David Farragut

Farragut Damns a Few Torpedoes with Some Success

“Damn the torpedoes! Full speed ahead!” David G. Farragut. It never occurred to Rear Admiral Farragut that his command would find its way into the lexicon of American phrases and … Continue Reading →


Cavell Poster

Edith Cavell Makes a Choice

“Patriotism is not enough. I must have no hatred or bitterness towards anyone.” Edith Louisa Cavell. Just after dawn on October 12, 1915, eight soldiers raised their rifles and took … Continue Reading →


Hermes

Hermes Missed 30 Times, But Next Time?

“It’s a little unnerving; Hermes has sailed by earth so many times and we didn’t even know it.”  Paul Chodas, JPL. Unnerving! That doesn’t come close to expressing what we … Continue Reading →


Gelett Burgess

The Regrettable Purple Cow

“I never saw a purple cow I never hope to see one; But I can tell you, anyhow, I’d rather see than be one!”  Gelett Burgess. Gelett Burgess would come … Continue Reading →


Egg Puzzle

Columbus, Disney, Eisenhower and Eggs. No Problem!

“If a problem cannot be solved, enlarge it.”  Dwight Eisenhower. Ike was no stranger to big problems that seemed insoluble. As America’s chief Nazi-buster, he led the campaigns in North … Continue Reading →


Drive Friendly Texas Safety Slogan

Drive Friendly and Discover Something More

“Drive Friendly.” Texas Safety Slogan. In the not too distant past, when driving down a Texas back road, oncoming drivers were likely to raise the index finger of their driving … Continue Reading →


Theodore Hook

4,000 Visitors, 2,500 Tarts and an Archbishop Too!

“The best way to predict the future is to invent it.” Theodore Hook. It was a little after nine in the morning when Mrs. Tottenham, of 54 Berners Street, heard … Continue Reading →


Emile Coue

Cure Yourself the Coué Way

“Every day, in every way, I am getting better and better.” Émile Coué. Ok—cynics will immediately dismiss Coué’s “autosuggestion” as just so much latent-hippie, New Age, Kumbaya, group-hug bunk. And … Continue Reading →


Albert Einstein

You, Too, Can Be an Einstein

Imagination is more important than knowledge. Albert Einstein. Albert Einstein had issues with authority. He was a rebellious spirit chafed by the routine and ordinary. This became immediately apparent during … Continue Reading →


Gene Autry

Gene Autry: Something to Sing About

The sooner we all start figuring out how to benefit from it, rather than run away from it, the better off we all will be. Gene Autry. With that, “Oklahoma’s … Continue Reading →