Jason Cochran

Stuff you never knew you never knew

Posts Tagged ‘american history’

Aug

23

2016

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What Will Become of the Home Where Walt Disney Lived When He Was a Loser?

Dreams do come true, and sometimes wilder than anyone could have imagined them, but sometimes they have to lay dormant—or get left behind, or rot, or even be given to someone else—for a long time before they can.

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Jul

8

2016

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The Crowd in the Streets of Dallas

Tweet In the winter of 1910, Dallas was suffering a crime wave of purse snatchings and assaults. The police didn’t know how to stop it, and people were hungry for blame. One night amid this crisis, a 68-year-old servant named Allen Brooks was discovered in a barn outside of town in the company of 3-year-old Ethel Huvens. The […]

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Mar

28

2015

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The Stain Runs Deep: Remembering Indiana and the Klan

There is no route to the present except through the past. Indiana's recent history is, in a word, sordid. Its past record of "religious freedom" movements should burn in memory.

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Feb

25

2015

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A soldier who loved his sweetie to the bone

Tweet Here’s a delightful anecdote: A Civil War soldier had his leg amputated, and while he recovered in the hospital, he carved this pin for his sweetheart out of his own leg bone. Who’s this lucky gal Lizzie, you ask? Well, we will never know, because he died of infection before he could tell the […]

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Nov

13

2013

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The stupid symbolism of the new World Trade Center

The new World Trade Center's symbolic height is wrongheaded, jingoistic, and ultimately embarrassing.

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Apr

30

2013

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Lovely luncheon by General Worth’s tomb

Near the northwest corner of Madison Square Park, in an concrete traffic triangle bordered by Broadway, Fifth Avenue, and 25th Street, a squat obelisk is encircled by an iron fence. You'll never believe what lies inside.

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Mar

14

2013

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The Modern Minstrels

We don't need minstrel shows or vaudeville now. We have YouTube. Are Sweet Brown and Antoine Dodson the newest version of the old minstrel show?

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May

28

2012

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Disney Legend Bob Gurr on creating his Disneyland rides

"Since Walt wanted the Matterhorn Bobsleds to open in just over a year later, along with a Submarine Voyage, a larger Autopia, and a Monorail, he asked if it could be built faster. He asked me to design a bobsled and two track layouts. He asked Arrow Development, Walt’s favorite outside manufacturer, to find a way. Arrow said bent up pipe would be the quickest way, thus it turned out to be the world’s first steel pipe coaster. See, Walt

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Nov

6

2010

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‘Scottsboro Boys’ protest: It Ain’t No Minstrel Show

Tweet Today was the only time I have ever had to cross a protest line to see a musical. As I approached the Lyceum Theatre on 45th Street for today’s matinée of The Scottsboro Boys, I could see the shapes of banners, and I could hear a chant emerge from the noise around Times Square: […]

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