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Portraits of the 9/11 Rescue Dogs


During the chaos of the 9/11 attacks, where almost 3,000 people died, nearly 100 loyal search and rescue dogs and their brave owners scoured Ground Zero for survivors.

Now, 16 years on, just one of these heroic canines survive, Bretagne. Six years ago 12 of the rescue dogs were commemorated in a touching series of portraits entitled ‘Retrieved’.

16 years Bretagne 9-11 rescue dog






Bretagne celebrates her 16th 9/11 anniversary Sept. 11, 2015.

The dogs worked tirelessly to search for anyone trapped alive in the rubble, along with countless emergency service workers and members of the public.

Moxie, 13, from Winthrop, Massachusetts, arrived with her handler, Mark Aliberti, at the World Trade Center on the evening of Tuesday, September 11, 2001, and searched the site for 8 days

Moxie, 13, from Winthrop, Massachusetts, arrived with her handler, Mark Aliberti, at the World Trade Center on the evening of September 11 and searched the site for eight days

Tara, 16, from Ipswich, Massachusetts, arrived at the World Trade Centre on the night of the 11th. The dog and her handler Lee Prentiss were there for 8 days

Tara, 16, from Ipswich, Massachusetts, arrived at the World Trade Center on the night of the 11th. The dog and her handler Lee Prentiss were there for eight days

Kaiser, 12, pictured at home in Indianapolis, Indiana was deployed to the World Trade Center September 11, 2001, and looked for people in the rubble

Kaiser, 12, pictured at home in Indianapolis, Indiana, was deployed to the World Trade Center on September 11 and searched tirelessly for people in the rubble

Travelling across nine states in the U.S. from Texas to Maryland, Dutch photographer Charlotte Dumas, 34, captured the remaining dogs in their twilight years in their homes where they still live with their handlers, a full decade on from 9/11.

Their stories have now been compiled in a book, called Retrieved, which is published on Friday, the tenth anniversary of the attacks.

Noted for her touching portraits of animals, especially dogs, Charlotte wanted ‘Retrieved’ to mark not only the anniversary of the September 2001 attacks, but also as recognition for some of the first responders and their dogs.

‘I felt this was a turning point, especially for the dogs, who although are not forgotten, are not as prominent as the human stories involved,’ explained Charlotte, who splits her time between New York and Amsterdam.

‘They speak to us as a different species and animals are greatly important for our sense of empathy and to put things into perspective.’

Bretagne and his owner Denise Corliss from Cypress, Texas, arrived at the site in New York on September 17, remaining there for ten days

Bretagne, the last surviving rescue dog as of 2015, and his owner Denise Corliss from Cypress, Texas, arrived at the site in New York on September 17, remaining there for ten days

Bretagne takes a break from work at the 9/11 site with Denise

Bretagne takes a break from work at the 9/11 site with his handler Denise

Guinness, 15, from Highland California, started working with Sheila McKee on the morning of the 13th and were deployed to the World Trade Center for 11 days
Guinness works at the 9/11 site shortly after the attacks

Guinness, 15, from Highland, California, started work at the site with Sheila McKee on the morning of September 13 and was deployed at the site for 11 days

Merlyn and his handler Matt Claussen were deployed to the on the 24th September, working the night shift for five days

Merlyn and his handler Matt Claussen were deployed to Ground Zero on September 24, working the night shift for five days

Most of the search and rescue dogs are Labradors or Golden Retrievers and Charlotte feels that the title works across many aspects of the story.

‘I found the dogs, I retrieved them, they were there to retrieve the victims, it is nicely rounded,’ explained Charlotte whose work is being exhibited at the Julie Saul Gallery NYC opening on September 8, in time for the anniversary.

After working on a project about police canines and other working dogs, she was inspired to concentrate on the animals that played such a huge part in seeking survivors.

