Custom Search




tel:18003484095

banner3

banner3

banner2


June 9, 2016

Muhammad Ali: World Class Athlete Who Loved His Hometown

By Bruce Schreiner

Associated Press

Louisville, KY (AP) - Muhammad Ali traveled the world as a fighter and humanitarian, but he always came home to Louisville.

His Kentucky hometown was where Ali, as a gangly teenager, began to develop his boxing skills - the dazzling footwork and rapid-fire punching prowess. The three-time world heavyweight boxing champion never forgot his roots, returning to his old West End neighborhood and visiting high school classmates even after becoming one of the world’s most recognizable men.

Now the focus shifts back to Ali’s hometown as the world says goodbye to the man who emerged from humble beginnings to rub elbows with heads of state.

Ali, slowed for years by Parkinson’s disease, died Friday at age 74 in an Arizona hospital. His funeral is scheduled for Friday afternoon in Louisville.

Ali chose his hometown as the place for one of his lasting legacies: the Muhammad Ali Center, which promotes his humanitarian ideals and showcases his remarkable career. Ali and his wife, Lonnie, had multiple residences around the U.S., but always maintained a Louisville home.

The city embraced its favorite son right back. A downtown street bears his name. A banner showcasing his face - and proclaiming him ``Louisville’s Ali’’ - towers over motorists near the city’s riverfront.

Muhammad Ali defeated Sonny Liston in February 1964

Lifelong friend Victor Bender knew Ali ever since they were boyhood sparring partners. Bender remembered Ali - then known as Cassius Clay - as a dedicated athlete who worked tirelessly to hone his boxing skills.

He also remembered Ali’s human touch - his willingness to reach out to others.

``Only health changed him,’’ Bender said in a September 2014 interview. ``When he was healthy enough, he could talk with anybody. He loved children. He’d reach out and touch anybody, because he loved people.

``Sometimes his handlers would say, `Look, we’ve got to go. We’ve got to meet the schedule.’ And he’d say, `The schedule will have to wait.’’’

Ruby Hyde remembered the heavyweight champ cruising into her neighborhood in a Cadillac with the top down. ``All the kids jumped in and he rode them around the block,’’ she remembered.

Ali’s boyhood home - a small, single-story frame house - still stands in the working-class neighborhood where he grew up. The bright pink home on Grand Avenue was renovated by its current owners and opened for Ali’s fans to get a glimpse into his life before the world came to know him.

Ali’s storybook boxing career - highlighted by epic bouts with Joe Frazier, George Foreman and Sonny Liston - began with a theft.

His bicycle was stolen when he was 12. Wanting to report the crime, the shaken boy was introduced to Joe Martin, a police officer who doubled as a boxing coach at a local gym. Ali told Martin he wanted to whip the culprit. The thief was never found, nor was the bike, but soon the feisty Ali was a regular in Martin’s gym.

``He always had a good left-hand punch,’’ Bender recalled. ``He could follow up. The fundamentals were always there.’’

Ali developed into a top amateur boxer. His early workouts included racing a school bus along the streets of Louisville, said Shirlee Smith, his classmate at Louisville Central High School.

``Every time the bus would stop to pick up kids, he would pass us up,’’ she recalled. ``Then we’d pass him up. Everybody on the bus would be laughing and teasing him. He was training at that time, and we were just having fun. But he was focused on what he wanted.’’

Ali’s boyhood neighbor, Lawrence Montgomery Sr., said he saw early glimpses of the bravado that earned Ali the ``Louisville Lip’’ nickname.

``He told me then that he was going to be the heavyweight champion of the world, and I didn’t believe him,’’ Montgomery said. ``I told him, `Man, you better get that out of your mind.’ But he succeeded. He followed through.’’

Not long after graduating from high school, Ali won a gold medal at the 1960 Olympics in Rome.

Smith remembered Ali as a happy-go-lucky classmate who wasn’t changed by fame. She recalled the class reunion when Ali performed magic tricks.

``He never had any airs or any pretense,’’ she said. ``He was just Muhammad Ali.’’

Ali announced his conversion to the Muslim faith soon after upsetting Liston in 1964 to win the heavyweight crown for the first time. Ali moved away in the early 1960s but never lost contact with Louisville.

The Ali Center includes exhibits recalling the turbulent 1960s that Ali came to personify. Ali was refused service at a Louisville restaurant after he returned home as an Olympic gold medal winner. Other exhibits recall Ali’s role as a civil rights supporter and opponent of the Vietnam War.

Louisvillians embraced him as their own again as they mourned his passing. They flocked to the Ali Center and to his boyhood home along with out-of-town visitors paying their respects.

Amid the flurry of activity by mourners outside the Ali Center, Frank Green, 73, had his own reflective moment about the champ. Green gingerly got down on his knees to say a prayer for Ali and his family. He brought along a photo showing him posing with Ali.

``It’s really hurtful and painful over the last few years to see him in the condition he was in,’’ said Green, whose wife was an Ali classmate. ``His dynamic personality - he’d go in a dark room and you wouldn’t have to flip the light switch. The lights would automatically come on. He was that type of dynamic personality.’’

At a memorial service outside Metro Hall Saturday, Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer summed up Ali’s deep ties to the city.

``Muhammad Ali belongs to the world, but he only has one hometown,’’ he said. ``The `Louisville Lip’ spoke to everyone, but we heard him in a way no one else could.’’

