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How Tom Wolfe Became … Tom Wolfe

Wolfe, by Irving Penn, in 1966. The writer had already become “the object of a cult.” “I was 11 or maybe 12 years old when I discovered my parents’ bookshelves. They’d been invisible right up to the moment someone or … Continue reading

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Packers sweep

“The Packers sweep, also known as the Lombardi sweep, is an American football play popularized by Green Bay Packers coach Vince Lombardi. The Packers sweep is based on the sweep, a football play that involves a back taking a handoff … Continue reading

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Expo 67

“The 1967 International and Universal Exposition or Expo 67, as it was commonly known, was a general exhibition, Category One World’s Fair held in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, from April 27 to October 29, 1967. It is considered to be the … Continue reading

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‘Shoot them for what?’ How Muhammad Ali won his greatest fight

Former Cleveland Browns Hall of Fame running back Jim Brown presides over a meeting of athletes who supported boxer Muhammad Ali’s refusal to fight in Vietnam on June 4, 1967. In the front row: Bill Russell, Muhammad Ali, Jim Brown … Continue reading

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5 surprising things that 1960s TV changed

By 1960, television was firmly entrenched as America’s new hearth. Close to 90% of households had a TV, making the device almost ubiquitous. The ensuing decade would see the medium grow in both importance and range. “… And oh yeah, … Continue reading

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“Pitcher Perfect” 1963-1966

Sandy Koufax on the cover of Life magazine – August 2, 1963 – “The Mostest Pitcher: Most Wins, Most Shutouts, Most Strike-outs.” “There are only three people in all of baseball history who have done it: win three ‘triple crowns’ … Continue reading

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October 1964 – David Halberstam

“The 1964 baseball season didn’t happen just so David Halberstam could come along and write about it, but it certainly seems that way, especially 30 years later. At the time, the 1964 baseball season, which culminated in a memorable seven-game … Continue reading

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