| May 19, 2011
Willard S. Boyle, who shared the 2009 Nobel Prize in physics for the invention of the revolutionary imaging device that is at the heart of digital cameras of all descriptions, died May 7 at a hospital in his home town of Wallace, Canada. He was 86 and had...
| Sep 29, 2009
| 4:32 PM
Jockey International Inc. has documented that the first pair of its men's brief-style underpants was sold at Marshall Field & Co. in Chicago on Jan. 19, 1935. And, although it is undocumented, it's more than likely that the first wedgie......
| Jan 5, 2008
The coming year will be chock full of 1968 commemorations. Deservedly so, because that was a pivotal year in which the convulsions of a decade converged and the country slouched over the edge of a precipice.
It was, after all, the year of the Tet...
| Jun 3, 2009
Paul Haney, a former Washington journalist who went on to become the "voice" of manned space flight for NASA's Gemini and Apollo programs, died Thursday at a nursing home in Alamogordo, N.M. He was 80.
Haney had been battling melanoma for more than two...
| Jul 22, 2009
| 11:18 AM
Today's topic: Many regard the Apollo program as the high watermark of American space exploration. Are they correct? Was sending a man to the moon mostly about national pride, or were there more practical purposes?
The real 'moon hoax' Point: Michael...
| Jul 23, 2009
| 11:57 AM
Today's topic: What has NASA done right since Apollo? Where has it erred? Are there other space programs in the world that perform certain functions better than NASA?
The two agencies within NASA Point: Bill Nye
Were we to bring a citizen from the...
| Dec 3, 2013
| 10:06 AM
Billy Brown was born in Abilene, Texas and moved to Northern California as a teenager with his parents Henry Claude & Mary Pollock Brown, and his sister, Hazel Marie. There he met the love of his life, Dixie Lee Skiles. They were married in 1952. He...
| Nov 10, 2013
‘We had each others' backs'
Each Veterans Day, I think of each one of my brothers in a group photo taken in December 1993 in Mogadishu, Somalia. It is the 1st platoon 24th Military Police Company FSGA.
On any given day of our deployment, each of...
| Jul 17, 2013
| 2:51 PM
Six months ago this would have been a great question: Would there be a park on the moon before Hagerstown established a dog park?
I think the Hagerstown dog park is now a fact, although the process was so long and tortured that I stopped following the...
| Jul 9, 2013
| 5:03 PM
To visit thenew national park proposed by a Maryland congresswoman would require a 239,000-mile journey and an oxygen tank.
On the plus side, there would be plenty of parking.
Rep. Donna Edwards, the top-ranking Democrat on the House Subcommittee on...
| Mar 8, 2013
Neil Shubin has the wide, happy eyes of a Muppet and the casual, ingratiating prattle of a car salesman. His thick, graying hair lends gravitas. He has written a new book, and on a bitter afternoon in Hyde Park he is explaining to me how he writes....