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Posted in American Countryside Best of Maryland

A Man Named Thomas Stone

When you think of the men behind the Declaration of Indpendence you don’t think of people like Thomas Stone.  However, one could argue it is…

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Posted in American Countryside Best of Oklahoma

The Rock Café

It’s not the Hard Rock Café…and frankly…that is just fine with about everyone that stops here.  It’s been called the Rock Café since it was…

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Posted in American Countryside North Dakota

Talking About Someone Famous For a Living

Did you ever meet someone famous and then tell everyone about your encounter?  That’s in a sense what Jack does for a living.  But it’s…

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Posted in American Countryside North Dakota

Making It on the Screen

How to you become a well known actor in Hollywood?  Well, that’s what Jack had to figure out, but it was his dream to head…

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Posted in American Countryside North Dakota

The Big Break

Sometime you just need a break, a stroke of luck, the ball to bounce your way.  Jack Stahlman got it.  He just happened to run…

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Posted in American Countryside Missouri

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…

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Posted in American Countryside Missouri

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…

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Posted in American Countryside Best of Massachusetts

A Man Named Squanto

His name is one from our history books, but perhaps we have forgotten just how important his role was in saving the lives of the…

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Posted in American Countryside Best of Massachusetts

A New Crop for a New Home

Some regions of the country are better suited for specific crops.  That was the case for the Pilgrims who established Plymouth Colony.  They brought lots…

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Posted in American Countryside Best of Massachusetts

Survival of the Pilgrims

In 1620, the men and women we call the “Pilgrims” landed near Cape Cod, and eventually established Plymouth Colony.  As we near Thanksgiving, we take…

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Posted in American Countryside Best of Washington, DC

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…

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Posted in American Countryside Best of Washington, DC

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…

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Behind the Scenes with Tom Hoy

When you sit down with Tom Hoy you will get a behind the scenes look at some of the biggest events of the 1950s and…

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Posted in American Countryside Best of Utah

The Capitol of Deseret

If you know your fifty states and their capitals…you of course remember that Fillmore is the capital of Deseret…at least that was the way it…

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Posted in American Countryside Iowa

The Story of Kate Shelley

If you live in the state of Iowa you perhaps know the name of Kate Shelly.  At one time she was known the world ‘round,…

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Posted in American Countryside Iowa

Disaster Lurking in the Darkness

There was a disaster lurking in the darkness.  A rail bridge had washed out and a passenger train would soon be passing this way.  Certainly…

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Posted in Agriculture American Countryside Best of Kansas

Jumping Off the Train

Imagine a train chugging south out of Kansas with people jumping from the cars all along its route.  This is the reason they jumped and…

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Posted in American Countryside Best of Kansas

The Cherokee Strip

It’s called the Cherokee Strip…a stretch of land in north central Oklahoma originally given to the Cherokee and later opened to settlement by the U.S….

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Posted in American Countryside New York

The Trio Who Saved the Nation and a President

There’s a good chance you’ve never heard of John Paulding, Isaac Van Wart or David Williams.  Yet, each has a county in Ohio named after…

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Posted in American Countryside New York

The Simple Rules of Being a Spy

If you’re going to be a spy, it’s best to not be carrying incriminating evidence.  So when this man took off his boots and secret…

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