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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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A Walk Among The Tombstones

VAV!/October 23, 2014/Contributed by Stars in Her Eye "A Walk Among the Tombstones" is classic paperback crime noir. Based on the Matthew Scudder series by Lawrence Block, the film blends several of the novels but focuses on the 1992 novel of the same name. Scudder's story began back in the '70s as a paperback crime noir series that eventually caught on with fans and survived past what the author thought might be its' end. Matthew Scudder is a private eye who quits his job as a former New York Police Department (NYPD) officer after he accidentally killed a young girl while in pursuit of robbery suspects. A recovering alcoholic, Scudder does a "favor" for a local drug dealer whose wife has gone missing and soon finds out that it is so much more. It seems that a kidnapper killed the wife even before they had offered to exchange her for a ransom. Scudder was at first reluctant to get involved with the drug dealer, though the man is willing to pay. But, after doing some research, Scudder finds the wife was dismembered and cut into small pieces and he decides to get the bottom of the case. Meanwhile, he takes on a young protégé, TJ, who needs a new life instead of one on the street.

 

Halloween

Pictured above: The Haunted Lane/ c1889/LOC VAV!/October 22, 2014 The black as night holiday, Halloween, is celebrated on October 31.  Otherwise known as Hallowe'en, All Hallows' Eve, or All Saints' Eve, Halloween is the time of year when children and adults dress as ghosts, scarecrows, vampires, princesses, or their favorite cartoon character and forage into the night, ringing doorbells and knocking on doors.  While visions of ghastly ghouls, witches, pumpkins, jack-o-lanterns and hobgoblins dance mysteriously before the celebrant's eyes, they sing out 'trick or treat' in anticipation of the candy that will most certainly fill the bags they carry. While trick or treaters comb the streets today, a succession of Halloween parades unfold elsewhere in cities and towns and Halloween parties take the night with the bobbing of apples and carving out of pumpkins by roaring bon fires! While today, Halloween is an evening of gaiety, that was not always so.  During the 19th century and a greater part of the 20th century, Halloween earned a bad rap as rogues of ne'er do wells and trouble makers roamed the countryside and city raising a not so welcome raucous. Merrymakers began dressing in imitation of evil spirits and ghastly creatures all while performing mischief making activities in exchange for food and drink...a practice called mumming. From this, trick or treating evolved.  For the greater part, the tricks were harmless, but others engaged in a more serious endeavor of vandalizing homes and businesses. As a result, it was not unusual to find a special police force put in place for the sole purpose of patrolling throughout the evening

 

Oscar de la Renta

  Pictured above:  Oscar de la Renta/Contributed by Screen Grab© "I'm a very restless person. I'm always doing something. The creative process never stops." - Oscar de la Renta VAV!/October 20, 2014 One of the world's premier fashion designers and philantropists, Oscar de la Renta,  died at his home in Kent, CT on Monday, October 20, 2014. He was 82. De La Renta was diagnosed with cancer in 2006. Born on July 22, 1932, in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, Oscar de la Renta was educated at the Academy of San Fernando, Madrid. His undeniable talent for illustration led him to an apprenticeship with couturier, Cristobal Balenciaga.

 

Oscar de la Renta

  Pictured above:  Oscar de la Renta/Contributed by Screen Grab© "I'm a very restless person. I'm always doing something. The creative process never stops." - Oscar de la Renta VAV!/October 20, 2014 One of the world's premier fashion designers and philantropists, Oscar de la Renta,  died at his home in Kent, CT on Monday, October 20, 2014. He was 82. De La Renta was diagnosed with cancer in 2006. Born on July 22, 1932, in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, Oscar de la Renta was educated at the Academy of San Fernando, Madrid. His undeniable talent for illustration led him to an apprenticeship with couturier, Cristobal Balenciaga.

 

Eyeliner History, How To And Eyeliner Tips

VAV!/October 14, 2014 Looking into history, as far back as ancient civilizations, eyeliner, makeup applied to enhance the eyes and give definition, is applied around the contours of the eyes.  Eyeliner has been worn by not only women but by men, as well. In 10,000 BC, Ancient Egyptians, both aristocracy and the lower classes, were adroit in their knowledge of cosmetics... used not only for aesthetics and  for protection from the harsh elements as well as protection from myths and cultural beliefs to include the 'evil eye'. The broad and heavily lined eyes, both upper and the lower rims, were lined using a small stick dipped into a paste made of mineral blends produced from a myriad of materials, including lead and copper ore to varieties of metallics and water.  From these elements, a paste was formed through a grinding process using a vessel known as a Kohl pot. The paste was then applied to the eyes..

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