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The Aviators: Eddie Rickenbacker, Jimmy Doolittle, Charles Lindbergh, and the Epic Age of Flight
The Aviators: Eddie Rickenbacker, Jimmy Doolittle, Charles Lindbergh, and the Epic Age of Flight
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Aviators is a great audio book experience!, November 12, 2013
The Aviators is one of the best audio books you can hope to buy this year.

The format of The Aviators is broken up by approximate decades or time periods, and by biographies of three noted, early aviators: Eddie Rickenbacker, Charles Lindbergh, and Jimmy Doolittle.
This format was especially good for me because it kept the story moving and kept the story interesting. I never got bogged down with one guy for too long, or one time period for too long.
It was interesting how one main event--say for example WWII, could be seen from three unique perspectives, by three unique participants.

The narrator, Robertson Dean, is excellent for the material. His voice and manner seem somewhere between a newscaster and a good storyteller.

This might make a very engaging documentary--Ken Burns style.
Let's face it--the book was seventeen great hours of listening. What would they do? Give us a 1-hour documentary on this? Give me a break--there is too much great history here.

The Aviators is a great choice as an audio book purchase. Even if you're not old or blind, you can still enjoy it while driving or doing some other activity you don't have to concentrate on. I'm sure I will return to enjoy this audio book several times, eventually.

No-Spill 1405 2-1/2-Gallon Poly Gas Can (CARB Compliant)
No-Spill 1405 2-1/2-Gallon Poly Gas Can (CARB Compliant)
Price: $23.91
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best-ever gas can nozzle!, July 7, 2013
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If you have trouble finding a good gas can because of the spout mechanism--this is the gas can you want to buy! The other gas can on Amazon stinks--it's useless--but unfortunately for you, me, and everybody else--the other can is the one all of the major hardware stores carry. Buy this one--you'll be glad you did!

Briggs & Stratton 85060 6-Gallon Auto Shut Off Gas Can
Briggs & Stratton 85060 6-Gallon Auto Shut Off Gas Can
Price: $19.98
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Pour spout is the worst I've ever used., July 3, 2013
I'm older now. I need equipment that is reasonably easy to use and deal with.
I have gone through two of these gas cans because of the awful spout mechanism. I had to order through Amazon to find a spout that is different. It has been difficult to find anything different--one might suppose it is the best spout ever invented.
I'm telling you--anything else has to be better. I'm not going to buy a third gas can--just to see if I can use this stupid nozzle.

Pete Seeger: The Power of Song
Pete Seeger: The Power of Song
DVD ~ Joan Baez
Offered by MightySilver
Price: $18.38
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43 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Freedom, Justice, and Independence, June 1, 2008
If you ask anyone to make a list of five American Ideals, most likely Freedom, Justice, and Independence will be there.
It seems the fight to preserve those Ideals and make sure American Ideals can apply to all Americans has always been a struggle.
Watching Pete Seeger/The Power of Song, I learned what a difference we can make when we band together, walk together, and sing together.
We all want our freedom, we all want our independence, and we desire justice.
The ironic thing is, sometimes we have to band together with our neighbors (whom we may not even know) to collectively voice our concerns and causes to preserve our liberties, freedoms, and independence.
Pete Seeger has helped people sing together all of his life. When he helped people sing for Unions, he helped the struggle for personal economic independence through better wages and benefits for workers.
When Pete Seeger helped people sing together during the Civil Rights Movement, he helped in the struggle against racial discrimination, and the struggle to gain personal freedom, justice, and independence for all Americans.
When Pete Seeger helped people sing together and band together for the common good, the Hudson River was made clean again.
Pete Seeger was blacklisted from commercial television for 17 years. In those 17 years, our own freedoms and justice were comprimised. Thank you, Tom and Dick Smothers, for helping to set things right.
There are some great clips of Seeger being honored at the Kennedy Center for his Lifetime Achiement Award, in 1994.

This is an excellent program. We may appreciate, not underestimate, the power of song.

Empire of the Air: The Men Who Made Radio
Empire of the Air: The Men Who Made Radio
DVD ~ Jr. Jason Robards
Price: $12.41
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Grandmother of the Cell Phone, April 15, 2007
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It is surprising to learn that wireless communication has been with us for well over 100 years.
Ken Burns' inspired documentary about the creation and evolution of radio is told primarily through biographies of three dynamic individuals: Lee de Forest, Edwin Howard Armstrong, and David Sarnoff.

This is not a sentimental and syrupy look-back to a bygone era. Radio seems to have been the prodigal child born of a dysfunctional family of inventors and marketeers.

The drama is compelling; the technology, indispensable to our modern way of life.
Don't miss it!

A Prairie Home Companion Original Motion Picture Soundtrack [Deluxe Limited Edition CD + DVD]
A Prairie Home Companion Original Motion Picture Soundtrack [Deluxe Limited Edition CD + DVD]
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pretty Good Soundtrack & DVD, June 17, 2006
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The Soundtrack from the film Prairie Home Companion is superb.
The tracks aren't in the same order as they occurred in the film, but must have been a bit rearranged for balance and listenability.

You don't have to see the movie to enjoy the soundtrack, and if you've seen the film, it's even better.
I found myself wanting to applaude after several of the pieces during the film, but didn't want to seem like an amateur, nor did I wish to startle the old folks sitting in front of me; pieces such as "Gold Watch and Chain" by Streep and Keillor, "Frankie & Johnny" by Lohan, "Old Plank Road" by Robin & Linda Williams, "Coming Down From Red Lodge" by the Guys All-Star Shoe Band, and "Bad Jokes" by Harrelson and Reilly are the most memorable.
The film had all the great music I could have hoped for except for the omitted "Powdermilk Biscuits Theme." C'mon, GK---how do you expect to win the Oscar for Best Picture when you leave out the theme for Powdermilk Biscuits? Jeeze, Louise!

