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 By Roger Hardaway    Local    July 30, 2021

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As we saw last week, nine times in U.S. history a vice president has succeeded to the office of president of the United States because the previous holder of that office died or resigned. Five of...

 
 By Roger Hardaway    Local    July 23, 2021

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When the so-called “Founding Fathers” wrote “The Constitution of the United States of America” in 1787, they embodied within it the executive branch of the U.S. government. That branch is...

 
 By Roger Hardaway    Local    July 16, 2021

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This is the story of Roy Worters who was born in Toronto in 1900. Like many Canadian boys, Roy dreamed of becoming a professional hockey player. As a young adult, Roy played for several teams in...

 
 By Roger Hardaway    Local    July 9, 2021

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As we saw last week, Levi Lincoln Sr. had a remarkably successful political career. Although he lost a few elections, his governmental resume was nevertheless impressive. In his native state of...

 
 By Roger Hardaway    Local    July 2, 2021

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Certainly, one of the most well-known American historical figures is Abraham Lincoln. Lincoln served in the Illinois state legislature (1834-1842) and the U.S. House of Representatives (1847-1849) bef...

 
 By Roger Hardaway    Local    June 25, 2021

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While trying to obtain a New Mexico driver’s license, I had run into a problem. I had to figure out how to replace a defective headlight without driving my car. Then the state trooper responsible...

 
 By Roger Hardaway    Local    June 18, 2021

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Getting a New Mexico driver’s license was turning out to be harder than I ever imagined. And it was all my fault for letting my Tennessee license expire. So, now I had to complete a driving exam...

 
 By Roger Hardaway    Local    June 11, 2021

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Once upon a time several years ago I moved from Tennessee to Las Cruces, New Mexico, to go to graduate school. Soon thereafter, I went to the local motor vehicle department office to swap my Tennessee...

 
 By Roger Hardaway    Local    June 4, 2021

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As we saw last week, I found myself – a few years ago – in the Las Cruces office of the New Mexico motor vehicle department trying to obtain a local driver’s license. In the process of moving...

 
 By Roger Hardaway    Local    May 28, 2021

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Several years ago, I moved from my native state of Tennessee to New Mexico to attend graduate school at New Mexico State University (NMSU) in order to follow my dream of becoming a historian...

 
 By Roger Hardaway    Local    May 21, 2021

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Sometimes I drive myself crazy! Sometimes other people do it for me. Recently, I got to thinking once again about a minor episode in my past that I have often thought about over the years. Whenever I...

 
 By Roger Hardaway    Local    May 14, 2021

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On July 19, 1952, the Fitzgerald Pioneers visited the Statesboro Pilots and played a professional baseball game in the Georgia State League. The Pilots won easily. The highlight of the game came in th...

 
 By Roger Hardaway    Local    May 7, 2021

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After pinch hitting in the top of the eighth inning of a professional baseball game in July 1952, batboy Joe Reliford thought that he had done all he could to help his team, the Fitzgerald Pioneers,...

 
 By Roger Hardaway    Local    April 30, 2021

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The rowdy hometown crowd in Statesboro, Georgia, was pleased when, on the night of July 19, 1952, batboy Joe Reliford pinch hit for the visiting Fitzgerald Pioneers in a game the visitors were losing...

 
 By Roger Hardaway    Local    April 23, 2021

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When Joe Reliford, batboy for the Fitzgerald Pioneers of the Georgia State League, pinch hit in a game on July 19, 1952, he became the youngest person ever to play in a professional baseball game....

 
 By Roger Hardaway    Local    April 16, 2021

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With a new baseball season underway, it is perhaps time for a little story about that sport from bygone days. There are at least a million from which to choose! An interesting tale unfolded in 1952 th...

 
 By Roger Hardaway    Local    April 9, 2021

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The northernmost county along Kentucky’s uneven northern border (which is also the south bank of the Ohio River) is named after famous local frontiersman Daniel Boone. Among Boone County’s cities,...

 
 By Roger Hardaway    Local    April 2, 2021

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As we have seen, John Paul Getty III was kidnapped in Rome on July 10, 1973. He remained a hostage until his famous grandfather, J. Paul Getty, paid the kidnappers $2.2 million. Young Getty’s...

 
 By Roger Hardaway    Local    March 26, 2021

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When John Paul Getty III was kidnapped in Rome in 1973, his captors demanded a ransom of $17 million. Young Getty’s father, John Paul II, prevailed upon family patriarch J. Paul Getty to give in to...

 
 By Roger Hardaway    Local    March 19, 2021

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American oilman J. Paul Getty was, at the time of his death in 1976, reportedly worth $6 billion, making him perhaps the richest man in the world. Consequently, criminals out to make lots of money...

 
 By Roger Hardaway    Local    March 12, 2021

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In a previous article, we looked at one of the most famous kidnapping cases of the 20th century: that of Charles and Anne Lindbergh’s son, Charles Jr. Sadly, that terrible event ended with the...

 
 By Roger Hardaway    Local    March 5, 2021

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While Sheb Wooley was carving out a successful acting career in the 1950s and 1960s, he was also actively working in the music business, writing and recording numerous songs. His biggest hit was a...

 

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As we saw last week, Sheb Wooley was able to achieve a successful acting career with supporting roles in numerous westerns on television and in movie theaters. Beginning in 1950, Wooley acted in many...

 

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As we saw last week, Sheb Wooley was able to achieve a successful acting career with supporting roles in numerous westerns on television and in movie theaters. Beginning in 1950, Wooley acted in many...

 

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Oklahoma’s significant contribution to American culture has been noted many times. Especially has the Sooner State produced performers who excelled in the fields of acting and singing. One native...

 

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