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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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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.. In Ancient Egypt kohl, made from galena, a dark gray ore of lead, was kept in Kohl pots.

 

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Pictured above:  Martin Luther King VAV!/March 17, 2011 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr (January 15, 1929 - April 4, 1968)  was a charismatic civil rights leader who fully joined the crusade for equal rights for all people in America during the mid 1950s.  He first came to national prominence as one of the leaders of the Alabama bus boycott in 1955.  In 1963, Dr King led a massive march on Washington DC where he delivered his now famous "I have a dream" speech. In 1964 he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

 

Bill Haley And His Comets

VAV!/January, 10, 2012 Well, hello to William John Clifton Haley, rock and roll musician, born July 6th, 1925 in Michigan! Michigan was only the starting point for this rising star.  His Kentucky father and English mother soon moved the family to Boothwyn, near the town of Chester, Pennsylvania.  It was there William, 'Bill', grew up surrounded by music. His father played Banjo and his mother, who had been classically trained,  taught piano.  It seemed only natural that Bill would follow in the musical footsteps of his parents. No one, it's probable to say, could have predicted Haley's rise to stardom and the impact he would have everywhere in the years to follow. Haley made his inaugural performances about 1938 singing and playing guitar at variety shows. During his late teen years, Bill made his rounds at the amusements parks. He was given recognition in a popular radio show known as 'Cousin Lee's Band'. It was here that Haley sang, played his guitar and yodelled his way across the sound waves. During 1944, and the war torn era of World War II, Haley who suffered a blindness disability, was ineligible for draft. A disability that plagued him would ironically give him a break to replace a drafted member of the Downhomers'.  Here he would combine country and pop music. Bill left the 'Downhomers', at the age of 22 where he returned to Chester, PA as host of a local radio show, WPWA.

 

Carnegie Hall

Pictured above:  Carnegie Hall VAV!/October 12, 2014 The majestic history of the world class Carnegie Hall was launched in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. It was the spring of 1887, and newlyweds Anndrew Carnegie and his wife Louise Whitfield were honeymooning to Scotland from New York. On board the ship was 25-year-old Walter Damrosch, conductor and musical director of the Symphony Society of New York and the Oratorio Society of New York, who was traveling to Europe for a summer of study. During the course of the voyage, the trio struck up a friendship and the newlyweds invited Damrosch to join them in Scotland. While in Scotland, Damrosch shared his dream of a new concert hall in New York City. With a keen interest in such an endeavor, Carnegie donated to the project and the idea of Carnegie Hall was set into motion and soon transformed into a reality.  Since then, the venerable concert hall has seen some of the world's greatest artists pass through its doors. Following his return to the United States, Carnegie established The Music Hall Company of New York, Ltd., purchasing parcels of land along Seventh Avenue between 56th and 57th streets, and he hired chief architect William Burnet Tuthill.  The location that Carnegie selected for the Music Hall was near Central Park. The plans for the Hall featured a rectangular six-storystructure, housing three performance spaces: the Main Hall, seating 2,800; the Recital Hall located below the Main Hall, seating 1,200 ; and, adjacent to the Main Hall, the 250-seat Chamber Music Hall.  Above the Chamber Music Hall were assembly rooms which for lectures, readings, and receptions,as well as chapter and lodge rooms for secret organizations.

 

EGGNOG FRENCH TOAST RECIPE

VAV!/October 10, 2014/Contributed by Bobby, the Blog Chef This recipe for eggnog French toast makes the perfect Christmas morning breakfast. Instead of using milk like you typically would when making French toast, this recipe uses eggnog. The eggnog is mixed with eggs, nutmeg and cinnamon to give this breakfast item a delicious flavor. You can use pretty much whatever type of bread you would prefer for this recipeā€”I used both Texas toast and a loaf of Italian bread. I actually think I preferred the Italian bread over the Texas toast. I cooked this French toast on a griddle but you can use a skillet as well. This eggnog French toast is easy to prepare and can be ready to serve in no time at all. Enjoy.

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