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Monday, August 13, 2018

Another Brick in the Wall

It's common to hear talk in the modern American news media about how our country is currently a nation divided. While it is true that some people like Coke and other people like Pepsi, most of us still believe in democracy, free speech, and Dwayne Johnson movies.

To see what a truly divided country looks like, turn back the clock to 1961. In the aftermath of World War II, Berlin was split between the eastern and western powers. It didn't take long for the citizens of the Communist east to express their preference for the more permissive west. The East German government decided that the best way to maintain their way of life was to build a wall. Not to keep people out, but to keep them in.

On this day 57 years ago, the Berlin Wall went up, separating families, friends, and neighbors overnight.

Berlin Wall started August 13, 1961

The wall would stand as a physical embodiment of the Cold War until 1990. Through traces remain, there are few intact remnants left that give a true impression of living through this tragedy. If you want to feel what it's like to live in a real nation divided, you'd have to be a time traveler.

Or read the editorial columns in your morning newspaper.

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Friday, July 13, 2018

Feed the World

Music fans are always talking about concerts they attended. Some were had-to-be-there events, like Woodstock, Altamont, or the US Festivals. And, of course, Live Aid, a concert so large, it took two continents to hold it.

Live Aid, held 33 years ago today, was a mega-concert designed by Bob Geldorf to raise money for famine relief in Ethiopia. The internationally televised event began in London's Wembley Stadium with acts by Phil Collins, Sting, U2, David Bowie, The Who, and Queen. It continued in Philadelphia's John F. Kennedy Stadium with acts by Run-DMC, Tom Petty, Madonna, Led Zeppelin, and Phil Collins (who flew across the Atlantic Ocean on the Concorde just to appear in both venues).

What music lover would want to miss that? You wouldn't have to if you were a time-traveling audiophile. In fact, you could attend this once-in-a-lifetime convert as many times as you liked.

Live Aid, July 13, 1985

Good riddance, hunger!

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Saturday, May 19, 2018

Time for a Wedding!

To all of my fellow Americans waking up early on a weekend to watch the much ballyhooed wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, know that you're not alone.

On the occasion of the Marriage of his Royal Highness The Prince of Wales with The Lady Diana Spencer

Booster Gold loves royal weddings, too. (He's been to all of them.)

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Wednesday, April 4, 2018


That Civil Rights crusader Martin Luthor King Jr. was killed by an assassin's bullet on this day in 1968 at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee, is a fact no one disputes. What is disputed is who pulled the trigger.

James Earl Ray, a career criminal, pleaded guilty to the crime and accepted a sentence of life imprisonment rather than face a jury trial with the death penalty on the line. Three days later, Ray recanted his admission and would maintain for the rest of his life that he hadn't been the trigger man. King's wife and children sided with Ray, blaming MLK's death on a criminal conspiracy reaching from the Mafia all the way to the top of the United States government.

Was Ray guilty? Did someone else shoot the gun that killed MLK? The only way to know the truth might be to go back in time and take a look for ourselves.

Lorraine Motel, Memphis, Tennessee, April 4, 1968, photo by Henry Groskinsky

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Monday, August 21, 2017

Whistling in the Dark

Americans across the country will be watching today's solar eclipse. They say that the path of this eclipse is a once in a lifetime event. That descriptor wouldn't mean so much if you were a time traveler like Booster Gold.

Harper's Weekly, Saturday, August 24, 1878

Enjoy the eclipse, everybody!

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