Author Archives: Rick

Joseph Henry was no ding-dong

The statue of the man who invented the doorbell stands before a building that has none. Then again, how many castles do? Joseph Henry was a 19th century scientist whose work in electromagnets led him to become the first Secretary … Continue reading

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Happy 4th of July

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Wordless Wednesday: Indian Head rail trail

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Juarez points the way

My first thought was “Oh great, another person telling me which way to go.” But as I sat at a red light near the Watergate I realized here was another of the Latin American liberators. Former Mexican President Benito Juarez … Continue reading

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Horse and Rider trots along

It looks like me ready to fall off, but sculptor Mario Marini’s Horse and Rider is considered an example of a man in control. Sure, if you say so. The seven-foot tall sculpture outside the Hirshhorn Museum is another of … Continue reading

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Alice Roosevelt found in Peacock Alley

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Who’s the boss? Why ‘Boss’ Shepherd, of course

George Washington may be the father of our country and namesake for the our town, but Alexander Robey Shepherd, better known as “Boss Shepherd,” is considered “The Father of Modern Washington.” Shepherd actually stopped an 1870s movement to relocate the … Continue reading

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Finding generations long ago on Vietnam Wall

Whenever I find a name for someone on the Vietnam Wall, I asked who this person is to them. Often, it’s a relative. Someone they probably didn’t know like their mom’s uncle. Recently, the woman said it was her boyfriend … Continue reading

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My Year with Fitbit

Ever wonder how many steps you really walk? Do you come close to the so-called recommended 10,000 per day? Does more walking make a difference? I just finished one year with a Fitbit, a present my wife gave me as … Continue reading

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Dulles . . . as in Dulles International Airport

Many Washingtonians fly in and out of Washington Dulles International Airport without knowing who Dulles was. Turns out he was one of us. A Washington native, John Foster Dulles rose to Secretary of State under President Dwight D. Eisnehower from … Continue reading

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J. Edgar Hoover – The G-Man of Congressional Cemetery

Perhaps the most feared man by criminals and Congressmen alike is buried behind bars. J. Edgar Hoover once headed the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) from 1924-77. Indeed, his name in on the building along Pennsylvania Ave. The nation’s top … Continue reading

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Is this me in 1987?

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Two bridges, four statues

Behind the Lincoln Memorial and guarding the entrances to two bridges leading directly and indirectly to Arlington National Cemetery are four bronze equestrian statues that took a long path to their perch. By Arlington Memorial Bridge are Arts of War … Continue reading

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By the shores of gitchigoomie

Maybe it’s ironic that the man who wrote “Paul Revere’s Ride” is remembered in the middle of a busy intersection. A bronze statue of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow is at Connecticut and M Sts. N.W., one of the busier crossroads in … Continue reading

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Wordless Wednesday: Take me away

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Did the Truth set her free?

Born into slavery in 1797, Isabella Baumfree was the first of 13 siblings to be sold at auction at age nine. There would be four more owners over the next two decades. Finally, after an owner reneged on a promise … Continue reading

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Is it safe to come out?

It’s time to leave the bunkers. The crisis hasn’t passed. People are still getting sick. But, the economy is in shambles and people can’t take the isolation anymore. So ready or not, here we come. At least, some of us. … Continue reading

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Wordless Wednesday: Being outside

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Happy Memorial Day

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Where John Wilkes Booth crossed the river

  Forget the chicken crossing the road – how John Wilkes Booth crossed the river after assassinating President Abraham Lincoln is equally perplexing? I give Booth tours in Washington, D.C. from the White House to Ford’s Theatre. It’s probably the … Continue reading

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