Author Archives: Rick

Cordell Hull: Father of the United Nations

It’s strange how everyone knows President Woodrow Wilson was instrumental in the League of Nations that the U.S. never joined, but few recall the key person starting the United Nations. Cordell Hull merits only a three-foot bronze bust outside the … Continue reading

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Wordless Wednesday: MLK, Jr. Memorial before revision

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Sky Landscape is for the 99 percenters

For everyone who was told they’re not good enough, those who spent years trying to make it, that sacrificed everything for their dream — Sky Landscape is for you. Louise Nevelson struggled for many years after arriving from Kiev, Russia. … Continue reading

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William Howard Taft – not just the other president

There are two presidents buried at Arlington National Cemetery. Everyone knows John F. Kennedy, the eternal flame and all that. But who’s the second? Here’s a hint — he’s my seventh cousin, five times removed. What, you still need another … Continue reading

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Wordless Wednesday: Georgetown hideaway

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Thomas T. Gaff isn’t so scary after all

From the street it looks like a member of the Walking Dead has emerged in Rock Creek Cemetery. Walking up the steep incline makes the grave marker a little less scary and a little more impressive. What once looked like … Continue reading

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Lee Marvin – The famous neighbor was a Hollywood legend

The eyes always go to the adjacent grave. Heavyweight champion Joe Louis. Big marker, big name, hard to miss. But to Louis’ left is a simple white stone marker containing another legend – actor Lee Marvin. Yes, it’s the famous … Continue reading

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Wordless Wednesday: Georgetown’s old charm

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The Hiker welcomes you to Arlington National

The memorials start long before entering the gates of Arlington National Cemetery. Just after leaving the Memorial Bridge is “The Hiker.” World War II soldiers were called G.I. Joes and World War I predecessors were Doughboys. The Spanish-American War fighters … Continue reading

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Jimmy’s Place was best casino between New York and Havana

Like a lot of stories, this one starts with a family member. After all, my family has been in Washington since the early 1800s. A distant cousin I never knew emailed me about a blog entry on his grandfather and … Continue reading

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Happy Fourth of July

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My great west vacation – Yellowstone National Park

Six states, 1,400 miles, worst hail storm ever, snow squall, 45 degrees, 100 degrees – and it was a fun time. My wife and I went out west to see a cousin for the first time and Yellowstone National Park. … Continue reading

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Figure for Landscape makes you figure it out

This is not a Henry Moore piece despite being next to two of the British sculptor’s works on 7th and Jefferson N.W. But, it’s the next closest thing as fellow Brit Barbara Hepworth’s “Figure for Landscape” follows Moore’s 20th century … Continue reading

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Wordless Wednesday: Smithsonian Castle

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The Geronimo marker, well sorta

Sometimes a really strange marker hits you when passing by. Wait, was that Geronimo surrendering in Arlington National cemetery? Well, yes it is, but the marker celebrates the person buried there who captured the Apache leader — George Crook. Located … Continue reading

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JFK bust just one example of Berks’ excellence

My favorite sculptor around town is Robert Berks, which saddens to think we never met before he died in 2011. But, as they say, his work lives on. My favorite Berks’ work among 17 in the Washington area is his … Continue reading

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Wordless Wednesday: Mount Vernon

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Spencer Fullerton Baird remains with Smithsonian

Walking through the Smithsonian Castle gardens, I spotted a statue of Spencer Fullerton Baird that towered overhead. Who was this man? Baird (1832-1887) was the Smithsonian’s second secretary and a pioneer in American natural history. He worked at the Smithsonian … Continue reading

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Cross of Sacrifice at Arlington National Cemetery

It’s often called the “Canadian Cross” but technically the large cross behind the Tomb of the Unknowns and near the memorials to astronauts is called the “Cross of Sacrifice.” The bronze sword atop the 24-foot gray granite cross was dedicated … Continue reading

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Wordless Wednesday: Life on the Mall

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