of The … Continue reading

February 14, 2014 · 1 Comment

Metal for Friday: “Turbo Lover” by Judas Priest. [video]

Does anybody remember the controversy when Judas Priest’s Turbo album came out in 1986? More than a quarter-century on it seems a bit quaint, but when their new album–of which this, … Continue reading

February 14, 2014 · 2 Comments

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