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Entrepreneurs & Inventors

Bread-Slicing Machine: The Inventor

The invention of the bread-slicing machine eventually gave rise to the expression, "best thing since sliced bread."  Who was the inventor? One might expect that... continue »

Detroit People–Past and Present–Who Made a Difference

Detroit is an American city that deserves far more respect than it gets. In 2013 the city had to declare bankruptcy.  Kevyn Orr, a bankruptcy... continue »

Why Carved Pumpkins are a Symbol of Halloween

The tradition of carving faces into vegetables or fruits dates to the Celts. Many centuries ago as the summer harvest came to an end, the... continue »

Halloween Mischief Night Preceded Trick or Treating

Mischief-making became part of Hallow’s Eve (October 30) in the late 1800s. Then, as now, young people looked for ways to pull pranks. The ideas... continue »

Halloween Costumes and How They Came About

Who will be first to ring your doorbell on Halloween? A ghost, a witch, a pumpkin with arms, or Minnie Mouse or a Super Mario... continue »

Countdown to Halloween

We are less than a week away from Halloween so over the next few days I'll be sharing with you the stories behind the holiday... continue »

Weegee and Early Crime Photography

Today our society has cameras everywhere, and we have become accustomed to being able to watch tragedy unfold. From the day in 1994 when twenty... continue »

The Crusaders Who Campaigned for Car Safety

In late 2012 the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration released the results of a new seat belt survey. While there are statistical variations by region... continue »

Francis Scott Key: How The Star Spangled Banner Came to be Written

Francis Scott Key (1779-1843) was a 35-year-old attorney, who was not in the military during the War of 1812, yet he found himself being held... continue »

Where Were You on September 11?

Is there any American who doesn't approach September 11th with a feeling of sadness and the thought of, "What will I do? How will I... continue »

Sarah Winnemucca (ca. 1844-1891) Educator and Advocate for Native Americans

Documented her life as a Native American in an autobiographical book published in 1883 Spoke forcefully for her people at a time when women had... continue »

Midnight Sun, A Remarkable Police Dog (1926)

Midnight Sun was a gorgeous German shepherd that became the hero of Okmulgee, Oklahoma, a small town in central Oklahoma.  Midnight Sun’s claim to fame?... continue »