By Rick Foster ATTLEBORO, Mass. (AP) – G.I. Joe, a military action figure aimed at American boys, was born in the mid-1960s, just as the Vietnam War was beginning to gain momentum. Last month, Joe, the brainchild of Pawtucket-based Hasbro, celebrated his 50th birthday. But for a 50-year-old, the pose-able man of action turned cultural [...]
By Jamie Stengle DALLAS, Texas (AP) – As part of an Allied mission tasked with saving works of art during World War II, a homesick James Rorimer told his wife in a December 1944 letter from liberated Paris that he was working hard but worried about how much he was achieving. “But I’m here to [...]
By Kevin Allen SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) – When Data Realty executives announced in 2011 that they would build a new data center at Ignition Park, company President Rich Carlton decided to read up on Studebaker history. After all, the state-certified technology park is on the very ground that for decades was the smoking, clanging [...]
By Seth Borenstein and Kristen Wyatt DENVER, Colo. (AP) – Scott Carpenter conquered the heights of space, the depths of the ocean, and the darkness of fear. And in doing so he became the second American to orbit the Earth, powered by not just a rocket but an insatiable curiosity. “Conquering of fear is one [...]
By Neal Rubin DETROIT (AP) – For every old tavern in Detroit, there’s a story. Or two stories. And they tend to be the same ones. The joint was a speakeasy during Prohibition. That’s the first. No. 2, the Purple Gang drank there.