Contacting the NYPD, the New York Fire Department and the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Charlotte discovered that out of the nearly 100 dogs among the first responders deployed by FEMA, there were in fact only 15 still alive last year.

Red, 11, from Annapolis, Maryland, went with Heather Roche to the Pentagon from September 16 until the 27 as part of the Bay Area Recovery Canines

Red, 11, from Annapolis, Maryland, went with Heather Roche to the Pentagon from September 16 until the 27 as part of the Bay Area Recovery Canines

Abigail the dog and Debra Tosch were deployed on the evening of September 17 at the World Trade Center and then searching for 10 days
Tuff and Tom Andert arrived in the city at 11:00 pm on the day of attack to start working early the next day the World Trade Centre

Abigail, left, was deployed on the evening of September 17, searching for 10 days while Tuff arrived in New York at 11:00 pm on the day of attack to start working early the next day

Scout and another unknown dog lay among the rubble at Ground Zero, just two of nearly 100 search and rescue animals who helped to search for survivors

Scout and another unknown dog lie among the rubble at Ground Zero, just two of nearly 100 search and rescue animals who helped to search for survivors

‘They were there for the first few weeks, they were trained to find people alive, although that is ultimately not what happened,’ said Charlotte, who will hold a fundraiser for the First Responder Alliance at Clic Bookstore in New York on September 29.

‘I traveled across the United States to meet with the owners and portray the dogs. They are all retired and I spent time with each of their handlers learning about their experiences.

‘It was moving talking to Denise Corliss, who is the handler and owner of Bretagne, one of the Golden Retrievers.

‘She told me a touching story of one fireman who was there in the rubble, and how taken he was with Bretagne who comforted him as he sat down to catch his breath.

Handler Julie Noyes and Hoke were deployed to the World Trade Centre from their home in Denver on September 24 and searched for 5 days

Handler Julie Noyes and Hoke were deployed to the World Trade Center from their home in Denver on September 24 and searched for five days

Searching for survivors: The dogs tirelessly worked to help find those who survived the horrific attacks

Searching for survivors: The dogs worked around the clock in the vain hope of finding anyone still alive at the World Trade Center site

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Annie Oakley is born – 1860- Day in History

Annie_OakleyFrom The History Channel

Annie Oakley, one of the greatest female sharpshooters in American history, is born in Patterson Township, Ohio.

Born Phoebe Ann Oakley Moses, Oakley demonstrated an uncanny gift for marksmanship at an early age. “I was eight years old when I made my first shot,” she later recalled, “and I still consider it one of the best shots I ever made.” After spotting a squirrel on the fence in her front yard, the young Oakley took a loaded rifle from the house. She steadied the gun on a porch rail, and shot the squirrel through the head, skillfully preserving the meat for the stew pot.

After that, Oakley’s honed her sharpshooting talents. She was never a stereotypical Wild West woman who adopted the dress and ways of men. To the contrary, Oakley prided herself on her feminine appearance and skills. She embroidered nearly as well as she shot, liked to read the Bible in the evenings, and favored gingham dresses and demure sunbonnets.

In 1876, a Cincinnati hotelkeeper that heard of Oakley’s marksmanship set up a Thanksgiving Day shooting match between Oakley and a traveling exhibition sharpshooter named Frank Butler. Annie managed to outshoot the professional by one clay pigeon. Oakley’s skills and attractive appearance impressed Butler, and he continued to correspond with the young woman while he traveled. By June, the couple had married, and Oakley joined her husband’s act as “Annie Oakley” the “peerless wing and rifle shot.”

In 1885, the couple joined Buffalo Bill’s Wild West show, and Oakley soon became one of the most popular acts. A typical show consisted of Oakley shooting a cigarette out of her husband’s mouth or a dime from his fingers. She also did backward trick shots where she sighted her target only with a mirror. Her ability to shoot holes through playing cards led Americans of the day to refer to any free ticket to an event as an “Annie Oakley,” a reference to the holes that were often punched in the ticket for validation. When the great Sioux war chief Sitting Bull briefly traveled with the show, he grew fond of Oakley and gave her the nickname Watanya Cicilia—Little Sure Shot.

