I met Frank Herbert, author of Dune, over 40 years ago at “Comics and Comix” a premier comic and book store in Berkeley that was a favorite haunt of mine at the time. …


This James Bond film is the 25th in the Eon canon and the last for the actor Daniel Craig. But this is not the end of the almost 60-year film franchise. It is an above-average James Bond flick and an immensely satisfying conclusion to Daniel Craig’s tenure as Bond. …


On June 10, 1948, The U.S. Air Force confirmed that Capt. Chuck Yeager had repeatedly attained supersonic speeds in the Bell X-1.

Yeager’s Background

But it was on October 14, 1947, that Chuck Yeager, who died in 2020, actually broke the sound barrier, Mach 1, for the first time.


The man who sailed from Spain to discover America was neither Spanish nor actually discovered America. But it was true that:

In fourteen hundred and ninety-two
Columbus sailed the ocean blue

Origin of Christopher Columbus

He was actually Italian, born in 1451 to a wool merchant in Genoa, and first went to sea in…


Today in Boston, Massachusetts is the running of the Boston Marathon beginning at the start line in Hopkinton at 10:00 AM and following the race route into Boston.

This is the oldest and longest-running (no pun intended) annual marathon event, at least in the Western World. It began in 1897…


HISTORY OF OCTOBER 10: 42 DAY

  • Question: What is the answer to the ultimate question of life, the universe, and everything.
  • Answer: 42

Question: What does that mean?

I met Douglas Adams about 30 years ago when he spoke to Sun Microsystems, where I was working at the time. I have never heard anyone speak quite as fast as he did.


October, the tenth month of the year in both the older Julian and the current Gregorian calendar, was the 8th month (Latin octo) in the ancient Roman calendar, but with the addition of January and February, it got bumped to #10.

This month is significant because, according to the modern…


Yesterday, September 29, was National Coffee Day in the US and 16 other countries.

But tomorrow, October 1, is International Coffee Day, shared by the National Coffee Day in 12 countries.

Whether percolated, filtered, steeped in a French press, poured over, or made with high-pressure steam in an espresso maker…


Every year about this time, Fall is ushered in by a flush of Aspen trees as their leaves turn to gold. Where I live in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, the particular aspen is called the “trembling” or quaking aspen. The broadleaf and the flattened stem cause them to flutter


This time of year represented New Year’s Day, according to the French Republican Calendar. However, since that calendar was only in use from 1793 to 1805, following the fall of the French monarchy in 1792, very few still celebrate this day.

Date of Autumn

Instead, September 22 or 23 marks the beginning of…

Bill Petro

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