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History is rich with examples of extraordinary people being placed in extraordinary circumstances, providing a success no one else might have achieved. A notion similar to President Abraham Lincoln’s enormous feat of keeping the nation together after the Civil War, General Dwight D. Eisenhower calling the shots on the successful D-Day invasion, or NASA engineers responding to a president’s challenge to land on the moon before 1970. It’s through nature’s fate that brilliant and visionary souls often find themselves facing difficult circumstances to which extraordinary results are not just asked for, but are fully required to achieve that success. These desired outcomes link the destiny of one person’s life to a particular time and place in our history. One such historic moment occurred when a gifted British math scholar found himself standing between victory or defeat for Great Britain and the Allies in World War II.
Christmas day is upon us, and with it, a goodie bag full of memorable holiday traditions. It is a time of love, family, gifts, and popcorn? That’s right. Many of us movie fans find the holiday as the perfect time to cozy up in a theater full of our fellow men and women, and digest our Christmas feasts over a new Hollywood classic. Here is what to expect from the films set to release on Christmas day.
The school auditorium was packed last week at Ironwood Ridge High School with students, military veterans and local dignitaries as the school’s Veterans Heritage Project Club honored seven local WWII veterans.
Five-time Academy Award nominee Brad Pitt delivers another gritty performance in this intense, gripping World War II thriller. The 50-year old actor more than holds his own as the very capable and confident Army sergeant leading a five-man tank crew against Nazis in 1945 Germany. Pitt, along with the other well cast soldiers in the movie, poignantly demonstrate the horrors found on the battlefield while showcasing the courage to stand up for each other even when their situation turns dire.
Honored by the Marana Health Center for her service to the local community, Su-Lin Trepanitis received the Veteran of the Year award at the annual Big Band Bash celebration.
Firing the opening salvo in a bloody budget battle, the U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel is set to recommend drastic cuts of billions of dollars that would take U.S military forces to levels not seen since before World War II.
The new film, The Monuments Men, depicts the efforts a little known team of soldiers whose mission it was to save and protect historically important cultural artifacts and buildings in the European theater during World War II. It’s a very interesting prospect for a movie, but unfortunately the end result is more sleep inducing than a high-school history class.
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Let me tell you about Larry. I met Larry in 2009 when I was researching a column about WWII veterans. He looked for all the world like the eight-plus decades of life he had experienced. But, there was a twinkle in his eyes. Even though his body bent under the pressure of his years and his toils, he was a man with a mission. I will share with you as he shared with me.
I stopped reading Tony Greco’s letter when he said that someone other than Harry Truman ended WWII. (Was it really Nixon that made the decision to use the atom bombs to end WWII?) I guess he was asleep when George Bush started the wars with Iraq and Afghanistan. Was he dozing when President Obama finished the one with Iraq? Oh well, leave it to a Republican to revise history. Wonder how the Iraq debacle will be shown in the history books.
Your editorial “What’s in a name?” in last week’s Explorer is of no interest and has no relevance to folks in Oro Valley. What prompted you to rip into a liberal judge’s decision ordering parents in Tennessee to change their son’s first name? Who cares? Is Oro Valley devoid of news? Why not write about President Obama’s failure to act after threatening Syria’s President Assad not to cross a “Red Line” and use chemical weapons to kill his own people? Also, you could have done a piece on the brutal beating death of an 88-year-old WWII veteran in Seattle, or the senseless murder of a lad from Australia shot in the back by three bored thugs in Oklahoma?
(CNN) -- A juvenile has been arrested by Spokane police in connection with the beating death of an 88-year-old World War II veteran this week, police said Friday.
Even though I surprisingly loved last month’s Turbo movie, about a speedy super-snail who dreams of competing in the Indianapolis 500, my tolerance for computer animated racing films is about tapped-out for the 2013 film year. That said, even though the new Disney film Planes suffers from a slight case “jet-lag,” it’s not a completely wasted trip.
Prosecutors on Tuesday charged a 98-year-old who features on Nazi-hunting Simon Wiesenthal Center's wanted list with war crimes, saying he had helped to deport Jews to Auschwitz in World War II.