Covering the Presidents

When Tom Hoy was a newspaper man in Washington D.C. he had the thrill of covering two of the most influential men of the twentieth century…Presidents Kennedy and Johnson.  He sat down with us and recounted some of those memorable stories…

Pictures of the Famous

His pictures have appeared in newspapers and books from coast to coast and around the world…and even though you may have never heard of his name, you have certainly heard of the people who’s lives he covered…

A Museum for Things Left Behind

It’s a simple memorial.  140 black granite panels containing over 58,000 names.  A simple memorial with deep meaning.  A place where people come to reflect and a place where people often leave things behind…

Where Thousands Come to Pay Respect

This Washington D.C. memorial is just a kid when compared to monuments to Washington, Lincoln and Jefferson that are nearby.  But in it’s short life, this has become a place where thousand come to pay respects and remember the price of freedom…

Not “Just” a Wall

A few years ago I sat on a park bench and visited with a man about a wall he helped build.  This isn’t any ordinary man and this is far from “just” a wall..

An Astronaut Program For Women

In the early 1980s, the United States put its first woman into space, a full two decades after space travel began.  So why didn’t women get their chance even though they had undergone astronaut testing as early as 1961…

Training Another Gender for Outer Space

The first man in space, the first man to orbit the earth, the first man to walk on the moon…you may know those pioneers and you may have never have given a second thought to the fact they are all men.  This U.S. researcher thought it should perhaps be the other gender who made those missions…

The Unique Village in the City

It was a village inside Arlington National Cemetery…a place where people found refuge during the Civil War.  This is the story of the unique city and the history behind those buried in this section of the grounds…

The Historic Spot at Arlington National Cemetery

Although most visitors to Arlington National Cemetery simply see the Tomb of the Unknowns and perhaps the JFK grave site…there are many interesting areas of these grounds…including what is perhaps the most historic spot…section 27

From Summer Job to Over 30 Year Career

Tom thought he was coming here simply to fill a summer job.  After more than 30 years later, he says it was a great role…  It’s a role that has him sharing history of a place we remember on Memorial Day…

Burning the White House

FJM-HV-Hawaii2014It was an act that seemed unthinkable.  Another nation’s army marched into the United States capital and burned its most important government buildings to the ground, with the president and other government officials fleeing the advancing troops.   It all happened 200 years ago this week…

The Most Famous Lady to Occupy the White House

FJM-HV-Hawaii2014Perhaps the most famous first lady to ever occupy the White House was Dolly Madison.  She was known to host parties with lavish desserts, but she is also beloved for the heroism she showed in the face of the burning of Washington…

George Washington’s Influence on the White House Design

FJM-HV-Hawaii2014Although George Washington was the nation’s first president, he never got to live inside the presidential mansion that was being constructed in Washington, D.C.  Our first presidents did have much influence over the way that home and the surrounding grounds would be designed though…

The Affect of Farming on Building the White House and Capitol

FJM-HV-Hawaii2014It was a long and tedious process to build the U.S. Capitol and what we know as the White House.  The hand labor, intricate carvings and movement of materials were all time consumers.  However, one of the biggest delays in getting those buildings ready for service has everything to do with the farm…

Honoring America’s Heroes

FJM-HV-Hawaii2014Every independence day we celebrate our freedom. This soldier is reminded of the cost of that freedom as he protects the resting place of America’s heroes…

Standing Your Ground

When the British entered the Washington, D.C. during the War of 1812, they burned many of the government’s buildings, including the residence of the president.  There was one many who defended some of those buildings though, an unlikely hero who understood what would be lost if some sites succumbed to the flames….

The Octagon in Washington, DC

Everyone knows the Pentagon is in Washington.  But did you know the city is home to an Octagon as well?  It may not be as big, but it does have more sides and it has a very interesting story…..

The Thing

It’s often referred to as simply, “The Thing.”  That “thing” was a piece of equipment used to acquire secrets from the United States.  Today you can see it at the International Spy Museum in Washington, D.C.  It’s story involves school children and even has a link to the U2 controversy of the 1960s…..

The Spy Museum

What’s it take to become a word class spy?  The answers and the job description may just surprise you.  Today we visit with a man who held that job…a gentleman who today helps oversee one of the best places to learn about working undercover…..

A Veteran of the CIA

Today we spent time with a veteran of the CIA.  In fact, he spent over two decades in clandestine operations and we discuss how and why one decides to enter that field…..