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Mike Collins
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PostFri Jul 15, 2022 8:27 am 
Cleaning out my filing cabinet recently brought a sixty year old telegram back to life. President Kennedy was visiting my boyhood city of Chicago. A telegram was sent to each school and read in the classrooms. At the end of the day I went down to the office and asked for the telegram. The office staff graciously allowed me as an eight year old student to take it home. It is sadly ironic that the Northwest Highway mentioned by Mayor Daley was renamed the Kennedy Expressway some eight months later after his death in November, 1963. I corresponded with the principal of the Norwood Park School who was delighted to accept this gift to the school. He said he would put it up in the office for all to see. After his assassination in Dallas it was wisely decided not to broadcast the route which future presidents would be taking prior to any visits. The telegram causes reflection when thinking that this was the fastest means of mass communication at one time.


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PostTue Jul 26, 2022 5:47 pm 
mike wrote:

Kim Brown wrote:
I have Ancient Places. Really nice essays; interesting stuff!

Ancient Places:  How the Land Shapes the People, and the People Shape the Land by Jack Nisbet, Sasquatch Books, Seattle, 2015.   I just finished reading these essays by Jack Nisbet.  Here's the publisher's page--Sasquatch Books in Seattle.  I enjoyed some of these more than others.

My favorite essay was the account of the Willamette Meteorite which I hadn't known about before.  Such an interesting saga from "discovery" by a farmer in West Linn, Oregon in 1902 to international interest as a the huge hunk of iron is contested over by the farmer and Oregon Iron & Steel Company who owned the land that the meteorite was found on.

There's so much history caught up in this story with evidence of Native American usage prior to the find. He discusses the origins of the meteorite billions of years ago and it's coming to Earth hundreds of miles away in Canada.  Then it gets captured by the Pleistocene ice sheets and subsequently rafts down the Columbia in an iceberg via the Lake Missoula floods until it hit the Willamette foothills and comes to rest.  This one story is worth checking this book out.  Available from the Seattle Public Library (and interlibrary loan).   ~z

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PostWed Jul 27, 2022 3:23 am 
I am not a reader, Nowadays I am watching flash, It is awesome.

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