“Home is where the good things are: the generosity, the good pay, the comforts, the democracy, the pie.” — john hersey
WHEn IN AMERICA?
Congrats to last week’s “Where in America?” winner, Mark Ferree of Florida. Omaha was the answer. Now. . .
Can you identify WHEN the above took place? Send your guess to email@example.com.
First correct entry gets an Attic mug. For a kinder, cooler cup of coffee.
— THIS WEEK IN THE ATTIC—
Her stirring poem about a statue was almost forgotten. Today the statue still speaks in the voice of Emma Lazarus.
In the 1890s, when Swami Vivekananda toured America, the twain of East and West met. They had more in common than they thought.
FDR was lukewarm on Labor until Frances Perkins masterminded Social Security, the minimum wage, overtime, workmen’s comp. . .
From a small bonfire on a beach, Burning Man has grown to 70,000 joyous Burners in the desert. Why not?
The festival was 50 years ago and 50 miles away, but Woodstock, New York keeps the spirit alive.
When he crossed America by convoy in 1919, the future president saw the need for “broader ribbons across our land.” The seed of our interstate highways was planted.
The Mt. Palomar Observatory had no women's restroom. Until Vera Rubin taped a paper skirt on the door. Meet the woman who changed our view of the cosmos and of women in science.
Beloved dogs abound but none captured hearts like Rin tin tin. Not even Hollywood could make this up.
Snoopy is a salesman now but for five wonderful years, he broke all the cartoon rules and changed American comics.
A refrigerator note. A spark of genius. A classic poem and the freedom it inspired.
After Apollo 14, Edgar Mitchell kept soaring. ESP? Psychokinesis? UFOs? When you’ve been to the Moon, anything seems possible.
When a radical Mexican muralist began to paint at Dartmouth, some wanted his work destroyed. The college president refused.
FROM A DUSTY CORNER
Last fall, The Attic went to Dartmouth College to see some murals and tell the remarkable story behind them. “The Communist and the Conservative” begins… “This is the story of two men, a radical Mexican muralist and a conservative college president, who shared ‘an American idea.’”
Think graphic novels are just costly comic books? Look how they are capturing history.
“Nothing short of a masterpiece.”―NPR Books