1. The Cubes Are Coming, The Cubes Are Coming profiles our in-laws' "Cargotecture" apartment development project in Huntsville, Texas. This story yields a classic view of how information migrates across the Internet. We keyed off of a local newspaper story in the Huntsville Item Online to draft our post. For a few days our post was shared around Facebook and Twitter, creating an initial cluster of page views. Then five days later, a local NBC television affiliate picked up the story, and broadcast a spiffy two minute news spot, pushing another spate of page views. The day after that, USA Today jumped on board, surging yet more views. There have been a couple of more stories since. So it is that the late month posting of "The Cubes Are Coming, The Cubes Are Coming" climbed to the top.
KAGS News feature on Cube Square.
2. It's as if someday this two-year old post will have been read by everyone who we grew up with. Growing Up in Morton Grove is the story of the place and times where and when we grew up in the 1950s, 60s and early 70s. It was among the first of our reminiscent posts. The popularity of this look back on our youth has contrived, with others, us to push our subject mix in favor of yarns of what was. People love stories -- as do we.
|Gary Player, Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer, current honorary starters|
at The Masters, crossing Hogans bridge on the 12th hole of Augusta Natl.
|John Swearingen tussled with Jimmy Carter's Energy|
Secretary, James Schlesinger, on CBS's "Face the Nation."
5. There is not much left of Bathgate, North Dakota, but our posts on the same draw plenty attention. Our postings started with On the Road to Bathgate Act 1: "Fargo" the Movie. The winter the Coen brothers' movie was shot, key scenes were staged in or near Bathgate, not because of scenic landscape, but due to snow, or I should say the dearth of snow that season in Minnesota. Hosting the movie production was the most exciting thing to happen to Bathgate since, say 1879, which would be the year my great grandfather homesteaded the quarter section of land which became Bathgate.
|Plat of Foster's Addition to Bathgate, North Dakota.|
6. When I began researching family roots, I understood that I had an uncle Lyn. But I did not know I had a great uncle Lyn. We introduced ourselves to the latter in On the Road to Bathgate Act 7a: Introducing Lyndon King Armstrong -- Pharmacist, Engineer, Miner, Publisher and Association Leader. From Minnesota, to North Dakota, to Montana, to Idaho and on to Washington state, Lyndon K. Armstrong led a hell of a life. Through this post my grandmother's brother lives on.
7. Speaking of my uncle Lyn, the post on him is number seven on the February list. The disabled World War I vet, after recovering, moved to California and launched there an extraordinary life. The man never saw an election he did not like.
Few have run for political office so many times; few have repetitively lost by such consistently huge margins. The man did not know how to give up. Lyndon R. Foster ran for local, state and federal offices, some multiple times. He was an advocate for freedom -- freedom from tyranny, freedom of speech and the press, freedom of religion and freedom from the fraud, abuse, overreaching and waste of big government. He earned the distinction of being the most prolific and yet the least successful of the Foster family politicians. But, as will be seen, he bumped up against more than a little important history along the way.If you have not already done so, go ahead, you will find On the Road to Bathgate Act 4f: Lyndon R. Foster -- Veteran, Publisher and Politician a worthwhile read.
8. There are two ways to look at the community where I grew up. The first is it was a bucolic, safe and cozy wooded suburb where Beaver Cleaver would have felt totally at home. The second is that it was the home of illicit gambling, dance halls and booze, arson, murder and gang wars. Both views are correct. Read about the most notorious source of the mischief in Morton Grove Before the Baby Boom: The Complete Story of The Dells.
|Fred Pacelli was slain in The Dells with hundreds in attendance; there were no eye witnesses. Chicago Tribune, June 17, 1932|
10. I had fired Brian Williams ten years back. It looks like the rest of the world has caught up. We related this makes us sad, not happy in The Brian Williams Affair.