| Jul 22, 2013
| 3:59 PM
Some things are still hard for David Lester to talk about, as they would be for anyone who's seen his friends die and rivers turn red with blood.
Eventually the 94-year-old Costa Mesa resident did open up, in the form of a 400-page manuscript, "A Combat...
| Jul 17, 2013
| 12:36 PM
Old Hickory gets a charge of anarchistic electricity in “Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson” at the Chance Theater in Anaheim Hills. This sublimely raucous take on Alex Timbers and Michael Friedman’s savage emo rock evisceration of American...
| Jun 22, 2013
| 5:10 PM
Rear Adm. George Cockburn already ranked as the most feared Royal Navy officer in North America when he landed with some 2,000 soldiers and marines on the north shore of Hampton Roads in the pre-dawn hours of June 25, 1813.
But not even the incendiary...
| Jun 25, 2013
| 6:55 AM
Few people who live in the Olde Wythe, Merrimac Shores and Little England neighborhoods of Hampton thought twice about the significance of today's date when they got up this morning.
But 200 years ago on June 25, a British amphibious force clashed...
| Mar 10, 2013
Early after the first of this year, I wrote a column concerning interesting facts about our presidents, and I promised to write more. That column and this one — and possibly some future ones — are based on a book by Cormac O’Brien titled...
| Jan 21, 2013
| 7:41 AM
Savannah, Georgia is synonymous with Southern charm in the minds of many –maybe because of the city’s gardens, squares, historic mansions, Southern cooking, and cordial welcome to travelers. The city’s beauty may have actually saved it...
| Jun 9, 2013
The steamboat conveying Andrew Jackson up the Ohio River toward his tumultuous 1829 inauguration had brooms lashed to its bow, symbolizing Old Hickory's vow to clean up Washington. But sweeping out Washington's Augean stables, like painting the Golden...
| Jun 9, 2013
| 9:16 PM
The steamboat conveying Andrew Jackson up the Ohio River toward his tumultuous 1829 inauguration had brooms lashed to its bow, symbolizing Old Hickory’s vow to clean up Washington. But sweeping out Washington’s Augean stables, like painting...
| Jan 17, 2013
| 6:34 AM
Editor's note: This is the unabridged version of the condensed article that appeared in the Jan. 17 Interior Journal.
This article is the first in a series to commemorate the War of 1812 Bicentennial. The Congress of the United States has...
| May 21, 2013
| 5:30 AM
HARBOR SPRINGS — Soon, a different kind of bicentennial war exhibit will open at the Harbor Springs Area Historical Society, thanks in part to an $8,000 grant from the Michigan Humanities Council that the society received May 10.
| May 25, 2012
| 4:36 PM
Before the era of the 24-hour news cycle and weekly televised debates, the predominant and most creative outlet for presidential candidates to communicate their vision was the campaign poster. With "Presidential Campaign Posters" (Quirk Books, $40), the...
| Jan 18, 2012
| 4:32 PM
In a normal week, a debate audience booing the Golden Rule might have made headlines for several days. Partisan churls shout down beloved precept. Golden Rule gets leaden response in Myrtle Beach. GOP crowd boos "… unto others." But it......