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Oktoberfest

History of Oktoberfest: Why is it in September?

By billpetro / September 17, 2022 /

HISTORY OF OKTOBERFEST Why is the famous German beer festival held in September if it’s called Oktoberfest? Officially, the beer festival starts on the third Saturday in September through early October for 16 to 18 days. And it’s back this year; Oktoberfest 2020 and 2021 were canceled due to the Coronavirus pandemic. Let’s look back…

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Large Enterprise

History of Star Trek: 56 Years Ago and Today

By billpetro / September 8, 2022 /

HISTORY OF STAR TREK Star Trek premiered on NBC TV on September 8, 1966… 56 years ago. It is my favorite show; I was glued to the TV for the first episode and every one after that. It significantly influenced my life and my choice of a career in technology.

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History of J.R.R. Tolkien: A 100-Year Love Affair

By billpetro / September 1, 2022 /

HISTORY OF J.R.R. TOLKIEN: A 100-YEAR LOVE AFFAIR Tonight begins the Amazon Prime TV series “Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power,” which depicts the Second Age of Tolkien’s legendarium, set over three thousand of years before the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy. This is expected to be the most expensive TV series in…

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Woodstock

History of Woodstock: Over 50 Years Ago

By billpetro / August 15, 2022 /

HISTORY OF WOODSTOCK August 15 marks the anniversary of the “3 Days of Peace & Music” held in 1969 at Max Yasgur’s 600-acre dairy farm in the rural town of Bethel, New York, southwest of the village of Woodstock. This outdoor music event, despite thundershowers, gave voice to the counterculture youth generation of its time.…

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History of Infinity Day: Why is it on August 8

By billpetro / August 8, 2022 /

HISTORY OF INFINITY DAY: AUGUST 8 Infinity Day is also known as Universal & International Infinity Day. It is a commemoration held on the 8th day of the 8th month of each year to celebrate and promote Philosophy and Philosophizing for the ordinary person.   Why 8 is significant, apart from Infinity Day 8 planets…

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James Taylor World Arena

Concert Review: James Taylor at Broadmoor World Arena

By billpetro / July 20, 2022 /

Concert Review: James Taylor at the Broadmoor World Arena, Colorado Springs I’ve seen James Taylor perform perhaps a dozen times over the last 43 years in venues large and small. While I’ve previously seen him at the Broadmoor World Arena, it was back when it was just the World Arena, an ice rink in Colorado…

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Moon Landing

History of the 1st Moon Landing – Apollo 11: 53 Years Ago

By billpetro / July 20, 2022 /

HISTORY OF THE 1ST MOON LANDING: APOLLO 11 Fifty-three years ago today, at 3:17 Eastern Time, July 20, 1969, the first human stepped out of the Apollo 11 lunar module onto the moon. With the immortal words of the 38-year-old Neil Armstrong: “That’s one small step for (a) man, one giant leap for mankind.” …the…

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French Fries

History of French Fries: Are They Really French?

By billpetro / July 13, 2022 /

HISTORY OF FRENCH FRIES: NATIONAL FRENCH FRY DAY Today is National French Fry Day. While no one knows who began this celebration, placing it on July 13 is significant because the important French holiday is the next day, July 14, for Bastille Day.

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All You Need Is Love

History of All You Need Is Love, by The Beatles

By billpetro / June 25, 2022 /

HISTORY OF ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE, BY THE BEATLES On June 25, 1967, The Beatles released the song “All You Need Is Love.” At that time, they participated in the Our World TV show, which used the recently constructed communication satellite system and broadcast their performance across the globe. Beatles drummer Ringo Starr said…

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Rock & Roll

History of the Summer of Love — 1967: Part 4, Rock & Roll

By billpetro / June 25, 2022 /

HISTORY OF THE SUMMER OF LOVE — 1967: PART 4, ROCK & ROLL   It was twenty years ago today Sgt. Pepper taught the band to play They’ve been going in and out of style But they’re guaranteed to raise a smile   Rock & Roll in the late ’60s was exemplified when The Beatles…

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Drugs

History of the Summer of Love — 1967: Part 3, Drugs

By billpetro / June 24, 2022 /

HISTORY OF THE SUMMER OF LOVE — 1967: DRUGS When I was a Resident Assistant at U.C. Berkeley in the early ’70s, a local police officer I knew gave me a tour down nearby Telegraph Avenue. He told me: “All the major drug deals on the West Coast go down within a two block stretch…

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Make Love Not War

History of the Summer of Love — 1967: Part 2, Sex

By billpetro / June 23, 2022 /

HISTORY OF THE SUMMER OF LOVE — 1967: PART 2, SEX “Make love, not war” and the call for “free love” represented a cultural shift in mores in 1967. Even The Beatles sang “All You Need Is Love.” If the ’60s was the time of the “sexual revolution,” the natural question is: who won? There were…

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