Friday, October 22, 2021
Michael Stone Online
  • My 9/11 Recollections

    They aren’t anything impactful or otherwise of importance, but here they are. In ninth grade at Boyd Buchanan in Chattanooga. At far side of school’s relatively new high school building, coming from biology and rounding

  • Russell Pickett, Last of Omaha Beach’s ‘Suicide Wave,’ Dies at 95

    Russell Pickett, the last known survivor of the Company A “suicide wave” at Omaha Beach on D-Day, passed away on Aug. 2 at age 95. I’ll be forever grateful to Pickett for welcoming me into

  • Florida Shorebirds See Breeding Bump After Hurricane Michael

    In October 2018, Hurricane Michael and its Category 5 winds inflicted tremendous destruction to Florida, causing an estimated $18.4 billion in damage and an eventual 50 deaths in the state. More than a year later,

  • Remembering World War II Veteran Bob Gasche

    In 2016, Bob Gasche joked about besting fellow World War II veteran and former President George H.W. Bush. They had both went skydiving in old age, “but he was on his 90th birthday,” Gasche told

Ken Kesey Quotes: 10 Raucous Excerpts from ‘One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest’

Ken Kesey’s “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” tells of the probably-not-cuckoo Randle Patrick McMurphy, a jokester, card player, womanizer, fighter, criminal, and Korea vet. He ends up in a mental ward after faking a fight to get off a [...]

December 19, 2017 Music & Arts, Reflections

Amid Loss, 95-Year-Old WWII Vet Finds ‘Salvation’ in Volunteering

Toward the end of World War II, Navy plane mechanic Bob Ernst was stationed at Kaneohe Bay near Pearl Harbor in Hawaii, helping assemble Lockheed PV-1 Venturas that had been shipped in parts from the U.S. mainland for use in [...]

December 1, 2017 History, Journalism/Communications, Photo

There for Two D-Days and a Nuke, Sailor Was ‘Gung-Ho to Go’

William “Bill” Wilcox doesn’t dump his storied history on you all at once (to get it, you have to coax pieces out one at a time), nor does he ever stray from meek when telling it. His voice keeping soft, [...]

November 3, 2017 History, Journalism/Communications, Photo

In Photos: Demonstrators Flood UF Amid Richard Spencer Appearance

An estimated 2,500 demonstrators poured into the southwest section of the University of Florida’s main campus on Thursday to protest white nationalist Richard Spencer, who held a speaking event in the campus’ Phillips Center. Below are some scenes from the protest, [...]

October 20, 2017 Journalism/Communications, Photo

For Miss Betty, UF’s Most Venerable Worker, Retirement Is Simply a No

Elizabeth Jones walked into the welfare office in Gainesville for her second day at the location since being transferred from Chiefland. As with her first day, the atmosphere didn’t seem like a good fit for the 19-year-old stenographer — and [...]

October 4, 2017 Journalism/Communications, Photo

Ernest Hemingway Quotes: Splashy Excerpts from ‘The Old Man and the Sea’

I passed some Hurricane Irma displacement time by reading Hemingway’s “The Old Man and the Sea,” the story of a poor, aging fisherman who for a long stretch hasn’t been fortunate in his catching efforts. So when he finally hooks what [...]

September 26, 2017 Journalism/Communications, Nature & Wildlife, Reflections