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

April 23, 2017


  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


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


“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


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 […]