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Monday, March 1, 2021
I've got a few things I want to say about Generations Forged, but I'm waiting until it's been out for at least a week so that I don't accidentally spoil anything for anyone. To a lesser extent, the same goes for Future State: Suicide Squad #2 too.
While we pass the time, let's all reminisce about that time Booster Gold travelled back to the Old West to match his fingergun draw speed against DC's Western hero, Nighthawk (and his partner, Cinnamon), an event immortalized in this old-timey long exposure photograph:
Okay, so that's not a hundred-year-old sepia-toned photo but a commission from the incomparable Doc Shaner for Booster art collector The Happy Sorceress, recently shared via Twitter.com.
Photo or drawing, I'm sure you agree that whatever it is, it's Boosterrific!
Friday, December 11, 2020
On this day in 1978, a gang of criminals broke into JFK Airport in New York City and stole nearly six million dollars in cash and jewelry from a Lufthansa cargo terminal in a crime that would make a comic book super villain proud.
The audacity of the crime (and the bloody aftermath) have made it legendary. Several movies have been made about the heist and its fallout, including the critically- and audience-acclaimed Goodfellas.
Nearly a dozen people are believed to have been involved in the planning and execution of the crime, but only one was ever convicted for his direct involvement in the robbery. Very little of the money and jewels were ever recovered.
It would be easy for an investigator with access to all of time and space to track down a few robbers and recover the stolen goods, but just because something is easy doesn't always mean it should be done. What if the robbery needed to happen as one event in a series of dominoes leading to a better future? In service to a greater good, could you stand mute to a crime when you knew your silence would result in someone else's death?
Those are the sort of quandaries facing an ethical time traveler. That's got to be a hard thing to live with, even for a Time Master.
Monday, February 11, 2019
It might be hard for modern audiences to imagine, but in the late 1980s, "Iron" Mike Tyson was considered invincible. He had never lost a fight. His bouts averaged barely more than 3 rounds. He usually had his opponent knocked out before the end of the first round. Then came Buster Douglas.
Douglas was a heavy underdog when the two heavyweight boxers met on February 11, 1990. Casino oddsmakers had Tyson a 42/1 favorite, meaning a $42 bet earned only $1. However, if Douglas was to pull off the upset, a $1,000 bet on Douglas would pay out $37,000. Too bad that could never happen.
Except it did.
It's been said that the unexpected and improbable Douglas victory was the biggest payout for a boxing match in history, making it a perfectly safe bet for a time-traveling sports fan looking to make a quick buck. Someone like Booster Gold.
Hmm. A sports gambler using time-travel to his own advantage? Someone should make a movie about that.
Monday, November 19, 2018
On this date in 1863, Abraham Lincoln delivered one of the most famous speeches in American history.
Despite its fame, many elements of what transpired that day at the dedication of the Gettysburg National Cemetery — including the exact text of the speech itself — remain unclear to even the most dedicated historical researcher. To know the truth, you would have had to have been there.
Be sure to dress for the occasion.
Monday, October 22, 2018
In 1962, a console television sold for around $600, which is the equivalent of $5,000 in 2018 dollars. But even if you could afford such a luxury, you might not have enjoyed what you were seeing.
On this date in 1962, President John Kennedy interrupted your regularly scheduled news broadcast to announce the United States was on the brink of war.
"This Government, as promised, has maintained the closest surveillance of the Soviet military buildup on the island of Cuba. Within the past week, unmistakable evidence has established the fact that a series of offensive missile sites is now in preparation on that imprisoned island. The purpose of these bases can be none other than to provide a nuclear strike capability against the Western Hemisphere."
Things got worse before they got better, and the United States and the Soviet Union avoided nuclear war only by the narrowest of margins. You might think that historians and politicians alike would learn key lessons from such brinksmanship, but recent events — from Russia invading its neighbors to America withdrawing from nuclear limitation treaties — would indicate otherwise.
As the saying goes, those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.
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