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10 30 2014 The Man Who Knew Charles Atlas PRIVATE STASH
RICH ALCOTT interviews MATOU PANAGOPOULOUS about his work with body building, businessman, fitness huckster, ‘the world’s most perfectly developed man,’ CHARLES ATLAS, as a copy writer of the famous series of comic book advertisements for ‘Dynamic Tension,’ a system Atlas himself developed for building muscles and body sculpting.


10 30 2014 Richard’s Poor Almanack AUDIO PODCAST
On this day in 1501, Cardinal Cesare Borgia stages the Ballet, or Banquet, of Chestnuts to honor his father, Pope Alexander VI at the Vatican in Rome; on this day in 1922, Benito Mussolini is named prime minister of Italy; in 1953, U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower signs NSA directive No. 162/2 calling for maintenance and expansion of the nation’s nuclear weapons program; in 1961, the Soviet Union tests ‘Tsar Bomba,’ with an explosive yield equivalent to 50 megatons of TNT, to date the most power nuclear weapon, or weapon of any kind, ever detonated.
10 29 2014 Richard’s Poor Almanack AUDIO PODCAST
On this day in 1618, English author, poet, soldier, adventurer Sir Walter Raleigh is beheaded, tried for conspiring to overthrow King James I, but more likely to mollify offenses to Spain. Raleigh has a genius all right, he makes a fortune on a new crop — tobacco, grown in the New World, introduced in the Old World, where habituated users cannot get enough. He searches for El Dorado, the city of gold, in South America, enjoys the patronage of Queen Elizabeth I, the Virgin Queen, until he marries the queen’s comliest lady in waiting, Bess Throckmorton.


10 28 2014 Richard’s Poor Almanack AUDIO PODCAST
On this day in 1492, Italian explorer Christopher Columbus, sailing for the Spanish crown, ‘discovers’ the Caribbean island called by the Arawack tribespeople who live there ‘Caobana.’ We know it as Cuba. On this day in 1964, the United States officials deny any U.S. military involvement in bombing of Hanoi, then the capital city of North Vietnam, what’s more, they're aggrieved, shocked, shocked that anybody would even think we’d do such a thing.
10 27 2014 Richard’s Poor Almanack AUDIO PODCAST
On this day in 312 A.D., Roman emperor Constantine the Great, on the eve of the Battle of the Milvian Bridge, sees a vision of what will become the Roman cross in the sky, and Greek words that translate into Latin as ‘in hoc signo vinces,’ or ‘by this sign you will conquer,’ a foretelling of his victory; on this day in 1936, Mrs. Wallis Warfield Spencer Simpson, mistress of King Edward VIII, is granted her second divorce, enabling her to marry the king. The British government, the Church of England and the Times of London have another idea.


10 24 2014 Richard’s Poor Almanack AUDIO PODCAST
On this day in 1946, A camera on board the V-2 No. 13 rocket launched from White Sands proving grounds in White Sands, New Mexico, takes the first photographs of Earth from the edge of the planet’s outer atmosphere; on this day in 1947, beloved Hollawood producer Walt Disney testifies as a friendly witness before the House Un-American Activities Committee, naming employees who worked for him whom he believes to be communists.

10 23 2014 Richard’s Poor Almanack AUDIO PODCAST
On this day in 1935, New York gangster, bootlegger, ruthless murderer Dutch Schultz, born Arthur Flegenheimer to Jewish-German immigrant parents, and three associates, Otto Berman, Abe Landau and ‘Lulu’ Rosencrantz, are gunned down, killed, at the Palace Chophouse in Newark, N.J., ending a crime career begun when Schultz is a punk teenager just trying to support his family in the Bronx.


10 22 2014 Richard’s Poor Almanack AUDIO PODCAST
On this day in 1926, world-famous illusionist Harry Houdini, performing in Montreal, is visited backstage by students from McGill University and when one of them asks if it is true he can sustain blows to his midsection without pain or injury, Houdini gives his assent for the lad to give it his best shot. Houdini doesn’t know he is already suffering from peritonitis, and the punches he takes this day might be a factor in his Oct. 31 death.
10 21 2014 Richard’s Poor Almanack AUDIO PODCAST
On this day in 1971, in Glasgow, Scotland, a natural gas explosion, resulting from a leaking underground gas main, at Clarkston Toll Shopping Centre kills 22 people, injures 100. On this day in 1869, well diggers in Cardiff, New York, find what is thought to be the petrified body of a 10 foot tall man, perfectly preserved after thousands of years, which becomes a sensational roadside attraction until the Cardiff Giant is admitted to be an elaborate hoax, a fraud of the successful and very lucrative kind.


10 20 2014 Richard’s Poor Almanack AUDIO PODCAST
Rutland Herald content editor Rich Alcott uploads historic data direct to your head: On this day in 1720, ‘Calico Jack’ Rackham, Caribbean pirate and early feminist, known for recruiting women to his crew as well as for his fabric decorating skill after creating the ‘Jolly Roger’ flag, is captured by the British Royal Navy; on this day in 1944, a natural gas explosion in Cleveland, Ohio, burns a square mile of the Eastside neighborhood, killing more than 100 residents.
10 13 2014 Richard’s Poor Almanack AUDIO PODCAST
On this day in 1307, King Phillip the Fair of France orders hundreds of Knights Templar rounded up and arrested, charged with heresy, tortured until they confess, then burned alive; on this day in 1917, three shepherd children from Fatima, Portugal, having witnessed the miracle of Our Lady of Fatima, who reveals to them three secrets, are joined by as many as 100,000 miracle seekers from around the world. On this day in 1930, the seekers at Fatima grow to more than a million.


10 08 2014 Richard’s Poor Almanack AUDIO PODCAST
On this day in 1871, big day for wildfires, Peshtigo, Wisconsin; Port Huron, Holland and Manistee, Michigan, Chicago, simultaneous sustained loss of life and property in disaster later ascribed to meteor shower, heat lightning, the long summer drought; on this day in 1967, revolutionary Marxist warrior Ernesto ‘Che’ Guevara captured alive in Bolivia.
10 06 2014 Richard’s Poor Almanack AUDIO PODCAST
On this day in 1539, Spanish conquistador Hernando de Soto and his expeditionary crew enter the Apalaachee center Anhaica in the Florida panhandle by force; on this day in 1976, Cuban Airlines Flight 455 is blown out of the sky with all on board killed by anti-Castro Cuban exiles who may or may not be sponsored by the American CIA.


10 03 2014 Richard’s Poor Almanack AUDIO PODCAST
Rutland Herald content editor Rich Alcott uploads historic data direct to your head: On this day in 1873, the U.S. Army executes Modoc chief Kintpuash, known as ‘Captain Jack’ for killing Gen. Edward R.S. Canby; in 1942, a successful test of a V-2 rocket at Peenemunde, Nazi Germany, becomes the first object launched from the surface of the planet to reach the edge of outer space; in 1964, the first Buffalo Wings prove to be a hit at the Anchor Bar in Buffalo, N.Y.

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