Syd Albright

HISTORY CORNER: LBJ’s fake news drags U.S. into Vietnam War

September 17, 2017 at 5:00 am

In the 1960s, the Cold War was on, in Indochina the French were out, and the Americans were quietly in because communism was spreading in Southeast Asia.Neither President Kennedy nor President Johnson publicized U.S. military advisers being...

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HISTORY CORNER: The world-class Royal Canadian Mounted Police

September 03, 2017 at 5:00 am

When Blackfoot Chief Crowfoot signed the Blackfoot Treaty No. 7 in 1877, he said, “If the police had not come to this country, where would we all be now? Bad men and whisky were killing us so fast that very few of us would have been alive t...

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HISTORY CORNER: Indians attack settlers in one-day 1856 Battle of Seattle

August 27, 2017 at 5:00 am

Word was out that some of the Native American tribes in Washington Territory were rumbling for a fight against white settlers, so the U.S. Navy sent a sail-rigged sloop-of war called the USS Decatur bristling with guns to defend them.In 185...

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HISTORY CORNER: The Mormon Battalion and Brigham Young’s prophecy

August 20, 2017 at 5:00 am

The president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Brigham Young, faced monumental problems in the 1840s, but he was up to the task of handling it all. Founder Joseph Smith had been assassinated; the Mormons were persecuted a...

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Life and times of Uncle Nick among the Indians

August 13, 2017 at 5:00 am

Uncle Nick was shy about the scar on his head from being shot by an Indian arrow and always wore a cap. Most folks would show it off as a conversation opener, and Uncle Nick wasn’t shy about conversation.He always had plenty to talk about.A...

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HISTORY CORNER: Big Nose George, the ashtray, shoes and medical bag

August 06, 2017 at 5:00 am

It was a grim ending for Wyoming outlaw “Big Nose” George Parrott — he strangled at the end of a lynch mob’s noose, the top of his skull became an ashtray, pen holder and doorstop, and his skin a pair of shoes, coin purse and medical bag.He...

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HISTORY CORNER: Lewis and Clark expedition’s rugged Field brothers

July 30, 2017 at 5:00 am

The Blackfeet Indians were a dangerous lot to deal with on the Lewis and Clark Corps of Discovery expedition. At a tense breakfast in Montana on July 27, 1806, the Field bothers were two soldiers on the team who found that out.The expeditio...

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HISTORY CORNER: Buffalo Jones, hunter, cowboy and icon of the American West

July 20, 2017 at 5:00 am

Charles Jesse Jones was a repentant cowboy of the Old West who once slaughtered as many as 60 American bison a day. Then when the great animals of the American West became nearly extinct, he smashed his hunting rifle and devoted the rest of...

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HISTORY CORNER: They executed Joe Hill whom even President Wilson couldn’t save

July 16, 2017 at 5:00 am

Even President Wilson couldn’t save wrongfully accused union organizer

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World War 2.5: Andy Rooney versus Ernest Hemingway

July 09, 2017 at 5:00 am

Rambouillet is a historic chateau community near Versailles southwest of Paris within cycling distance. Napoleon had one of his imperial homes there. But in August 1944 the Germans were there on-and-off — along with French guerillas, the Am...

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