Bill Petro: writer and technologist.
Writes about HistoryPopular Culture, Tech Trends, and Travel.
Contributing writer to the books Invitation to Church History, Vol 1 & 2 and
Product Management to Product Leadership: The Advanced Use Cases

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History of Super Tuesday: Why Is It Significant?

March 4, 2024

HISTORY OF SUPER TUESDAY What is Super Tuesday, why is it called that, and what will it determine? Super Tuesday is the US presidential primary election day on March 5 (this year), when the largest number of states in the country will have their primaries. This is significant this year, as these primaries will determine…

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History of Woman Suffrage Procession: March 3, 1913

March 3, 2024

History of Woman Suffrage: March 3, 1913 On March 3, 1913, the day before Woodrow Wilson was inaugurated as President of the United States, thousands of women marched down Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, D.C., as part of the Woman Suffrage Procession. This was done: “in a spirit of protest against the present political organization of…

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Movie Review: Dune, Part Two (no spoilers)

March 1, 2024

Movie Review: Dune, Part Two (no spoilers) Today, March 1, marks the opening of the long-awaited sequel to the film Dune, Part One. It is expected to be one of the largest debuts of 2024. (See my previous review article on the saga’s history, my chat with the author Frank Herbert 45 years ago, the…

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History of March: Why in like a Lion and out like a Lamb?

March 1, 2024

HISTORY OF MARCH The month that can come in “like a lion and out like a lamb” is named after Mars, the Roman god of war (and agriculture). Indeed, in French, the month is called Mars. March, or Martius as it was known in ancient Rome, is the first month of Spring. It was considered…

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History of Leap Year

February 28, 2024

HISTORY OF LEAP YEAR The Leap Day, February 29, depicts a day that occurs only once every four years, every Leap Year or intercalary year when an extra day is inserted into the calendar. But not every fourth year; if that year ends in “00,” like 1900, then it is not a Leap Year. Except…

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History of the Holidays

What is the history behind the holidays we celebrate, both sacred and secular? Many of the sacred holidays in our American “Judeo-Christian” heritage have secular associations, while many of the seemingly secular holidays actually have religious roots. This is the back story behind our popular holidays.

Popular Culture

Featuring reviews of moviesconcerts, and theatre. I write movie reviews as soon as I see them, which is usually the day they come out (or before). Reviews of Star Wars and Star Trek movies, Lord of the Rings, James Bond, and Harry Potter films, rock and jazz concerts, and theatre reviews.

Tech Trends

Articles about current and future technologies and their possible implications. Discussions about Apple iPhone and Apple Watch and innovative technologies from other companies: social media, payment systems, personal data backup, etc.

 

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