Linton Weeks appears in the following:
Tuesday, March 17, 2015
Friday, March 13, 2015
Tuesday, March 10, 2015
Thursday, March 05, 2015
Tuesday, March 03, 2015
Joe King who?
Joking like this used to be considered a sickness by some people.
The knock-knock joke has been a staple of American humor since the early 20th century. With its repetitive set-up and wordplay punchline, the form has been invoked — and ...
Thursday, February 26, 2015
This year we commemorate the 150th anniversary of the passage of the 13th Amendment to the Constitution — abolishing slavery. So it's worth pointing out that the emancipation movement in 19th century America was pushed forward by many different forces: enlightened lawmakers, determined liberators of captive slaves and ...
Tuesday, February 24, 2015
In the opening of his new book, Gateway To Freedom: The Hidden History of the Underground Railroad, Eric Foner lays out the inspirational story of Frederick Bailey — a young slave in Maryland who teaches himself to read and write; plans to escape slavery by canoe, but gets ...
Thursday, February 19, 2015
Tuesday, February 17, 2015
Quietly watching historical film of real people doing real things can stir something powerful in us about our collective past. It's like being in a time machine with a big picture window. The images-in-action trigger real and imagined memories.
The moving pictures eerily remind us of where we came from, ...
Thursday, February 12, 2015
Tuesday, February 10, 2015
Two hundred years ago this year, in June of 1815, Napoleon Bonaparte was defeated at Waterloo by a coalition of countries — including Austria, Prussia, Russia and the United Kingdom. Though he wound up in exile on the remote South Atlantic island of St. Helena, he contemplated escaping to America....
Thursday, February 05, 2015
Odd that Americans, long known for their short-attention spans and — oh, look, a sparkly thing ... are at the same time manic for marathonic undertakings.
Running, for example. A century ago, scores of marathoners competed before huge wintertime crowds in the 1909 Brooklyn Marathon. Flash forward and this past ...
Tuesday, February 03, 2015
Considered by many to be the sole purview of lumberjacks, the competitive sport of logrolling — in which participants pad about on a log in water and try to outlast one another — is hoping for new growth.
A recent film, Queens of the Roleo by David Bryant ...
Thursday, January 29, 2015
Questions of gender identity are nothing new. Way before Transparent and Chaz Bono and countless other popular culture stepping stones to where we are now regarding gender identity, there were accounts of "female husbands."
Stories of women dressing and posing as men dot the journalistic landscape ...
Tuesday, January 27, 2015
"The line between cheating and gamesmanship is constantly blurred," observes The New York Times in a recent story. The Times, and just about everyone else, is talking about the perhaps-tampering-with-gameballs allegations levied against the New England Patriots professional football team– specifically Coach Bill Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady....
Thursday, January 22, 2015
As part of the back-and-forth attacks of World War II, the Imperial Japanese army launched balloon bombs — silent wind-borne devices designed to wreak havoc on the cities and woodlands of the American West.
The U.S. government discouraged news organizations from reporting on the bombs — which some ...
Tuesday, January 20, 2015
Those who forget the past are liable to trip over it.
Just a few months ago a couple of forestry workers in Lumby, British Columbia — about 250 miles north of the U.S. border — happened upon a 70-year-old Japanese balloon bomb.
The dastardly contraption was one of ...
Wednesday, December 31, 2014
1) Change is constant. After a year and a half and more than 250 posts, The Protojournalist storytelling project has reached its finish line. This will be the last Protojournalist post — under my aegis.
2) Exploration is good. The experiment began on June 14, 2013. It was my idea ...
Wednesday, December 24, 2014
With the spread of Christianity among some Native Americans in the early 20th century came certain Christmas rituals — trees and presents and jolly old Santa Claus — that were folded into traditional wintertime celebrations.
According to a 1909 account in the Tombstone Epitaph, members of the Gila ...
Saturday, December 20, 2014
If Google can't answer your question these days, who you gonna call? A librarian, of course.
Librarians continue to be cool. On a contemporary TNT series, The Librarians are super heroes. For the past couple of years, "librarian" has popped up on the Forbes list of