Oakley stayed with the traveling show for more than 15 years, giving performances around the world. In 1901, a head-on collision with a freight train injured Oakley’s back. She returned to performing after a year of rest and toured with several shows for the next decade. In 1913, Oakley and Butler retired, though they continued to give occasional demonstrations for good causes.

In 1921, a devastating auto accident permanently crippled Oakley. She and Butler moved to Greenville, Ohio, her home county, and she lived the remaining years of her life in the quiet countryside. She died there in 1926 at the age of 66.

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Smithsonian Institution Created – 1846 This Day in History

From The History Channel

After a decade of debate about how best to spend a bequest left to America from an obscure English scientist, President James K. Polk signs the Smithsonian Institution Act into law.

In 1829, James Smithson died in Italy, leaving behind a will with a peculiar footnote. In the event that his only nephew died without any heirs, Smithson decreed that the whole of his estate would go to “the United States of America, to found at Washington, under the name of the Smithsonian Institution, an Establishment for the increase and diffusion of knowledge.” Smithson’s curious bequest to a country that he had never visited aroused significant attention on both sides of the Atlantic.

Smithson had been a fellow of the venerable Royal Society of London from the age of 22, publishing numerous scientific papers on mineral composition, geology, and chemistry. In 1802, he overturned popular scientific opinion by proving that zinc carbonates were true carbonate minerals, and one type of zinc carbonate was later named smithsonite in his honor.

Six years after his death, his nephew, Henry James Hungerford, indeed died without children, and on July 1, 1836, the U.S. Congress authorized acceptance of Smithson’s gift. President Andrew Jackson sent diplomat Richard Rush to England to negotiate for transfer of the funds, and two years later Rush set sail for home with 11 boxes containing a total of 104,960 gold sovereigns, 8 shillings, and 7 pence, as well as Smithson’s mineral collection, library, scientific notes, and personal effects. After the gold was melted down, it amounted to a fortune worth well over $500,000. After considering a series of recommendations, including the creation of a national university, a public library, or an astronomical observatory, Congress agreed that the bequest would support the creation of a museum, a library, and a program of research, publication, and collection in the sciences, arts, and history. On August 10, 1846, the act establishing the Smithsonian Institution was signed into law by President James K. Polk.


Today, the Smithsonian is composed of 19 museums and galleries including the recently announced National Museum of African American History and Culture,nine research facilities throughout the United States and the world, and the national zoo. Besides the original Smithsonian Institution Building, popularly known as the “Castle,” visitors to Washington, D.C., tour the National Museum of Natural History, which houses the natural science collections, the National Zoological Park, and the National Portrait Gallery. The National Museum of American History houses the original Star-Spangled Banner and other artifacts of U.S. history. The National Air and Space Museum has the distinction of being the most visited museum in the world, exhibiting such marvels of aviation and space history as the Wright brothers’ plane and Freedom 7, the space capsule that took the first American into space. John Smithson, the Smithsonian Institution’s great benefactor, is interred in a tomb in the Smithsonian Building.

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Our American Flag Was Designed For A Class Project

Robert G. HeftThe facts behind designing the iconic 50-star flag will surprise you.

Our current design started as a high school assignment. We didn’t have an official flag for the 1776 Declaration of Independence and the original 13-star flag was modified 26 times.

For the official flag to be declared, it took until 1777 when the 2nd Continental Congress passed the Flag Resolution which stated:

Resolved, That the flag of the thirteen United States be thirteen stripes, alternate red and white; that the union be thirteen stars, white in a blue field, representing a new constellation.”

The flag was also made of hemp and became known as the “Betsy Ross flag” although it’s not confirmed whether or not she actually made it.

