Love to Japan and remembering the East Coast tsunami of 1929

After seeing the photographs coming out of Japan today after the 8.9 magnitude earthquake, I am relieved to live where I do, far from the Pacific Ring of Fire that plagues humans with deadly earthquakes, tsunamis, and volcanoes. Yet deep down, I know that here on the East Coast of Canada, we aren’t immune to…

Remembering old school CKBW as HANK-FM hits the air

For those of you who live in large towns, you probably don’t get excited when a new radio station hits the air.  Why should you?  Stations come and go. In a small place like Lunenburg County, though, radio stations change once every three generations or thereabouts. So the fact we have a new radio station…

What if Mozart had Twitter?

Twitter and many other social media applications are changing communications as we know it.  Little symbols, abbreviations, and code have all become part of social media language.  I often wonder what some historical people would Twitter if they were still around today.  (Also, to help you learn your history, I’ve included the history behind the…

A trip down computer memory lane

Okay, if you know what the VIC 20 is, you’re obviously dated, like me.  The VIC 20 was last sold in 1985, so that gives you an idea how old it (and I) just might be. I remember the VIC 20.  My brother had one.  (Yes, he’s that old.  Sorry.) It was my first gaming…

Army boots and flannel shirts

Cue Alan Jackson music. Remember when… army boots were cool? Remember when… flannel was da bomb? Yes, go back to a time when greasy hair wasn’t a hygiene issue but a hair style (though to be honest, I still washed my hair daily.) Though I’m dating myself and sounding especially old, I remember the grunge…

End of an era: bye bye Beep

Alas, it is the end of an era for a drink with a curious name.  I read in the online Chronically Horrid yesterday that Beep, the fruit drink of my childhood, is being discontinued.  Forever. Okay, so maybe its ingredients don’t lend themselves to a healthy diet.  Yet everything in moderation, I say. What’s not…

Nova Scotia’s Titanic of 1873: the Atlantic shipwreck

I visited Nova Scotia’s Titanic over the weekend.  As a bit of a ship buff and disaster historian, I was anxious to finally see the site of one of the world’s worst Maritime disasters, which happens to be in our very backyard here on the South Shore. Probably you haven’t heard of the S.S. Atlantic. If you…

Confronting H1N1: in flew the flu

Now that the swine flu, pig flu, H1N1 is at my workplace’s back door, I’m feeling philosophical about the whole thing. Yes, many people suggest the media and everyone else is blowing it out of proportion.  Yet history shows that flus can quickly wreak havoc on society; 1918 flu, anyone? I don’t have a fever…