The DVD included with the Soundtrack is a real Bonus!
The highlights are Keillor's Catchup monolog, and the pieces played by the Guys All-Star Shoe Band: they are an outstanding group of extrordinarily talented and versatile musicians, a pleasure to watch and a joy to listen to!

O Holy Cow
O Holy Cow
by Phil Rizzuto
Edition: Paperback
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Keats, Byron, and now, Rizzuto, May 20, 2006
This review is from: O Holy Cow (Paperback)
This literary gem is destined to be handed down from parent to child for generations to come.

Long before there was politics, or correctness, there was Phil Rizzuto. Rizzuto ably scoops up the essense of morality and ethics and fires to first with more deftness than Shakespeare, or that guy from Ireland (I can't remember his name--not Joyce, though; it was somebody else.) The poem we always relate and remember around the old campfire--when we go camping, and we have a fire, is the story Scooter tells in the honored oral tradition of Homer: of live-trapping squirrels in his attic and then letting them loose somewhere over by Yogi's house.

No doubt Rizzuto will forever be linked to the other great American Poets: Frost, Angelou, and Walden.

Horatio's Drive - America's First Road Trip
Horatio's Drive - America's First Road Trip
DVD ~ Keith David
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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "My Darling Swipes....", February 18, 2005
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Horatio Nelson Jackson bet a group of men in San Francisco $50 he could drive an automobile coast to coast in three months or less, something which had never been done before.

"You're on," they told him, and the next day Jackson searched for a suitable vehicle. He spent $3,000 on a 1903 Winton Touring Car, hired a mechanic to accompany him on the drive, and three days later left the city by the Golden Gate heading for the Big Apple.

The duet became a trio when Horatio Jackson brought aboard a light-colored, good-natured bulldog named "Bud" in Caldwell, Idaho.

Jackson back-tracked the trails of westward migration. He introduced the dawn of a new age to a soon-to-be-passing way of life.

He encountered a wagon train heading for the last free land in the Great Northwest. He waited for a stage coach to bring him new tires. He had his automobile repaired at blacksmiths shops. He crossed mountain ranges, forded streams, and got the car stuck in buffalo wallows.

Horatio Nelson Jackson and his mechanic, Sewell Crocker, embodied the American ideal that you can accomplish the impossible with pluck, grit, and determination. They managed to cross the continent by automobile in just over two months and thus win the bet.

The story is superbly told by Dayton Duncan and Ken Burns. Jackson's letters home to his beloved wife, Bertha, or "Swipes", as he calls her, are read by the peerless Tom Hanks.

Behind the narration and the telling of the story is a very lively soundtrack which makes viewing the film most enjoyable!

The documentary, "Horatio's Drive," is Americana at its best.

Don't miss it!
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Clemens of the Call: Mark Twain in San Francisco
Clemens of the Call: Mark Twain in San Francisco
by Mark Twain
Edition: Hardcover
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The "Lost" Writings of Mark Twain!, February 9, 2005
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Clemens of the Call: Mark Twain in San Francisco represents a prolific four months of Twain's early writing career.

"Samuel Clemens reported the city news for the San Francisco Daily Morning Call during approximately four months in 1864. This book examines the relationship between the reporter and his paper,...The pieces reprinted here frequently are interesting for their style and for what they tell us of the author's attitudes and experience. Also they are a record of events in San Francisco during the summer and early fall prior to President Lincoln's reelection. They made good reading then, and by and large they still do today. When a writer as creative as Clemens takes a city like San Francisco for his daily beat, is it surprising that the sparkle remains even a century (and nearly a half!) later?" (From the Preface to this book.)

Clemens of the Call contains nearly 200 pieces appropriately attributed to Twain. As a reporter of local items for the Call, Twain covers The Streets of San Francisco, San Francisco's Chinese, The Theatres, Etc., Crime and The Police Court, and serves as Critic and Political Reporter.
Twain, as reporter, covers the most San Franciscan of all occurances--Earthquakes, and even the absence of earthquakes...

"The earthquakes are getting so irregular. When a community get used to a thing, they suffer when they have to go without it...we know of nothing that will answer as a substitute for one of those convulsions--to an unmarried man."

In many of Twain's pieces we see Twain's satire and use of accepted stereotypes, "employed at that time as much for comic purposes as for the expression of social criticism or of a sense of compassion for the wronged." (quote from the author's text)
Twain's writing is never dull, and never without insight.
This collection is rich!

Hanging Tree [VHS]
Hanging Tree [VHS]
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Price: $21.00
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87 of 95 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Will someone explain why this film is not available!??, January 19, 2005
This review is from: Hanging Tree [VHS] (VHS Tape)
This last time I saw this film, which was probably 15 or 20 years ago, it was excellent!
The scenery was breathtaking, and it was Gary Cooper in color!
I remember reading it was George C. Scott's first film, too.
Somebody has the rights to this film, and I guess they're holding out for big bucks. So what.
Does anyone think we'll pay $50 for a DVD? Or $80 for an obsolete VHS? C'mon, people!
The Hanging Tree is a good story, the film was done well and it affords great entertainment.
But, "whomever you are," if you wait long enough--no one will care. If you wait another 15 or 20 years, not enough of us will be around who care.
Can you imagine if there was a Rudolph Valentino film which had not been seen in 50 years? There would be a short line at the Box Office for that one!
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