Category Archives: History

What the Sam Hill, Cortana?

“What the Sam Hill?” was a phrase my father often used, but none of my generation did, and I had not heard it for years, not even in old movies where they often said  “swell” and called adult women “kid.” … Continue reading

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UHF And VHF TV

A syndicated cartoon in our local paper, Non Sequitur, was titled, “Grandpa ups his game.” It shows Grandpa telling stories around a campfire to several children who are wide-eyed with imagined terror. He is saying, “. . . we only … Continue reading

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The Delaware Wedge

Settle down, children, and I’ll tell you the strange history of the Delaware Wedge. You probably never heard of it, but Delaware, Pennsylvania, and Maryland have argued over it for more than 200 years. It has been a long time … Continue reading

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Uncle John, Blowin’ Off the Stink

My Uncle John (uncle by marriage) came from South Philly and talked exactly like Frank Rizzo. He even looked a lot like him, heavy-set, but solid, not flabby. Uncle John worked for Tasty Baking and supplied the family with rejected … Continue reading

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The Girl That I Marry

I’ll admit it here, but don’t tell anyone else. I was watching an old Lawrence Welk program dedicated to Irving Berlin. (Hey, it was a rainy day!) I was carefully listening to the lyrics of “The Girl That I Marry” … Continue reading

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Bat Catching

Most evenings in reasonable weather, winter and summer, I walk counterclockwise around the Unitarian church across the street before I go to bed. I cut through their side parking lot, through an adjoining parking lot belonging to an MRI medical … Continue reading

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Where Have All the Infomercials Gone?

We diverted our attention for just a brief moment and in the blink of an eye they were gone. (Well, not entirely gone; just not as ubiquitous as they once were.) In the past, when sleeplessly tossing and turning well … Continue reading

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