The history of Halloween

James Shockley When my kids were about ten years old, Halloween was the best holiday of the year. It was better than Thanksgiving, Christmas and...

Our corporations are killing us

Michael Abraham Last week I went to Richmond to do three presentations about my books. I was hosted by my cousin Louis Adams, who attended...

The history of the sailor sandwich

Jim Glanville On my way home from speaking at a Norfolk history conference this spring, I stopped in Richmond to have Sunday lunch with my...

Saturdays with my father

Evans “Buddy” King I am writing this column very early on a chilly Saturday morning in early fall. It is that wonderful time of the year...

Arrivederci Italy!

Michael Abraham I’m just back from vacation in Italy, one of the world’s truly fascinating, beautiful places. Let me tell you about it. I went first,...

Patrick Henry and the beginning of Radford’s history as Lovely Mount — Part 2

Jim Glanville Editor’s note: The first installment appeared in Wednesday’s issue. Part 1 of this column told that under a land grant signed by Governor Patrick...

Patrick Henry and the Beginning of Radford History as Lovely Mount — Part 1

Jim Glanville Sometimes a student of history stumbles on a document that changes their view of the past. The following two-part column changes the history...

The founding of Virginia Tech

James Shockley Blacksburg and Virginia Tech are so closely intertwined that many people identify them as a single entity. It is almost as if they were...

What Medicare for all would actually mean

Deena Flinchum Although my column from spring of 2016 covered this subject, I am visiting it again because Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders is preparing to...

A Short History of Personal Computers

Jim Glanville On their way home from school recently, a couple of neighborhood middle schoolers briefly stopped by to visit with this columnist and his...