Roger Bushell

Of all the stories that belong in this blog, the Great Escape is probably the ultimate.  The story itself is amazing, the biggest POW escape in history, and was the subject of a classic movie and even better book (Seriously, if you haven’t read The Great Escape by Paul Brickhill, do it.  It’s everything the movie is and more, and perhaps the only book I’ve stayed up all night reading, even though I knew the ending.).  Such a story doesn’t happen, though, without intriguing people, and there are innumerable fascinating details to the story which never made their way into the movie, or were only mentioned in passing.  Don’t be surprised, then, if the Great Escape becomes an event that is referenced multiple times during this blog, starting today. Continue reading

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Batman, Iron Man and The Aviator are all movies about the same person.

Tony Stark and Bruce Wayne are both closely enough based on their model, Howard Hughes, that the similarity is immediately noticeable with just a little knowledge of the life of the filmmaker, aviator, philanthropist and world’s once-richest-man. Continue reading

History provides the best stories.

History is a fascinating subject.  More than just names and dates, it’s one continuing story in which everything is interconnected, the swings, trends and movements of the human species.  It’s one of few subjects that grows bigger and more fascinating the more it is studied.

That said, there are some stories which are short, stand alone and simply cool, fascinating, or incredible.  Maybe they have a huge impact on history or maybe virtually none at all, but if you’re looking for something interesting to read, you don’t do better than these.

So I decided to start a blog devoted to these stories.  Little page long stories to read in your spare time, to use in classes to interest students in history, I don’t know.  All I know is that I love these stories and I wanted to share them with other people who might enjoy them, too.