In 1795, the number of stars and stripes were increased from 13 to 15 (to reflect the entry of Vermont and Kentucky as states of the Union). This version inspired Francis Scott Key to write “The Star Spangled Banner”

Over time the stripes were reduced to 13 from 15 to honor the original colonies. Eventually we badly needed a new design to increase the number of stars to represent our 50 states. Robert G. Heft, who was only 17 years old, created a flag design in 1958 as a high school class project while living with his grandparents in Ohio.

Heft originally received a B for the design but his teacher, Stanley Pratt, said his grade would be reconsidered if his design was chosen and adopted by presidential proclamation after Alaska and before Hawaii were admitted into the union in 1959.

Once chosen, his teacher changed his grade to an A. Heft has also stated he had copyrighted designs for American flags with 51 to 60 stars. Bob Heft recounted to StoryCorps the tale of his design being chosen among about 1,500 submitted to become the 27th official U.S. flag:

In an American history class, we had to do an outside of class project. We could make or do whatever we wanted, like a science fair or something like that where you bring your project in.

The Betsy Ross story intrigued me.  My Mom and Dad had a 48 star flag they received as a wedding present, which of course meant a lot to them.  Well, I took scissors and cut it up.  I had never sewn in my life.  I watched my mom sew, but I’d never sewn.  And since making the flag of our country, I’ve never sewn again.

So anyhow we get to class, I had my flag on my teacher’s desk.  The teacher said, “What’s this thing on my desk?”  So I got up and approached the desk, and I’m shaking like a leaf and he says “Why have you got too many stars?  You don’t even know how many states we have.”  (He had added more for the potential new states of Alaska and Hawaii being added to the U.S.)  And he gave me the grade of a B-.

Now, a B- wasn’t that bad of a grade.  However, a friend of mine, Jim, picked up 5 leaves off the ground, he’s taping these leaves down to a notebook and labeled them elm, hickory, maple, and the teacher gave him the grade of an A.

I was really upset, teacher said, “If you don’t like your grade, get it accepted into Washington, then come back and see me and I might consider changing your grade.”

Two years later, I’d written 21 letters to the White House, made 18 phone calls, now you can imagine when my mom got the phone bill.  “What’s this number?”  I said, “Well, mom that’s the White House.”

(Though he doesn’t mention it in this specific interview, he mentions in others that he gave his flag to congressman Walter H. Moeller, who then tirelessly promoted it in Washington and was instrumental in getting it accepted)

So anyhow, I got this call and they said “The President of the United States is going to call you later today.”

Well, at that time, Eisenhower was president, and he comes on the phone and he says, “Is this Robert G. Heft?”

And I said, “Yes sir, but you can just call me Bob.”And he says, “I want to know the possibility of you coming to Washington D.C. on July 4th for the official adoption of the new flag.”

And so, I have the grade book encased in plastic…  My teacher said, “I guess if it’s good enough for Washington, it’s good enough for me. I hereby change your grade to an A.”

Shortly after he recorded his story he died on Dec 12, 2009. After his passing he gave his 51 star flag, which he also designed, to Rep. Clarence Miller of Ohio to submit should a new state be added to the union. 

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Seeing the Statue of Liberty After a Transatlantic Crossing

Statue of Liberty New York HarborOn this day in 1885, the Statue of Liberty arrived in New York Harbor. She symbolized a century of friendship between France and the U.S. and was meant to be a celebration of the American Revolution.

The statue was shipped across the Atlantic in 350 pieces along with instructions on how to put her together. Think of doing a 350 piece puzzle on a very large scale.

Once she was assembled, President Grover Cleveland led the dedication a year later and he became known around the world as the leader who symbolized freedom and democracy.

The engineer Gustave Eiffel modeled the statue after his own mother, however, she didn’t own the crown and torch.

Originally it was copper-colored but over time patination turned it greenish-blue.

