FBI comes clean about Big Foot after 42 years

Big Foot, also known as Sasquatch, has been the subject of an FBI “investigation”—sort of. So many claims have been made about this ape-like creature who allegedly roams not only the dreams of imaginative children but also the wilderness in the northwestern area of the United States. Big Foot never quite caught my imagination, but he certainly has drawn attention from bloggers, indie documentary makers, and dedicated sleuths like Peter C. Byrne. It was a letter from Mr. Byrne that sparked a closer look at Bigfoot from the FBI, and the federal law enforcement agency delivered hard results the government

D-Day art and letters—“Into the Jaws of Death”, hero weathermen, poets

If you’re a baby boomer, you know what D-Day was and what it stands for. If you’re younger, probably not so much. The tragic dearth of history, both global and domestic, in US classrooms has led to broad ignorance on more topics than I can count. On D-Day, June 6, 1944, more than 150,000 men were carried across the English Channel to begin wresting France from the hands of the National Socialist German Workers Party, more popularly known as the “Nazis.” Mother Nature had actually delayed the crossing by a day. Thousands of Allied troops died; thousands of Nazis died.

Attorney determined to clear pilot’s name—again—in Skyway Bridge disaster

Each May Floridians remember the 35 victims of the Skyway Bridge disaster in Tampa Bay. A freighter struck the bridge early in the morning on May 9, 1980. The freighter, Summit Venture, was flying the Liberian flag when a sudden storm made it impossible for radar to work. The freighter was trying to turn when it struck the bridge. John E. Lerro, the pilot, eventually was cleared as far as fault goes, but that didn’t stop people from judging him. Media understandably covered the story intensely. Lerro is dead now, but his attorney aims to clear his name for the

A lesson for indie artists in new film on Bonnie and Clyde

When my husband asked if I wanted to watch the new film about the legendary Bonnie and Clyde, I said yes, but without much enthusiasm. By the end of the film we watched on Netflix, I was singing a different tune. The Highwaymen is well worth viewing. There’s another takeaway too, though, and there’s a lesson for indie artists.

Memoir confirms ‘Black Dahlia’ series on TNT a mishmash of fiction and truth

After viewing the limited series I Am the Night on TNT, I was thoroughly confused. It was hard to discern fact from fiction, and some of the events depicted in this “Inspired by a true story” production were simply too outrageous to believe. Having read the book the series was “inspired by”, I came to the conclusion the series was a mess. I’d read about the 1947 murder of Elizabeth Short, dubbed “The Black Dahlia” by media of the day. The murder remains unsolved officially, although author and private detective Steve Hodel believes he has the answers. The series included

Amid Super Bowl anthem controversy, Gladys Knight says “Get ready!”

Gladys Knight spoke about singing the national anthem for Super Bowl Llll in an interview posted by the NFL on YouTube. Amid criticism from a small but vocal collection of activists, Knight has maintained her calm and is sticking to her decision to sing the anthem. Knight has seen and participated in all aspects of the Civil Rights movement, recounting having to give separate performances for white and black audiences in the South of yesteryear. 

If you missed ‘1776’ at the Alhambra, you missed a great show

We took in the musical ‘1776, A Musical Revolution’ at the Alhambra theater in Jacksonville, FL last week, and if you didn’t, you missed a great show. It was no small feat for the creators, Sherman Edwards (music and lyrics) and Peter Stone (the book), to come up with a presentation that made history funny, witty, and informative. There were some amazing actors on board too. Throughout the night, the audience laughed and applauded, with many recognizing not much has changed in terms of partisan rancor.

Clown bans, cultural appropriation, and imagination mark Halloween

Halloween is approaching, and the natter class is having the customary argument about which costumes are offensive because the wearer might be culturally ‘appropriating’ someone else’s heritage. Yet millions of US children and adults of all cultural persuasion will dress up on October 31 and hit the streets or parties to celebrate. Halloween is traditionally silly. Taking the award for silly is a city whose officials have banned clown costumes. 

Hurricane on the brain as Michael comes ashore, but storms date to antiquity

Sometimes when you’re listening to coverage about extreme weather events, you just have to laugh. Last night, I was watching the 11 o’clock news. The coverage opened with content about Hurricane Michael and its impact on Florida. The reporter breathlessly noted breaking news in an area the storm would likely target. What was the breaking news? 

‘First Man’ erases US flag from historic moment in space race

If you’re old enough to remember how things were when you were young, it’s easy to sometimes wonder how artists revise or omit key moments in history. I was young when the United States won the space race with what was then the Soviet Union. I remember the day the US landed humans on the moon, and I remember astronauts working to plant the US flag. Now ‘First Man’, a film about that accomplishment starring Ryan Gosling is drawing controversy for erasing the US flag from the account. 

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