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Will Eisner the originator of the graphic novel, namesake of the Eisner Award, the comic book and cartoon industry equivalent of the Oscar, drew comics for, and about, the U.S. military to assist the maintenance mechanics in learning the dull info

April 19th, 2018 by admin

At one point, Eisner traveled to Korea to get a firsthand knowledge of GI requirements.

there is a covered wagon in Texas that has made the news papers a couple of times, the first time was in 1955, the second was more recent, when someone sent me a newspaper clipping, maybe in 2013

December 13th, 2017 by admin

May 16, 1955 The Eagle, Bryan, Texas

80 -Year Old Woman Wants To Repeat Wagon Venture

SHERMAN. Tex. — Her daughter paid a man 30 cents to teach her to harness a horse. The horse bit him. That’s why Ma Weaver paid the 30 cents. Then Ma and her two daughters were off by covered wagon for Denver, Colo. Today, 21 years later, that covered wagon is a permanent fixture in the side yard of her home at 322 N. Burdette St.

Mrs. Birdie Weaver, Ma to all who know her, has only one regret these days. She can’t find anyone to repeat the trip with her. She’s 80. “I’d buy a new wagon,” she dreams. The original has rotted to much for such a journey. “It’s the only way to travel. Automobiles is awful. Just perfectly awful. I wouldn’t go anywhere in a car.”

The trip started from here in October, 1934. Mother, Betty and Beatrice arrived in Denver six months later, spent a year and returned the same way. The younger women were in their 20s. Beatrice now is Mrs. R. D. Spangler. Why did they make the trip? “Just for the fun of it,” says Ma Weaver with finality. It was no typical prairie schooner which made the voyage. Instead of canvas, the covering was of sheet metal. Coops I underneath carried their chickens. Winnie the milk cow tagged along behind wearing special shoes designed by the Weavers.

On Christmas Day, December 25, 1830, the Best Friend of Charleston became the first regularly scheduled steam locomotive passenger train in the United States.

August 5th, 2017 by admin

The locomotive made its initial run on the first six miles of track of the South Carolina Canal and Railroad Company. Chartered in 1827, the same year that the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad was incorporated, the South Carolina Canal and Railroad Company steamed out of Charleston. The new line was designed to make Charleston competitive with Savannah, Georgia, for the cotton trade.

Over the next three years the South Carolina Canal and Railroad Company became, for a time, the world’s longest railway line. The company was a predecessor of J. P. Morgan’s Southern Railway Company, which grew out of the realignment of southern railways following the Civil War.

This “Best Friend” was built in the late 1920’s for the centennial of the South Carolina Canal and Railroad Company.

According to a report in the City Gazette, November 22, 1821 issue, a railroad was suggested to run from Charleston to Hamburg and a branch on to Columbia. Horatio Allen (1802-1890) was the chief engineer for The South Carolina Canal and Railroad Company from 1829 – 1835. (This line is now a part of the Southern Railway System.) On December 19, 1827, The South Carolina Canal and Railroad Company was chartered. Work began, January 9, 1830, on the line to Branchville, SC which was 62 miles from Charleston and it was opened in November, 1832. The line to Hamburg (adjacent to Augusta, GA) was opened on October 1, 1833. The line was now the longest continuous railroad in the world, 136 miles in length, and first to carry the US mail. (Derrick 1930, 10) This route took passengers on the 11 ½ hour trip with 7 stops for $6.75 one way. (Edgar 1998, 283)

The “Best Friend” had a brief, but historic, life. It was completed and put into regular service on December 25, 1830. On June 17, 1831, three men were injured in an explosion. A tied down safety valve due to the noise of the steam escaping, caused the boiler to blow up. Parts of the “Best Friend” were used in construction of the “Phoenix.” The “Best Friend” having been designed by C.E. Detmold, chief engineer was Horatio Allen, who early on advocated steam power locomotion and Nicholas W. Darrell became the first railway engineer. Nicholas W. Darrell died in 1869 after running engines for many years and having the distinction of being the first man to open the throttle on the “Best Friend.” The “Best Friend of Charleston” was modeled after its forerunner “Best Friend” and was known as the first locomotive built in the United States and used in service of transportation. (Southern Railway System, 1)

The “Stourbridge Lion,” in 1829 was the first locomotive to run on tracks in America.

the Rolls Royce White Glove Chauffer Training Program

May 13th, 2016 by admin

About a century ago, when Rolls-Royce began to acquire its sterling reputation, the maharajahs and magnates who imported the cars from England discovered that in many parts of the world, good drivers were harder to find than good cars. So they had Rolls-Royce train drivers to match its cars.

The drivers who attend his course typically work for single owners or hotel fleets. New owners can send their drivers to England for training. For example, the Louis XIII hotel in Macau recently began sending 30 drivers for training in anticipation of the arrival of its 30 new Rolls-Royce Phantoms — the largest single order ever, according to the company. 2 of the Rolls will be the most expensive Phantoms ever commissioned due to gold plated interior and exterior pieces

A majority of the training is etiquette.

Never greet your passengers wearing sunglasses.

