Flying Into Space on Virgin Galactic!

Welcome back to my blog about balloons, rocket ships, airplanes, space travel, Star Wars, sci-fi, and everything about flying! This time we will look at some of my favorite space pilots. After you read the list, won’t you add some of your favorites!

How cool is that. Sir Richard Branson and Virgin Airlines is creating a space port and a rocket ship to blast us off to space! Check out their website! Its like Buck Rogers, but for real!

Here are also some of my favorite Buck Rogers rocket ships!

Now my father says he was not old enough to play with these toys as a kid, but he did say he played with this Buck Rogers ship…

I do not believe him. My father is pretty old….

~Max

 

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Cool Places in America: Nederland CO and the Dead Guy

It’s your favorite child travel adviser, Tyler,  once again bringing you the best in last minute vacations. Your road trip planner for the weekend getaway to the coolest and strangest places in America. How do I know about them all? My parents are contract workers in the software industry and keep moving the family every 6 months….

Today I am going to share with you this really dead town we lived in with this really dead guy. For one weekend at the beginning of March it becomes one of the coolest places in America.

During the Frozen Dead Guy Days coffin races, a slow-motion parade, and “Frozen Dead Guy” look alike contests are held. A documentary on “Grandpa Bredo”, called Grandpa’s in the Tuff Shed, is shown. Other events include a tour of the Tuff Shed where Grandpa is still frozen; a “polar plunge” for those brave enough to go swimming in Colorado in early March (which generally requires breaking through the ice); a dance, called “Grandpa’s Blue Ball”; pancake breakfasts; a market showcasing local artists; snowshoe races, and a snow sculpture contests. Glacier Ice Cream makes a flavor called “Frozen Dead Guy” which is fruit-flavored blue ice cream with Oreo cookies and sour gummy worms. Tours of the Tuff Shed where Grandpa is still frozen were suspended after 2005, after Grandpa’s family “became frustrated with Frozen Dead Guy Days”, but they resumed with the 2010 celebration. So who is the Frozen Dead Guy?

In 1989, a Norwegian citizen named Trygve Bauge brought the corpse of his recently deceased grandfather, Bredo Morstøl, to the US. The body was preserved on dry ice for the trip, and stored in liquid nitrogen at the Trans Time cryonics facility in San Leandro, California from 1990 to 1993. In 1993, Bredo was returned to dry ice and transported to Nederland, where Trygve and his mother Aud planned to create a cryonics facility of their own. When Trygve was deported from the United States for overstaying his visa, his mother, Aud, continued keeping her husband’s body cryogenically frozen in a shack behind her unfinished house. Aud was eventually evicted from her home for living in a house with no electricity or plumbing, in violation of local ordinances. At that time, she told a local reporter about her husband’s body,and those of two other individuals,and the reporter went to the local city hall in order to let them know about Aud’s fears that her eviction would cause her husband’s body to thaw out.

The story caused a sensation. In response, the city created a law outlawing the keeping of “the whole or any part of the person, body or carcass of a human being or animal or other biological species which is not alive upon any property”. But public support made the town create an exception for Bredo, a grandfather clause. Trygve secured the services of Delta Tech, a local environmental company, to keep the cryonic facility running. Bo Shaffer, CEO of Delta Tech, is known locally as “The Iceman” and caretaker responsible for transporting the dry ice necessary for cryopreservation to the IC Institute, something he has done since 1995. In that year, the local Tuff Shed supplier and a Denver radio station built a new shed to keep the body of Bredo in. In the fall of 2012, Jane Curtis Gazit (Owner, Keep Magnolia Clean, LLC) and Mike Wooten became the new caretakers of Bredo.

Well I am glad we did not stay another year, just to have a single weekend be amazing. But then again, if you are traveling through Colorado in March you definitely should join the festivities.

~Tyler

For more information about Tyler visit Salem House Press and buy his latest book “Tyler Moves to Gibsonton Florida” on Amazon.com. Keep checking back often for great cheap vacation ideas that might surprise you and end up becoming the best vacation you ever had!

Eleanor Vere Boyle: Illustrator of the Week

Beauty or Beast?

Boyle was familiar with many of the Pre-Raphaelites; Dante Gabriel Rossetti called her “great in design.”[6] She was a cousin of Louisa, Marchioness of Waterford, another woman artist of her era.[7]

In 1893 Boyle published A Book of the Heavenly Birthdays, a small aid to meditation that combined her watercolors with poetry by William Morris, Christina Rossetti, Percy Bysshe Shelley, Walter Savage Landor and others. The book provides an example of “the eschatological thrust of much of her work….”[8]

Boyle was interested in garden design; she re-created the Evelyn garden at Huntercombe Manor in Burnham, Buckinghamshire from 1872 on.[9] She wrote books on gardening, like her Days and Hours in a Garden (1884), A Garden of Pleasure (1895), and Seven Gardens and a Palace (1900). Her The Peacock’s Pleasaunce (1908) is a collection of belle-lettrist essays.

Gallery:

Wikipedia:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eleanor_Vere_Boyle

Extended Gallery:

http://www.surlalunefairytales.com/illustrations/beautybeast/boylebeauty9.html

Can you Name This Salem Local

Can You Name the Local Who Posed for this Illustration?

