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Big Burn, The

Frontier on fire... Author:  Timothy Egan The new frontier was open for business.  As white Americans spread west across North America, sweeping aside any inhabitants who got in their way, it became clear that there were vast natural resources to be had. In the late 1800s, those with even a smattering of prescience realized that the plundering was just getting started.  Something would have to be done to make use of Nature’s abundance in a rational manner.  Maybe more than anyone, President Theodore Roosevelt was instrumental in promoting this view, but it wasn’t until 1910 following an unprecedentedly massive forest [...]

November 10th, 2019|Tags: |

Zoo Man

Bringing zoos back to life... Author:  Terry Maple He was a formidable beast.  Even these many years later, I still have sad memories of the massive gorilla sitting glumly in his sterile locker room-like abode.  Known as Samson, he was the star attraction at the Milwaukee County Zoo in the ‘60s and ‘70s until his sudden death in 1981 at the age of 32.  He lived and died back in the day when zoos were basically a collection of cages, each one featuring a different creature.  Cement, tile and metal bars were the norm.  It wasn’t until the 1980s that [...]

November 10th, 2019|Tags: |

Ice at the End of the World, The

Drip, drip, drip… Author:  Jon Gertner The poles were where all the glamour was.  International fame and glory was assured men like Peary, Amundsen, Scott and Shackleton even if they didn’t reach their respective goals, particularly if they died (or almost died) trying.   But there was another frigid locale that attracted the attention of explorers and served up equally thrilling adventures, although it didn’t present as sure a route to worldwide adulation.  In The Ice at the End of the World, science journalist Jon Gertner reveals why, even though the age of exploration may have ended, the icy wastes of [...]

October 29th, 2019|Tags: |