| Jul 21, 2014
| 4:25 PM
House Bill 1989, signed into law last month, recognizes the Piper J-3 Cub and the Pennsylvania long rifle as the state's official aircraft and firearm, respectively.
Why? Hey, that's what our state legislators do. There's a bill pending to name...
| Feb 4, 2014
| 3:06 AM
For the last 15 years, the National Museum of Industrial History has been a mirage.
First, it was scheduled to open by the end of 1999. Then in late 2000. Then a Preview Center in 2001 and the full museum in 2004 or 2005. Then the summer of 2008. Always...
| Feb 19, 2014
| 1:31 PM
It's not often that I'm one step ahead of the Grammar Police, but it finally happened the other day.
I was reading the grand jury report on the nonexistent National Museum of Industrial History, and I came across a passage regarding the testimony of the...
| Feb 14, 2014
| 1:28 PM
I attended a news meeting years ago in which our editor read a letter from a guy whose arrest we reported in a story about an Allentown prostitution sting.
This man said we ruined his life. His wife had left him, his children wouldn't speak to him,...
| Sep 17, 2014
| 5:00 AM
For the past 44 years, a pivotal painting in the evolution of American Modern art in the exhausted aftermath of World War II has hung in a private home in an affluent San Francisco suburb — first in a child's bedroom and then over a dining room...
| Aug 26, 2014
| 12:12 PM
For the next addition to its permanent exhibitions, Chicago’s Field Museum is looking far to the East.
The Cyrus Tang Hall of China, showcasing some 350 artifacts from the museum’s 40,000-item collection, will open next June in a gallery...
| Oct 13, 2012
At last, my notoriously poor eyesight has yielded something useful.
I'm at the Dali Museum in St. Petersburg, standing across the room from Salvador Dali's "Gala Contemplating the Mediterranean Sea which at Twenty Meters Becomes the Portrait of...
| Sep 30, 2013
| 6:30 AM
Great Britain will likely be taking a deep breath (and perhaps a sigh of relief) this year as it recovers from a busy summer, when it hosted both the Olympics and Queen Elizabeth's Diamond Jubilee.
Despite the flurry of investment that swept Britain in...
| Mar 15, 2014
Sometimes, a rainy day seems like a bad time for a road trip, but it's actually the perfect day for a museum.
Two museums were on my list on a recent excursion to North Florida, but the landscape along the way offers a glimpse of Florida's unspoiled...
| May 6, 2014
| 10:30 AM
AARP recently mounted a complete website do-over -- not just travel; everything. But travel did get some updates that you might find useful.
The biggest addition is a "Trip Finder" application that makes destination suggestions based on parameters you...
| Sep 30, 2013
| 6:30 AM
I've always taught what I loved -- and I've always loved music. I spent my high school years as a piano teacher. I'd start out my students with boogies and pop songs, and eventually get them turned on to Bach and Beethoven.
In 1980, a truck dropped off...