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July 27, 2017

Is The Painting Of Dying Jesus This Man’s Family Has Owned

For Decades Really By Michelangelo?

By Carolyn Thompson

Associated Press

Tonawanda, NY (AP) - Martin Kober is convinced the painting of a dying Jesus that hung above the mantel in his upstate New York childhood home is the work of Michelangelo. Getting experts to agree remains the $300 million hurdle.

That’s the potential value of the 19-by-25-inch (48-by-64-centimeter) work that Kober’s family affectionately calls the ``the Mike,’’ a one-time living room fixture that occasionally got dinged by a thrown tennis ball and once fell from the wall while being dusted.

Kober has for the last 15 years taken his Michelangelo suspicions to the art world and gotten a mixed bag of scholarly opinions. For now, the circa 1545 family heirloom that was given to Kober’s great-great-grandfather’s sister-in-law by a German baroness remains in an out-of-state vault while he seeks the elusive validation.

``It’s tormenting now,’’ said Kober, a retired commercial pilot who grew up in the Rochester suburb of Greece. ``I’m nobody, I’m not connected. I don’t know if that’s it.’’

The wood-panel painting depicts a dying Jesus supported by two angels in the lap of the Virgin Mary. Doubters view it as simply not good enough to be by Michelangelo or believe it’s another artist’s painted version of a much-copied Michelangelo drawing.

Martin Kober with the painting called ‘The Mike’

Some question whether the then 70-year-old artist would have had time to fit the painting in between the Last Judgment fresco at the Sistine Chapel and another fresco at the Pauline Chapel.

Supporters of Kober’s claim cite written historical references and forensic evidence that includes Michelangelo’s preferred paint type, small brush strokes and mid-work changes visible by infrared testing that they say indicate an original, rather than copied, work.

``Unfortunately, the world of attribution is never a definitive affair,’’ said Michelangelo expert William Wallace, who is not surprised a consensus has yet to emerge. Assigning any work to a master is almost always a matter of waxing and waning scholarly opinion, he said, and pieces tend to fall in and out of favor as opinions change over time.

Kober says the museums and experts that have resisted his painting have not examined the piece or fully considered the historical and scientific evidence, much of which is spelled out in a 2014 book, ``The Ragusa Pieta: History and Restoration.’’ The book documents the philanthropic Rome Foundation’s cleaning and diagnostic analysis of the painting in Italy beginning in 2011, before it was displayed there as part of a Renaissance exhibition.

Wallace, an art history professor at Washington University in St. Louis who saw the painting before it was restored, hasn’t ruled out that it is by Michelangelo. But he believes it was more likely painted by a longtime friend and contemporary of the artist, Marcello Venusti, with Michelangelo’s blessing. In Renaissance times, Wallace said, the painting and others like it still would have been considered Michelangelo’s because they were based on a Michelangelo drawing and done at his behest.

Among the biggest obstacles to its acceptance are differing interpretations of written references to the work dating back to the Renaissance, and whether they refer to a drawing, as was long thought, or a painting.

One of the painting’s strongest champions is Italian art historian and restorer Antonio Forcellino, who has examined the painting and wrote about it in ``The Lost Michelangelos’’ in 2011.

Compared to European scholars, ``the coldness of American institutions is unexplainable to this painting,’’ Forcellino said in an email.

For now, a frustrated Kober can’t understand why such positive opinions have not generated more buzz among scholars. He’s now willing to turn over his quixotic verification quest to an artistic or philanthropic organization with more clout.

``This painting can be poked and prodded all over again if that’s what it takes, but the results will be the same,’’ he said. ``It’s a Michelangelo!’’

Hoping To Inspire Others To Be Positive,

Mark Cline Builds Dinosaur Kingdom II In Virginia

Bill Lohmann

Richmond Times-Dispatch

Natural Bridge, Va. (AP) - As he remembers it, Mark Cline wasn’t much of a student when he was in elementary school, so as a matter of survival he became the class clown: funny and fast-talking with a gift for drawing and a flowering imagination. Resourceful, too.

``A clown needs props, but props are expensive,’’ he said, ``so I started making my own props.’’

Such as the time he pretended to be Stan Laurel - of Laurel and Hardy fame - for a show, and he needed a derby to wear. Where did a kid in Waynesboro find a derby in the 1970s? In the kitchen cabinets!

``I took my mom’s mixing bowl, spray-painted it black and put cardboard around it to make the rim,’’ he said. ``People were laughing.’’

