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From the Vaults: No TV!

       In one of the earlier segments of The Simpsons Tree House of Horrors, they do an extremely funny lampooning of The Shining (the Jack Nicholson version, only here called The Shinning).  After Marge discovers Homer’s writing consists of nothing more sinister than, “Feeling fine,”  she expresses cautious optimism about the situation.  A sudden flash […]

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AstroCal – November 2021

       We begin our look at November with Venus, Jupiter, and Saturn.  Venus continues to dominate the SW sky at dusk.  With the period of twilight lengthening throughout the fall, Venus will appear 3 degrees higher by the end of the month with a setting time that will average about 2.6 hours after sunset.  Viewed […]

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FTV: Wilderness Hiking

       The crew at the West Coast Bureau sent me a copy of one of William L. Sullivan’s numerous books about hiking the great Oregonian out-of-doors.  To best describe Sullivan’s passion for the topic of hiking in the wilderness, let me offer the following summary from the back cover of his 1988 opus Listening for […]

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FTV: Strike it Rich!

     One of my favorite displays at the Michigan Iron Industry Museum outside of Negaunee is housed behind the door of an old bank vault.  There is a graph inside showing how much money was generated by all of the big mineral rushes that swept this young nation.  Manifest Destiny compelled the government to expand the […]

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Lachey Strikes Again

Our favorite Australian B-3 / Whammy Clavy player Lachey Doley has been putting out some great music – he also has a new album coming out we are trying to source – problem is, the shipping from down under costs more than the product – we will see what we can do. Combining my love […]

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