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A Brief History On November 22, 2021, we take a look at the three major motion pictures based on the 1965 Frank Herbert science fiction novel, Dune, along with the television miniseries on the same topic. Digging Deeper The first effort to produce a Dune themed motion picture came as early as 1973, with the Alejandro Jodorowsky proposed film prepared to feature an incredible cast of major stars and celebrities, including Orson Welles, Salvador Dali, Hervé Villechaize (the actor that played “Tattoo” on the television series Fantasy Island), Gloria Swanson, Geraldine Chaplin and Mick Jagger.  Music would be supplied by…

A Brief History On October 18, 2021, we take the time to offer our review of another historical account by Stephen Dando-Collins, an Australian writer who has written extensively on the subject of Ancient Rome (at least 44 books of all types so far).  Obviously, with publishers willing to print such a huge volume of work, there must be some kind of quality and talent at work in Dando-Collins’ writing, and we find this to be true.  Previously we reviewed Conquering Jerusalem (2021) by the same author and found the book to be particularly engaging.  Constantine at the Bridge is…

A Brief History On January 25, 1881, 2 of the great names in the annals of inventions teamed up to form the Oriental Telephone Company.  Harnessing the invention of Alexander Graham Bell for commercial purposes, Bell teamed with Thomas Edison, the Anglo-Indian Telephone Company and the Oriental Telephone Company of New York to form the new enterprise to sell telephones and related equipment in the Mediterranean and Near East areas as well as India and the Far East.  Bell became the first to patent the telephone in 1876, providing the first method of long-distance voice transmission.  Prior to his invention,…

A Brief History On December 28, 1999, Western actor/action hero Clayton Moore died.  If you are not familiar with this star of the small and large screen, he played The Lone Ranger from 1949 to 1957 on television and starred in 2 related big screen movies about the same character.  Even if you never saw the Clayton Moore versions of the Lone Ranger,  you are probably familiar with “The William Tell Overture” by Rossini, the theme music played for Moore’s Lone Ranger character.  In the Covid-19 plagued year of 2020, we have lost another host of notable people, both to…

A Brief History Nowadays, it seems that World War 2 (WW2) is talked about all the time – so let us talk about it some more; however, the question I want to postulate is, why is World War 2 spoken about so often, so specifically? It is not as if WW2 is a SlotoCash Casino. World War 2 has a unique cultural hold for some reason that no other war really has. Perhaps it can be chalked up to how recent it was, although there have been several major wars since then and loads of civil wars going on right…

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