You don’t accelerate, you “gain momentum”.

The sound system is playing a classical station at low volume.

If luggage is to be loaded, secure it in the trunk before opening the vehicle for your passengers. This prevents theft or forgetfulness, and while pulling wheeled suitcases along sidewalks is permissible, never across the street or on the road, to prevent the luggage wheels from getting dirty, oily or greasy. Also, query the passengers about their luggage to be sure none was left behind, and this will have the 2nd function of putting them at ease during the trip, as they won’t be concerned about luggage.

When opening a door, do not grasp the handle, merely pull outward. This technique avoids fingerprints on the Phantom’s exterior.

Before driving along,

Biking across the USA, without legs. Vet of the Afghanistan morass(definition #2), he lost both legs to an IED

August 4th, 2015 by admin

Gaal was a corporal infantry rifleman in 15 Charlie Company with the 1st Battalion, 5th Marines, was chosen to serve as a member of the Presidential Guard and was the second Marine to stand behind President Barack Obama during his inauguration. It was on Gaal’s second deployment to Afghanistan that the blast occurred; the night before the explosion, he had announced his intention to re-enlist.

Following the explosion, Gaal was comatose for two months and lost both legs and part of his hip.

Gaal’s trip started June 1 in San Diego, an almost-4,000 mile ride done entirely on a hand-cycle.
Gaal embarked on the journey to raise money and awareness for the Semper Fi Fund, the charity that helped him recover after he was severely injured in an IED explosion in Afghanistan in 2011, which to date has given 63,900 grants worth $107 million.

“[The Semper Fi Fund] is doing so much good for every branch,” said Gaal. “I wanted to pay it forward to the next generation.”
The Semper Fi Fund provides immediate financial assistance and lifetime support to post-9/11 wounded, critically ill, and injured members of all branches of the armed forces. It also provides resources to the families of those injured.

(on crossing the country in one of the hottest summers on record)

“We’re trying to beat the heat,” Riley said. “We started that in Arizona, where it would climb to 100 or more during the day. We started getting up at 3 a.m., then eventually it just became easy to get up at midnight and get on the road.”

In Girard Pennsylvania, they were met by a law enforcement escort, two cyclists and several motorcyclists from the Pittsburg American Legion, who led them into Pittsburg. There, a contingent from Pittsburg Police Department and Fire Department greeted them with an American flag flying from an aerial truck, then toured them through the Beard-Shanks Law Enforcement Center.

On August 2, 2015, Toran Gaal completed his journey of hand-cycling more than 4,000 miles to a warm reception of more than 100 supporters in Washington, DC. Assisted by his friend and fellow wounded Marine, Brian Riley, the 63 day trip raised incredible awareness for the Semper Fi Fund and the challenges all Veterans face. The ceremonies for the day continued with Toran and Brian placing a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns

(on meeting his fiancee)

“It’s a blessing,” Gaal said of where he’s at in life now. “It’s how I met an amazing woman, Lisa Graves, who is now my fiancee. She interviewed me for a book she was writing, and we fell in love.”
She is a driving force behind his trip, he said, and is the point person for media, accommodations, cities they’re passing through, website updates and emails.

the 1st tractor to the south pole was a Ferguson (TE20), and so it the 2nd… "Tractor Girl" made it in 17 days with a sponsorship donor MF5610

December 15th, 2014 by admin

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Australia to England in a Fiat Multipla min color photos from an epic adventure in 1969.

April 18th, 2014 by admin

the link at the bottom of this post is one to a website with a couple dozen photos of this trip across Asia and the middle east… very cool to see the sights from 45 years ago, before the tourists and scammers made it all so ugly

From via

Pony Photos Blog, you’ve got to check out this guys site!

February 12th, 2013 by admin

Just two photos from his trip to the Germany Museum of Technology…

and a sample of the excellence of his photography. This guy is great!

this is great stuff!

from a John Wayne movie you’ve probably never heard of "Circus World"

January 26th, 2013 by admin

it’s about a circus owner that is still in love with the woman that left him 15 years before, and the trip to Europe to find her, and save his circus. The extremely beautiful Claudia Cardinale who you might remember as Princess Fawn in the original Pink Panther movie

Walt Disney had plans to bring Disneylandia by railcar through America, it cost too much, so he made DisneyLand instead

August 16th, 2012 by admin

This is just one reason Disneyland has trains,

“… several specific elements of the event that stayed in Walt’s mind. A section of the fair was devoted to “Horse Drawn and Man Drawn Equipment (all originals) 1890-1910 Period,” which, for instance, included vehicles such as a horse-drawn fire engine, a steam calliope, and a popcorn wagon — all future elements of Disneyland.

In Gold Gulch, “Frontier Town of Gold Rush Days,” old-timers and gunslingers trod wooden sidewalks past authentic shops and exhibits of the old frontier. There was an “Old New Orleans” exhibit with a French Quarter street and flagstone courtyard, a free nightly fireworks display following the last daily performance of the “Wheels-a-Rolling” rail pageant spectacular, an “Old Faithful Geyser” spouting on schedule, and even an authentic Indian village — all like those at early Disneyland.