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FTV: Covert Operations

      It never ceases to amaze me that some people are shocked and horrified when the headlines blare out the fact that (gasp) many countries engage in spying, surveillance, and other covert operations.  We like to think the fate of the world depends on world leaders exercising their diplomatic skills to sort things out, but […]

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FTV: Frat Parties Part 2

   During the two years I played in Knockdown, we only played for one frat party.  We had our regular monthly three nighter at the NCO club (guitar player Ray was a Sergeant in accounting, so we had an inside track with the NCOs), numerous party dates at both the NCO and the Officer’s club, company […]

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From The Vaults: Timber!

           “Let Trees and Children Grow Together” was emblazoned on the sign in a photo attached to an article sent to me from the MTU archives.  The article recounted the dedication of the MacMillan Township School Forest that took place in the late 1930s.  The State of Michigan routinely granted local governments and school districts […]

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FTV: Mines

      A quick quiz:  How many different types of mines have there been in Upper Michigan?  This is a question I ask my sixth grade Geography – Earth Science students at the beginning of the Geology unit we cover that includes U.P.  mining history.  Everybody comes up with “copper”, and a few might remember “iron”, […]

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FTV: Vincebus Eruptum

    Don’t go running for your old Latin textbook.  The quasi-Latin phrase Vincebus Eruptum is supposed to mean “We control chaos” and if San Francisco psychedelic rockers Blue Cheer had any say in the matter, it was going to be the name of their first album.  Recorded live in the studio, the six song set kicked […]

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