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Tim Blagg

Blagg: Connecting history’s dots

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Every once in awhile, the stars align and mysterious — and interesting — things happen. That was the case the other day for me. I was listening to NPR in the morning, as usual, when I heard a story about the anniversary of the creation of our national anthem. Francis Scott Key, it turns out, scribbled the words to “The Star Spangled Banner” during and after witnessing the British attempt … 0

Blagg:McKinley's assassination shocks the nation

Sunday, September 7, 2014

One hundred and thirteen years ago, on Sept. 6, 1901, at about 4 in the afternoon, President William McKinley was shot at point-blank range by an anarchist, Leon Czolgosz. McKinley was shaking hands at a reception at the Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo, N.Y., and was hit twice, once in the chest and once … 0

Blagg: Railroad town at heart

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Wow! That’s what I thought when I read the story in The Recorder about Gov. Patrick chugging into town on a special train to announce that the state is spending a pretty good chunk of money — $17 million, he said — to get ready for Amtrak’s Vermonter. The train, which now runs up from Washington, D.C., and New York City through New … 0

Blagg: ‘Korengal’ worth seeing

Sunday, June 1, 2014

After the Civil War, Union veterans formed the Grand Army of the Republic, and posts — which offered convivial settings where members could reminisce about the war and offer support for each other — were established all across the country. Greenfield’s was Post No. 174, named after Edwin … 0

Blagg: Placing stamp on air travel

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Back in 1929, a giant airship, the Graf Zeppelin, slowly left its mooring at Lakehurst, N.J., and moved east, flying over New York City, its five engines roaring and headed out over the Atlantic. Twenty-one days later, the airship was back in New Jersey, having circled the world … 0

Blagg: I like Justice Stevens’ thinking

Sunday, May 18, 2014

As you may remember, I’ve been advocating for some time for two amendments to the Constitution that I believe would go a long way toward helping our country get back on the democratic path envisioned by the Founding … 1

Blagg: Someone you could count on

Sunday, May 11, 2014

An old friend of mine died the other day. I don’t make it a practice to write about these sad but inevitable events but I think Bill White deserves special mention. Bill, who many knew through his years … 0

Blagg: Prescription for trouble

Sunday, May 4, 2014

We live in a society that is increasingly uncomfortable with pain. Whether it’s psychological or physical, pain is something to be avoided, to be shunted aside, dealt with — instead of borne with fortitude. The loss of a … 1

Blagg: Last run for bomber plant?

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Ford’s Willow Run aircraft plant is a monument to American manufacturing. The factory, dedicated to building B-24 “Liberator” bombers, was the largest under one roof in the world — enclosing some 3.5 million square feet with an assembly … 0

Blagg: A loving response

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Way out in Topeka, Kan., just down the street from a McDonald’s and a Sonic Drive-in, sits a tidy white ediface called the Westboro Baptist Church. Hanging from one end of the building is a banner inscribed “godhatesamerica.com.” … 0

Blagg: Time may be running out

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Somewhere on the bottom of the Indian Ocean, some 1,000 miles west of Australia, three miles down, there may be an answer to the mystery that’s been baffling the world for the last month. Is the wreckage of … 0

Blagg: Shortchanging dollar coin

Sunday, April 6, 2014

What the heck is wrong with the idea of a one dollar coin? Why do Americans persist in disdaining those pretty little gold-colored representations of Sacagewea and her baby, or the 11-sided Susan B. Anthony version, with its depiction of Apollo 11’s landing on the moon? Just about … 1

Blagg: ‘Year without a summer’

Sunday, March 30, 2014

OK, I admit it, I’m hankering for a bit of spring warmth — birds building nests, green shoots sprouting up through last year’s plant debris, enough sun to warrant sitting out on my bench and luxuriating in its … 0

Blagg: Change leaves me all wet

Sunday, March 23, 2014

It’s a familiar situation. I pull up to a drive-in order kiosk, roll down my window to speak to the attendant and am greeted by a sheet of rain, sleet or snow, pouring in off my roof onto … 0

Blagg: This doesn’t click with me

Sunday, March 16, 2014

It’s another one of those movie/TV cliches, one we’ve come to expect to see over and over again in various plots — and it’s totally false. Like the old exploding car riff or the “all sprinklers go off when I trip one” — baloney I’ve complained about before … 0