The statue became a symbol of hope to the 12 million immigrants that arrived in New York Harbor hoping to start new lives in America.

One of my most memorable experiences was sparked by seeing Lady Liberty. I had worked on a cruise ship for 2 years as photographer. It was a great job since I was 25 and eager to experience other cultures. Although I loved traveling I missed my family and American food.

During the final phase of working on the ship, we sailed across the Atlantic ocean from England to New York. Although we had full amenities I started to get pretty stir crazy and longed to be on solid ground.

The morning that we were scheduled to arrive in New York Harbor all of the crew stood at the front of the ship waiting to see the first glimpse of the Statue of Liberty. It was foggy and when we finally saw her outline in the distance there was a collective gasp from the crew.

The excitement grew as we entered the harbor. People waved at us in nearby boats and we felt welcomed to return home. As we neared the statue the ship’s intercom turned on and we heard the words blast out, “Start spreadin’ the news, I’m leavin’ today” sung by Frank Sinatra. The crew and passengers danced and sang along to the song New York, New York. I suspected the ships next to us could hear all of us singing.

There are a lot of great harbors to sail into such as Sydney, Vancouver and Hong Kong, but nothing compared to that moment of returning to America. I can’t fully comprehend the hardships the early immigrants experienced during their Atlantic crossings but seeing the Statue of Liberty probably became a defining moment in their lives, just as it did mine.

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Wisconsin enters the Union – May 29, 1848

wisconsin vintage postcardCheese state Wisconsin has 18,000 dairy farmers who still hook up cows individually to steel milking machines. In 1841 Anne Pickett established the first cottage cheese factory. 17 years later John Smith got the first cheese vat and stated marketing cheese outside of Wisconsin.

The 130,00 citizens voted 4 times against joining the Union fearing higher taxes. After years of watching the prosperity the federal programs brought to the Midwestern states they entered the Union as the 30th state in 1848.

Fun Facts & a Lot of Cheese Days

  1. Cheese lover’s day is Jan 20th
  2. Big block of cheese day is Jan 29th
  3. Monroe WI cheese festival is the 3rd weekend in Sept
  4. Grilled cheese day is April 12th
  5. National cheese day is June 4th
  6. Bonduel is the Spelling Capital of Wisconsin.
  7. Muscoda is the Morel Mushroom Capital of Wisconsin.
  8. Sauk City is Wisconsin’s oldest incorporated village.
  9. Prairie du Sac hosts the State Cow Chip Throwing Contest on Labor Day weekend.
  10. Sturgeon Bay is the Shipbuilding Capital of the Great Lakes.
  11. Sheboygan is the Bratwurst Capital of the World.
  12. Green Bay is the Toilet Paper Capital of the World.

Wisconsin also manufacturers spatulas perfect for your kitchen. Go get a set. Made in America Spatula

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5 Tough American Women

We Can Do It

We Can Do It

American women are pioneers, scientists, explorers and fighters for human rights. They are tough as nails and continue to shape and define America. Today we highlight five tough women who pushed the boundaries of their times and continue to inspire women of all ages.

All five stood strong for their missions their entire lives. Gender and age were never factors despite the naysayers or dangers that surrounded them. They never gave up.


Calamity Jane

1. Martha Jane Canary ( “Calamity Jane” ) 1852-1903 – Wild Wild West Woman

Martha Jane Canary was unlike any other woman of her time. She was a cursing, gambling and drinking frontierswoman. Her early career was spent as a scout during the Indian Campaign. Although she had to fend off her male counterparts at times the Bozeman Montana newspaper wrote “when cowboys in an Oakes, North Dakota saloon began to ‘chaff’ her, Canary smiled, whipped out two revolvers, shouting, ‘Dance, you tenderfeet, dance.’ Dance they did ‘with much vigor.’ Calamity Jane was not a person to be trifled with.

