Category Archives: history

Days in May: Kent State remembered

“Four Dead in Ohio” Monday, May 4, 1970. The first reports came from Kent State via a Telex machine in our College Press Service office, part of a small Telex network linking college newspapers around the country: National Guard shoots … Continue reading

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Where were you on Nov.22, 1963? The world changes for a 16-year-old in a small town.

Where were you on the afternoon of Nov. 22, 1963? Here is a chronology of Friday, Nov. 22, 1963 (all times Eastern Standard Time) 12:39 am Air Force One arrives in Dallas 12:55 am Motorcade begins, the Kennedys and the … Continue reading

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Kilts, bagpipes and meat pies at the Kirkin o’ the Tartans and St. Andrew’s Feast Day Nov. 20 in Ben Lomond, Calif.

Wear your kilts! Bring your tartan! Hear the Kirkin O’ the Tartans! Sound the pipes! Heat up the pies! Celebrate St. Andrew’s Feast Day! Clear the dance floor! 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 20 St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 101 Riverside Avenue, … Continue reading

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Dad joined the Navy…to SAVE the world

My Dad was an eyewitness to history. Lucky for me, he survived. When the U.S. entered World War II, my Dad was three months shy of 30, the upper limit for the military draft. But Pearl Harbor inspired the college-educated … Continue reading

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Sometimes it starts with a question: 50-year-old memories of a small Western New York town, East Aurora

One 1965 classmate opened the floodgates of memories recently by asking one little question in Facebook about Main Street businesses in our small town in Western New York, where nearly every local store had a family name attached. (We not … Continue reading

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The most famous Holtzclaw founded the first black college in Mississippi

William Henry Holtzclaw, born during the centennial year of the nation that brought his slave ancestors from Africa, is arguably the most famous of my ancestors. Nearly two hundred years after the first Holtzclaws arrived in Virginia, William, son of … Continue reading

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Santa Barbara oil spill four decades ago resulted in historic efforts to protect the environment

For many Californians, the BP disaster stirred memories of Union Oil’s Santa Barbara oil spill in January 1969. That disaster ended a decade of feverish construction of drilling rigs in the Santa Barbara channel and led to historic responses by the federal government to protect the environment.

So far, the Gulf oil spill has resulted in nothing approaching the response to the Santa Barbara spill, even though the BP crude oil spill is 50 times greater. Continue reading

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