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“Confessions” of a REAL Spy – Aldrich Ames

“Confessions” of a REAL Spy – Aldrich Ames

The highest paid spy in American history managed to pass polygraphs and keep under the radar, even though the CIA suspected an in-house mole. He lied, repeatedly, with an absolutely icy calm. Aldrich “Rick” Ames became wealthy selling secrets to the Soviet Union from...

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WHAT WAS HEMINGWAY THINKING?

WHAT WAS HEMINGWAY THINKING?

“For sale. Baby shoes. Never worn.” Just what was Ernest Hemingway trying to tell us, or to get us to think about? Legend has it that a $10 wager with fellow writers resulted in this poignant short story by Ernest Hemingway. Is there proof? No… but that just adds to...

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DOES THE DEVIL PLAY GUITAR?

DOES THE DEVIL PLAY GUITAR?

Robert Leroy Johnson is ranked as the fifth best guitarist of all time by Rolling Stone Magazine and is considered to be one of the fathers of rock and roll--but he didn’t start out that way, nor did he experience great fame in his lifetime. Little is known about the...

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LOST A BOAT – BUT GOT A MEDAL

LOST A BOAT – BUT GOT A MEDAL

John F. Kennedy was born into the wealthy Kennedy family who had established themselves for generations in American business, politics, and public service. JFK rose from a Naval Officer in World War II to become a Congressman, a Senator, then the 35th youngest-elected...

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BURN THE WITCHES!

BURN THE WITCHES!

Contrary to popular belief, no witches were burned at the stake during the Salem Witch Trials. There were, however, hangings aplenty. The infamous event was actually among the last witch executions, which had raged in Europe for over 300 years and took over 50,000...

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Dr. Angel of Death

Dr. Angel of Death

If you’ve ever seen horror movies with a sadistic doctor performing horrific experiments, that’s a taste of Josef Mengele. He was Hitler’s research and torture doctor in the Third Reich, responsible for some of the worst atrocities known to man. Little is known of...

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Carrots… The Visionary Myth

Carrots… The Visionary Myth

How many of us as kids were told by our parents that carrots are good for our eyes? The vegetable’s enduring reputation emerged as a propaganda campaign during World War II. In attempts to keep their innovative radar technology a secret, the British Royal Air Force...

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Trotsky Assassinated, Mexico City

Trotsky Assassinated, Mexico City

Russian Marxist revolutionary, Leon Trotsky, rose to leadership during the Russian Revolution in the early twentieth century. The ambitious and intelligent politician made a name for himself spreading the ideals of socialism and with his abilities unionizing Russian...

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Stones, Angels & Altamont

Stones, Angels & Altamont

Always on the cutting edge of the 1960’s counterculture movement, The Rolling Stones were one of the most influential rock ‘n’ rolls bands of that era and became the longest performing band of all time.  To end the decade with a bang, The Rolling Stones, Jefferson...

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Spies or Scapegoats?

Spies or Scapegoats?

Imagine being accused of treason, and executed based on very limited evidence. Julius Rosenberg was arrested in July of 1950 on suspicion of espionage and heading a spy ring. His wife, Ethel, was arrested two months later with hopes that Julius would confess.  After a...

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