FTV: Mythical Beasts

     No, I am not thinking about the Wykon or the Hodag.  If you are wondering, the first is the school mascot for the West Iron County (Michigan) school district and the latter is a tourist attraction who roams the forests somewhere in the northern counties of Wisconsin.  No, what I have in mind are the […]

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FTV: Playgrounds in My Mind

       When I was a wee lad of maybe four, we visited my cousin Wally and his wife somewhere in Wisconsin or Minnesota.  Being on the young side and a few years ahead of developing my fixation on maps and geography, the details are a bit fuzzy.  The one thing that comes to mind with […]

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FTV: Cha Cha Changes – Part 2

       In Part 1 of Cha Cha Changes (again, my apologies to David Bowie for borrowing his song title), we began running down what Ontonagon was like in 1975 when I first arrived as the new Junior High Geography/Earth Science teacher in the Ontonagon Area Schools.  This article was begun as a presentation made at […]

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FTV: Cha Cha Changes . . .

       When recently asked to present ‘something about how things have changed around here’ for the Ontonagon County Historical Society,  I said, “Let me think about it before I say ‘yes’ or ‘no’.”  There are already many volumes available about the history of the area (see:  Knox Jamison, Earl Doyle, and Bruce Johanson for starters), […]

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FTV: Driver’s Ed

       “Okay,” my father said, “Push in the clutch, pull out the choke, turn the key, and step on the starter pedal.”  When the engine came to life, he had me adjust the choke until the engine was idling smoothly and then continued:  “Now put the shift down into first like I showed you.  Give […]

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FTV: Geological Ramblings

       The late Tom Hartzell and I were having a discussion about the Pacific Northwest in the lunchroom one day.  Tom mentioned he and his wife would be vacationing there in the near future, so I took the opportunity to ask him a little favor.  I said, “Well, if you happen to find an ashtray […]

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