Category Archives: History

“I Didn’t Know That Was A Cover!” | Six Hit Songs And Their Less-Famous Predecessors

Besides provoking what must be social media’s longest, broadest, and in some cases most over-the-top collective wake (still in progress), Prince’s death served as a reminder to casual fans that the most popular version of a song isn’t always the … Continue reading

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5 Reasons Why Sports Are More Important Than Politics

Are you tired of being told that the sports you watch are inconsequential and that athletes are overpaid? Sick of being lectured for not paying sufficient attention to the “issues that matter”? Good news: By ignoring the sad displays of … Continue reading

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Dave And Me

In the Summer of 1998, my dad and I packed our bags, hopped into his maroon Ford Taurus, and drove from Madison, Wisconsin to New York so that I could interview for an internship with the Late Show With David … Continue reading

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Can’t Choose A Country To Visit? Try An International Zone.

Any time you’re within the confines of an international airport, for instance at the duty free shop, you’re in an “international zone.” It’s a physical area governed by international law or by more than one nation, hence, the lack of … Continue reading

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Super Bowl Geography

Which places have hosted the most Super Bowls? The fewest? Which teams have traveled the farthest to play in it? It’s time to take a look at the numbers behind the biggest traveling roadshow of them all. This Sunday, Super … Continue reading

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The Negro Motorist Green Book Helped Black Travelers Navigate Jim Crow

For most travelers…there are hotels of all sizes and classes, waiting and competing for their patronage… For some travelers, however, the facilities of many of these places are not available, even though they may have the price, and any traveler … Continue reading

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Timișoara

I had simply assumed that I’d be able to reach Timișoara, in Romania, by train from Belgrade. I was mistaken. When I went to the Belgrade train station to inquire about tickets, the not-very-polite teller scoffed, “Timișoara?” Then she wagged … Continue reading

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Announcing A New Blog About Calabria & The Mezzogiorno

Last year I wrote a post about visiting part of Calabria, in which I touched on some Calabrese history, culture, travel, and a little family/immigration history. The subject has continued to interest me, to the point that I have decided … Continue reading

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Off The Beaten Path In A Serbian Kafana

Denizens of the the literati, the cognoscenti, the blogerati, and yes even the intelligentsia (here’s looking at you!) may be pleased to learn that there are still places on this green Earth not extensively Yelped, TripAdvisored, and Zagated to death. … Continue reading

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Here Comes Football – 2013 NFL Preview

Read my 2013 NFL “Preview” at The Fanzine. It’s jam-packed with Jeopardy knowledge. Just don’t expect any reliable predictions.

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