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Don't Rush Me

Bob Seger in Clarkston, and . . .

. . . Where's George? Heck, who's George?

Two totally unrelated events happened to me this week that got me a-pondering. One of the coolest parts of being "the" local newspaper guy (look at my business card if you don't believe me) is local history....more >>

Jim's Jottings

Philosophy of Will Rogers vs. Ph.Ds'

When Pero the Shriner clown visited me recently, he gave me a book, "The Quotable Will Rogers." You almost have to be my age to remember Will Rogers. Dubbed the cowboy philosopher, he was an entertainer, humorist, radio personality, actor and newspaper columnists who specialized in lariat tricks on stage....more >>

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Phil in the Blank A column by Phil Custodio

Memorial memories

After a good Memorial Day weekend, I'm ready for summer to start, hot weather and all. Spring was a good preseason for my running this year. I ran in the Chuck Keegan Race for the Kids' 5K in April and Angel's Place Race's 10K a couple weeks ago....more >>

Letters to the Editor

Library support Dear Editor, Restore funding or eliminate the library: that is the decision we face as voters on August 5, 2014. Our library is essential; but it must have diverse resources and the ability to adapt....more >>

Letters to the editor

Support for library Dear Editor, In today's world of technology and instant information (regardless if correct or not), many people still view the library as basically a warehouse of books—checking out and checking back in....more >>

Spiritual Matters

You Made a Difference in My Life Day

I absolutely love this time of the year in Michigan. We get to celebrate another winter being behind us, and there are great holidays to enjoy with family; such as Mother's Day, Memorial Day, Father's Day, and my birthday....more >>
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Born October 22nd
1887: John Reed, American journalist, poet and revolutionary, (Ten Days That Shook the World).
1903: George Beadle, American geneticist.
1919: Doris Lessing, novelist (Children of Violence, The Golden Notebook).
1920: Timothy Leary, American psychologist who experimented with psychedelic drugs.
1925: Rober Rauschenberg, pop artist.
October 22nd
in history
1955: The prototype of the F-105 Thunder Chief makes its maiden flight. Republic Aircraft's F-105 Thunderchief, better known as the 'Thud,' was the Air Force's warhorse in Vietnam.
1962: U.S. reveals Soviet missile sites in Cuba. President Kennedy orders a naval and air blockade on further shipment of military equipment to Cuba. Following a confrontation that threatens nuclear war, Kennedy and Khrushchev agree on October 28 on a formula to end the crisis. On November 2 Kennedy reports that Soviet missile bases in Cuba are being dismantled.
1964: Jean Paul Satre declines the Nobel Prize for Literature.
1966: The Soviet Union launches Luna 12 for orbit around the moon
1972: Operation Linebacker I, the bombing of North Vietnam with B-52 bombers, ends. The war in neighboring Cambodia goes from bad to worse.