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FTV: The Sturgeonaba River

       The Sturgeonaba River?  If you have never heard of this Upper Peninsula waterway, that is okay because I made the name up.  This ancient river may have occupied the valley systems that now host the northward flowing Sturgeon River and the southward flowing Escanaba River.  When Fred Rydholm first told me his theory involving […]

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FTV:  Weird, Wonderful, & Obscure

     Those who know me best find the easiest gift giving solution to send my way for birthdays or Christmas are books, music, or more books.  While sorting through last year’s stash of new reading material, I happened upon a 2019 book by Kath Usitalo:  Secret Upper Peninsula – A Guide to the Weird, Wonderful, and […]

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AstroCal – June 2021

       The New Moon occuring on June 10th will set the stage for an Annular Eclipse.  The Moon will be a little too far from Earth for its disk to completely cover the Sun.  Instead, a bright ring of light (also known as an ‘annulus’ or ‘ring of fire’), will be visible for those viewing […]

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FTV: Out to Lunch

           A toasted cheese sandwich and a bowl of tomato soup have always been one of my favorite lunches (and don’t skimp on the oyster crackers).  The last time I sat down to this particular meal, I realized my general enjoyment of lunch goes back to elementary school.  Growing up a block away from Willard […]

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FTV: America’s Heartbeat

From the Vaults:  America’s Heartbeat        Mental music quiz time:  Who is the connecting thread between the following hit songs?  Good Vibrations (The Beach Boys);  Be My Baby (The Ronettes);  Return to Sender (Elvis);  Strangers in the Night (Frank Sinatra);  Mr. Tambourine Man (The Byrds);  Mary, Mary (The Monkees); and The Way We Were (Barbra […]

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From the Vaults: Space Junk

       Being too young to notice such things at the time, the debut of the Earth’s first artificial satellite (Sputnik, launched on October 4, 1957) did not get me interested in space.  The ‘space spark’ was struck by a trip outside with my brother Ron to view Project Echo (the first of two identical satellites […]

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AstroCal – May 2021

       The past several AstroCals, our poor companion seems to have gotten short shrift as the Full Moon has taken place very late in the last few months.  We will rectify that situation by starting this edition with the May Lunar events.  Not only will this month’s Full Moon take place late in the month […]

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