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FTV: Hard Knocks

       The human body is a remarkable machine.  Our built-in self-repair mechanisms are tested throughout one’s life and looking back, I can only wonder why humans are so determined to thoroughly test the limits of these systems.  My father and mother both smoked when I was growing up.  Thankfully, my mother quit cold turkey when […]

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FTV: Communication

   The  following snippet of information was printed in the “CHEERS and JEERS” section of the AARP Bulletin back in March of 2016 and was recently unearthed from my pile of clippings:  “CHEERS . . . to the new SAT test that will focus less on obscure vocabulary.”  The press release said:  “The abstruse vocabulary words […]

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FTV: Shifting a Pair of Dimes

     Many years ago, Ontonagon Area Schools business teacher Diane Hardes and I were sent to a workshop held at the Holiday Inn in Marquette.  The day’s theme was “integrating computers into your school” and on the way home, we agreed that beyond the lunch we were served, it was a big waste of time (we […]

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FTV: Random PMMF Memories

  My annual ritual of summarizing the backstage events of the Porcupine Mountain Music Festival dates back more than a dozen years.  I was organizing some of the articles that I keep filed chronologically, so naturally I started re-reading some of these ghosts of PMMFs past.  With the COVID-19 pandemic scuttling our favorite local festival this […]

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FTV: Apollo – Fact or Fiction?

       Steph Curry is a terrific basketball player, two-time NBA MVP, and one of those wealthy professional athletes who decided to take a stab at becoming a media mogul.  It is a little too soon to pass judgement on his budding media career.  His attempt at TV production (an exploitation of Curry’s interest in golf […]

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FTV: Rally Time

       On October 19, 2018, my wife and I were on the way to Houghton in the late afternoon when we happened to notice one of the cars from the Lake Superior Performance Rally (LSPR) traveling in the other direction.  They were headed toward the Friday evening starting point of their weekend rally.  Just for […]

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FTV: One and Done – Part 2

  After reading Cormac O’Brien’s book, Secret Lives of the U.S. Presidents – What your teachers never told you about the men of the White House (Quirk Books – 2009), I thought it might be interesting to examine some of the ‘one and done’ U.S. Presidents.  We ended Part 1 with the death of #11 (James […]

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FTV: One and Done – Part 1

       Being an election year, the above title will give some the wrong idea right off the bat.  While I have my political opinions, it has been a cardinal rule of mine to not spend time trying to convince anyone else that what I think about politics is ‘right’ while their opinions are ‘wrong’.  When […]

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FTV: The Huron Mtn Open

       Growing up only two blocks north of the tennis courts located at the Marquette Senior High building gave me plenty of opportunities to play tennis.  There were four more courts between the NMU dorms and the National Guard Armory just north of our house and many public courts sprinkled across town.  Taking two free […]

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