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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,

Ghost Tales for Christmas

On October 5, 1843, a damp, dark night in Manchester, England, 31-year-old Charles Dickens walked alone. Dickens was the most well-known author in England at this time, with nearly a fourth of the population of England reading at least one

Iron and Propeller

“Congratulations on the notoriety you have earned, old boy,” Thomas Guppy said to Isambard Kingdom Brunel. “I thought I would never hear the end of your Clifton Suspension Bridge. ” “That was quite a thing, wasn’t it,” Brunel said to

Running at Giants

The young man walked out of the trench toward the opposing army. He was alone but walked resolute. Men from the front line behind him talked among themselves. “Who is that?” “His name is David, I think. He played the

Act Now or Abandon Hope

April 18, 1836 “Bring them here,” ordered Sam Houston, the general of the Texas revolution army. Erasmus “Deaf” Smith and Henry Karnes escorted the two Mexican prisoners towards Sam. They had been captured shortly after Sam and the Texas Revolution

Victory or Death

“Are you alright General?” asked Joseph Reed, a lawyer and delegate of the continental congress. He and Benjamin Rush, a congressman and a physician, had come to join the army while congress was adjourned. They were talking with General George