Author Major Dan

Major Dan is a retired veteran of the United States Marine Corps. He served during the Cold War and has traveled to many countries around the world. Prior to his military service, he graduated from Cleveland State University, having majored in sociology. Following his military service, he worked as a police officer eventually earning the rank of captain prior to his retirement.

A Brief History On October 11, 1932, in the heart of Depression Era Tennessee, little Dorothy Marie Marsh, better known to Country Music fans as “Dottie” West, was born.  Dottie would go on to music history as the first female Country Music singer to earn a Grammy Award in 1965, for her smash hit “Here Comes My Baby Back Again.”  Although West died at the early age of only 58, she left a lasting mark on Country Music and was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2018, 27 years after her untimely death in an automobile accident.…

A Brief History On October 9, 2012, just 8 years ago, 15 year old Malala Yousafzai, a Pakistani Muslim girl, was shot in the face by Taliban Islamic extremist terrorists for the “crime” of being a girl that wanted to go to school to learn to read and write.  This intrepid young lady went on to become a major player in the battle for women’s rights in the Islamic world, and has served as an inspiration for people across the globe.  At the age of 16, she was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize!  We have previously cited this brave…

A Brief History On October 7, 1988, a native Alaskan hunter found three Gray Whales trapped by the sea ice near Point Barrow, Alaska in the Beaufort Sea, initiating a chain of events that culminated in a massive international rescue effort of the giant cetaceans.  The rescue effort, named Operation Breakthrough, failed to save the youngest whale, which died before being freed, and the fate of the other 2 whales that were ultimately freed is unknown. Digging Deeper Whales and their kin have been hunted by humans ever since humans took to the sea in any sort of boat.  Prior…

A Brief History On September 20, 1947, Fiorello La Guardia, most famous as the Mayor of New York City (1934-1945), died at the age of 64 of pancreatic cancer.  Also serving as a Representative to Congress from New York (1923-1933), La Guardia was distinguished enough to serve as the second 2nd Director General of the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration in 1946, an organization created to assist the victims of World War II.  A highly respected politician, La Guardia stands in stark contrast to some of the not so respectable politicians of today and the past.  Today we take…

A Brief History On September 15, 2021, we took a ride through the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo to enjoy the annual Asian Lantern Festival.  Available as a walk through or a ride through (in your car), this colorful homage to the Asian Lantern Festival tradition is currently in its 4th year at the Cleveland Zoo, an indication of its popularity.  Far from merely a bunch of colorful lanterns, the numerous decorations grouped into 70 displays include all sorts of animatronic flowers and animals as well.  Zoo visitors may tour the exhibit either during daylight or in time of darkness when the…

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