Sports, Cars & Other Pastimes

Dog Training for the Early Movies

Dog trainer Carl Spitz (1894 –1976) was a German immigrant who made his way to Los Angeles where he founded the Hollywood Dog Training School... continue »

Bullet, the Wonder Dog, from The Roy Rogers Show

For six television seasons (1951-1957) and 100 episodes of The Roy Rogers Show, Bullet, the Wonder Dog, did everything a good dog should do. He... continue »

P.T. Barnum, New Details

In a relatively recent issue of American Snapshots, I wrote a bit about "P.T. Barnum, Promoter Extraordinaire", and shortly after I received an email from... continue »

The Belmont Stakes: The Test of Champions

On Saturday, June 9, Americans will learn whether I’ll Have Another will be a Triple Crown winner when the horse participates in what is the... continue »

A Behind-the-Scenes Tour of Grauman’s Chinese Theatre

A behind-the-scenes visit to Grauman’s Chinese Theatre (known as TCL Chinese Theatre since 2013) is a not-to-miss opportunity. These tours are sponsored by the Los... continue »

Discovering Hollywood’s Homes of the Stars

Last night I attended an event at the Hollywood Heritage Museum, which is located in the Lasky-DeMille Barn, said to be Hollywood’s Oldest Movie Studio. ... continue »

National Park Week Celebration Continues: The Movies 100 Years Ago

Most of us love going to the movies. Whether we are there to be entertained, enlightened, or to be exposed to other worlds, we love... continue »

Fenway: America’s Most Beloved Ballpark

On April 20, 2012 most of the Boston citizenry will be wearing something that designates them as the loyal Red Sox fans that they are. ... continue »

Leroy Robert “Satchel” Paige, Legendary Pitcher

One of the greatest baseball pitchers of all time Highly popular. He attracted huge audiences wherever he played, and eventually became a Pitcher-for-Hire. Leroy Robert... continue »

The Nicholas Brothers: Fayard (1914-2006) and Harold (1921-2000)

Magical tap dancers; charismatic performers The Nicholas Brothers never became the household names that Gene Kelly or Fred Astaire became, but they deserve to have... continue »

Pal, the Wonder Dog, and his Offspring Pete

During the 1920s pit bulls were one of the most popular family dogs in the United States. They were so well-liked that a pit bull,... continue »

Yankee Stadium 1923-2009

Just as they do today, New Yorkers of the past had several places where they could go to watch baseball. The first field used, starting... continue »