Couple Makes It Through WWII, Marry, Divorce - But Stay In Love

By Jenny McNeece

Vincennes Sun-Commercial

Vincennes, IN (AP) - Otto Fuhrman used to hide things in the rafters.

So when his son-in-law, Dave Arvin, reached above a metal heating duct in Otto’s basement and felt his hand brush a dusty paper bag, he wasn’t terribly surprised.

``He was famous for sticking things up there,’’ Arvin said with a smile and a shake of his head. ``When I pulled the bag out, I didn’t recognize it. I thought, `What is this?’

``But then I got to really looking at it. I saw they were letters,’’ the enormity of that moment still, years later, causing his eyes to moisten. ``I looked at the addresses, the dates, and then I realized what I had.’’

There were hundreds of them, yellowed pages, their edges ripped and frayed from repeated readings, the ink faded in places where a cup of tea likely once sat.

But within their creased and weathered pages was a love story for the ages, one belonging to Otto and his sweetheart, Jean Hughes.

Otto, a Loogootee native, joined the Army in the fall 1942 as did so many other 20-something men that year. And for the next three years, Otto and Jean would write one another everyday sometimes two or three times a day sharing in the rather mundane details of their respective days, offering encouragement in the face of loneliness and, more than anything, declaring their love and commitment for the other until they could be together again.

``Well, my darling, how are you?’’ Otto writes on Sept. 11, 1942. ``Tell me you’ve been a good girl. That’s the most important thing to me.

``Be good to me. Stay true to me,’’ he writes, the desperation permeating through the blue ink. ``For my darling, I love you.’’

``I hope to be with you before long,’’ he writes in another, this one dated Jan. 28, 1943. ``The war news is good. I hope they keep licking the devil out of them, don’t you, my dear?

``If I end up back in Indiana soon, boy, I think I might say that I like the Army,’’ he writes. ``But if I don’t get to see you before long, honey, I don’t see how I can care much about it.’’

Jean, who was living with her family in Loogootee, is endlessly optimistic in her replies, even as the couple faces their first Christmas apart.

``Otto, I sure do miss you,’’ she writes on Christmas Eve in 1942. ``But I made up my mind the day you left that I’m going to keep my chin up as high as I can. And I know a swell guy like you can, too. I know there will be lonesome times for us both, but, honey, just think of what fun we’ll have when it’s all over.

``And I’m sure that won’t be too long,’’ she writes, ``especially if all of the soldiers are as grand as you are.’’

Jean offers Otto tales of going to the show in Washington with her girlfriends, shopping trips with family to Vincennes and Jasper, news of other soldiers, even Otto’s own brother, Homer. She speaks of her job at a local textile factory, Perfect Fit Industries.

She begins most every letter with, ``My dearest sweetheart,’’ and ends it with ``XOXOXOXOXO.’’

``I went to the show tonight again,’’ she writes to Otto in January 1943. ``I’ve never been to so many shows in all my life. I think I’ll try a basketball game for a change.

``I think of you, honey, all the time,’’ she writes. ``I love you more every day. I pass your house and see your car sitting in the drive. It seems like I should see you, too.’’

And news of a new sound system at work even prompted a bit of humor.

``We got a loud speaking system at the factory today,’’ she writes in February 1943. ``They play music while we work. Talk about being ritzy, aren’t we? But today they played the `Star Spangled Banner,’ and I think half the plant started crying.

``I think they’d better not play it anymore,’’ she writes.

Otto was ordered to the U.S. Army’s 99th Infantry Division in the fall of 1942 and stationed at Mississippi’s Camp Van Dorn, the location from which the majority of his letters to Jean came. The 99th came to be known as the Checkerboard Division, a name that originates from soldiers’ shoulder patch design, a five-sided black shield with a horizontal band of blue and white squares.

According to Camp Van Dorn’s website, one dedicated to the history of the men who served there, division commander Major Gen. Walter Laurer described life there as a ``tarpaper shanty town sprawled across the red mud of the southern Mississippi.’’

``Men of the (99th infantry division) not only faced basic training,’’ Laurer said, ``but one of the most miserable winters in years,’’ evident by one of Ottos’ letters dated February 1943.

``I got two hours sleep last night,’’ he wrote to Jean. ``Boy that guard business, I don’t care much about. It was awful spooky too, dear. Thirty some trucks, not a light within a quarter of a mile and, boy, that wind was a bearing down on them old canvas tents and making a lot of queer noises.

``But I made it.’’

In another letter dated February 10, 1943, he asks Jean to send him a picture, an image of love and home to help him get through the cold nights.

``Sweetheart, send me a picture. Any size you like. But be sure and send me one soon so I can sit and look at it at night when I am writing.

``Maybe then I would feel better about this place, but I don’t think anything could help me. I will have to learn to get over it myself, I suppose.’’

The 99th completed basic and advance training at Camp Van Dorn then moved on to Louisiana in the fall of 1943.The moment Otto and Jean had been dreading all along the big move ``across,’’ as they would come to commonly call his impending deployment to the war was inching ever closer.

And it is in those days Jean leans on fellow war sweetheart Mary Jane Deakin, a Michigan native whose husband, Chuck, was in the 99th with Otto. Scattered among Jean and Otto’s letters are a few dozen between the two women, their words evidence of a loyal friendship, one that, as it turns out, would last years.

``Don’t you just hate the thought of Otto and Chuck getting sent across,’’ Mary Jane writes to Jean in late 1943. ``I get sick all over when I think about it. I’m so lonesome, Jean, I can barely stand it.’’