In addition to being a scout she also worked as a pony express rider, a nurse during the smallpox epidemic, an inn keeper and cattle raiser. At 35 years old she had a baby girl with husband and native Texan Clinton Burk but upon her death she requested to be buried next to her true love – Wild Bill Hickok.

Mary Harris "Mother" Jones

2. Mary Harris “Mother” Jones 1837-1930 – Labor Rights Leader

Mary Harris Jones was an Irish-American who lost everything in the early part of her life. Her husband and 4 children died of yellow fever and her dress making studio was destroyed by fire. Instead of being mentally and financially ruined, she become an early advocate for labor rights.

She organized the Knights of Labor, the United Mine Workers union and co-founded the Industrial Workers of the World.

In 1902 she organized mine workers in order to demand rights from the mine owners and was considered “the most dangerous woman in America.” She also helped organize the railroad workers’ strike in Ohio, women bottlers in Milwaukee, and streetcar workers in Texas and New York. She protested to help men receive a livable wage and made sure women were paid adult wages. She also advocated to enforce child labor laws.

She never stopped fighting for worker rights until her death in 1930.  She stated “My address is like my shoes. It travels with me. I abide where there is a fight against wrong.”

Harriet Tubman

3. Harriet Tubman 1820-1913 – Moses of Her People

Harriet Tubman was born into slavery and at one point nearly died after suffering a severe head injury from a metal weight. Even though she was a slave she was allowed to marry a freeman. She tried unsuccessfully to convince her husband to escape with her to the North so she could gain freedom. He refused and remarried.

Alone, she ran away from a Maryland plantation in the middle of the night and made it to Pennsylvania by way of the underground railroad. When she learned that her family members were going to be sold and split up back in Maryland she returned to the plantation and led them to freedom. For the next 11 years she made 19 more expeditions during the Winter months and rescued 300 slaves.

After President Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863, she became the first woman to lead an armed assault during the Civil War due to her knowledge of the area. This assault on plantation owners helped free 700 slaves during the Combahee River Raid.

“There was one of two things I had a right to,” Tubman said, “liberty or death; if I could not have one, I would have the other.”

In her later life she advocated for women’s suffrage working along side Susan B. Anthony and Emily Howland. In 1903 she donated a parcel of real estate to the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church in Auburn to create a home for “aged and indigent colored people.” However, when the church required everyone to pay a $100 entrance fee, she was dismayed.

She later died in the home she helped establish and was buried with military honors at Fort Hill Cemetery in Auburn for her government services.

Annie Peck4. Annie Smith Peck 1850-1935 – Women’s Rights Mountaineer 

Annie Smith Peck was one of the first great American mountaineers. Despite not being allowed in Brown University due to her gender, she left home to attend the University of Michigan. Following her graduation she became the first woman to attend the American School of Classical Studies in Athens, Greece. It was at this time she discovered her love of mountaineering. She climbed Mount Hymettus in Greece, Mount Shasta in the USA, and the Matterhorn on the border of Switzerland and Italy in addition to many other mountains.

She became famous after her Matterhorn climb due to her choice of clothing rather than her climbing achievement. During this time women were arrested for wearing trousers in public and she wore a long tunic, climbing boots and a pair of pants during her summit climb.

At 50 years old, she was the first person to climb Mount Nevado Huascaran in Peru (6768 m) and in 1911 at 61 years old she climbed  Mount Coropuna in Peru. At the peak she placed a “Women’s Vote” banner on the top in support of her fight for Women’s suffrage.

She said, “Climbing is unadulterated hard labor. The only real pleasure is the satisfaction of going where no man has been before and where few can follow.”

Diana Nyad

5. Diana Nyad – Relentless Marathon Swimmer

“The toughest athlete in the world is a 62 year old woman” — D.L. Stewart for the Dayton Daily News

He is talking about American swimmer Diana Nyad, who swam from Havana, Cuba to Key West, Florida.

