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The Spanish Influenza Pandemic of 1918: An Indicator of Things to Come?

by Philip Jett It was 1918 and there was a killer on the loose. Worse than any serial predator in modern history, its deadly grasp was swift, its hold resolute, and its thirst for killing unquenchable. No one was safe.

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Robert Todd Lincoln—Blessed and Cursed

by Philip Jett Robert Todd Lincoln did not resemble his famous father. At seven inches shorter and quite a few pounds heavier, many who met him were disappointed. He lacked the ability to spin a tale like his father, often

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A Kidnapped Boy Becomes a Patron Saint

by Philip Jett “My name is Patrick… I was taken prisoner. I was about sixteen… I was taken into captivity in Ireland, along with thousands of others,” Saint Patrick revealed in two letters written in the fifth century called Saint

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How Sears Saved Christmas from the Soviets

by Philip Jett It was November 30, 1955, and the Cold War was raging. The U.S. had stockpiled 2,422 atomic bombs while the Soviets had only about 200, though more than ample to annihilate the United States. With the Soviet

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The Story of the Real Ichabod Crane

by Philip Jett “It was the very witching time of night that Ichabod, heavy-hearted and crestfallen, pursued his travel homeward. . . ” In Washington Irving’s 1820 classic short story, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, the principal character (with a

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