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To Depict the Frontier Era with Authenticity, This Artist Walks in the Footsteps of Mountain Men

#To Depict the Frontier Era with Authenticity, This Artist Walks in the Footsteps of Mountain Men A historian with a brush and a palette, David Wright considers it his mission to depict America’s frontier era with precision. “We historical artists march…

During WWII Gliders Seemed Like a Good Idea

#During WWII Gliders Seemed Like a Good Idea Commandos on Wings” ran the headline of the article in Washington’s Evening Star on November 1, 1942. The subhead read, “They are Uncle Sam’s glider troops, who drop silently out of the…

Was the P-38 WWII’s Coolest Fighter?

#Was the P-38 WWII’s Coolest Fighter? If you ask me, World War II’s coolest airplane is the Lockheed P-38 Lightning. It looks like something a kid might have doodled in a notebook while daydreaming in class. I became enthralled with…

This British Colonel Traveled with Robert E. Lee at Gettysburg. He’d Already Had His Share of Surprises.

#This British Colonel Traveled with Robert E. Lee at Gettysburg. He’d Already Had His Share of Surprises. Arthur James Lyon Fremantle left Great Britain aboard a ship on March 2, 1863, headed for the northern border of Mexico. After a…

This P-38 Pilot Shot Down Five Germans in Five Minutes: Meet Scrappy the Ace

#This P-38 Pilot Shot Down Five Germans in Five Minutes: Meet Scrappy the Ace If Hollywood ever gets around to making a movie about “Scrappy” Blumer, the plot won’t need any embellishment. In fact, scriptwriters might have to tone down…

What Made Milwaukee Famous? This Blue Ribbon Beer

#What Made Milwaukee Famous? This Blue Ribbon Beer Pabst Mansion location map. Frederick Pabst was captain of a Great Lakes steamer when Maria Best came aboard his ship and caught his attention. He started courting her, the daughter of the…

She Was Romantically Linked to the ‘Sundance Kid’ — But Much About Her Remains a Mystery

#She Was Romantically Linked to the ‘Sundance Kid’ — But Much About Her Remains a Mystery Who was Etta Place? She was the lover and perhaps wife of Pennsylvania-born Harry Alonzo Longabaugh, aka the “Sundance Kid,” and a peripheral associate…

Dan Sickles Insisted that His Gettysburg Antics Saved the Union. Was He Right?

#Dan Sickles Insisted that His Gettysburg Antics Saved the Union. Was He Right? “It was either a good line, or a bad one, and, whichever it was, I took it on my own responsibility….I took up that line because it…

Western Writers of America Announces Its 2024 Wister Award Winner

#Western Writers of America Announces Its 2024 Wister Award Winner Each year since 1961 Western Writers of America has bestowed on a respected individual its Owen Wister Award for lifetime achievement in the field of Western history. Previous Wister recipients…

Even in the Headline-Grabbing World of Drones, the Predator Stands Out

#Even in the Headline-Grabbing World of Drones, the Predator Stands Out Specifications Height: 6 feet 11 inches Wingspan: 55 feet 2 inches Empty weight: 1,130 pounds Maximum takeoff weight: 2,250 pounds Power plant: Rotax 914F 115 hp four-cylinder turbocharged engine…