A Fire in Space Exploration

By | Jan 27, 2017

President John F. Kennedy’s goal of landing a man on the moon by the end of the 1960s was well on scheduled until January 27, 1967. 50 years ago the Moon project was put on hold. A fire in the command module sitting atop a Saturn IB rocket, just weeks before the first manned Apollo mission was set to blast-off, killed three astronauts.

The Mary Celeste

By | Nov 5, 2013

On November 5, 1872 the Mary Celeste set sail from New York harbor. It was loaded with 1,709 barrels of grain alcohol and bound for Genoa, Italy. The Captain was Benjamin S. Briggs with a crew of seven (First Mate Albert G. Richardson, 2nd Mate Andrew Gilling, Steward & Cook Edward Head, and seamen Volkert […]

The Great Train Wreck of 1856

By | Jul 17, 2013

It was 1856, the railroad was still in its infancy and many of the runs between towns were on single tracks. The St. Michael’s R.C. Church of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Sunday School, with as many as 1500 people, were on their way to a picnic at Fort Washington on that early Thursday summer morning of July […]

The Chevy Corvette

By | Jun 30, 2013

In many ways June 30th is the birthday of what many men think as their Dream Car. It was on that day in 1953 when the first Corvette rolled off of the assembly line at the Flint Michigan Chevrolet Plant 39. In this production year only 300 Corvettes were built. The first two Corvettes off […]

A Slow Race

By | Nov 28, 2012

The race had already been delayed, it was originally scheduled for November 2nd, and was rescheduled to be run on Thanksgiving day, November 28th. Of the 83 cars that had agreed to run the race only 6 made it to the starting line. Of these 6, two were powered by electric, the other four were […]

Items to Keep in Your Car – Winter

By | Dec 22, 2011

A first-aid kit Actually for this one the season doesn’t matter. You should always have a first-aid kit in your car. Accidents, (I’m not referring to an auto accident, but a cut finger or nose bleed) alway seem to happen when you least expect it. In the winter part of your first-aid kit should include […]

Challenger’s Firsts

By | Jun 24, 2011

Many may remember the Space Shuttle Challenger as being the first shuttle to be destroyed, when it exploded 1 minute 13 seconds into its flight on January 28, 1986. Francis R. (Dick) Scobee, Commander, Michael J. Smith, pilot, mission specialist Judith A. Resnik, Ellison S. Onizuka and Ronald McNair, payload specialist Gregory B. Jarvis and […]

A Ball in Space

By | Oct 4, 2008

It was on October 4, 1957 that the Soviet Union took the first step in what has been called the US-USSR Space Race. It was on that date that they put Sputnik I into Earth’s orbit. The first artificial satellite was 58 cm or 22.3 inches in diameter. This is just a little over twice […]

When Using a Cell Phone While Driving

By | Mar 27, 2008

1) Use a hands-free phone. Many locations require the use of a hands-free device when using a cell phone while driving. 2) Always dial while the car isn’t moving. Use speed dialing as much as possible. 3) Never use the phone in heavy traffic or bad weather. 4) Never look up phone numbers while driving. […]

Having in your car during the winter

By | Nov 14, 2007

1) A first-aid kit. The season doesn’t matter. You should always have a first-aid kit in your car. Accidents, (I’m not referring to an auto accident, but a cut finger or nose bleed) always happens when you least expect it. In the winter part of your first-aid kit should include food and snacks. 2) Blankets, […]

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