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Infamous day

  Today is the anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor in 1941, “a day that will live in infamy,” said President Franklin Roosevelt. Two weeks ago, I heard him say those words in a recording of his declaration of war. The broad, flat vowels of his patrician New York accent sounded Kennedyesque. (Or maybe Kennedy […]

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The best little bar-b-que in Texas

  Before leaving Oklahoma, I spotted a group of Texans circled like a wagon train in the campground. I identified them by their big, white diesels and monster rigs. (And also by their license plates.) One frosty morning, I joined them at their campfire, map in hand. Texas is a big state, and I wanted […]

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The Bricklayer of Atchison, KS

  William Boular was one unlucky kid. Those very misfortunes, however, as well as his acceptance of them are the reasons every resident in Atchison, Kansas, knows about him. Little Will was born on September 9, 1869. When he was four years old, he contracted meningitis, which left him deaf. Because of this affliction, he […]

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