Pearson Field

 Posted by at 12:02 am  Nick's Blog
Jul 082018
 

We got an unexpected bonus when we visited Fort Vancouver National Historic Site in Washington state and discovered one of America’s oldest operating airfields adjacent to the old fur trading outpost. The past met the future at Vancouver Barracks on September, 19, 1905, when Lincoln Beachey took off from the Lewis and Clark Centennial Exposition, […]

Father’s Day

 Posted by at 12:26 am  Nick's Blog
Jun 172018
 

My dad’s been gone for over 30 years now but I still think about him. Not just on Father’s Day, but every day. He was quite a guy and I’d love to be able sit down and talk to him again. He was part of the Greatest Generation who helped to push the Japanese out […]

The Things You See

 Posted by at 12:09 am  Nick's Blog
Apr 232018
 

I’ve heard it said many times that to be a good writer you have to be observant of the world around you, and I think that’s probably true. I’ve always been a people watcher. I can remember as a kid seeing someone at the grocery store or walking down the street or wherever, and making […]

Christ On The Ohio

 Posted by at 12:02 am  Nick's Blog
Mar 042018
 

Note: This story is from my book Highway History And Back Road Mystery. Poised high on a hill overlooking the Ohio River in the tiny Indiana town of Troy stands a beautiful testament to love that was conceived during a terrible period of ugliness and hate. The Christ of the Ohio monument towers nineteen feet […]

Castle Air Museum

 Posted by at 12:02 am  Nick's Blog
Feb 112018
 

Atwater, California, located 120 miles east of San Francisco in the San Joaquin Valley, is the former home of Castle Air Force Base, which opened near there in 1941 as an Army Air Corps Basic Flying School, to meet the needs of the military buildup in the days before World War II. Besides pilots and […]

Wings Over The Rockies

 Posted by at 12:31 am  Nick's Blog
Dec 092017
 

Note: This story if from the January-February, 2014 issue of the Gypsy Journal. If you like airplanes and you find yourself in the Denver area, you really owe it to yourself to visit the Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum, housed in a historic 150,000 square foot 1930s-era hangar located at what was […]

Nov 272017
 

Note: This story is from the September-October, 2016 issue of the Gypsy Journal. The world of baseball was changed forever thanks to an enterprising German immigrant and his son. J. Frederick Hillerich and his family first settled in Baltimore, Maryland in 1842, and then moved to Louisville, Kentucky a few years later. He started a […]

Oct 092017
 

 Note: This story first appeared in the March-April 2016 Gypsy Journal. It seems only fitting that a place as steeped in Western history as Tucson, Arizona would be home to the Museum of the Horse Soldier, which has to be one of the most interesting museums we have visited anywhere. The museum is the brainchild […]

Feeding The Troops

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Sep 242017
 

Note: This story is from the November-December 2004 issue of the Gypsy Journal. My father and uncles were part of the generation that liberated Europe from the Nazis and wrested control of the Pacific from the Japanese during World War II. When recalling their wartime experiences, I remember some of them talking about their troop […]

Aug 282017
 

Note: This story is from the July-August 2012 issue of the Gypsy Journal. One fact that a lot of people never think about in warfare is the often overwhelming task of dealing with enemy troops who have been captured or who have surrendered. They must be moved away from the battle lines, and it can […]