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Earlier this month we were called to handle a Kenner Star Wars collection in Albany, New York. This time of year, most people wouldn’t be too excited about driving north, but I was! I knew the … more
As I wrote about in my last blog, we had been preparing for a number of years to hold a live-fire study. We had purchased or had made all of the materials we needed, and it was time to pick a date. … more
On the night of June 21, 1920, a Chicago man named Carl Otto Wanderer was returning home from the theater with his wife of one year, Ruth (Johnson) when it was noticed that someone was following … more
Much has been said about beauty, defined as “a combination of qualities, such as shape, color, or form, that pleases the aesthetic senses, especially the sight.” Oh! There … more
If you’re ever looking to gauge how fast time flies, take a look at the years it’s been since a local band played their first show. For the Providence alt-rock act Tall Teenagers, … more
Certain bands can transform an atmosphere within an establishment from dull and boring to vibrant and fun in an instant. Right when the first song is played, the music takes over the audience and … more
Twenty-six-year-old Albert Titchner was a devotee of the Methodist Tabernacle church in Olneyville and was in charge of its smaller branch, the Merino Mission. The mission counted about 26 members … more
When I was growing up in the 60’s, things were a lot different than they are now. Not only was the culture much different, but my mom was also different. She did not believe in taking … more
Back in 2013 during an archaeology project I was volunteering on, we were finding musket balls from the first day of the American Revolution. I remember during a break talking to archaeologist Doug … more
There’s an abundance of punk rock bands in the music scene around Providence and Rhode Island as a whole. Some of them unleash an aggressive hardcore essence, while others incorporate an upbeat … more
While slowly recovering from the RSV illness, the lyrics of an old Willie Nelson song, “on the road again,” echoed in my mind. Unlike his desire to hit the road for musical pursuits with … more
While being the original sonic format, instrumental music is still fairly unique these days. The vocals are often replaced with rhythms and arrangements while the vibe and feeling can come off as … more
On the night of Aug. 18, 1935, revelers gathered at the St. Rocco Society’s Feast Day celebration taking place in the Cranston village of Thornton. Eager to enjoy the fireworks, parade and … more
I had previously written that getting vaccinations for the various possible viruses floating about in the air was not in my repertoire, (although I have obtained the COVID vaccines.)  My excuse … more
This past weekend work took me out to the west coast for a few different reasons. While part of my time was spent at an event in Los Angeles, the rest of the time I was on the road to San Diego for a … more
I was digging through boxes the other day looking for some things I hadn’t seen in years. As I peeled off the old, cracked tape and looked inside one of the boxes, I noticed it contained photos … more
New Year's Day came and New Year's Day went, taking my good health with it. The holiday season was super busy, visiting with a multitude of relatives and friends, not to mention shopping among … more
In music, some collaborations just seem like no-brainers. This is especially the case when two entities of similar backgrounds come together to create something purely brilliant. An example of this … more
Shortly after 7:00 on the morning of May 5, 1924, the fire alarm at the Rhode Island State Prison began wailing. Just minutes before, inmate Kenneth Haywood had exited a dry goods storage room with a … more
Time flies and it is already 2024. When younger, in my 40s, I had no preconceived idea of what the 2020s would look like, although I remember the year 2000 like it was yesterday. It began with … more
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