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Leonardo da Vinci
Leonardo da Vinci was the quintessential Renaissance man. His remarkable abilities were as diverse as his interests, his vision always fixed on the future. From the beginning, da Vinci seemed to defy convention. He was born out of wedlock in Florence on April 15, 1452, to parents Piero Fruosino di Antonio da Vinci, a wealthy notary, and a peasant woman known in the historical record only as...
Lusitania
Erik Larson is one of the best-selling nonfiction writers of the twenty-first century and, probably, one of the most eclectic. His previous books have covered topics ranging from serial killer H.H. Holmes ( Devil in the White City ) to William E. Dodd’s experience as America’s ambassador to Nazi Germany ( In the Garden of Beasts ). His latest, Dead Wake (Crown, 2015), in which he...
UPS delivery man
Society has undergone a profound metamorphosis in the last 25 years. In a quarter of a century, a mere blink in the scheme of things, our material world has evaporated into the digital ether. Because of the Internet, paper, books, magazines, music, photography, money, face-to-face mercantilism, dating, even the most basic of human needs like friendship, have been reduced to an intangible system...
Tchaikovsky
Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky was a composer ahead of his time—a master of melodies. He was born in 1840 in a small town in the Russian Empire. His parents were trained musicians, and Tchaikovsky was, himself, exceptionally bright. By the age of six, he was studying piano and spoke fluently in French, German, and his native Russian—the latter accomplishments indicative of his remarkable...
drone
Look up in the sky! It’s a bird! It’s a plane. In 2015, odds are that flying object isn’t Superman. It’s a drone, or as it’s properly called, an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). While these small flying wonders hold tremendous promise for business, industry, and fun-seekers, they could also hold tremendous peril should they go awry in midair or fall into the wrong...
Samuel Morse
Although many may not know his face or much about his life, they certainly know his name. Samuel Morse was a nineteenth century da Vinci of sorts, a man who saw the world as a canvas. He was an artist, an inventor, a philosopher; and his story is as interesting as his contributions to society were momentous. Born in Charlestown, Mass., April 27, 1791, Samuel Finley Breese Morse was a serious...
Charlestown resident with Let's Move company.
Downsizing is probably the most difficult thing about moving—especially when moving from a large space to a smaller, more manageable one. The Tribune gathered three experts on downsizing together and asked them to share their expertise. We spoke with Sharon Baksa, regional sales director at Erickson Living , Kimberly McMahon, co-owner of Let’s Move , a downsizing and moving service in...
Zumba class
Spend a little time at a health club, a senior center, or a YMCA, and odds are it won’t be long before the infectious beat of up-tempo, highly danceable music fills the air. A few minutes later, you’ll hear whistles, enthusiastic shouts, and claps. It’s the distinctive sound of a Zumba class, the fitness-party workout sensation with fifteen million fans in over 180 countries...
Louis Zamperini looks through hole in side of B 52 bomber.
Movie studios traditionally release some of their best films on December 25—call it tinsel town’s gift to moviegoers. One of this year’s most anticipated Christmas day releases is Unbroken , director Angelina Jolie’s adaptation of Laura Hillenbrand’s perpetual bestseller Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption . It is the story of...