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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 >>


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 9th
1873: Charles Rudolph Walgreen, the father of the modern drugstore.
1879: Max von Laue, German physicist.
1899: Bruce Catton, U.S. historian and journalist, famous for his works on the Civil War.
1909: Jacques Tati, French actor and director.
1940: John Lennon, English musician, one of the Beatles.
October 9th
in history
1941: President Franklin D. Roosevelt requests congressional approval for arming U.S. merchant ships. As their escorts turned away, the ships of the doomed Allied convoy, PQ-17, followed orders and began to disperse in the Arctic waters.
1946: Eugene O'Neill's play The Iceman Cometh opens at the Martin Beck Theatre in New York.
1949: Harvard Law School begins admitting women. Women in the Workplace: Education.
1950: U.N. forces, led by the First Cavalry Division, cross the 38th parallel in South Korea and begin attacking northward towards the North Korean capital of Pyongyang. A year after leaving West Point, Lt. Joe Kingston was en route to Korea, where he, like a lot of others, found himself retreating and advancing in a single day.
1983: The president of South Korea, Doo Hwan Chun, with his cabinet and other top officials are scheduled to lay a wreath on a monument in Rangoon, Burma, when a bomb explodes. Hwan had not yet arrived so escaped injury, but 17 Koreans--including the deputy prime minister and two other cabinet members--and two Burmese are killed. North Korea is blamed.