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Unfired ammunition from the USS Arizona.
The USS Arizona is more than a sunken wreck. It is a time capsule and a grave, left as she was when she went to the bottom of Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, along with the bodies of some 1,000 sailors and marines. The care of this historical shrine, which draws in excess of 2.5 million visitors annually, is led by a team of underwater archaeologists with the National Park Service’s (NPS)...
Movie posters for Psycho and Citizen Kane.
Y ou may not know his name, and you probably haven’t seen his face. But if you’ve ever watched a movie or television show, or listened to an early radio program, you’ve almost certainly heard his music. Bernard Herrmann was arguably the greatest theatrical composer of all time. Having scored everything from Orson Welles’ controversial The War of the Worlds (1938) radio broadcast to the film and...
(L-R) Mary Matalin, who worked for both Bush presidents; James Carville, lead strategist for Bill Clinton’s campaigns; and Alex Castellanos, once a prominent Republican strategist.
On November 8, the nation will release a collective sigh of relief. Regardless of who wins or who loses, the long, ruthless slog of the 2016 campaign will be over. The robocalls, the daily emails, the postcards and the constant bickering on TV will suddenly stop. We will be free to turn our attention to less contentious battles such as those played out on football fields or basketball courts. The...
Elaine LaLanne keeps her husband Jack's fitness legacy alive and well.
B efore Tony Horton, Richard Simmons and Jane Fonda, there was Jack LaLanne. Known as the “Godfather of Fitness,” he started a revolution that has grown into a $22.4 billion a year industry. LaLanne’s accomplishments could fill volumes, but he is best known for his television fitness program—the longest running program of its kind (1953–1985). He was also the first person to encourage average...
A reconstruction of Robert Fulton's first submarine, the Nautilus.
Those familiar with the name Robert Fulton probably best know him as the man who created the first commercially viable steamboat to navigate America’s vast river system. Although this was arguably his crowning achievement, it represents only a fraction of the inventor who accomplished this and so much more. Born in Pennsylvania in 1765, Fulton would prove to be something of a Renaissance man and...
Educating drivers about distracted driving is an ongoing process.
You’re out for a drive and the car in front of you slows down. It swerves, moving erratically from one side of the lane to the other. It could be a drunk driver. It could also be a distracted driver—someone who’s texting or searching a playlist or looking for an address stored on a mobile device. Most often, distracted driving involves mobile devices, especially among younger, more inexperienced...
Throughout the early twentieth century, Jessie Willcox Smith’s illustrations appeared regularly on the covers of major magazines such as Good Housekeeping.
A quick Google search of the name “Jessie Willcox Smith” turns up loads of images: Mother’s Day cards, birthday cards, and thank-you cards, all bearing reprints of her original paintings. Most of them involve women and children playing, reading books, enjoying a loving embrace. Clearly, Smith’s artwork sells very well—and greeting card publishers are readily harvesting the bonanza that is her...
A remotely operated vehicle (ROV) prepares to descend on the wreck of the USS Arizona in Pearl Harbor.
When we hear about the National Park Service (NPS), a number of sites usually come to mind: Yellowstone National Park, Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine, Valley Forge, and Gettysburg. They are all places that you can visit on good old terra firma. What many Americans don’t realize is that a substantial amount of the NPS’s historical treasures are underwater. And that’s where the...
Two bumble bees and a crab spider visiting a purple cone flower in DeWitt, Mich.
Each year, monarch butterflies travel nearly 2,500 miles, flying en mass from the colder climate of Canada and the northern states to the warmth of Mexico and Southern California. It is a phenomenon that is both fascinating and perplexing, as scientists don’t know exactly how or why the colorful insects make their annual migration. What is known, however, is that the monarch butterfly may become...