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 »

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 »

Wrigley Field

Wrigley Field opened on April 23, 1914 and is one of America’s oldest stadiums. Many of its early elements are still in place today, giving... continue »