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Harvey Dunn's painting of American prairie life.
When it comes to illustrators, Harvey Dunn was in a class of his own. He was not only a gifted artist capable of creating historically realistic compositions but also a consummate educator who inspired generations of future artistic luminaries. Born in Manchester, S.Dak., in 1884, Dunn grew up on a homestead farm in a prairie region similar to that preserved in the writings of Laura Ingalls...
Image of several hands being raised to buy a house.
The spring and summer months have always been the strongest periods for buyers and sellers in the American real estate market, but the 2017 season looks as though it will be especially good. Since the housing crash that brought home sales to a near screeching halt in 2008, the market has seen a series of ups and downs that, collectively, amounted to a slow and modest recovery. In 2016 and into...
Associate Justice Antonin Scalia
When Associate Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia passed away in January of 2016, the nation suffered a loss. His discerning mind and forceful opinions had shaped the Court for over 30 years. His death left a vacancy on the bench, and filling that seat turned into a long, drawn-out conflict as politicians wrestled for control over who would appoint the next justice. As that battle waged on, the...
Disco ball.
It’s been 40 years since John Travolta donned his white suit and boogied across that illuminated dance floor in Saturday Night Fever . Released in 1977, the film brought disco, a cultural phenomenon born in urban dance clubs known as discotheques, into the mainstream. By 1978, there were 10,000 discotheques in the U.S. Anchored by a driving “four-on-the-floor” beat, disco music mixed elements of...
As a youngster, Fibonacci traveled with his father to African trading posts, where he met foreign merchants who introduced him to Hindu-Arabic numerals.
Today, few people know his name; however, his contribution to modern civilization is evident in virtually every aspect of daily life. Next to the wheel, it is quite possibly the most important instance of foresight and innovation in human history. Born in 1175 in Pisa, Italy, Leonardo Bonacci was the son of wealthy and powerful merchant Guglielmo Bonacci, who was also the consul of Pisa and the...
Kathrine Switzer poses with a replica of her first Boston Marathon bib, number 261.
The starting line of the seventy-first Boston Marathon was a sea of gray. The weather that day was brutally cold and snowy, so many competitors had decided to run the race in their warm-up gear. In 1967 “warm-up gear” meant baggy gray sweat suits. Similarly dressed in gray, an entrant wearing bib number 261 did not elicit any undue attention...until that competitor passed the two-mile marker...
A platoon in Vietnam.
Consider the world’s earliest literature. Homer’s Odyssey and Iliad . Virgil’s The Aeneid . Beowulf and the legend of King Arthur. All of these tales, mainstays of the Western cannon, are also war stories. As a genre, the war novel is one of the most enduring literary forms. For every warrior, there is a war story. Here are some of the best. The modern war novel The modern war novel emerged in...
Fran DiBacco in his Vintage Magazine Shoppe.
Fran DiBacco remembers the moment as if it were yesterday. It was June 1942; he was four and a half years old, standing by his mother’s side when she read the telegram. His older brother Vince was dead—killed during the Battle of Midway. “I can still see my mother grabbing her head with both hands and falling over like a tree,” he says. He didn’t know it yet, but this indelible instant was a...
(From left) Michelle Obama, Laura Bush, Hillary Clinton, Barbara Bush, and Rosalynn Carter during the dedication of the George W. Bush Presidential Library in 2013.
Help wanted: Manage office with an annual budget of $1.5 million and a staff of 25-40 people; oversee international social events; represent the official interests of the U.S.; preside over turkey pardons, Christmas tree lightings, and Easter egg rolls; direct events staff with regard to style and presentation of menus, floral design, and social correspondence. Applicant should have a worthwhile...