Sep 29, 2014

Walt Disney

We didn't start it

Walter ‘Walt’ Elias Disney was born on December 5, 1901 in Illinois. As a minor, Disney loved to draw and paint and sell his pictures. In college, Disney took drawing and photography classes and was a cartoonist for the school paper. Walt Disney and his brother, Roy Disney, started Walt Disney Productions. Here was introduced a character named Mickey Mouse, a.k.a. ‘the mouse who started it all’. Mickey had starred…   Read More >>

Sep 25, 2014

Alabama - Montgomery Bus Boycott

During the 1940s and early 1950s, the southern American states were still heavily segregated. Jim Crow laws were still very much in effect, and colored people were regularly ignored at best and attacked at worst. In Montgomery, Alabama, in 1955, there was still a city ordinance in place requiring black people to give up their seats if the white half of a bus was full. On December 1, 1955, seamstress…   Read More >>

Sep 24, 2014

Peter Pan

We didn't. Nope.

James M. Barrie first wrote ‘Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens’ in 1904. He added a sequel, called ‘Peter and Wendy’, soon after, which is what people think of when the name ‘Peter Pan’ comes up. ‘Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens’ is not very well-known at all. I own both ‘Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens’ and ‘Peter and Wendy’, and I enjoy them very much. But even before ‘Peter Pan in…   Read More >>

Sep 20, 2014

Brooklyn’s Got a Winning Team

In 1955, the Brooklyn Dodgers were desperate to beat the Yankees in the World Series. The Yankees had beaten the Dodgers in the Series 5 times within the past 15 years - in 1941, 1947, 1949, 1952, and 1953. Yankees winning the World Series wasn’t strange - 8 of those 15 Series had been won by the Bronx Bombers, including 5 straight from 1949-1953, which is a record to this…   Read More >>

Sep 18, 2014


Dacron is a thermoplastic polymer sometimes known as polyethylene terephthalate. Dacron was patented in 1941 by John Rex Whinfield James Tennant Dickson, and the Calico Printer’s Association of Manchester, whom Whinfield and Dickson worked for. Dacron was ‘in’ almost instantly. It was used in upholstery, pillows, suits and dresses, yarn, sailcloth, and is even used an aortic graft in heart surgery for Marfan Syndrome. Dacron clothing really took off. It…   Read More >>

Sep 15, 2014

Volunteering at Bellwether

Playing with Puppies (this one's Liberty)

As soon as Harrison got a job in Fremont, I decided I wanted to get a job too. I was 15 then, and not eligible for paid work. I found a pet shelter in Fremont, Bellwether Harbor, and filled out their volunteer application and went through the orientation. Orientation brought me through the whole shelter, and I didn’t think I would ever be able to learn where everything was. As…   Read More >>

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Da Boyinks!

Howdy! We are the Boyinks - a family of four who left Holland, Michigan for a one-year family roadtrip around the USA and ended up with a new life. We sold our house, gave away most of our stuff, and are now full-time 'technomads' - traveling while still working and schooling. Read more about us, view the map of our travels, or read entries from our travel journal.

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