Ronald Reagan’s Birthday – His First Audition (5/5)

"Hero Birthday Series" In Honor of His Birthday – February 6, 1911 Ronald Reagan began his career as a radio sportscaster in Iowa. At that time, sportscasters were not even at the games.  They sat in a studio where they received ongoing written teletypes of the action. There were long gaps between teletypes, and so … Continue reading Ronald Reagan’s Birthday – His First Audition (5/5)

Ronald Reagan’s Birthday – Acting Career (4/5)

"Hero Birthday Series" In Honor of His Birthday – February 6, 1911 Reagan went from being an Iowa radio sportscaster to a Hollywood actor.  "Knute Rockne, All American" In 1937, he signed a seven-year contract with Warner Brothers.  Over the next three decades, he appeared in more than 50 films. Among his best-known roles was … Continue reading Ronald Reagan’s Birthday – Acting Career (4/5)

Ronald Reagan’s Birthday – “He Won the Cold War without firing a shot” (3/5)

"Hero Birthday Series" In Honor of His Birthday – February 6, 1911 Historians rank President Ronald Reagan among in the Top Ten presidents. He was "The Great Communicator." He lifted the country out of the doldrums. He lifted the country out of recession and "stagflation." He inspired the nation and gave people hope for a … Continue reading Ronald Reagan’s Birthday – “He Won the Cold War without firing a shot” (3/5)

Ronald Reagan’s Birthday – Miraculous Survival of Assassination Attempt (2/5)

"Hero Birthday Series" Historians rank President Ronald Reagan among in the Top Ten presidents. (Usually around Number 10.) He is called "The Great Communicator." "He won the Cold War without firing a shot." He worked well with a Democrat Congress. He lifted the country out of the doldrums (recession and "stagflation") He radiated optimism. He … Continue reading Ronald Reagan’s Birthday – Miraculous Survival of Assassination Attempt (2/5)

Ronald Reagan’s Birthday – “The Great Communicator” and “Master of Humor” (1/5)

"Hero Birthday Series" In Honor of His Birthday, February 6, 1911 For Ronald Reagan, humor was a great asset. He mastered the use of humor during his careers in radio, theater, movies, and television.  There, he perfected his delivery and timing. He used humor as: a weapon to disarm or humiliate his adversaries, an open … Continue reading Ronald Reagan’s Birthday – “The Great Communicator” and “Master of Humor” (1/5)

America needs more “Statesmen” and fewer “Politicians”

"Commentary" "American History" America is in desperate need of more statesmen and fewer politicians. The midterm elections are upon us. We have important choices to make. Will we elect more statesmen or more politicians? Statesmen versus Politicians Politicians know how to get elected. Statesmen know how to govern. Politicians think of the next election. Statesmen … Continue reading America needs more “Statesmen” and fewer “Politicians”

The Divine Birth of the American Nation – Happy July 4th!

In Honor of July 4th - Independence Day The founding of this great nation is miraculous and inspiring. The founding fathers and mothers were convinced that America gained its freedom and independence by “Divine Providence.” The British Empire: The Largest, Most Power Empire in History At the time of the Declaration of Independence, there was … Continue reading The Divine Birth of the American Nation – Happy July 4th!

A High School Student Designed Our American Flag

In Honor of July 4th Independence Day In 1958, a high school history teacher in Ohio assigned his students to do an individual project. Junior class student Bob Heft ambitiously decided to redesign the American flag.  At that time, there were 48 states.  However, it appeared that Alaska and Hawaii might gain statehood in the … Continue reading A High School Student Designed Our American Flag

Contributions of Enslaved African Americans

America's Slaves Deserve to be Remembered and Honored In Honor of "Juneteenth" On June 19, 1865, the enslaved African Americans in Texas finally learned of emancipation. "Juneteenth" has become a federal holiday - "Juneteenth National Independence Day." It is also known as "Jubilee Day," "Emancipation Day," "Freedom Day," and "Black Independence Day." (My family attended … Continue reading Contributions of Enslaved African Americans

How Freed Slaves and Their Posterity Were Denied the Right to Vote and Hold Public Office

“In Honor of Juneteenth” Destroying the Hopes and Dreams of Freed Slaves Forging compromises is an integral part of politics and governance.  The Constitution and the Bill of Rights were the products of countless compromises. Some compromises are distasteful, like the 3/5 compromised in the Constitution. But the worst compromise in U.S. history is the … Continue reading How Freed Slaves and Their Posterity Were Denied the Right to Vote and Hold Public Office