Although the extent of my guitar knowledge consists of just three or four chords, I’ve always been interested in music as a cultural history (though I confess I’ve always liked heavy metal, the heavier the better). While growing up in Nazareth PA, I knew a few people who worked at the nearby Martin Guitar factory.Continue reading Martin Guitars
New Jersey is the only state that has an official “State Demon”, based on an odd legend that involves Benjamin Franklin, a prominent New Jersey family, and Satan.
Continue reading The Jersey Devil
Towards the end of the Cold War, the Soviet Union deployed a ballistic-missile early-warning radar that was so powerful it interfered with television and radio broadcasts across most of the world. It was dubbed “The Russian Woodpecker”.
Continue reading The Russian Woodpecker (No, It’s Not a Bird)
The German aircraft carrier Graf Zeppelin, planned as a centerpiece of Nazi propaganda, was never finished, and sat in harbor for the entire war.Continue reading The Nazi Aircraft Carrier “Graff Zeppelin”