As he recalled, the admirers gathered around him after the show, congratulating him on his performance, made it easier to break the news to his mother about her bowl.

Mark Cline & friend, Dinosaur & Civil War soldier

Who said he wasn’t smart?

Not his fourth-grade teacher.

``He was most creative and probably the most artistically talented student I ever had,’’ said Sallie Hickok Spiller, who taught Cline at Berkeley Glenn Elementary during her career as a teacher and guidance counselor that covered almost 30 years. ``I remember he was so talented. There’s not much outlet for people like that.’’

So, like with props, sometimes you have to make your own outlets. Cline has done precisely that for the past three decades: planting a monster in a local lake, stationing Batman atop a courthouse, constructing a reproduction of Stonehenge out of beaded foam blocks. Foamhenge. And that little list barely hints at the career he’s built pulling stunts and making people laugh all over the map.

His latest masterpiece is a roadside attraction tucked in the woods along U.S. Route 11 behind a palisade of utility poles that tells the untold story - untold for a good reason - of the time when dinosaurs changed the course of the Civil War. It’s called Dinosaur Kingdom II, a 16-acre stroll through Cline’s rollicking imagination featuring fiberglass dinosaurs and soldiers that is as silly as it sounds, though it is presented with such flair and humor that you can’t help but laugh out loud or at least shake your head in amazement.

``He just has this wonderful, wacky sense of humor,’’ said Doug Harwood, founder and publisher (and editor, reporter and circulation manager) of The Rockbridge Advocate, a monthly news magazine that also articulates a singular view of the world, stating on its nameplate, ``Independent as a Hog on Ice.’’ Harwood has known and covered Cline for years. ``The community is a lot richer for his being here, and just because he does some things that make everybody smile.’’

As Cline was about to lead our little group into Dinosaur Kingdom II for a personalized tour, we encountered Philip and Laurie Muzzy of Durham, N.C., exiting the attraction. They were delighted to discover that the trim man with the wild hair in the white fedora and red suspenders passing them in the parking lot - Cline - was the mastermind behind it all.

``This was really cool! Awesome job! Thank you!’’ said Laurie Muzzy.

Turns out, the Muzzys, both 36, are fans of Atlas Obscura, a ``guide to the world’s wondrous and curious places,’’ according to the publication. They noticed a reference to Dinosaur Kingdom II on the Atlas Obscura website and immediately thought, as Philip Muzzy said with a laugh, ``Absolutely, we’re going to this.’’

They arrived on their way home after visiting friends in Virginia and were not disappointed.

``It’s great to be involved in the stories,’’ Philip Muzzy said. ``It’s fun. How the scenes are revealed and how the pieces play together; it’s just brilliant. It’s fabulous.’’

Cline opened Dinosaur Kingdom II in mid-summer 2016 on land owned by the Natural Bridge Zoo across the road. He transformed the remnants of an old motor court on the property into a mining town in his story and otherwise carved a meandering path through the woods that serves as his stage. It has the kitschy feel of a 1950s mom-and-pop roadside attraction, but Cline likes to think of it as less of a throwback and more of a ``thrust forward.’’

``They popped up in the ‘50s and ‘60s and even into the ‘70s,’’ Cline said of such attractions, ``and the in the ‘80s, they really started going by the wayside because of interstate traffic. People started getting caught up in the modern world, so to speak. Now, I think people are coming back to this kind of thing.’’

While the public may be coming back, Cline never really left.

Even as a kid, Cline, now 56, remembers insisting to his father that they stop at Dinosaur Land in White Post, a roadside attraction featuring reproductions of dinosaurs near Winchester, even though it was closed, so he could peer through the fence. He remembers telling his father, ``I’m going to build these one day.’’ He also remembers his dad responding, ``If that’s what you want to do, Son, there’s nothing that can stop you.’’

When he was about 12, Cline built a dinosaur and persuaded a friend to let him put his creation on his boat. Then they climbed inside the creature and floated on the South River, bumping into rocks and enchanting everyone they passed along the way - at least he figures everyone was enchanted. Cline couldn’t see much of anything from inside the dinosaur.

``It was probably the most unsafe thing anyone could have done,’’ he said. ``I did a lot of incredibly unsafe things back then in search of adventure, and I did get hurt once in a while. Tales of Huck Finn and the Hardy boys were my envy. The adventure for me was real.’’

Cline might have been inspired by dinosaurs he saw as a kid and the fantasy movies he watched - such as ``The Valley of Gwangi,’’ the tale of a valley of dinosaurs discovered by cowboys in Mexico at the turn of the 20th century - but the public’s reaction has always factored into his motivation and gratification.

