Star Wars Lost and Found History: Black Angel

It’s summertime, 1980 and you’re in a mercifully cool, air-conditioned theater. The lights go down and your heart rate increases in anticipation of the feature attraction — The Empire Strikes Back. If you were at a theater in America, that’s exactly what you got, but if you saw The Empire Strikes Back at a European or Australian theater, you saw something more.

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Drive Your Family Crazy with the Band Name Game

Does every adolescent go through a “decorate your notebooks with your favorite band names” phase? I know I sure did. And it went deeper than that for me. When classmates were going to parties and drinking beer, I went to slumber parties with close friends who had a similar infatuation with band names, logos and drawing. And it didn’t matter if they were real or made-up. We’d sit around for hours with our drawing pads recreating logos for groups like Dokken and Winger, and (it goes without saying) the winged “VH” logo for Van Halen. Likewise we’d design logos for our made-up bands too, with cheesy names like Equinox and Felony and Swift Kik and Problem Child.

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The Story of an Antique Fargo-Made Monson Flat Top Trunk

Some people like to fill their home with antiques, and I am one of them. Don’t get me wrong… I love modern furniture and architecture and minimalism as much as the next guy, but when I can afford it, I’m a sucker for antique tube radios, furniture, and anything else made of wood with the fine craftsmanship of years gone by. However, as much as I love antiques, where I really find joy is in teasing the story out of each piece. Where did this come from? Who owned it and when? What can we learn about this person who lived so long ago?

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