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Where Ships Go to Die

Posted September 28th, 2012 at 1:09 pm (UTC-4)

It’s a good thing that U.S. warships are inanimate objects and don’t have feelings.  When their seagoing days are done, the end for most of them is not pretty.   Now it’s true that a few are sold to friendly foreign governments and are still sailing the deep blue seas.   And 48 U.S. Navy […]

Those Magnificent Brothers in Their Flying Machine

Posted September 21st, 2012 at 6:00 pm (UTC-4)
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It’s hard to pinpoint Washington, D.C.’s, No. 1 tourist attraction.  But somewhere near the top of the list has to be the Smithsonian Institution’s National Air and Space Museum, which is always jammed with tourists and even has a huge annex, open to the public, out in the boonies near Dulles International Airport. If you […]

Ode to America’s Transportation Temples

Posted September 14th, 2012 at 7:44 pm (UTC-4)

I know, an ode is a lyric poem, something short and sometimes sung.  I’m no poet, I don’t do “short” well, and you don’t want me to sing. But this story is an encomium to majestic train terminals between which America’s passenger trains once traveled each day by the hundreds. I should point out that […]

Twists of Fate at the ‘U.N. of the Prairie’

Posted September 7th, 2012 at 11:21 am (UTC-4)
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I’ve been to a lot of places across America that have changed character over the years.  Austin, Texas, for instance, was once a drowsy state capital, worked by politicians and bureaucrats and lobbyists — and people wanting to talk to the politicians, bureaucrats, and lobbyists.  Now it’s a trendy hot spot for art, start-up businesses, […]

Ted Landphair


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