The 99th arrived in England in October 1944. From there they moved into France then to Belgium. Their campaign included Rhineland, Ardennes-Alsace and Central Europe, but perhaps they are best known for their part in the infamous Battle of the Bulge.

Troops held fast on the northern shoulder of the German advance, refusing them access to the vital northern road network that led into Belgium.

``They were just beefed up just for the war, and after that, they were disbanded,’’ said Jim Osborne, founder and curator of the Indiana Military Museum, said of Otto’s division. ``They sure did get in the thick of the battle, though.’’

Unfortunately, Otto’s letters to Jean stop just before he was sent into England. Or, perhaps, maybe they’re stuck in some undiscovered corner of the home the couple once shared in Loogootee.

``Someone writing this much,’’ Osborne said, wrapping his arms around the multiple boxes of letters, ``well, he wouldn’t have just stopped once he got over there.

Goodwill Cemetery, where Otto & Jean are buried

``I’ve never seen this many letters,’’ he said.

But if there are more letters, Abbie Arvin, Jean and Otto’s only daughter, hasn’t found yet them.

But she knows how the story ends just the same.

Otto was injured, shot in the leg, during the Battle of the Bulge and eventually sent home. The two married on Feb. 10, 1946, and less than a year later, they had Abbie. She would later move to Vincennes with Dave, who worked at Mitchell Furniture.

Otto spent a long career working at what is now the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division but for Otto’s generation was always known as ``the Depot,’’ and Jean worked for a while longer at the local factory, Abbie said.

Times were tough, but Otto built his Jean her own home, oftentimes with materials he got from here, there and everywhere. All of the windows in the home, Dave says, are different sizes as they came from a multitude of different places.

Abbie, however, doesn’t necessarily remember the sweethearts whose story jumps from the pages of the aged letters. Likely plagued with memories of wartime horrors, Otto retreated, spending much of his time with his father, a veteran of World War I, in a little cabin the two built together in rural Loogootee.

In the early 1970s, the hardships of daily life and a history plagued with the toils of war led to the demise of the marriage, Abbie said, and her parents divorced.

Otto withdrew to his tiny cabin in the woods, but he couldn’t get far from his sweetheart, Jean.

``They would always go out and eat, do this or that,’’ Abbie recalled. ``Anything she needed or wanted, he made sure she had.’’

``They stayed together really,’’ Dave added. ``He’d come on a Sunday night. She’d fix him supper. And once he knew he would die, he decided to close ranks. They became even closer after that.’’

When Otto’s health began to fail suddenly in 1985, he returned to his Jean, never moving back into their Loogootee home, but needing her love and support nonetheless.

He died just a few days before his 65th birthday that same year. She came along in 2006, and they’re buried side-by-side in Loogootee’s Goodwill Cemetery.

Abbie has yet to read the letters, fearful somehow of meeting the people whose love story has been hidden within their pages for more than 70 years.

``Someday,’’ she said, her voice breaking. ``I will, someday.’’

Until then, ``oodles and oodles of love to you, my darling,’’ Otto writes, a phrase he uses often to close a letter. ``You are the only woman for me.’’

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


ARCHIVES:

NC-Born Maceo Parker's Played With Funk Greats Brown & Prince

Alabama Shelter Seeks Home For Wilbur The Dancing Pig

Human Tools From 14,500 Years Ago Found At Florida Sinkhole, Finds At Shakespeare's Curtain Theatre Site Surprise & Puzzle, The Cicadas Are 'Touring' Again In Ohio And West Virginia

Study Asks, Is Too Much Folic Acid The Cause Of Autism?, Bullying Is Not 'Kids Being Kids,' 'Zero Tolerance' Doesn't Work

Theater Program Gives Juvenile Offenders Space To Change, Obscure Texas Bluesman Alger Alexander Gets Grave Marker

Magic Memories: Prince’s Warmth & Wit In Private, Peahens For Sale! You Catch ‘Em, You Own ‘Em!. Polish Historian Feels He’s Found Russia’s Lost Amber Room

‘Tis The Season For Lying - But Why Do We (& Politicians) Lie?

17th Century Painting Found Hidden In Attic Worth $135m, Mindblowing Chatbot Tech Is About To Change Your Life, Sad News: Sea Level Rise Could Smother Many Historic Sites

In Beijing, Lots Of ‘Junk’ And Old Cars From The Revolution Are Preserved In Private Museums

Holocaust Survivor Urges Kids ‘Don’t Hate...Stand Up To Hatred’, Stratford Festival To Broadcast Three Shakespeare Plays

WV Shelter & Businesses Partner To Find Cats Fur-ever Homes

Ancient Sport Of Falconry Is Becoming A Modern Hobby, Virtual Reality App Timelooper Puts Users Back In History

Remarkable Iron Stairs Built By Slaves Or Former Slaves Rest In Pieces In Charlotte Yard

An African American Was In Peary’s 1909 Arctic Expedition: Read Matthew Henson’s Story, Three Quick Ways To Meditate & Practice Mindfulness At Work

21st Century Cobblers, Modern Stewards Of An Ancient Trade

Broken Trumpet From WW II Wreck May Hold Player’s DNA, Yep, Einstein Was Right About Gravitational Waves Existing

Special Concrete Mixture Can Melt Ice And Snow, Snow Master For Pyeongchang Olympics Is Wyoming Cowboy, 93 Year Old WWII Vet Sets Out To Meet With War-Time Love, Indian Scientists Study Object That Fell From Sky, Killed Man

