Welcome to America Comes Alive!, a site I created to share little-known stories of America’s past. These stories are about Americans—people just like you—who have made a difference and changed the course of history. Look around the site and find what inspires you.

Pop culture is as American as apple pie. Enjoy the stories behind favorite hobbies, sports, and collectibles.


Wishbone, Dog TV Star

Wishbone, played by a Jack Russell terrier named Soccer (1988-Wishbone read2001), was the star of his own PBS Children’s Show that aired from 1995-2001.

The idea for the show came from producer Rick Duffield, who explained to Entertainment Tonight in 1995, that like many pet owners, he often said things for his pet. He wondered if there was a place for a talking dog on television. As he mulled it over, he eventually extended the idea to involve a talking dog who tells great stories from literature.

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"What can one person do?"
Read some of the stories on this site; you'll see that they revolve around single individuals who worked toward change.

"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has." - Margaret Mead


Lionel Barrymore, wheelchair
Lionel Barrymore ((1878-1954) had a long and successful acting career, primarily playing character roles in films from the silent era through the early 1950s. Barrymore didn’t limit himself to acting; he was a successful director and composer and continued to… Continue reading »

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In today’s game of baseball, the catcher’s mask is a fundamental piece of equipment. The player positioned behind home plate is in a vital but dangerous position. From his vantage point, the catcher can see the whole field, letting him observe and respond to the ongoing game in… Continue reading »

Dorothy Arzner
Dorothy Arzner (1897-1979) was a Hollywood film director.  A woman director was a rarity in the early days of filmmaking. She directed films from 1926-1943 and amassed a considerable body of work. Arzner was also the first woman to become a member of the Directors Guild of America. How… Continue reading »

black jockey Isaac Murphy
Isaac Burns Murphy (1861-1896) is considered one of the all-time great jockeys in Thoroughbred racing.  He was the first black jockey to be inducted into the National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame. Among his many credits were three wins at the Kentucky Derby… Continue reading »

This Day in History

On September 1, 1836, Narcissa Whitman arrived in Walla Walla, Washington, and became one of the first Anglo women to settle west of the Rocky Mountains. She and her husband, Marcus, were missionaries who hoped to convert the “heathens” to Christianity.  They established a mission for the Cayuse Indians and lived in peace for a time, but in 1847, a measles epidemic wiped out most of the Indians. The white people seemed to have immunity. This angered the remaining Indians. They attacked the mission and killed all the white people there, including Narcissa.

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