Scenic Route – A Modern-Day Viking Ship

Photo courtesy the Historical & Cultural Society of Clay County

Photo courtesy the Historical & Cultural Society of Clay County

How does a junior high guidance counselor come to be the builder and owner of a full-size Viking ship? And how do the counselor’s children end up sailing to Norway to fulfill his dying wish?

That’s the story of Robert Asp of Moorhead, Minnesota–and it’s the topic of the latest episode of The Scenic Route, our long-form podcast that takes a more leisurely look at the American Countryside.

The Scenic Route – Eugene Boone

In 1963, Eugene Boone was a 24-year-old deputy in Dallas, Texas–the youngest deputy ever hired by the sheriff there. On November 22nd of that year, he found himself just yards from President Kennedy when Kennedy was shot.

Andrew McCrea caught up with Boone to get his memories of that historic day, and what he thinks about all that’s been written and said of the Kennedy assassination since then.

You can also see more of Eugene Boone’s recollections from a 1986 TV special, “On Trial: Lee Harvey Oswald,” below.