Category Archives: Pop Culture

We wanted to see the Christmas lights in Denver, which meant we had some time to kill. I found a large antique mall called The Brass Armadillo west of downtown, and it successfully occupied much of our afternoon.  It was … Continue reading

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Superman’s Birthplace

We had a little while to kill on the morning of the Fourth, so we drove to the east side of Cleveland to see the neighborhood where Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster lived. They were the teenagers who created Superman. … Continue reading

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Billy Ireland Cartoon Museum

We stopped by to tour the Billy Ireland Cartoon Museum on the campus of Ohio State University. Ireland was a local cartoonist who drew “The Passing Show” for The Columbus Dispatch from 1908 to 1935. That’s his drawing board in … Continue reading

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The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet

Ozzie Nelson was a big band leader and his wife, Harriet, was a vocalist. They were regulars with Red Skelton  and later launched their own show. The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet was a very popular TV show from 1952 … Continue reading

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Apple Valley — Part Three (Toyland)

The final stop on our tour was another small shed. There was a small clear space in the center of the room, but every other inch was packed with toys of every description. They filled shelves along the walls, hung … Continue reading

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Apple Valley — Part One

It was only an hour to Sikeston where we were eating lunch, so we had some time to kill. And it was raining. We sat in the parlor of Summers Riverview Mansion while Nate and I looked on our phones … Continue reading

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The Key to Happiness

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Crosswords

I completed a Sunday New York Times crossword puzzle on my own. I was working on four of them at once, moving on when I got stuck, then going back when I had more time. I finally nailed this one because … Continue reading

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Woodstock Willie Doesn’t See His Shadow

An article in the local newspaper, by Jen Wiant. Woodstock Willie is held up to a crowd gathered in the Woodstock Square Friday morning at the annual Woodstock Groundhog Day event. He did not see his shadow, indicating an early … Continue reading

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