Monday, September 27, 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

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

In Photos: 500,000 Gather for Women’s March on Washington

A crowd of likely a half million or more gathered in and around the National Mall Saturday to celebrate womanhood and to stand in opposition to the newly inaugurated president, Donald Trump. The gathering comprised of majority women, so many of [...]

January 23, 2017 Journalism/Communications, Photo, Travel & Culture

Telehealth Finds Niche in Improving Long-Term Care

In long-term-care settings — where help with the everyday is needed by the disabled and chronically ill but especially older adults — health care costs tend to boom. On top of the $248 daily price tag as of 2012 for [...]

January 16, 2017 Health, Journalism/Communications, Tech