Tag Archives: Bill Thornbrook

May I Have This Dance?

May I Have This Dance?

By Bill Thornbrook It seems as if every year concludes with short days and a long holiday season seemingly crammed with more social occasions than the calendar can possibly accommodate. For some, these events may include a fancy New Year’s Eve ball. But even those of us who stay home to watch the Times Square […]

It's a Plane, It's a Train, It's TAT!

It's a Plane, It's a Train, It's TAT!

by Bill Thornbrook Business travelers and vacationers today can expect a transcontinental flight from Boston or New York to Los Angeles or San Francisco to be more or less routine. But a century ago scheduled long-distance air service was still an elusive dream. The very first trip across the country by airplane took place a […]

Let’s Go To The Fair!

Let’s Go To The Fair!

By Bill Thornbrook It seems people can find almost any excuse to throw a party. And a party is even more fun when the whole community is invited. That’s the principle behind fairs and festivals. Celebrations begin with “first night” events in January, followed by ice carnivals and similar wintertime galas in the North. Then […]

Collecting Van Briggle Art Pottery

Collecting Van Briggle Art Pottery

by Bill Thornbrook It is a longstanding tradition for travelers from the Northeast to vacation in places with abundant sunshine, magnificent scenery and, let’s not forget, unique souvenirs to bring home. A prime destination for all these reasons has always been the great American Southwest. Among the most favored mementos of a trip to the […]

The Art of Anthracite Coal Carving

The Art of Anthracite Coal Carving

by Bill Thornbrook A smoldering debate over “clean coal” technology for modern power plants has pitted environmentalists against an industry that once dominated the U.S. energy supply. Although still used to fire many industrial steam generators, coal has largely yielded to natural gas, electricity, and oil burners for heating contemporary homes. By now, most Americans […]

Presidential Christmas Cards

Presidential Christmas Cards

Presidential Christmas Cards by Bill Thornbrook One December day it appears in the mailbox with other holiday greetings. Something sets this envelope apart, says it’s special. The return address catches the eye. Yes, just three words imprinted on a single line – THE WHITE HOUSE. Your Christmas card from the President has arrived! Today’s Presidential […]