Syd Albright

HISTORY CORNER: The magnificent paintings and sculptures of Montana’s ‘Cowboy Artist’ — Charlie Russell

April 21, 2019 at 5:00 am

In Charlie Russell’s day, children had their distractions just like kids today — but it was long before electronic gadgetry. When he was growing up in Missouri and later Montana, his distractions were clay and beeswax that he would mold int...

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History Corner: After mapping the North American West Coast, Captain Cook returned to Hawaii and his death

April 14, 2019 at 5:00 am

James Cook was born into a farm laborer family in Yorkshire, England, and only lived to be 51, yet in that short life, he rose from being his father’s farmhand to becoming a distinguished Royal Navy officer and remembered in history as one ...

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HISTORY CORNER: Lewis and Clark would be surprised at what they saw retracing their trek through Idaho

April 07, 2019 at 5:00 am

There’s a trailhead in Post Falls that starts in a visitor parking lot bounded by a well-manicured Q’emiln Park with tall trees, a beach, the picturesque Spokane River and a dam. Five minutes down that trail, the world suddenly changes — ci...

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HISTORY CORNER: Oregon’s bold and historic adventurer Ranald MacDonald

March 31, 2019 at 5:00 am

Ranald MacDonald made a suggestion and it changed the world. He’s not to be confused with Ronald McDonald the food chain clown mascot. Ranald was born and raised in the Oregon Country frontier — his mother the daughter of a Native American ...

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HISTORY CORNER: How would Hollywood treat Marlon Brando today if he refused the Oscar?

March 24, 2019 at 5:00 am

“Marlon Brando is widely considered the greatest movie actor of all time,” says International Movie Data Base (IMDb), the organization rating him No. 1, noting that he “popularized the Method style of performing, which stripped away grandio...

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HISTORY CORNER: Lewis and Clark and their fleet of ships over land and water wasn’t easy

March 17, 2019 at 5:00 am

There must have been times when the Lewis and Clark Corps of Discovery expedition wished they didn’t have ships — especially when they had to carry their heavy wooden canoes 18 miles around the Great Falls on the Missouri River, taking 15 d...

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HISTORY CORNER: Mark Twain dazzled lecture crowds in the Pacific Northwest

March 10, 2019 at 5:00 am

At age 59, Mark Twain fell on hard times. His health was bad and he was deep in debt. Despite not feeling well, he decided to make a world lecture tour to pay off his creditors. Ticket prices ranged from 25 cents to $1. It was actually a st...

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HISTORY CORNER: America’s first nuclear submarine began in Idaho

March 03, 2019 at 5:00 am

At 11:47 in the morning of Jan. 21, 1951, first lady Mamie Eisenhower smashed a bottle of champagne on the bow of the USS Nautilus and America’s first nuclear submarine slid down into the Thames River in Connecticut.It was a proud moment fo...

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History Corner: Makah Indians of Olympic Peninsula captured three Japanese sailors lost at sea

February 24, 2019 at 5:00 am

In 1834, the seal and whale-hunting Makah Indians of the Northwest corner of the Olympic Peninsula were surprised to see a dilapidated Japanese junk drift ashore with three Japanese sailors on board. They had seen Europeans before years ear...

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HISTORY CORNER: Pilgrims and Puritans were among those that shaped American character

February 17, 2019 at 5:00 am

America is an exceptional country, and Americans are exceptional people. How did that happen?It started with the Pilgrims when they arrived at Cape Cod aboard the Mayflower from England in 1620, followed 29 years later by the arrival of the...

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