The first evidence of her fearlessness came about in 1967 when she jumped out of her Emory University dormitory window wearing a parachute. She survived but was thrown out of the school and later became a marathon swimmer. She wound up setting a women’s world record in her first race (10-miles).

In 1978 at 28 years old she attempted to swim from Havana to Key West inside a steel shark cage. The weather moved her off course and she had to abandon the attempt. The following year she swam her last competitive race and became a CBS and NPR sports news contributor.

In 2010 at age 60 she announced that she would make another attempt to swim from Cuba to Florida despite not swimming for 30 years. She began training by swimming between 8 and 14 miles every week.

On August 7th 2011 she entered the water and headed to Key West. Twenty-nine miles into the swim she had to abandon the attempt after being pushed off course by strong currents and experiencing shoulder pain. The expedition cost $500,000 dollars.

She made another attempt in September 2011 but was severely stung in the face and body by box jellyfish and Portuguese men-of-war. She continued to swim despite the stings but finally had to be pulled from the water for medical attention.

On August 18, 2012 she tried again only to reach the halfway mark before the attempt was ended. She was stung again by jellyfish but refused to leave the water. It was a lightning storm which pushed her and her support team wildly off trajectory that made a course correction impossible.

Faced with turning 64 she began her 5th attempt at 8:59:02 on August 31, 2013 at the Hemingway Marina in Havana, Cuba. Covered in a body suit at night to avoid being stung by box jellyfish she arrived successfully at Smather’s Beach, Florida on September 2, 2013 in 52 hrs, 54 mins & 18.6 seconds.

“When I walk up on that shore in Florida, I want millions of those AARP sisters and brothers to look at me and say, ‘I’m going to go write that novel I thought it was too late to do. I’m going to go work in Africa on that farm that those people need help at. I’m going to adopt a child. It’s not too late, I can still live my dreams.”


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Top 5 Made In America Muscle Cars

We are setting ourselves up for failure attempting to name only 5 classic Made in America cars but instead of completing a longer list we want to know your favorite muscle car and why. Just put your choices in the comments. If you own a muscle car send us a picture at –  photos(at) We will post it.

1966 Chevrolet Camaro Made in America

1966 Chevrolet Camaro

1. Chevrolet Camaro – 1966 – $2,466

The Mustang and Camaro had a fierce rivalry starting in the 60’s. Both were fast and great looking on the “strip.”

The first generation Camaro was based on Chevy’s compact Nova. It was rated at 140 horsepower but an RS/SS convertible powered by a 396 was provided by Chevy as a pace car for the 1967 Indianapolis 500. Motor Trend reported that its SS-350 did a quarter-mile in 15.4 seconds at 90 mph.

In 2009 Papa John’s owner, Papa John Schnatter, paid $250,000 to get his original Bumblebee-striped black-and-gold 1971½ Chevy Camaro Z28 back home again. He also gave all customers who owned Camaros a free pizza the day he got it back.

Boss 301 Mustang Made in America

1969 Boss 301 Mustang

2. Ford Boss 302 Mustang – 1969 – $3,720

To compete with the Camaro, Ford launched the Mustang in 1964. It did not have the power of the Camaro so Ford created the Boss 302 engine which topped out at 14.6 seconds for a quarter mile at 98 mph.

The car’s “Boss” nickname was immortalized when its creator Larry Shinoda was asked what project he was working on, he answered “the boss’s car” because the project was a secret.

Ford Thunderbolt Made in America

1964 Ford Thunderbolt

3. Ford Fairlane Thunderbolt – 1964 – $3,780

Only 120 were produced for the sole purpose of drag racing. It ran a quarter mile in 11.61 seconds at 124.8 mph. The first 11 produced were painted Vintage Burgundy and the others were Wimbledon White.

The car was street legal however Ford included a disclaimer mounted in the glove box warning the owner it was not really a safe car for the average Joe to drive.

