Hilarity Clinton: My Discovery of Usenet in the 90s

Before Facebook, Twitter, Google, and even the vast Web itself, there was Usenet, where anyone, anywhere, could post whatever was on his or her mind, and millions around the globe had the option of reading it or forever blocking the person posting. It was in this free-wheeling environment where I once again found a sense … Continue reading Hilarity Clinton: My Discovery of Usenet in the 90s

The Lupos and Shakespeare

Note: This article has been updated and expanded in my essay collection The Cheese Toast Project, available in print from online bookstores, and in print and Kindle at Amazon. My earliest known ancestor, Ambrose Lupo, was brought to England as part of an ensemble of string players around May of 1540 by Henry VIII. Some … Continue reading The Lupos and Shakespeare

Excerpt from “Crazy Like the Foxes”

This is an excerpt from my novel The Long-Timer Chronicles: Crazy Like the Foxes, available in print and Kindle format at Amazon.com.Background: Charles and Renee Fox, a couple who've been married for more than eleven hundred years, are the main protagonists of Crazy Like the Foxes.Roland Fox had every opportunity to make something of his … Continue reading Excerpt from “Crazy Like the Foxes”

Excerpt from “A Tale of Two Sisters”

This is an excerpt from my novel The Long-Timer Chronicles: A Tale of Two Sisters, available in print and Kindle format from Amazon.com.Background: Victoria Wells, one of the lead characters of the novel, meets another Long-Timer, a black woman who calls herself Maxi, in early 20th century New York. Victoria wants to bring Maxi to … Continue reading Excerpt from “A Tale of Two Sisters”

John Wilkes Booth: Assassin or Patsy?

Did John Wilkes Booth shoot Abraham Lincoln or was there a second gunman? Ever since those fatal shots rang out in Ford's Theater on April 14, 1865, debate about Booth's involvement in the Lincoln assassination has centered around this crucial question. Now, nearly 150 years after that devastating act, a report the public wasn't supposed … Continue reading John Wilkes Booth: Assassin or Patsy?

The Carvings on Stone Mountain

Anyone walking up the trail to the top of Stone Mountain is familiar with the various carvings people have made over the years, some more than a century old. I decided to do some research on Ancestry to see what information I could dig up on some of the more interesting ones. All photos were … Continue reading The Carvings on Stone Mountain

Double Fault

Glenn Harmon was a tennis fan who had developed an unhealthy obsession with Serena Williams and had even gone so far as to look up her e-mail address on the Internet. Unfortunately, the Serena Williams whose address he found was not the world-class tennis player, but a college sophomore at FSU, from Columbus, GA. To … Continue reading Double Fault