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Why Is a Mobile Home Called ‘Mobile’ When it Isn’t?

April 23, 2017

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  The end of World War II created unprecedented housing shortages across the United States. Returning veterans anxious to attend college under the G. I Bill, or get married and start a family, all needed a place to live. Coupled with the post-war economic boom, housing shortages led to the wide-spread use of military-style prefabricated housing – […]

North Platte, Nebraska. A Small City with a History of Big Numbers

October 28, 2016

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This small city of a little over 25,000, located in the northwestern part of the state, is associated with some pretty big numbers – and they’re all railroad-related. Rail fans from all over the world travel here to take in a birds-eye view of the world’s largest rail car classification spectacle – the Union Pacific […]

Austin, Minnesota: Spam and SPAM Are Here to Stay

October 21, 2016

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“Lovely spam! Wonderful spam!” Monty Python’s lyrics from his 1970 sketch, in which two customers in a café try to order something for breakfast that doesn’t include SPAM, was oddly prophetic in more ways than one. Spam, all lower-case, is a term everyone with an email address understands to be ubiquitous and unavoidable – the […]

The Big Chill – A Flash Back to the Cold War at the Titan Missile Museum, Green Valley, AZ

January 16, 2015

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Not all of the “good old days” were all that great – in fact, I remember long stretches of life in the 1950’s and 60’s that were downright scary. A friend’s family built a bomb shelter in their back yard, and while I don’t remember doing “duck and cover” drills in my school, we certainly […]