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Profile America: The Real Thing Coca-Cola

Sunday, July 8th. On this date in 1831, a baby was born in Knoxville, Georgia, who would grow up to invent a product that rather symbolizes America all around the world. John Stith Pemberton was a pharmacist addicted to morphine […]

by · July 8, 2018 · History, Profile America
Profile America: 90 Years Since Sliced Bread

Profile America: 90 Years Since Sliced Bread

Saturday, July 7th. When something is proclaimed the best thing since sliced bread, that praise doesn’t suggest as great a span of time as one might think. Sliced bread, wrapped for sale in wax paper, first appeared on store shelves […]

by · July 7, 2018 · History, Profile America
Profile America: Powers of Ten

Profile America: Powers of Ten

Friday, July 6th. The Constitution of the United States, ratified in 1788, made this nation the first in the world to conduct a census of population on a regular basis, based on 10-year intervals. Units of 10 had an earlier […]

by · July 6, 2018 · History, News, Profile America
Op-Ed: Answering the Call to Create History – Sobering Thoughts on Caribbean American Heritage Month

Op-Ed: Answering the Call to Create History – Sobering Thoughts on Caribbean American Heritage Month

ANSWERING THE CALL TO CREATE HISTORY Sobering Thoughts on Caribbean American Heritage Month by State Senator Kevin Parker To answer the call to create history is at times challenging. But if there is one lesson history teaches us is that […]

by · July 3, 2018 · Cultures, History
The first public pay telephone was set up in just two years after Alexander Graham Bell invented the phone. The first coin-operated pay phone was installed ..

Profile America: First Phone Booth

America’s first public phone booth was installed this month in 1880 in New Haven, Connecticut, just four years after the telephone was invented. These first public telephones were supervised by attendants, while those operated by coins came along nine years […]

by · June 29, 2018 · History, News, Technology
The Lincoln Highway, The Great American Road Trip

Getting up to Speed

Friday, June 29th. On this date in 1956, President Dwight Eisenhower signed a bill establishing the Interstate Highway System, originally of 41,000 miles. Today, it’s nearly 47,000 miles, the world’s longest single system. The original estimated cost of the interstate […]

Today, many Americans prefer their coffee decaffeinated.

Profile America: Decaf Coffee

Saturday, June 23rd. Through the centuries of coffee’s popularity, if someone ordered the beverage, there was no question about what kind. Today, many Americans prefer their coffee decaffeinated. That option dates to early in the last century, thanks to Ludwig […]

by · June 23, 2018 · History, Profile America
The first public pay telephone was set up in just two years after Alexander Graham Bell invented the phone. The first coin-operated pay phone was installed ..

Profile America: First Phone Booth

Friday, June 22nd. America’s first public phone booth was installed this month in 1880 in New Haven, Connecticut, just four years after the telephone was invented. These first public telephones were supervised by attendants, while those operated by coins came […]

by · June 22, 2018 · History, News, Technology
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Profile America: First L.P. Record

Thursday, June 21st. One man’s devotion to classical music led to a major advance in the music recording industry. Dr. Peter Goldmark of CBS Labs was fed up with the frequent record disc flips and swaps required to play a […]

by · June 21, 2018 · History, Music, News
Profile America: Thrill Rides

Profile America: Thrill Rides

Wednesday, June 20th. With summer and school vacation almost here, children will be urging their parents to take them to the nearest amusement park. Among the most popular features of these parks are ever more thrilling roller coasters, which trace […]

Fallen headstones and headstones ready to fall as the West Farms Soldier Cemetery has been neglected for years.--Photo by David Greene

Rendering Honors for Forgotten Soldiers in West Farms Square

Rendering Honors for Forgotten Soldiers in West Farms Square by David Greene Memorial day came and went and little honor or attention was paid to the 40 soldiers buried in the 200 year-old West Farms Soldier Cemetery, at East 180 […]

by · June 13, 2018 · History, Local News, News, Veterans
Profile America: FM Radio Debuts

Profile America: FM Radio Debuts

Monday, March 5th. FM radio is 77 years old. In March 1941, the first commercial FM station went on the air — W47NV in Nashville, Tennessee. FM – standing for frequency modulation – was first proposed in a scientific paper […]

by · March 5, 2018 · History, Profile America
Profile America: Jeannette Rankin

Profile America: Jeannette Rankin

Sunday, March 4th. The first woman to serve in Congress took her seat on this date 101 years ago. Barely a month later, Jeannette Rankin,       Republican from Montana, became one of the few congressional representatives to vote against […]

by · March 4, 2018 · History, Profile America, Women
Profile America: Women’s History Month

Profile America: Women’s History Month

Thursday, March 1. This is Wome’s History Month — a time to recognize the often overlooked vision, courage and accomplishments of the nation’s women. One example is Clara Barton, who ministered to wounded soldiers in the Civil War and went […]

by · March 1, 2018 · History, Profile America, Women
Profile America: First State Chartered Railroad

Profile America: First State Chartered Railroad

Wednesday, February 28. Although February is the calendar’s shortest month, it looms large in America’s history of railroad development. In 1815, the first state charter for a railroad was issued by New Jersey for a never-completed line between Trenton and […]