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GOLDWATER URGES BOMBING OF HANOI





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ED WYNN, BARNUM & BAILEY




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Thursday, October 24, 2013

Fwd: Dave's 2,500 Movies Challenge




Dave's 2,500 Movies Challenge


#1,165. The Uninvited (1944)

Posted: 24 Oct 2013 04:09 AM PDT


Directed By: Lewis Allen

Starring: Ray Milland, Ruth Hussey, Donald Crisp




Tag line: "From the Most Popular Mystery Romance since Rebecca!"

Trivia: Some of the interior sets of Windwood Manor, such as the main staircase and parlor, were re-dressed sets from the 1942 film I Married a Witch







Any list of great haunted house films from the black and white era wouldn't be complete without 1944's The Uninvited, which tells the story of Roderick (Ray Milland) and Pamela Fitzgerald (Ruth Hussey), a brother and sister who fall in love with a beautiful house in the coastal town of Cornwall, England. To their surprise, its owner, Commander Beech (Donald Crisp), is only too happy to sell, which upsets the Commander's granddaughter, Stella (Gail Russell), whose mother died there. The Fitzgeralds quickly move in to what they believe will be their dream house, and even invite Stella over for a visit. But when a ghostly presence makes itself known, Roderick and Pamela are forced to deal with the fact that their new home is haunted.

Like any good ghost story, The Uninvited relies heavily on its atmosphere, the feeling that someone (or something) is always watching from the shadows, quietly observing every action, every conversation. There are moments of genuine horror, like when Roderick and Pamela are awakened in the middle of the night by the sound of a woman crying, but for the most part, it's the film's ominous mood that will have you squirming in your seat. Along with the scares, the movie is also an engaging mystery, yet not in the same vein as films like The Haunting or The Legend of Hell House, where the mystery (at least initially) stems from whether or not an actual supernatural event is taking place. In The Uninvited, the Fitzgerald siblings accept that their house is, indeed, haunted, and they want to know why.

A number of solid ghost movies have hit the scene in recent years, including The Innkeepers and The Woman in Black, and in the late '90s, films like Stir of Echoes and The Sixth Sense had the hairs on the back of your neck standing at attention. Yet when it comes to spooky dwellings, nothing can beat the black and white classics, movies like The Haunting, The innocents, House on Haunted Hill, and The Uninvited. Some horror films lose their effectiveness over time, but these four are just as creepy today as when they were first released.







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Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Pension Index (1860-1934)



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The Civil War and Later Veterans Pension Index, one of Fold3's earliest titles, now has a partner in the recently added Pension Numerical Index. Officially called A1158, Numerical Index to Pensions, 1860-1934, this card index from the National Archives is a great cross-referencing tool as it covers pension application and certificate numbers for men who fought in wars prior to, during, or after the Civil War.
Aside from being a rather cool index, cards may include up to twenty names for low numbers and four or five names for higher numbers. It is a helpful resource for confirming hard-to-decipher numbers on other indexes, or for cross-referencing application and certificate numbers.
While mostly comprised of Civil War and later pension numbers, the earliest cards include entries for soldiers in the Indian War, Mexican War, War of 1812, and the "Old War," this last covering those who served from the end of the Revolutionary War to the beginning of the Civil War (1783-1861).
The cards are presented in numerical order, yet every card is indexed by name as well. The Pension Numerical Index can be used in tandem with other records on Fold3 like the Civil War and Later Veterans Pension Index (T289), and pension files for Revolutionary War, War of 1812, and Civil War. Let's look at a few examples.
If you find a card in T289 that's difficult to read, like this one for a minor dependent of Conrad Geveke, you can search on his name within the Pension Numerical Index to locate a card for application number 64685 where his pension's certificate number (62762) is also listed on the card (and the letter "C" marks it as that for a child, or minor.) Our search for Conrad Geveke yields two hits, however, and the second card is 62762, the certificate number.
Other names on card #62762 direct you to pensions for three other men. Note that Nicodemus F. Orem's application number is 62762, but his certificate number is 81107, which we find here. If we search for Nicodemus F. Orem in T289, we won't find him unless we use a variant spelling of his first name as Nicodemas.
Both Army and Navy certificate numbers are referenced. Search for a sailor named John C. Joyce and you'll find the 51169 index card on which Joyce is one of five pensioners listed. The other four entries reference Army pensioners by application and certificate numbers. We also find Joyce's pension certificate #36486 cross-referenced on the card. After locating his file within the Navy Survivors' Certificates on Fold3, we find number 36486 indexed with his name, and it appears on many of the documents. Application "No. 51169" is noted on page 19 of Joyce's 89-page file.
A search for Peter Eckley brings us to a card numbered 84353. His name appears in the section for Army certificate numbers of dependants. Eckley was in the Indiana Infantry, Regiment 91, Company H, but the dependant in this case is his widow, Eliza Ann—noted by the "W" on the index card under "service." Of interest within her 42-page pension file are a Fort Wayne undertaker's receipt and a letter to her doctor acknowledging that the government will pay $10 of his bill for $354.75.
Imagine the long history of American military service indexed via the extremely large number of pensioners recorded on these cards. If a serviceman's story isn't available yet on Fold3 within its extensive sets of military pension files, you can use the information on the Pension Numerical Index to order files from NARA.
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Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Iraq and Afghanistan casualties



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Save 25% on All-Access Membership Limited time.Three new titles have been added to a Fold3 collection called Casualties from Iraq and Afghanistan Conflicts. Named for three separate military operations, each title includes the names and related personal and service information for over six thousand men and women who died in Iraq and Afghanistan since 2001.
While the three record sets include "casualties" in their titles, they only contain records for those killed, not wounded. They include:
  • Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) Casualties "Operation Enduring Freedom" (OEF) is the operational codename given by the United States government to the War in Afghanistan which began in 2001 and is currently an ongoing conflict.
  • Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) Casualties "Operation Iraqi Freedom" (OIF) is the operational codename given by the United States government to the conflict in Iraq from 2003-2010.
  • Operation New Dawn (OND) Casualties "Operation New Dawn" (OND) is the operational codename given by the United States government for U.S. involvement in Iraq after Operation Iraqi Freedom ended on August 31, 2010.
Every casualty links to a Memorial Page with a summary and personal details including full name, branch of service, pay grade and rank, unit, casualty location, date of death, age, residence, and more. In addition to searching for a name, you can also search on other details such as unit number, rank, date of death, or city of residence.
As a Fold3 member, you can add to a Memorial Page by clicking the "Add" or "Edit" buttons within any of the sections: Pictures & Records, Personal Details, and Stories. On the final About page, you can connect to other pages on Fold3 and describe your relationship to the service member. We invite and encourage you to add photos, stories, website links, and other records.
You can also share these Memorial Pages with others by email, via a website link, or on Twitter, Facebook, and dozens of other social networking sites. Through online memorials, Fold3 strives to honor veterans and fallen soldiers, their families, and those who supported them. We hope you'll join us by adding to the memorial pages of any of the men and women who lost their lives in the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts.
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