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16 Things You Didn’t Know About Lucille Ball

Aug 06, 2014 |  Retro Staff |  No Comments

For more than 50 years, she played on both big and small screens. From humble beginnings—once not being able to afford pencils for school—Lucille Ball eventually took America by storm as one of our most well-loved and funny actresses. Born August 6, 1911, the star of I Love Lucy left an imprint on the entertainment industry.

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Uncle Sam Day (September 13th)

Sep 13, 2013 |  Retro Staff |  2 Comments

It may not be celebrated with the fanfare of the 4th of July, but when it comes to symbolizing the spirit and patriotism that makes America great, Uncle Sam Day has its own special place. In 1989, when then-President George H.W. Bush delivered the proclamation below, I was a junior in college and living in

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It’s Gone—And You Can Tell That one Good-bye!

Mar 30, 2013 |  Retro Staff |  1  Comment

Remember Little League? I sure do. Played six seasons before turning fourteen and focusing on hockey, the game for which I’d developed an all-encompassing passion. And, I remember my first baseball bat. A Louisville Slugger. Pure wood. Junior size. I remember proudly carrying that bat—my own bat—to every little league game I played until I

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Edward Hopper’s Nighthawks

Aug 09, 2012 |  Retro Staff |  No Comments

One of the most recognized works in American art is Edward Hopper’s 1942 painting, Nighthawks. Nighthawks features people sitting in a downtown diner late at night. The oil on canvas original measures 33-1/8″ x 60″. It is Hopper’s most famous work and within months of completion the Art Institute of Chicago bought it for $3,000.

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The History of Uncle Sam

Nov 13, 2008 |  Retro Staff |  No Comments

For about 200 years, Uncle Sam has symbolized the United States of America and the federal government.  His name and image evoke feelings of national pride, patriotism, and loyalty to country.  He is seen as the personification of America and is an internationally known emblem. No one is entirely sure of the origins of Uncle

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