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Stranger than fiction: the stupidest outlaw in the West

Stranger than fiction: the stupidest outlaw in the West

Stranger than fiction February 1, 2015 at 11:10 pm 0 comments

By Michael Williams “Black Jack” Tom Ketchum emerges from the pages of history as something of an enigma. Little is known of his life and his crimes were unspectacular and incompetent. His bumbling efforts at robbery inspired some newspapers to begin referring to him as the “Stupidest outlaw in theRead More

Stranger than fiction: the bandit that wouldn’t give up

Stranger than fiction: the bandit that wouldn’t give up

Stranger than fiction January 23, 2015 at 1:56 am 0 comments

By Michael Williams It was a typical afternoon on December 7, 1976 in Hollywood, California. At a nearby television studio a production crew was preparing the set to film an episode of the hugely popular TV series, “The Six Million-Dollar Man.” This particular scene was set to take place atRead More

Stranger than fiction: football’s most lopsided victory

Stranger than fiction: football’s most lopsided victory

Stranger than fiction January 11, 2015 at 6:41 pm 0 comments

In 1915, Georgia Tech’s football team was seeking to avenge an embarrassing loss in baseball. Tech’s baseball team was thrashed by Cumberland College in a shut-out. Georgia Tech’s football coach, John Heisman, for whom the coveted Heisman Trophy is named, vowed to get revenge on the football field. Cumberland, locatedRead More

Stranger Than Fiction: It all began with a mouse

Stranger Than Fiction: It all began with a mouse

Stranger than fiction December 17, 2014 at 6:01 pm 0 comments

“It all began with a mouse.” Those are the immortal words of Walt Disney in reference to Mickey Mouse whose image catapulted Disney into a worldwide entertainment enterprise. But, the Disney franchise wasn’t the only innovation attributed to a mouse. A mischievous furry mouse was inadvertently responsible for a ChristmasRead More

Stranger than fiction: yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus

Stranger than fiction: yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus

Stranger than fiction December 12, 2014 at 1:41 pm 0 comments

In 1897, an 8-year-old girl, Virginia O’Hanlon, came home from school upset because her classmates had told her there was no Santa Claus. She asked her father if this was so and he responded “If you see it in the sun, it’s so.” He then suggested she write a letterRead More

The Christmas truce

The Christmas truce

Stranger than fiction December 2, 2014 at 5:06 pm 0 comments

December 24, 1914 started out like many other days during the Great War. The day began with a barrage of artillery and gunfire between German and British troops entrenched along the Western Front near Ypres, Belgium. As the hours of Christmas approached, a most miraculous event occurred on the battlefield.Read More

A town called Santa Claus

Stranger than fiction November 21, 2014 at 10:48 am 0 comments

Imagine living in a town where Christmas is celebrated year-round. In Santa Claus, Indiana, as well as other towns with Christmas themed names, Christmas is a continual celebration where the spirit of the holiday season is embraced all year long. Santa Claus is a small town of 2,500 that acquiredRead More