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The Betsy Ross Flag flies outside of the Betsy Ross House in Philadelphia. (Photo by Dan Mall via Unsplash)

Historically Speaking: Betsy Ross, an original American patriot

Tom Morrow February 21, 2024
In case you missed this particular class in third grade, let me tell you about a true American patriot: Elizabeth Griscom “Betsy” Ross, who was born Jan. 1, 1752.
Editions of the North County Times and U-T San Diego show the evolution of the papers’ merger. (North Coast Current photo)

Historically Speaking: Communities lose with end of daily newspapers

Tom Morrow January 19, 2024
Today, there are far fewer journalistic eyes and ears monitoring all levels of our government since the demise of our local newspapers. We always end up deserving the kind of government we’ve allowed to take place.
Holiday presents. (Photo by Clint Patterson via Unsplash)

Historically Speaking: Christmas of yesteryear in the Middle West

Tom Morrow December 14, 2023
Thoughts of the approaching 2023 Christmas take me back more than eight decades of my life. I recall the anticipated booty that never appeared on the dreamscape during my 1940s and early ’50s. Of course, in those days, what toy land wonders we didn’t know about weren’t missed.
Clocks representing times around the world. (Photo by Kevin Klima, iStock Getty Images)

Historically Speaking: Got some time? Read up on how ‘time’ works

Tom Morrow November 12, 2023
When I was a boy, my grandfather could look up at the sun and tell within 30 minutes what time it was. He’d check himself by looking at his pocket watch as the trains came through town. In those days, the weather and time were the main topics of conversation on a day-by-day basis. Those two subjects continue to dominate our lives.
Boston Red Sox catcher Moe Berg (right) talks with player-manager Joe Cronin in the dugout in 1937. (Photo from the Moe Berg Papers, Manuscripts Division, Department of Rare Books and Special Collections, Princeton University Library)

Historically Speaking: Moe Berg, the catcher who was a spy

Tom Morrow October 10, 2023
When baseball greats Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig went on tour in 1934 in baseball-crazy Japan, some in the U.S. sporting world wondered why Moe Berg, a third-rate catcher, was included on the team.
Will Rogers, pictured in Filmplay Journal, January 1922. (Public Domain image)

Historically Speaking: Will Rogers, prolific humorist and performer

Tom Morrow September 11, 2023
Today’s humorless “woke” culture makes it almost impossible for anyone to poke fun at anyone on the political spectrum without being shouted down by some portion of the population. That is to say, it’s a good thing Will Rogers isn’t tossing off his incisive barbs these days when so many folks search for reasons to be offended.
Julius Robert Oppenheimer is pictured in a 1944 Department of Energy photo. (National Archives Catalog)

Historically Speaking: Oppenheimer, ‘the destroyer of worlds’

Tom Morrow August 11, 2023
After more than a half century nearly forgotten in history books, the name of Julius Robert Oppenheimer, primarily responsible for the development of the atomic bomb, has been reintroduced to the public by way of a big-screen Hollywood film.
In the 1940s, movie star Hedy Lamarr was one of Hollywood’s most sought-after leading ladies. But away from the cameras, her passion for innovation spawned the wireless communication technology we take for granted today. (Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story)

Historically Speaking: The ‘world’s most beautiful inventor’

Tom Morrow July 9, 2023
For as much as she became known as “Hollywood’s most beautiful woman,” there was much more to the glamorous Hedy Lamarr than just her stunning good looks. Put it this way: without her, there might not be any of today’s Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and even smartphones as we know them ... not to mention her contribution to winning a world war.
Performer and philanthropist Danny Thomas founded St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in 1962. (St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital photo)

Historically Speaking: Danny Thomas, a man behind the fight against cancer

Tom Morrow June 3, 2023
For television viewers, the name “Danny Thomas” appears on-screen at least once daily. The name appears during St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital commercials in a plea for donations. You’ll see his name on the side of the hospital building as “Danny Thomas, Founder.”
A Sears catalog cover from the early 1960s. (Goodwill image)

Historically Speaking: The nation’s first mail order general stores

Tom Morrow May 10, 2023
Before there were roads connecting the Atlantic to the Pacific and Mexico to Alaska, you could buy goods delivered via railroad freight and/or the U.S. mail. This was more than a century before the Internet, all courtesy of the mail-order catalogs of the Montgomery Ward and Sears & Roebuck companies. It was the Amazon of yesteryear.
Tom Morrow, then a young writer from Iowa, at the worlds largest Buddha in Japan. (Tom Morrow photo)

Historically Speaking: Confessions of a writer

Tom Morrow April 16, 2023
Each of us has or will experience a good amount of history as life takes us from one day to the next. Do an assessment of your own life ... you might be surprised.
A portrait of American financier John Pierpont (J.P.) Morgan, painted by Fedor Encke in 1903. (Creative Commons image)

Historically Speaking: The banker who saved America 

Tom Morrow March 22, 2023
In lieu of today’s current financial climate in Washington, D.C., reviewing a bit of national banking history seems to be in order. Today, as it was yesterday, there always seems to be light at the end of a very long financial-ladened tunnel.
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