It is a popular Hot Wheels car and appears in the Xbox360 game Forza Motorsport 4.

1967 Chevrolet Corvette

1967 Chevrolet Corvette

4. Chevrolet Corvette Sting Ray – 1967 – $4,240

The 1967 model was the last of the second generation Corvette after 5 years of working out the kinks. To keep up with the current fad a black vinyl cover was offered on the model.

In May 2012 Neil Armstrong’s 67 Corvette was discovered in an old barn. He received the Corvette along with all the other astronauts December of 1966 as part of a program initiated by Jim Rathman Chevrolet in Melbourne Florida. It was put on eBay with a reserve of $245,00 and sold for $250,090

1949 Cadillac

1949 Cadillac

5. Cadillac – 1949 – $3,050

It was the newly redesigned engine that made this year’s model explode in popularity. It was fast and good-looking. It also became a symbol in America that “you were a success.” This Caddie was a new sensation on race tracks.

In 1949, “Uncle” Tom McCahill reported in Mechanix Illustrated that “With this engine, Cadillac, despite its large size, out-performs just about every car being made.”

In Conclusion

Americans love their cars. We posed the question on our Facebook page asking fans to guess which Made in USA cars would be on this list. We had fans of the Challenger, Bandit, 67 Malibu SS, 55 Chevy, Shelby Cobra, 65 Mustang, and 70 GTO among others. Add your favorites too.

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A Pancake By Any Other Name is Still a Pancake

USA Made Pancakes Pan - BarnyardCombine a little eggs, flour, milk and baking soda to magically create a simple food which can be enjoyed anytime of the day. Pancakes were an early American staple and are still as loved for breakfast as is bacon and eggs. Add a few blueberries, pecans, bananas or strawberries and you get some very fancy cakes. Top with whipped cream and it becomes dessert for breakfast. Even football players host “pancake night” to raise money for various causes.

The simple pancake is know by many names in the USA such as hotcakes, griddlecakes, johnnycakes and flapjacks. The early American prospectors lived off of sourdough pancakes and bread and as they panned for gold. It took just a little flour and water to keep the natural yeast alive. Today the sourdough pancake is a favorite meal in Alaska.

USA Made Pancake PanNamed after the US silver dollar coin, we celebrate the silver dollar pancake with our Garden Bugs Griddle Pan and Barnyard Animals Pan. The shapes add fun and no one can resist a plate of mini pancakes topped with Vermont maple syrup. They can also be frozen for an instant breakfast during the week.

“Come, thou shant go home, and we’ll have flesh for holidays, fish for fasting-days, and moreo’er puddings and flap-jacks, and thou shalt be welcome.”
— Shakespeare in All’s Well That Ends Well, Act II, Scene I

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Before Blood Banks There Was Clara Barton

Clara BartonIt took the determination of women’s suffrage advocate Clara Barton to create the American Red Cross. She began her humanitarian work by organizing a program for locating men listed as missing in action during the Civil War and getting the information to their families. After the war she was determined to expand the organization’s duties to include providing needed assistance during national disasters.

In 1881 her American Red Cross foundation was tested during the Great Fire of 1881 in Michigan. The foundation cared for around 5,000 people left homeless.

Today there are a million Red Cross volunteers and 30,000 employees mobilized annually to provide relief to people affected by more than 67,000 disasters.

Citizens are also encouraged to maintain supplies for local disasters including keeping bottled water, food and first aid supplies easily accessible at home and in the car.

Medibag First Aid kit

Medibag First Aid KitMost First Aid kits include all the supplies needed for adults but do not have kid-friendly supplies. Our Medibag First Aid kit includes all the basic supplies needed for the inevitable mishaps that occur around the home and while traveling. From scuffed knees to bug bites you are covered.

The kit includes 117 supplies and a free 45 supply refill kit. It’s pediatrician recommended and all the products are latex free.

Get your Medibag First Aid Kit Now.

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