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Wizard of Menlo Park

Fifteen-year-old Thomas Edison sat in the composing room at the Detroit Free Press, reading the day’s news before buying his papers to sell on the train back to his hometown of Port Huron. It was a little after 10 am,

Tides of Courage

September 16, 1597 As the morning sun rose in the east, fully illuminating the Myeongnyang straight, Admiral Yi Sun-Shin stands on the uppermost deck of his command ship. In front of him is the invading Japanese fleet with 133 warships

Hamburger University

Mr. Smith shook hands with Ray Kroc at the end of the first hamburger University course in 1961. The two men smiled as Kroc gave Mr. Smith a certificate. He looked down and read, “Certificate in hamburgerology with a minor

William the Silent

Marching at the head of 20,000 soldiers, William of Orange – also known as William the Silent – kept his mind fixed on the Netherlands. As the army marched toward the Rhine and then into Spanish-held lands, William reflected on

Laziest Boy

(Thud) It was the sound of a baseball being thrown at the side of a barn. The nearby cows ignoring the noise they had grown accustomed to hearing. Heber Grant walked over to the ball and picked it up, went

Outnumbered in the Dark

On May 13, 1918, Henry Johnson and Needham Roberts, both soldiers in the 369th Infantry division were on guard duty at a forward post in northeastern France. The enemy had a strong defensive position that the Allied forces hadn’t been