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October 23, 2018

Getting to the Moon: Photos from NASA

Starting in 2007, NASA has been scanning and posting hundreds of thousands of its images; the collection grows daily at no cost to taxpayers. I’ve chosen a handful that give a quick look at some of the achievements and missions leading up to Apollo 11; these accompany a feature in the Fall 2018 Western Pennsylvania History magazine.

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August 15, 2018

Relax, Pittsburgh – It’s National Relaxation Day

Ah summer, when everyone seeks to break their routine and relax. Today might be a better day than usual to do that, since it is officially “National Relaxation Day.” The day was coined by 9-year-old Sean Moeller, an Iowa fourth-grader who decided in August 1985 that “people think too much about working.”

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July 10, 2018

Camp Horne – The Perfect Summer Retreat

Camp Horne was the dream of Albert H. Burchfield, a manager at the Joseph Horne department store and son of one of its founders. In 1907, he and fellow employees began raising funds to set up a summer camp where “juniors” - teenagers who worked as errand boys and package wrappers - could spend a week away from the smoky city camping in the outdoors completely free of charge.

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