Category Archives: MEMORIES

A FAst Rattler Making Me Homesick

Not homesick for where I came from, but for when I came from. When we still built things… The actual speed record for a steam locomotive hauling a full consist is debatable., A New York Central engineer got the word … Continue reading

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I Am Sure That Was Quite The Thrill

Chicago’s Willis Tower has some viewing areas that are a couple of man-heights short of a quarter mile above Chicago. Last night a California family got a real thrill when – well, see for yourself: One of the family said … Continue reading

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Whether YOu Call It Deocration Day Or Memorial Day Take A Moment To Respect Our Nation’s Fallen

Originally, it was a day to decorate Union and Confederate soldiers graves. Then it became a day to remember the fallen of all our wars, with survivors of the War of 1814, the Mexican War, and the War of Southern … Continue reading

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40th Anniversary Of “The Exorcist:” Did you think it was fiction? Think Again

While I was looking for something else, I ran across the story behind the movie ‘The Exorcist.’ Yes, the movie is based on a real exorcism. And if you are interested click on the link to St. Louis’ KSDK for … Continue reading

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Follies; I Have Heard These Songs Before

This was a favorite of one of the ride hands – who disappeared one night just ahead of a guy in a red coat and a couple of local John Laws: And since we got all kinds on the road, … Continue reading

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THE HOUSE THAT JERRY BUILT

Many people have heard the expression “Jerry Built,” but very few have a clue to the meaning. It comes from an English Music Hall song, performed by James “Jimmy” Fawn, right around 1900 or a bit later. That bit of … Continue reading

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FOLLIES: MORSE CODE

A little music from a pretty lady from Mansfield, Texas: Another? Of course: Mo? Have some more. I think Miss Ella Mae was about fifteen when she cut this: Enjoy

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SATURDAY NIGHT ON THE REZ

The music is a cumbia by a Tohono O’odham group. I am not sure where the video clip came from, but it seems more plains Nation than Arizona border. However, there’s a lot of energy in the dance. Especially from … Continue reading

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LENA HORNE, 1917 – 2010

Lena Horne, a remarkable actress and singer, has died. I watched her “Stormy Weather” when it was a first run movie. The first movie with black leads to show in most American theaters. Goodby, Lady. Vaya Con Dios Stranger

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IN 1975, I WAS THE INDESPENSABLE MAN

I had absolute job security. I could not be fired – but I could not be promoted, either. So I wound up getting the work done, while the newly hired kids set at their desks, balancing their checkbooks and talking … Continue reading

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