Wanna see something cool? Sure you do. From 1933 to 1988, the Ford Motor Company operated a radiator manufacturing plant in the Town and Village of Green Island, New York. Every Ford vehicle manufactured during that time, from the Mustang to the Edsel, from the Lincoln Continental to the Mercury Cougar, contained a radiator that…Read More
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I want to see this “Franklin” movie. Someone make it happen here.
In 1983, one of the most important and significant ecological challenges took place in Tasmania in Australia. There were plans in place to build a hydroelectric dam along the Franklin River, which would have provided gigawatts of hydroelectric power in the area – but would have also caused immeasurable ecological damage. There were protests through…Read More
Live life like you’re Evel Knievel.
There’s a current Twitter meme going around in which Twitter users are encouraged to post pictures of two athletes – one athlete that the 10-year-old Twitter user idolized, and then a current athlete that catches his attention. So I did this. Evel Knievel was a bad-ass stuntman. His whole raison d’etre was to race his…Read More
How to make your Grandma Betty have a major car accident on the VFW.
So for me to make this story work, I have to explain something. During summers, my Grandma Betty would come to Albany, pick me up, and let me spend the summer at her home in West Roxbury, Massachusetts. She lived in a little cape-style house on the corner of Willowdean Avenue and Courtney Road, just…Read More
So Philip Schuyler’s statue is leaving … what’s replacing it?
There’s been plenty of discussion regarding what’s going to happen with the statue of Philip Schuyler in downtown Albany. His history as part of the founding of the city is counterbalanced by his reputation as being one of the largest slaveowners in the area. So a few days ago, Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan announced that…Read More
The Warner Bros. cartoons that should stay out of circulation
I had thought about this blog post for a while, and I wasn’t really sure how to approach it. In fact, I shelved this blog for a while. Until I heard that HBO Max was bringing back the Warner Bros. cartoon characters in a new iteration of Looney Tunes cartoons. See, in bringing back the…Read More
The truths and myths of impeachment
Donald Trump was impeached last night. He is the third President to be impeached. He is the first President to be impeached in his inaugural term. Now what happens? First off, just because he was impeached doesn’t mean he’s out of office. He can still show up in the Oval Office today. Once a President…Read More
Not just a whistleblower – the story of The Whistler
Imagine, if you will, a radio drama in which the criminal thinks he gets away with it – everybody involved thinks that he got away with it – heck, even the narrator sorta thinks he got away with it – only to have something trip him up in the final moments. Add some dramatic music,…Read More
The RCA Victor Record Brushes of New Scotland Avenue
I spent yesterday cleaning up and tossing out things. And in my “cleaning up and tossing out” endeavors, I came across some local Albany artifacts. Wanna see? These are record brushes. They were used by electronics stores and audio stores to sweep dust and dirt from phonograph records. They were branded for various companies, and…Read More
The Evolution of a Fractured Coin of the Rebellion
I’ve been fascinated by Albany’s Civil War coinage – the scrip and exonumia produced by Albany’s merchants in 1863, when U.S. currency proved scarce. In the past, I’ve blogged about these coins and transactional storefronts – merchants like D.L. Wing and Straight’s Elephantine Shoes and Benjamin & Herrick Fruits, Here’s a blog post from February…Read More