``He’s a showman,’’ Harwood said. ``Nothing seems to please him more than making people smile or go, `Wowee! Look at that!’

``And he certainly knows how to get people’s attention. I get the feeling he’s not doing this to get rich or famous. He’s doing it because he loves doing it.’’

Cline has always considered himself more of an entertainer than an artist. He guides ghost tours in Lexington and authors and illustrates comic books, performs Houdini-like escapes and has himself shot out of cannons (sort of), and has pedaled his unicycle through a ring of fire blindfolded (three times). He’s ridden that same unicycle, dressed as Uncle Sam, leading a Fourth of July children’s bicycle parade in Lexington. He’s already planned his funeral: His magician buddies will carry in his casket, set it down and an appointed spokesman will tell the gathering - ``Of course, they all paid five bucks to get in,’’ Cline says - that Cline wanted to perform one last show. ``Saw, please.’’

(Cline acknowledges that his wife insists this wish of his will NOT be fulfilled.)

But he’s wavering on the Entertainer vs. Artist categorization, particularly since 2012 when Roanoke’s Taubman Museum of Art curated an exhibition of Cline’s work that it called ``Blue Ridge Barnum.’’

P.T. Barnum? You like that comparison?

``It’s sort of an honor,’’ Cline said.

Cline is on 24/7/365, but April Fools’ Day seems to bring out the best in him.

In 2003, he arranged to have dinosaurs pop up around the Rockbridge County town of Glasgow and even printed brochures labeling it ``The Town Time Forgot.’’ The following year brought Foamhenge to a hilltop near Natural Bridge, taking him and his crew about six weeks to do what it took builders of Stonehenge about 1,500 years - plus, he built another for a private client in Alabama. Bamahenge.

Foamhenge became such a worldwide sensation that he abandoned his plans to take it down after a few weeks and left it up until 2016 when he had to remove it as Natural Bridge became a state park. He found a new home for it at Cox Farms in Fairfax County, where it is scheduled to make its debut in September.

On other April Fools’ Days, he’s stationed a herd of elephants near Waynesboro, flying saucers in a field near Lexington and a giant pair of hands coming out of a hillside near Daleville. Another year, he launched a 50-foot-long Russian submarine in a lake in Staunton’s Gypsy Hill Park. In 2016, he planted a giant octopus named Ivan - Loch Ness monster-like - in Rockbridge County’s Lake Robertson.

``I got a bunch of calls from people going, `Doug, there’s something awful happening out in Lake Robertson!’ “ said The Advocate’s Harwood with a laugh. ``All I could say was, `I bet that Mark Cline did something.’ “

Depiction of Civil War era boy milking a dinosaur

Cline has performed as Mick Jagger and Willy Wonka, and it’s doubtful anyone can do a better Barney Fife. His strongest role is playing himself.

He created Professor Cline’s Haunted Monster Museum at Natural Bridge in 2002 and added the original, much smaller Dinosaur Kingdom to occupy patrons as they waited in line. The museum burned in 2012, and he salvaged what he could. It was his second major fire. In 2001, his Enchanted Castle Studio went up in flames. For Cline, rising from ashes seems to be just another trick to perform, another way to amaze audiences.

``P.T. Barnum had three (fires), so at least I’m one behind him,’’ Cline said.

His studio is practically an attraction in itself with works in progress for theme parks, miniature golf courses and other clients, past works and weird odds and ends that bubbled up from his imagination: pigs, monkeys and oversized insects, Elvis, a big orange cow, the requisite shelves of disembodied heads you would expect to find in the workshop of a mad genius, and Frankenchicken (Frankenstein head, chicken body). Cline says, ``He came from a bad egg.’’ Cline hops on a stationary bike that bears a sign: ``Kickas Exercise Co.’’ As he pedals, a pair of oversized clown shoes goes round and round, booting him in the rump.

In his office, he proudly pulls out newspaper clippings from his past, including one from when he was 7. The Waynesboro newspaper published a photo of Cline and his brothers with a snow sculpture they built in their yard. A common snowman? Hardly. They created a Statue of Liberty.

``I’ll tell you, this has been my ticket to the world,’’ Cline said. ``I was just a kid from Waynesboro who had a dream. If I told you a thousand of my dreams had come true, that would be the truth.

``But it’s really not about me. It’s about what we can do as humans to inspire other people to get people’s emotions going, hopefully, in a positive way.’’

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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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


 

 

 

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