What did Frederick Douglass teach me about income tax?

Why do you and I pay income tax? I’ve heard some people answer this question by saying things like, “How we gonna pay for the roads?  How do you think we pay for all the social services?  Who’s gonna mow the lawn at the governor’s mansion?  You think someone’s gonna do that for free? Come […]

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How the rear view mirror was invented …

Last Thursday 21 Jan 2016 I learned how the rear view mirror was invented.  That’s the unsophisticated but critical devise that hangs on the inside of your front windscreen so you can see what’s happening behind you when driving your car.  It’s standard in every vehicle.  It’s wasn’t always that way. “Mind if I sit […]

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What is the origin of the “Flavor Sandwich?”

The flavor sandwich was invented sometime in the early 70’s by 3 teenage boys from a small town in southern New Hampshire. It happened very much by accident.  They did not set out to invent one of the world’s most unique dishes.  Instead, the idea for this specialty sandwich came from something their Dad told […]

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Politics and the Birth of the F-111 Aircraft

“Hey Dave, did I ever tell you the story about how they chose the contractor for the F-111?”  asked Gus my co-worker at the Flight Dynamics Laboratory Wright-Patterson, Air Force Base near Dayton, Ohio.  I was working at the lab during the summer of 1986 between my junior and senior year at Ohio State. The […]

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The First Gulf War … it’s been 25 Years!

Twenty five years ago were were just days away from the start of the First Gulf War.  I was stationed in a remote Australian outback town called Woomera where the US Air Force operated a satellite tracking station.  We were in the missile detection business.  Our satellites could “see” the Iraq and Kuwait areas so when […]

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