Man Hunting Buried Treasure Still Missing In Southwest, A Blinn, Texas, Junior College Helped Young Cam Transform

Retired Couple Works For Years To Adopt Older Foster Daughter, And Find A New Life, Man Found Frozen Last Year Has Recovered Almost Completely

AP Reporter Kathryn Johnson’s Memoir Recalls Friendship With MLK & Covering 1960s Civil Rights

Boston Company Makes Mobile Farms From Shipping Boxes, Polish Immigrant Found Niche At Dallas Zoo; Couldn’t Retire

Get Ready, Our Smart Gadgets Will Be Getting Even Smarter, The Most Popular Web Critters Of 2015 (You Know You Love ‘Em)

West Va. Glassblower Ron Hinkle Flourishes In A (sort of) Dying Art & Helps Out At Blenko, Too, Twenty Years On, Brothers Reunited By Heart Transplants

Ancient Dog Breed Revived To Protect Sheep In Mongolia, Remember ‘Back Seat Bingo’ & 50¢ Allowances? NC Woman Writes About Life In The 1940s & 50s, From Coloring Books To Harper Lee, Paper’s Had A Good Year

‘Mystery’ Diary Reveals Civil War Life In Tennesse, The Boston Yeti Is Back, And Here’s What He’s Been Up To, In 1977, Reviews Of The Original Star Wars Varied Greatly

Sam Forrest’s Desire To Create Unique, Artful Furniture Endures, Family Traded One Of Two Paintings To The Nazis For Their Lives - Where’s The Other One?, World’s Richest Shipwreck Found Off Coast Of Colombia

Star Wars Toys Museum Exhibit Shows The Meaning Of The Series In Our Cultural History

Ever Thought About Doing This? Friends From The 1950s Joyfully Reunite In Their Old Neighborhood, Flying During The Holidays? Here’re Some Tips To Remember

Fate Uncertain For Rare White Deer At Former Weapons Depot, Coffeehouse Finds Lack Of Wi-Fi Makes Friends Of Strangers, Yoga For Children Provides Guidance For Calming Emotions

Maryland Site, Pig Point, May Be Center Of Huge Native Colony, Telescope Heads To Chile In Search Of Cosmic Microwaves, Thermal Scanning Reveals Anomalies In Khufu Pyramid, Villain Leatherhead,’ Actor Gunnar Hansen, Dies In Maine

Huge Civil War-Era Paintings To Be Auctioned Next Week

Students, Parents & Teachers Are Turning Away From Homework, Dentist & Historian Sets Goal: Find Or Recreate All US National Parks Posters From 1930’s WPA

Ksiaz Castle In Poland Linked To WWII Secrets, Treasure & A Ghost, Geologist Reveals That ‘Ghost Forest’ Causes Dune Collapse, Buffalo Bill Deservedly To Be Member Of Business Hall Of Fame

Is Halloween’s Gore Harmful? Does The Horror In The Media Desensitize Us To Violence?

Ham Radio, The Original Social Media, Still Thrives Worldwide

Bonus To Traveling Historic Route 66 Is Great Used Book Stores, Gift Of Opal To Austin, TX, From Adelaide, AU, Sparks Minor Tiff

Is ‘America’s Stonehenge’ For Real? Either Way, It’s Very Cool!, Voice Of America Broadcast Site In NC Is Last Of Its Kind

Michael Moore Has A New Film, Where To Invade Next, And Much To Say About US Exceptionalism, Fifty Year Old Loudoun Museum In Virginia Is Set To Close Soon; Its Collections May Scatter, Car Makers Quickly Adding Semi-Autonomous Features

Restoration Of 1740 NC House Reveals Amazing Stories, Giant Loggerhead Sea Turtles Rebound With Large Number Of Nests In Georgia & Florida

Neuropsychologist Uses Audio Therapy Device To Reverse Effects Of Post Trauma Stress, Artist Paints Mural In Trailer To Promote US National Parks

X-Files Consultant Assures That The (Scientific) Truth Is In There

Confederate Ship CSS Georgia Emerging From Savannah River, Thomas The Courthouse Cat Got Lucky At His New Home

Female Engineers? Huh? Also, Coming Soon: Ultra HD Blu-ray, Facebook Live & New 911 Rules, Scientists Are Baffled & Upset By Deadly Snake Fungus

Survivors Recount The Day The Bomb Dropped On Hiroshima, Restoration Of Historic Alamo Painting Nears Completion, Santa Rosa’s Blue Hole Is A Big Draw For Travelers

Deadwood Photographer Keeps 19th Century Process Alive, Four Early Colonial Leaders’ Remains Found At Jamestown

Professor Seeks To Get Death Certificate For Billy The Kid, Lost Colony’s Baby Dare Was Not The Only One Born There, Russian Billionaire Launches Extraterrestrial Life Search, Author Details Finding Grave Of First Slave Freed By Lincoln

Locomotive Chase Train From Civil War Is Staying In Atlanta, After 73 Years, Woman Denied Library Card In NC Gets One

Augusta Southern National Drag Boat Races Are July 17-19, Facial Recognition Mirror Shows Personalized Information, Denver May Be Next Colorado City To Allow Pot Smokers In Bars, Baby Red-tailed Hawk Born At Raptor Center Is Positive Sign

Tourists Cheer Fat, Naked Bodies In Support Of Body Positivity, Two 115-Year Old Women Talk About Their Sunk In 1776, The Royal Savage Will Go Home For July 4th, Lives & Habits, Pending Study, Feds Stop Release Of Red Wolves In NC

