Friday, July 21, 2017
Michael Stone Online

Syrian Refugee Finds New Life As Berliner

Nafeh Kurdi remembers the images of splattered red after the bombs fell. “It was very hard for me to see the blood on the floor,” the 20-year-old from Syria said. Amid the gruesome fighting in Syria, the strike had hit [...]

June 17, 2017 History, Reflections, Travel & Culture

WWII Line Runner Takes Land Mine Blast But Finds Many Blessings After

The date is Nov. 20, 1944, and Charles Earnest is helping run telephone line from a barn that’ll serve as a regimental headquarters for the 26th Infantry Division. The Allies are advancing deep into Europe, and the 26th is set [...]

April 21, 2017 History, Journalism/Communications, Photo

A Plumber at UF and in WWII, Gainesville Man Keepin’ On as Centenarian

In his Gainesville home, Tilden Counts Booth rocks in a living-room chair as he walks through his 10 decades on Earth. Behind him on the kitchen bar is a dispenser for his go-to candy, M&Ms, and tacked above are cards [...]

April 11, 2017 History, Journalism/Communications, Photo

In Pearl Harbor Attack, Unarmed Navy Flyer Took Cover But Would Go On Offensive in the Pacific

It’s the night of Dec. 6, 1941, and Cass Phillips and friend Bruce Smithy are winding down the Saturday evening out with two lady pals. The two men, quite new to adulthood, are Navy radiomen for PBY Catalina seaplanes, which [...]

March 11, 2017 History, Journalism/Communications, Photo

30 Onion Headlines: Area Man Finally Gets Sympathy Laugh After Fifth Time Repeating Clichéd Joke

Who doesn’t love The Onion’s headlines? Certainly not me. So I wrote 30 more to add to these. In keeping with The Onion’s style, some are a bit adult, but one thing to keep in mind: They aren’t meant to be anything [...]

March 8, 2017 Reflections

At Pearl Harbor, Navy Musician Hung His Horn for a Stretcher

Music floats through the air of the Bloch Center arena near the docks of Pearl Harbor on this Dec. 6 night. There, the bands from the battleships Pennsylvania and Tennessee and the old transport and support ship Argonne are playing [...]

February 6, 2017 History, Journalism/Communications, Photo