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Sunday, June 23,2013
Wise Up!

Scientists

By David Bruce
Noble Prize winner Paul Adrien Maurice Dirac (1902-1984) wrote the very first paper on quantum mechanics. A later Nobel Prize winner, Richard Feynman, who had followed in his footsteps, sometimes joked about all the attention paid to him, "I don't know what all the fuss is about – Dirac did it all before me."
Sunday, June 16,2013
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Critics

By David Bruce
Carl Sandburg reviewed books and lectures early in his career and movies late in his career. Occasionally, he gave anonymous reviews – sometimes of his own work! Walt Whitman also did this; when his "Leaves of Grass" appeared, he gave it a rave, unsigned review.
Sunday, June 9,2013
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Mishaps

By David Bruce
Gloria Estefan and the Miami Sound Machine have performed all over the world. In El Salvador, civil war wracked the country, and three bodyguards with Uzi submarine guns protected Ms. Estefan.
Sunday, June 2,2013
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Education

By David Bruce
African-American bandleader Cab Calloway was a leader, and he taught his musicians a lot. One thing that he taught them is the importance of punctuality. He would say, "I gotta be here – you better be here." He also fired a trombone player, Claude Jones, because of a lack of punctuality.
Monday, May 27,2013
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War

By David Bruce
In July 1948, the Soviet Union blockaded West Berlin. The United States responded by flying supplies to West Berlin, which was in ruins following World War II, until the Soviet Union lifted the blockade. One of the American pilots flying supplies to West Berlin was 27-year-old Air Force lieutenant Gail Halvorsen, who one day saw some German children who were watching the airplanes.
Sunday, May 19,2013
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Baseball

By David Bruce
Jon Farrar, age 12, who played in the Pony League in the tiny town that is Pleasant Plains, Ark., had a dream. He wanted to see his favorite team, the New York Yankees, play in Yankee Stadium. Jon said, "Baseball is my life. I live, eat, sleep, dream it.
Sunday, May 12,2013
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Mothers

By David Bruce
While growing up in Gulfport, Miss., Green Bay quarterback Brett Favre was tough. Working as a five-year-old ballboy, he was accidentally hit with a bat by a player who was taking a warm-up swing.
Sunday, May 5,2013
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Husbands and Wives

By David Bruce
Steve Earle's life has been more interesting than most, although except for the music and the moments of happiness, that may not be a good thing. For example, in 1994 he kicked heroin – after spending four months in jail.
Sunday, April 28,2013
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Education

By David Bruce
Columbine High School is famous today because of the shooting there, but because of 18-year-old senior Ruben Ortega, San Gabriel High School is not famous. On April 20, 1988, he went to school as usual. However, on this day, another student carried an assault rifle to school.
Sunday, April 21,2013
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Authors

By David Bruce
Ramones bass player Dee Dee Ramone was a writer of fiction (he wrote the novel "Chelsea Horror Hotel"), which means that he occasionally wrote fiction when he was supposed to be writing nonfiction – like many, most, or all writers of fiction, Dee Dee didn't mind exaggerating (or lying) in order to make a good story better.
 
 
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