History Of The Confederate Flag On The SC State Capital Grounds, ‘Underwater Sherlock’ Claims He’s Got Captain Kidd’s Silver

Amelia Earhart: New Efforts In The Search To Know Her Fate, Blaze Starr, Burlesque Dancer & Businesswoman, Dies At 83, Alabama Earthquake Swarm Has No Clear Cause, So Far

Sick Five Year Boy Has Wish Fulfilled When Bigfoot Appears, Federal Study Confirms Global Warming Has Not Slowed

Family Moonshine Recipes Are Point Of Pride At Legal Distilleries, Gentler Cancer Treatment For Children Yields Positive Results

Study Shows Genetic Testing To Be Far From Infallible, Pro Thieves’ Advice To Police Is Common Sense Stuff

Nun Who Kissed Elvis Finds Notoriety Is Convent’s Savior

Fifty Years On, The Origin Story Of The Stones’ Satisfaction Differs

Madeline Kahn Bio Reveals A Reserved And Brilliant Actress, Wreck Hunters & State Wrangle Over Blackbeard’s Treasure

In 1865, The Sultana Became The Worst US Maritime Disaster, School’s 50-Year Old Agave Plant Is About To Bloom & Die

Family Receives Rare Double Eagle Gold Coins Worth $80M, Playwright Tom Stoppard Calls It ‘A Scary Time’ For Free Speech

For Many, President Lincoln Is An Example, A Soulmate

Young Girls’ Cure For Hiccups Is Now On the Market, Arkansas Bigfoot Conference Is April 24 & 25 - You’re Welcome!

Inspired By Grandpa, Man Treads The Trace Of Daniel Boone, This Week In The Civil War: March 29 & April 5

Teamwork Allows Elderly Pair To Remain At Home, Together, This Week In The Civil War: Lincoln Visits Grant In Virginia

Documentary Going Clear Seeks To Support The Abused, This Week In The Civil War: March 1 Through March 15

Florida’s Mysterious Women May Have Originated In Java, Project Healing Waters Helps Veterans Through Fly Fishing

Parents Feel Marijuana Oil Will Aid Child - But Can’t Buy It, No One Can Help This Feeling, Mr. Spock— You Inspired Us

Everything Old Is New Again: Government Panel OK’s Eggs, Coffee And Even Some Salt

91 Year Old WW II Veteran Tells Of Freeing American POWs, This Week In The Civil War: February 15 & 22

Live, From New York! A Three Hour SNL Special, Sun., Feb. 15, Pit Bulls Can Prove Themselves Valuable, Non-Violent Helpers, Dead Hostage Mueller’s Family Releases Letter From Woman, Scientists Report It’s Time To Cool Earth With Artificial Clouds

Professor’s Crowdfunding To Research Age Reversal Of Pets, Major Stores Asked To Stop Sales Of ‘Fake’ Supplements, This Week In The Civil War: January 25th & February 1st

Search For Less Invasive Brain Surgery Leads To The Eye, Experts Believe The Grave Of Cervantes Has Been Found, Three Billion Mile Journey: NASA Craft Is Approaching Pluto

Nine Bad Habits To Avoid In Your 2015 Work Life, Will Clue Found At The British Museum Lead To Lost Colony?, X-ray Used To Decipher Scrolls Found At Herculaneum

The Imitation Game: How Alan Turing (who?) Won WW II, Healing Center Utilizes Native Practices To Positive Effect, Policeman Reunites With Baby He Rescued In 1963

This Week In The Civil War: Confederacy Suffers In Winter, Ten Best Movies Of 2014

Cat Sold In Bed Is Home Again, Safe, This Week In The Civil War, Weirdness Everywhere — Thank Goodness — In 2014, Old-School Booksellers Find A Niche In The Digital Age, Christmas Tree Science: How To Limit Needles Dropping

Town’s Charlie Brown Christmas Tree ‘Has Its Own Voice Now’, Letters To Santa Claus Are A Top Priority For His Elves, The Film Behind The Sony Hack: The Interview Should Be Seen, This Week In The Civil War: Savannah & Fort Fisher, NC

How Old Do You Feel? The Answer May Predict Lifespan, Research Reveals Tensions At Gone With The Wind Première

A Reading Brain Uses Same Area As If the Action Is Reality, Legendary Or Obscure, ‘Doctor Film’ Wants To Save Them All

This Week In The Civil War: Fighting In Nashville, Tennessee, Many Families Researching Their Ancestors Find Big Surprises

Former Convict Returns To Art And Finds A New Life, SC Engineer Bitten By A Rare Bug: Making Legal Moonshine

NC TV & Film Exhibit Features Industry That May Be Dead, This Week In The Civil War: November 23 & 30

Former WASP Ignored Insults & Served As Pilot In World War II, This Week In The Civil War: November 2, 9 & 16, 1864

Doggy Cooking Network Gives Owners Safe Choices For Pets, UN Climate Report: Change Is Here, Humans Caused It

At Age 14, Helen The Blind Bison Has Lots Of Fans & Gifts, 3-D Images Of Civil War Scenes Offer Tourists Rare, Fresh View

Smithsonian’s Fossil Hall Taken Down For Full Restoration, This Week In The Civil War

Man Dreams Of Year-Round Tourism For Hatteras Village, Gossip-Loving Confederate Wrote His Diary In Code

This Week In The Civil War: Judge For Dred Scott Dies, Historic Register Adds 1950’s Savannah Enclave To Its List

This Week In The Civil War, Texas Scientists Commit To Saving Obscure Salamander

This Week In The Civil War For Weeks Of September 21 & 28, Sticking Pork Up A Kid’s Nose Stops Bleeding: Ig Noble Awards

Museum Marks 100-Year Loss Of Passenger Pigeon - Why?

