It's election time and once again sparks are flying.
"Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it."
One of the fun things about historical research is getting side tracked.
Once again the question of Mississippi's flag has reared an ugly head.
Almost 475 years ago Hernando de Soto's Spanish expedition arrived in what is now the Columbus, Starkville and West Point, Mississippi area, exploring the land and encountering the Chickasaw.
They were a band of brothers, and 71 years ago on June 6, 1944, in the night time darkness, hours before the landing of the greatest invasion force in history, they parachuted behind enemy lines.
Just 10 years after the Wright brothers had delivered the first airplane to the newly formed U.S. Army Air Service, aircraft were playing an important role in World War I.
This is Memorial Day weekend. It is the grand opening of summer. A time to take to the river, the beach, play golf or go fishing. A time for beer and back yard barbeques or family picnics with iced tea and fried chicken. But we all need to stop, reflect and remember.
Last week I had the pleasure of visiting with both Uncle Bunky and Robert Snow.
My daughter, Sarah, called me on Friday to tell me that she was on her way to the Mall in Washington, D.C., so that my grandchildren, Harper and Sykes, could see the fly over of vintage aircraft commemorating the defeat of Germany and victory in Europe 70 years ago.
There is nothing like a good front porch in the spring and summer.
Recently there was a television series about some treasure hunters out west having found an old map that they thought would lead them to a long lost gold mine.
The first Columbus Pilgrimage was held 75 years ago on April 14 through 16 in 1940. A Pilgrimage guidebook was published that contained a section called "Historical Highlights" of Columbus.
Most people seem to associate the history of the old homes of Columbus with the Civil War but I think of a much earlier time.
It was 75 years ago that the first Columbus Pilgrimage was held.
Last week I purchased two paintings by Josh Meador, Walt Disney's longtime head of animation effects who called Columbus home.
Last week at a Regional Foundation for Mental Health meeting I heard a most interesting story.
People often ask me not some question about history but where do the ideas for my columns come from.
Whenever I write a column about the Tombigbee and mention bridges, I am almost always asked whether the 1928 bridge at Columbus was really a draw bridge.
It's February and the Tombigbee is filled to its banks with water from recent rains.
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