A Story to Suck You In

I have a feeling today’s subject is really going to suck you in.  In a moment you’ll see what a pun that it, but I have a feeling, our guest will truly suck you into a topic you probably didn’t think could be that interesting…

Making Cash to Buy a Car…Leading to a Lifetime Interest

How much money can a high school kid make working a summer job?  For Tom Gasko, he made enough cash to buy a new Trans Am.  What did he do?

A Cattleman’s Scheme

Criminals may do just about anything to get their hands on what they want.  But in western Kansas in 1879, one cattleman was duped by a scheme far different that anything anyone has ever seen–before or since…

The Technology of Ethanol

We often think of ethanol as a home grown and domestically consumed product.  That statement is true, but there is a growing export market for the fuel and that may have a big impact on economies here and abroad…

Ethanol-The Farmer’s LInk to Solving the Energy Crisis

Once upon a time, I gave a speech as a FFA member titled, “Ethanol, the Farmer’s Link to Solving the Energy Crisis.”  I’m don’t know if my speech still holds water today, but with a lot of talk lately about E15 blended gas…well, I thought if time to learn more…

An Old Five & Ten Store

Imagine a place where you can purchase some thread, a lava lamp, a stuffed unicorn and some pencils and paper all in one stop and it’s not some store with a hundred aisles.  This place still thrives as an ol’ five and ten store…

The No-Miss in Downtown Branson

Many of you have been to Branson, but have you been downtown to the old dime store that’s been there for over five decades?

Wearing a Suit to Work

Dan Meers has nearly a dozen suits he wears to work.  The odd thing is, all the suites are alike.  It’s an odd suit for a very unique job…

A Bungee Jump and a Zipline

Maybe you’ve conquered fear and made a bungee jump in your life.  Or perhaps you’ve rode a zip line on some adventure.  Imagine combining both and doing it in a 70,000 seat stadium.  That’s what this man attempted to do…

A Long Career in the NFL

If a football player makes it to the NFL, chances are their career may last three or four years on average.  This man’s career has stretched about three decades and that has many people asking him a lot of questions about how’s been able to make it that long…

The Right Resume for the Job

Dan had a potential problem.  He had a four-year college degree from a major state university, but he was concerned his resume might not be strong enough to land a great job.  Fortunately, he had another resume…

Small Town Opportunities

Are small towns full of opportunities of full of overwhelming challenges?  Certainly the answer can be both, but Deb Markley is hoping rural America will take the lead in showing others what a great place it can be to call home…

A Different Kind of Silo

Drive into farm country and you’re likely to see some silos.  Deb Markley talks about silos a lot when she is in Rural America.  However she has a different picture in her mind…

A Steel Post and a Glow Plug

What’s a steel fence post and a diesel glow plug have to do with saving lives?  It was just one of the creative ideas you’ll find at this museum – a place dedicated to using the past to train people for the future…

Going to a Museum to Prepare for the Future

It may seem odd to take young men and women to a museum to help prepare them for the future.  But that’s exactly what happens here and our country’s military is better for it.

A Place Carved in the Woods

It’s a place carved from the woods – a place created from the necessities of World War II.  Yet, it remains today, an important place in the past, present and future of our country…

Unearthing the Bones of an Unknown Animal

Imagine you unearthed the bones of an animal and had little idea of what you found. Now imagine making up a tale about the creature and traveling the nation to tell its story. That’s exactly what happened just south of St. Louis…

A Motel With a Radio in Every Room

This motel advertisers a “radio in every room.”  Perhaps it doesn’t sound too elegant, but it’s doing a nice business on the same spot for the last 80 years or so…

Movie Stars on Wide-Open Roads

There was a time when the movie stars of the day did not fly to their destination, but rather drove their own expensive cars on the wide-open roads.  This story is about one such star on a trip…

Searching for the Crossroads of the Nation

He was a man in search of the crossroads of the nation.  For of course, that would be the best place to build a business – a site where traffic from all directions would meet…