This Week In The Civil War: August 31 Through September 14, Canada Locates One Of Two Lost Explorer Ships From 1840s

Woman Seeks To Honor The Dead At Lost Native Graveyard

Eternal Butterfly Program Takes Shame & Stress Out Of Death, Formerly Homeless, NC Woman Lives To Help Others, UN Panel Finds Global Warming Likely Irreversible

How Do Kids Learn Math?  The Answer Is So Simple..., Kai The Shelter Dog Is Now Top Dog At SA Fire Department, This Week In The Civil War: Ft. Sumter Reduced To Rubble

Do Dogs Feel Jealousy Or Shame? Read & Decide, This Week In The Civil War: The Hunley & Fort Sumter

This Week In The Civil War: Sherman Advances, West Virginia Native Answers “What Is It To Be Appalachian?”, Artist Who Created Ghostbusters Logo Assigns ‘The Bird’, Man With ‘Disabilities’ Founds Comfortable With Myself To Encourage Everyone

Small Is Sometimes Better In The Vegetable World, Last Of Crew That Dropped The First Atomic Bomb Dies In GA

Coke® Is Restoring Ad Murals All Across Appalachia, This Week In The Civil War: July 20 & July 27, Author Of Forrest Gump Reflects On Its Influence & Appeal

Scientists Use CSI-Type Tools To Track Alaska’s Wolves, Casual Childhood Sale Of Star Wars Stuff Leads To Big Business

This Week In The Civil War: Life & Death In Petersburg, VA, MIT Developing ‘Finger Reader’ To Help Visually Impaired, 20 Million Year Old Fossils Revealed At Dam Site

This Week In The Civil War: The Battle For Washington, DC,PBS To Air Dick Cavett Special On Watergate August 8, 9 PM, Seniors (or almost anyone) Can Increase Strength With Parkour, NC’s NAACP Seeks To Extend Extend Eugenic’s Deadline

This Week In The Civil War For June 22 And June 29, Monday, June 30, Is Deadline For NC Eugenics Victims To File, Great White Shark Population Is Surging Along East Coast, Shipwreck Hunter ‘99.9% Sure’ 17th Century Ship Found

Fulfilling Will’s Stipulations Is Bugging The Smithsonian, In The Rat Race In NYC, The Rats Appear To Be Winning, Toad Detour In Philly Helps Thousands Of Toadlets Live, Chubby Checker Asks For Hall Of Fame Induction ASAP!

Tests Confirm Donated Art Is Rembrandt Self-Portrait, Healthy Seniors In Study Seeking A Way To Block Alzheimer’s, NC’s 13th Amendment On Tour To Celebrate Juneteenth

Scientists Say Creating Embryo From Three People May Be OK, This Week In The Civil War, Staging Of The Wizard Of Oz Gives Inmates Hope & Purpose, Backyard Chickens: A Green Investment In Sourcing Food

This Week In The Civil War: Weeks of May 25 & June 1, Options For Honoring Beloved Pets When They Cross Over, Surprising DNA Test Links Kiwi To Giant Bird, 1000 Years Gone, Music Therapy Opens Windows Of Communication For Many, Woman Prowls Graveyards In Search Of Mysteries & Fun

Chicks With Picks: Climbers Find Power & Peace On The Ice, Robert E. Lee’s Former Land Is Now Arlington Nat’l Cemetery

Man Gently Works To Reverse Die-Off Of Honey Bees, Mad Men Style Drinking Cars Closing Down On Metro North, Oregon’s Gray Wolf, OR-7, May Have Found A Sweetie

Two Weeks In The Civil War: Overland Campaign & Sherman, Archaeologist Claims He’s Found King David’s Citadel, Blood Of Young Mice Helped Older Mice - Are We Next?!

Bees Are Disappearing, But Gardeners Can Help, Freed After 24 Years In Prison, Man Knows ‘God Has A Plan’, Yeah, It’s True. The Dude Has Had His Own Festival For Years

This Week In The Civil War: Fighting in Arkansas, Most Americans Still Question The Big Bang Theory, ‘What Would Abbie Think?’ Radical’s Presence Felt Today

This Week In The Civil War: Confederates Take Plymouth, Study Reveals Snacks May Help Avoid Marital Arguments, It’s Probably Just A Matter Of Time: 3D-Printed Heart

Descendants Of Civil War Battle Of New Market Sought By VMI, This Week In The Civil War: Raid On Fort Pillow, TN, 1964 World’s Fair Site Will Cost Millions To Restore

This Week In The Civil War: The Red River Campaign, 11 Ancient Burial Boxes Seized From Thieves, Music Program Puts Alzheimer’s Patients Back In Tune For A Bit

Noah, Opening Friday, Swirls Into A Strong Faith Market, Spring Time Is Puppy Time! How To Puppy-ize Your Life, This Week In The Civil War, Historically Vital Photos Of SC Slave Descendants New Home

Ethyl The Grizzly Loves Travel And Apple Orchards

The Grand Budapest Hotel: Wes Anderson’s Latest Is A Hit, This Week In The Civil War: Slaves Freed In Louisiana, Peerless Card Shark & Magician Richard Turner Is Totally Blind, The Debate Continues On Safety & Impact, But Vaping Is Gaining Acceptance & Growing

This Week In The Civil War: U.S. Grant Takes Charge, The Hard Part Is Digging The Hole: Backyard Pond Tips

Researchers Find Mexico’s Endangered ‘Water Monster’, This Week In The Civil War: Confederate Submarine, Bumblebees Are Getting Stung By Honeybee Sickness, New Exhibit Features Telegram From Elvis To His Parents

Hasty Dig At Camp Asylum, SC: The Developer’s Coming!, Backyard Bird Counters Reveal Snowy Owl Migration, Surgeon Who Invented Heimlich Maneuver: Remember It!

