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The Decades - 1980s

Hurricanes Throughout History

Hurricanes Throughout History

Pictured above: Mississippi Gulf Coast in august 1969 following Hurricane Camille. This scene of destruction was typical of the damage left by Hurricane Camille when it ravaged the Mississippi Gulf Coast in August 1969. The eye of the storm passed directly over the Bay of St.Louis and killed or injured hundreds of Gulf Coast residents. (SSC-97-032)/NASA.

VAV!/August 29, 2014

"By Chrismus! Wasn't that hurricane a lulu? I was settin here readin when I noticed it was gettin so damn dark. I couldn't see... I looked out the winder and saw our big tree going over as easy as you please -not all at once, but little by little. I watched it down and said that I bet the one in front wouldn't go for that was stronger. Then I saw one of our garage doors spinning by the winder and right across the street on to Doctor Brown's lawn. Somehow it got going on its edge like one of them straw hats we used to wear, and it was certainly making time." - One witness's description September 21, 1938, regarding a Category 3 hurricane nicknamed "the Long Island Express"

Hurricanes have been and always will be an integral part of life in the United States...the Hurricane season in the Atlantic begins June 1st and ends November 30th and the Eastern Pacific hurricane season begins May 15th and also ends November 30th.    What exactly is a Hurricane?

Hurricanes, also known as cyclones in the western Pacific or typhoons in the Indian Ocean, are large and violent storm systems that begin in tropical seas during the summer or fall.  They are capable of producing torrential rains, large hail, dangerous waves, epic flooding, violent winds with a well-defined circulation and minimum sustained winds of 74 miles per hour (64 knots) or higher, and tornadoes,  all of which may result in catastrophic property damage and staggering loss of life.   

Last Updated ( Monday, 01 September 2014 05:42 )

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The Decades - 1980s

Rolling Thunder

 Rolling Thunder

VAV/May 25, 2014

Memorial Day is a United States Federal holiday, celebrated on the last Monday in May.  This celebration recognizes the rights and costs of freedom, lib...

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The Decades - 1980s

Al Neuharth

Al Neuharth

Pictured above:  Bob Neutharth/ FB Screen Grab

VAV!/April 20, 2013

"USA TODAY hopes to serve as a forum for better understanding and unity to help make the USA truly on...

Last Updated ( Monday, 22 April 2013 08:32 )

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The Decades - 1980s

C. Everett Koop

C. Everett Koop

Pictured above:  C. Everett Koop/HRSA

VAV!/February 25, 2013

C. Everett Koop, who served as the thirteenth Surgeon General of the United States under President Ronald ...

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 27 February 2013 11:29 )

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The Decades - 1980s

New Report on Natalie Wood Death

New Report on Natalie Wood Death

VAV!/January 14, 2013/LOS ANGELES, CA

A newly released report reveals coroner's officials have amended Natalie Wood's death certificate based on lingering questions of bru...

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 16 January 2013 05:23 )

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National Broadcasting Company - NBC

VAV!/October 31, 2014/Contributed by Dennis Nyhagen The Network from Which All Others Were Spawned --and Against Which All Others Were Measured Begun by the giants of virtually every facet of the 'non-Marconi' wireless radio transmission industry, NBC was officially formed September 9th, 1926, by The Radio Corporation of America (RCA) and it's partners, Westinghouse and General Electric Corporation. As was the practice of the era, AT&T had established a practical monopoly on radio transmissions over telephone lines, and RCA had to buy out AT&T's entire broadcasting business through it's station, WEAF, to gain the ability to transmit radio over AT&T's infrastructure. AT&T agreed not to compete with RCA (NBC) in the 'network broadcasting' field for a period of seven years.

 

BLACK MAGIC CAKE RECIPE

VAV!/October 31, 2014/Contributed by Bobby of The Blog Chef Here is the perfect cake for Halloween, black magic cake. This rich and delicious dark chocolate cake is super moist and will keep you coming back for more and more. This cake gets a lot of its flavor from strong brewed coffee, cocoa, and buttermilk. There is a little work needed to make this cake but no more than you would expect from any average layer cake. If you prefer not to make a layer cake you can use a 9×13" baking pan instead of two 9" round baking pans. The batter will be thin but it will bake well. For the frosting, I went with a delicious cream cheese frosting but you could also use chocolate frosting or whatever you like. I also used orange food coloring to kind of give a Halloween feel to the cake but unfortunately it didn't quite get the color I was hoping for. If you are looking for a great dessert for Halloween, give this one a try! Enjoy.

 

Giants Win 2014 World Series

VAV!/October 30, 2014 The Giants are World Series champs for the third time in the last five years.The battling Kansas City Royals yielded the World Series championship to the San Francisco Giants, 3-2, on Wednesday night, October 29, 2014, before a crowd of 40,535 at Kauffman Stadium. "Giants left-hander Madison Bumgarner, who shut out the Royals on Sunday, came back on just two days' rest in the fifth inning and pitched five more scoreless innings in Game 7. He gave up a single, then retired the next 14 batters he faced. - Dick Kaegel / MLB.com http://m.royals.mlb.com/news/article/99997362/royals-world-series-dream-denied-by-giants-in-thrilling-game-7

 

ARIANA GRANDE, MAROON 5, TIM MCGRAW, AND PHARRELL WILLIAMS SET TO PERFORM ON "A VERY GRAMMY CHRISTMAS" DEC. 5 ON CBS

VAV!/October 29, 2014/Santa Monica, CA New One-Hour Special Will Feature Performances of Holiday Songs and Current Pop Hits, as well as Artists Sharing Favorite Holiday Memories and GRAMMY Moments Nominations for the 57th Annual GRAMMY Awards® Will Be Announced the Morning of Dec. 5, with Album Of The Year Nominees Revealed on the Broadcast "A Very GRAMMY® Christmas," a new one-hour entertainment special, will feature singer/songwriter Ariana Grande, three-time GRAMMY-winning group Maroon 5, three-time GRAMMY winner Tim McGraw, and seven-time GRAMMY winner Pharrell Williams. The special will include performances of holiday songs and current pop hits, as well as artists sharing their favorite holiday memories and what a GRAMMY nomination means to them. "A Very GRAMMY Christmas" will air on Friday, Dec. 5, 9 – 10 p.m. ET/PT, and will be broadcast in HDTV and 5.1 surround sound on the CBS Television Network. Additional performers will be announced shortly. For updates and breaking news, please visit GRAMMY.com, and The Recording Academy®'s social networks on Twitter and Facebook.

 

NASA-contracted Rocket Explodes

Pictured above: The Orbital Sciences Corporation Antares rocket, with the Cygnus spacecraft onboard suffers a catastrophic anomaly moments after launch from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport Pad 0A, Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014, at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. Credit: NASA/Joel Kowsky VAV!/October 28, 2014/NASA/Wallops Flight Facility, VA On Tuesday October 28, 2014, at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia during the attempted launch of Orbital Sciences Corp's Antares rocket and Cygnus cargo spacecraft to the International Space Station, a catastrophic mishap ocurred.  The spacecraft had been carrying roughly 5,000 pounds of supplies and experiments to the International Space Station.  Emergency responders were on the scene and preliminary reports indicate no reports of injury and damage was contained to the South end of Wallops.  An Orbital led team will take on an investigation of the scene.  

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