History Schmistory: September 13. “Curses!”

1898: After a long bout with Eastman-Kodak, Hannibal Goodwin is awarded a patent for the celluloid photographic film roll, luckily before Edison found a way to swoop in and steal the idea for himself. Speaking of, here’s Tommy shining a light bulb in your face.

What a jerk!


History Schmistory: September 12. Classic 50s Alien Encounter.

1952: Flatwoods, West Virginia. The “Flatwoods Monster” emerges from her crashed UFO to witness 8 humans and a dog staring at her. Here’s more…

A Name You Should Know: Aleda E. Lutz

1st Lieutenant Aleda E. Lutz was an American army flight nurse who flew an unprecedented 196 missions during World War II, totaling over 800 hours, evacuating over 3,500 injured men to safety from the battlefront. During her 196th mission she became the first military woman to die in a combat zone. ¬†Hey HBO! There’s a mini-series for ya! You’re welcome.

History Schmistory: September 11. What is this magical place?

1609: Henry Hudson discovers Manhattan Island and mingles with its indigenous people. Here they are in their native habitat…

History Schmistory: September 10. No Fear!

1419: John the Fearless, Duke of Burgundy, is assassinated by the Dauphin‘s gang. Witnesses report he was crying like a baby.











So long, and thanks for all the fish.

History Schmistory: August 31. Zeppelin’s Zeppelin

1895: German Count Ferdinand von Zeppelin patents his navigable balloon. He soon explores the heavens in search of the elusive stairway.

History Schmistory: August 30. “Vhaaaat?”

1940: Nazi Germany re-assigns Romania’s Northern Transylvania territory to Hungary. They hold daytime meetings to avoid Dracula.


History Schmistory: August 29. Mafia Schmafia!

1991: Libero Grassi was a successful business man, a proud father and a well-loved human being throughout Sicily. When his fancy underwear business became a success, the mafia came calling to extort his profits. Instead of paying them off, he decided to go public with the incident, sending a scathing open letter to the Palermo daily newspaper with the heading, “Dear Extortionist”. He later appeared on national tv to further amplify the issue.


Dear mafia, I challenge you”

Libero was not only standing up to the mafia, but also exposing a dispassionate  government which repeatedly turned a blind eye to fearful communities throughout Sicily. Twenty years ago today, Libero Grassi was gunned down while taking a stroll. He had even turned down police protection, almost as if he was ready to make the ultimate sacrifice for the greater good

We at TMP do not condone violence, but gosh we kind of wish he went down guns blazing.

History Schmistory: August 27. Give peace a chance.

1928: The Kellogg-Briand Pact, also known as the World Peace Act, is signed by 15 countries including the US, UK, Italy, Germany, and Japan. Must have been a few loopholes I guess.

History Schmistory: August 28. Go get ‘em Tommy!

1830: Peter Cooper introduces Tom Thumb, the first American steam-powered locomotive, by racing it against a horse-drawn carriage. Horse claims he wasn’t ready and calls for a do-over.









art by James D. Wilson

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