Saving The World’s Great Art: The Real Monuments Men, This Week In The Civil War: Sherman In Mississippi, Folkies Recall Opening For The Beatles At Carnegie Hall In ‘64

Hoffman’s Relapse & Death Is A Tragic, Common Outcome, This Week In The Civil War: Fighting At Morton’s Ford, VA, ‘Jar Nut’s’ Collection Of Bottles Is On Display In Spencer, NC

Monuments Men: 1,000 Years Of Culture Saved From Nazis, This Week In The Civil War: The Union Campaign, Film & Museum Reveal More Realistic View Of Bonnie & Clyde, IRS Is Working To Save Tax Payers Money Through EITC

2013 Was 4th Hottest Year On Record, Says NOAA, This Week in The Civil War, for week of Sunday, Jan. 26, Germans’ Longing For American West Births Documentary Play, What Do Fish Poo, Fresh Berries & School Kids Have In Common?

Making Of Lone Survivor Challenging & Controversial, This Week In The Civil War: Fighting In Tennessee, Archaeologist Seeks WWII DNA From Pacific Graveyards, Handyman Program’s ‘Angels’ Help Keep Seniors At Home

This Week In The Civil War, Originals Of The Star-Spangled Banner & Flag To Be Displayed, Our Universe At Its Infancy: Images From Hubble Telescope, 100 Years Later, The British Still Debate WWI’s Legacy

Music Therapy Organization Helps Vets Cope With PTSD, This Week In The Civil War: Winter Furloughs, Rare 1886 Michigan Lighthouse For Sale, Concern For Elves Prompts Iceland To Halt Roadway

This Week In The Civil War, New Survey Reveals US Dads Very Involved In Child Rearing, Dolphin Center Offers Course In Marine Mammal Care

Papers Stolen During Civil War Going Home To Virginia, New Vero Beach Dig: Ice Age Humans In North American?

This Week In The Civil War: Lincoln’s Restoration Plan, Oldest DNA By 100,000 Years Throws Science Into A New Era, Bird Lovers Seek Respect For Sweet Birds: Iowa Blue Chickens

Police Still Seeking Clues To TV Star’s 1957 Murder, Scrawny Stray Cat Becomes Media Star: Pete The Cat

Researchers Seek To Teach Computer Common Sense, This Week In The Civil War: Fighting In Tennessee, New Trend For Vets Helps Pets & Owners: Euthanasia At Home, Florida Archaeologists Carefully Ponder & Paw Mystery Site

President Kennedy Is Best Remembered In His Own Words, This Week In The Civil War: The Battle Above The Clouds, German Who Held Nazi-Era Art Trove Wants Collection Back, Fifty Years Ago, A Young Boy Sought To Comfort JFK’s Bugler

This Week In The Civil War: The Gettysburg Address, NC Student, A ‘Modern Hippie,’ Treasures His 1977 VW Bus, 1869 Account Of Yellowstone Was Disbelieved, Nearly Lost, Amazing Story Of 17th Century Gem & Its Princess Savior, BBB: Tips For Donating To Typhoon Haiyan Relief

2013 Meteor Crash In Russia Is More Likely Than Realized, This Week In The Civil War

This Week In The Civil War: Confederates’ Knoxville Move, Was The Exorcist A True Story? The Answer Remains Elusive, OK, Weather Nerds! Here’re Some Weird Sandy Facts, LA’s La Brea Tar Pits Mark 100 Years Of Excavations

Inspired By Hugo’s Wrath, SC Building Arts College Thrives, This Week In The Civil War, Evidence Found Of Yeti: Oxford’s DNA Analysis Irrefutable

Remembering The Civil War, Graves Spanning Decades Of Tragedy Featured On Hike, NC Twins Meet Biological Mother On Their 20th Birthday

In Debate Over Redskins’ Name Whose Opinion Matters Most?, ‘Appearance Isn’t Everything’ & Model Finds Attention ‘Creepy’

Texas Historical Commission Look For Old Socorro Mission, At 86, Man Continues Career As Mason: ‘I love to do it’

Burger King Seeks To Make Fries Less ‘Painful’, Pirate Ship Which Sank In 1717 Yields Valuable, Rare Booty, Miss Piggy Sets Up House With Kermit & Fozzie At Smithsonian

Beep Baseball Helps Blind Players Gain Confidence

Woman Loses 160 lb. In Two Years, Without Suffering, US Wind Farms Responsible For Dozens Of Raptor Deaths

Detroit Asserts Driverless Cars Are Only Eight Years Away, Beloved Irish Poet’s Final Words: “Don’t Be Afraid.”

Report Highlights Importance Of Increasing Fruit And Vegetable Access In North Carolina, Area Of Brain Where ‘Normal’ Memory Loss Occurs Is Found

Life After TV’s Smash Still Busy For Its Songwriters, Free Dogwood Trees For Joining Arbor Day Foundation, August, Back To School Sleep Habits: Tips For Getting Kids In Gear!

