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Retrospectacle: Flagpole Sitting

It was a fad that became all the rage in 1924: flagpole sitting. It reached new heights when, on a dare, stuntman Alvin “Shipwreck” Kelly climbed up a flagpole and sat on the top for 13 hours and 13 minutes. When word of his feat got out people wanted in. It became the new spectator sport as records for flagpole sitting were being broken and set. Cosmopolitan magazine called the fad “competitive imbecility.”

The Spruce Goose Takes Flight

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Murray Woroner's "Super Fight"

In 1970, radio producer Murray Woroner used computer technology and the magic of film to create ... more

FDR Signs the Tennessee Valley Authority Act

Running for president at a time when unemployment rates were sky high and thousands of banks ... more
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