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A Follow up

Ronald M. Smith published a response to my commentary in the Bend Bulleting today. He dove deeper into the science of race than I did. ...

There is no such thing as "race."

Below is a commentary that I wrote for the Bend Bulletin about the concept of race. I received some great feedback, encouragement, and...

A Pearl Harbor Day piece by my brother

A TRUE STORY OF TWO GIRLS ON ONE DAY by James R. Olsen This is copyrighted material (James R. Olsen) and material jointly copyrighted by...

"It's Pearl Harbor Day"

Seventy-nine years ago today, my mother, a senior in high school, got on a jitney bus and headed to downtown Honolulu at eight in the...

Scurrying After a Pussy

One of the things I love most about writing history is research. I can lose myself for hours scurrying down rat holes as I hunt for the...

Great Book!

Race of Aces by John Bruning. I have a new hero. Author, John R. Bruning, has captured my admiration with his fast-paced, page-turning...

Remember?

Hording? Shelter-at-home? Government restrictions? Food shortages? Fact vs fake news? “You have a most grave responsibility to the nation...

In the Shadow of the Bear

At our age, Andy and I vacation not to sit and veg, but to see and learn. We broke up the long flight from PDX to Finland with a...

David Sarnoff; A rags to riches story

The Footfalls of History In 1919 when countries were picking up the pieces of the Great War, Assistant Secretary of the Navy, Franklin D....

From Russia with Love

We took advantage of our time in Finland which shares its eastern border with Russia, to make an overnight trip to Vyborg, Russia, by...

Shanghai's Little Russia, 1930-40's

The Footfalls of History Nina in Tsingtau 1931 Stashed among the piles of paper of my grandfather’s (George Street) notebooks, was the...

Food for an island at War

The Footfalls of History One of the more intriguing things I learned while researching Pearl Harbor’s Final Warning involved the issue of...

Cantonments: What the heck were they?

The Footfalls of History When I began writing Pearl Harbor’s Final Warning, I kept coming across the word “Cantonment.” I also had a W-2...

Money Eater: Bernard Otto Kuehn

If you don't already know, I wrote a book and self published it through Amazon. It's about a German who spied for the Japanese before the...

Free A Man to Fight

The Footfalls of History She was 5 foot tall and 100 pounds on a wet day. And she was a Marine. Not a WAVE or a WAAC or a SPARS or a...

The Boogie House Girls

The Footfalls of History It was 1942, and the fleet was in. In Honolulu prostitution was legal, and it was [1]welcomed. A white river of...

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