Fort Montgomery - Civil War Fort Ruins Fort Montgomery is on the New York side of Lake Champlain at Rouses Point, NY. The multi-cannoned fort was built to prevent a foreign power from sailing down the Northern Corridor waterway from Montreal to New York City. In the 1930's part of it was demolished for use as fill for a new bridge. Much of what remains is intact and is a fun, sometimes spooky, historic site to visit. Tours are now given. It will be featured on the History Channel in the near future. Its role in defining and protecting our homeland borders will be emphasized.
Tags: Fort  Rouses  Point  Civil  War  Tour    Champlain 
Added: 31st October 2009
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The Real Voice of General Patton Probably the most common picture we have of "old blood and guts", General George Patton, is George C. Scott's portrayal. Scott's gravely baritone voice would seem perfect for the part. The real General Patton hated his voice. It tended to be high-pitched, nasal, irritating, and at times, it bordered on effeminate. He hated public speaking because of this. To my knowledge, there exist only two short clips of him speaking. Because of his use of vivid imagery, cursing, ribald innuendos, and general vulgarity, his wife had all audio tapes of him speaking destroyed after his death. It was an effort on her part to clean up his image for posterity. He died in an auto accident in Europe after the end of WWII. One of his most famous speeches, is one given in front of The Third Army to prepare them for the long road to Berlin. This is the speech we hear in the opening moments of the movie "Patton". It was considerably sanitized for the movie in an effort to prevent people from avoiding the film. The actual text of that speech can be found in a number of places on the internet. He wrote of why he used vulgar language in addressing his troops. He felt they would better remember the important points if they were punched up with ribald expletives.
Tags: General  George  Patton    speech      voice 
Added: 11th October 2009
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Brass Bands of the Civil War There are an amazing number of good musicians who use their talents to play music of the Civil War era. They use musical scores from the 1800's, dress as bandsmen of that era would dress, and use period instruments. They sound great ! It is an education to see them march in a parade.
Tags: Brass    Marching      Bands    old  instruments  reenenactors    Civil  War 
Added: 11th October 2009
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We Will Meet Again - WWII Song Along with Lili Marlene, We'll Meet Again, sung by Vera Lynn in the 1940's, were the most popular song(s) of the Allied soldiers during WWII. (My father was constantly singing it for 40 years after the war ended). Here is the song reprised by 29 year old Welsh mezzo-soprano, Katherine Jenkins. (She does not look very much like an opera singer). She has embraced the causes of English veterans of WWII to those presently serving in the Middle East. She performs concerts all over the U.K. for the vets and troops on active duty, along with maintaining the rigorous schedule of an opera singer. She radiates the very essence of the English girl. You will probably know the tune and join in, singing with the crowd at this Cardiff concert. The song is at once, melodic, uplifting, and nostalgic.
Tags: Vera  Lynn  We  Will  Meet  Again  WWII  song  veterans 
Added: 10th September 2009
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Abdication of Edward VIII Speech In the tumultous years before WWII, England's stability was shaken by the resignation of its King Edward VIII. As Monarch and, therefore, head of the Church of England, his decision to marry a divorced American, Wallace Simpson, became constitutionally unacceptable, despite many political maneuvers. The last try was to form a Morganactic union, in which his wife would not be queen, but it proved unworkable. He found it impossible to discharge his duties as King, without his wife by his side. Despite what he says in his speech, his brother, George, was NOT prepared to take the throne. Unworldly, lacking confidence, and with a stutter, George became England's wartime King and performed his duties well. According to the late Queen Mother, his wife, his rise to the throne hastened his death.
Tags: England  King  Edward  Abdicates  throne 
Added: 10th September 2009
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Sputnik - A simple sound that scared America When the U.S.S.R. launched the first satellite in 1957, Sputnik, this lone sound of its telemetry was frightening to the many Americans. What have the Russians done? I can remember be unnerved listening to it, at age four. As I lay in bed I tried to picture it and guess where it was at that moment. This simple sound acted as a catalyst for our fledgling space program.
Tags: sputnik    50 
Added: 2nd September 2009
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Earliest Voice Recording   1860 !!! Edison's 1877 recording was thought to be the first. This one was made in France, 17 years earlier. Had this technology been available here - we might have Lincoln's voice.
Tags: Early  Voice  Recording  1860 
Added: 8th August 2009
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Only Film Clip of Houdini Funeral On November 4,1926 Harry Houdini was buried in New York at Machphela Cemetery. 2,000 mourners attended. The short black and white film clip is as enigmatic as the man himself. He was interred in one of his own stunt coffins at age 52.
Tags: Harry  Houdini  Funeral  Film 
Added: 31st July 2009
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