NOAA Features Live Ocean‘TV’ Through August 16, Amazing Mayan Frieze Is Found In Guatemala, New Film The Butler Bridges Decades Of Struggle For Blacks

Elvis Week Honored With Release Of Elvis At Stax, Agencies Now Track The Biggest Fish: Whale Sharks, Suburb Seeks To Reduce Deer Population With Birth Control

Tick-Killing Robot May Change The World - And Your Backyard, Research On Monogamy In Animals Yields Varied Results, Back To School Overview Of Cool Stuff For Kids!

Retired Professor Sweeps Village Streets For The Good Of All, Particle Bs Sighting Confirms Clue To Universe’s Origin, Native Artist Seeks To Redefine What It Is To Be An Indian

Chance Meeting At Auschwitz Leads To Understanding, High Point Man Recalls Days On Lone Ranger Radio Show, Monks’ Sand Mandala Tour Spreads Cultural Tolerance

Solar Powered Plane Finishes Historical Journey In NYC, Raising Butterflies Is Spiritual Medicine For SC Man, More People Are Donating Bodies To Science

Teaching Each Other How To Live, Inmates & Dogs Reform, Easy July 4th Dessert! Raspberry Coconut Pie, Freshly Made Lemonade With Fresh Berry Ice Cubes, Utah Man Submits Bigfoot Skull Fossil To Science For Exam

NC WW II Veteran’s Family Receives His Bible, Missing Nearly 70 Years In Europe, Greensboro Science Center Works 24/7 To Save Little Duke

Formerly Obese Man Will Cycle To The South Pole, Site Of Native American Chiefs In Virginia Is Now Protected, Infant Left In Phone Booth Grows Up & Seeks Birth Family, Yummy Hobby! Mushrooms In A Grow-Your-Own Kit

Search For First Web Page Leads To North Carolina, Myspace Is Reinvented (by Justin Timberlake) As A Home For Musicians, Artists & Writers, Keep It Down! New Products Help Soften Noise Sensitivity

Staying At Historic Inns Requires Some Homework - Do It!, Retired From ‘Real Jobs,’ People Embrace New Lives As Artists

Modern Home Classics: Noguchi’s Light Sculptures, Facial Recognition Technology To Stop Crime...Invade Privacy?

At 100, ACS Has Made Huge Strides In Reducing Cancer, Authors Seek To Align Horses With Owners’ Personalities, Honeybees Trained In Croatia To Find Land Mines

Dan Brown’s Very Latest, Inferno, Is An Engrossing Read, Man Hits The Road On Harley To Collect WWII Vets’ Stories, Fitzgerald’s Obscure Grave Garnering More Visitors Now

Sundance Takes A Look At Animal Moms On Mother’s Day, It’s All The Rage: Moms & Dads Taking ‘Stroller Hikes’

Britain’s Pinewood Studios Opens Its Branch In Atlanta, Fido Swallowed A Sock? That’ll Be Expensive And Maybe Fatal, Replica Of 8th Century Buddhist Caves Now On Exhibit

Planets With Life, “Goldilocks Planets,” Are Everywhere

A Place For Artists & Poets, Marked By A Big, Big Head, Woman Gets Book & Movie Deal After Self-Publishing On Amazon

Are You A Lilly Girl? It’s Hard To Resist The Sunny Lilly Lifestyle, NYC Pay Phone Project Features Neighborhoods’ Past

Everything You Need To Know About Backyard Chickens, History Buffs Gather To Mark 80th Anniversary Of Air Disaster, Hurricane Uncovers Sadness Of Unclaimed Patients’ Remains

Love Hummingbirds? Tips For Attracting These Tiny Miracles, Haiti Paints A Slum And Honors Artist Prefete Duffaut

PA Exhibit Features Local Reading Railroad Artifacts, Rite Of Spring Gives Right Of Way To Jersey Salamanders, Restoration Of Last Wooden Whaler Nears Completion

Stonehenge A emetery?, What’s A Rogue Taxidermist?“Cat” Grey Is, For Example

Community Helps Excavate Oldest Street In The US, For Fun & As Collectibles, Retro-Style Toys Remain Popular

Email, Text, Instant Message: Does Lack Of Response Bug You?

Re-enactors Skill At Acting Out History Has Dual Purpose, Team Retraces Shackleton’s Amazing 1916 Rescue, Virginia Volunteers Offer Chocolate & Hugs

Helping Kids & Adults Heal From Trauma: There’s No Clear Path, Cat Stars Of The Internet: How Did This Happen?

Shoah Foundation Produces Holograms Of Nazi Survivors, Museum Mounts Exhibit Of Ice Age Masterpieces, Family Restores Rare Airplane After ‘Coyote Chase’ Crash


 

 

 

RenFaire2017.jpg   fanjoylabrenz.jpg

PO Box 1721 | Hickory, NC 28603 | 828.322.1036 | Office Hours: Mon. - Fri. 9am - 5pm | focusnews@centurylink.net

Home • Reviews: MoviesAdam Long • Editorials: FocusHave Chainsaw Will TravelSid On SportsBobbi GSara MawyerPeople PicturesPlaces/PeopleExtra Events Listing
Out Of Focus • News: Local NewsNational NewsHoroscopes • Info/Links: Staff/ContributorsList Of AdvertisersOnline AdvertisingOnline ClassifiedsContact UsFocus BLOGStoreLinks

Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. © 1978 - 2017 Tucker Productions, Inc.