His nickname is Dr. P and the Prince of Derby Street. He wore a fashionable derby hat. He was a bartender at the PLAV. He worked at the power plant in Salem and  was brave enough to drink a Greek liquor made out of rattlesnake venom.

Can you guess his name? Place your guesses in the comment section below.

He appears in A Walk Under Salem. Continue your journey by reading this second book in the trilogy which is available at Barnes & Noble, Wicked Good Books, The Witch House, Remember Salem,  and on Amazon.com.

Come back every Tuesday at 3PM for new stories about Salem and images from the Salem Trilogy.

WHY WAS JACKSON REMOVED FROM THE TWENTY?

Welcome to tales of Nineteenth Century Salem. A time in which Salem was the richest city and the most influential in shaping our young country. In our posts you will learn how Salem has shaped American history from the profits of the smuggling that happened in her tunnels; sometimes for the good, but more often not.

I AM PRESIDENT ANDREW JACKSON

I am President Andrew Jackson’s. After losing money on a land deal with no species backing I started the Bank Wars in 1833 which culminated in the collapse of The Second Bank of United States. Another reason was that the British held 70% of the shares in the bank. I fought with James Knox Polk who was the Speaker of the House against Daniel Webster and Henry Clay. I visited Daniel Webster’s banker Stephen White’ s home off the Common in Salem to explain my reasons to him. Soon afterward I suffered an assassination attempt and Polk a typhoid poisoning. In fact after leaving his presidency Polk would die from a typhoid poisoning because he made the Independent Treasury. For my not renewing the charter of the bank, in 2016 I was removed from the Federal Reserve $20 notes.

For more info read Sub Rosa to find out how Salem shaped America and your lives! Available at Remember Salem, Jolie Tea, Wicked Good Books, Barnes & Noble, and Amazon.com.

Parker Brother’s Smuggling Monopoly Grandfather

Welcome to the Salem Tunnel Report. Every Monday we will post new and old tunnel finds along with those who built them. In our posts you will learn how Salem has shaped American history from the profits of the smuggling that happened in these tunnels; sometimes for the good, but more often not.

 

William B. Parker House
33 Pleasant Street

William B. Parker built his home kitty corner of Parker Court in 1851. Parker Court has a tunnel running from Winter street to the Isaac Smith House on the corner of Pleasant and Bridge Streets. William Parker also owned large tracts of land on March Street and lots composing of Beacon (East Watson Street then) and Barton Streets. He will own the Hawkes House for a short period too. The E.W. Abbot House which will be described next was once his property as well which is connected to the tunnels.

William B. Parker was the grandfather of the Parker Brothers, George and Charles, who started the toy company in the Franklin Building. It was tales of his cousin mysteriously dying the night before the trial of the Knapp brothers and his belief in the first blackmail letter that spurred his grandson to purchase Cluedo and rename it Clue with the truth buried in the game.

William had owned ships with Joseph “Jr.” White, John Andrews, and Benjamin Felt. He also was brought into a libel case in 1830 accusing Col. Upham as a Federalist smuggler during the Embargo Act (Report of Timothy Upham vs. Hill and Barton of New Hampshire Patriot and State Gazette). Hill and Barton also accused Upham of being a corrupt Collector of Customs in Portsmouth. The whole time Upham declared himself as much a Democratic-Republican as Crowninshield was. Remember the tunnels under George Crowninshield Sr. house which became the Customs House in Salem…Benjamin W. Crowninshield when he was Collector of Marblehead had a cavern under his property used to smuggle into on Peach’s Point in Marblehead from the sea. He was also called to testify in the case.

When I first searched this basement in the first version of this book the deceased owner’s son had the basement filled with large furniture after his mother’s death. Then I returned during his estate sale and the basement was cleared out. Then I found the tunnel entrance that had led under the granite stairs in the front of the house. Similar to the Dr. Peabody’s House next to the Old Burying Point. This sealed entrance also had the usual raised cold sill. Not too long before I found the entrance it had a iron door still on it. So it makes you wonder where the fortune started from that set up the Parker Brothers toy company?

Many secrets in Salem!

For more read info Salem Secret Underground: The History of the Tunnels in the City and its sequel Sub Rosa by Chris Dowgin published by Salem House Press. Available at Barnes & Noble, Remember Salem, The Witch House, Jolie Tea, and Amazon.com.

Black Sheep Squadron

Welcome back to my blog about balloons, rocket ships, airplanes, space travel, Star Wars, sci-fi, and everything about flying! This time we will look at some of my favorite space pilots. After you read the list, won’t you add some of your favorites!

Hello again. Here is the real life story of my favorite squadron, Black Sheep. They got to fly that cool F4U Corsair! They made a great TV show about them, but below I have attached a video going over the true story. Check it out!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-yyZY1aauxk

~Max

To find out more about me visit Salem House Press and buy my book onAmazon.com! Now available in paperback at your favorite book sellers. Ask for it by name! If they do not have it in stock, ask them to order it for you.

Also come back every Friday at 8:30 pm, before I am sent to bed, to read my posts each week!