Syd Albright

HISTORY CORNER: Linus Pauling, Oregon’s controversial Nobel Laureate, and other geniuses

February 11, 2018 at 5:00 am

Even at age 15, Linus Carl Pauling showed that he was very bright. “Like thousands of other boys, I had a little chemical laboratory in our cellar and think that some of our friends thought me a bit crazy,” he said. He used chemicals he fou...

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HISTORY CORNER: Seventy years of Plains Indian Wars started in Wyoming with a lame cow

February 04, 2018 at 5:00 am

On Aug. 19, 1854, a West Point second lieutenant barely out of his teenage years led 29 U.S. Army soldiers, and two civilians into a Sioux Indian camp in eastern Wyoming, and were all killed on the spot or died a few days later.It was all b...

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HISTORY CORNER: Mobster Bugsy Siegel brought Hollywood glamor to Las Vegas and then was murdered

January 28, 2018 at 5:00 am

He looked more like a movie star than a mobster and killer that he was. “My friends call me Ben, strangers call me Mr. Siegel, and guys I don’t like call me Bugsy, but not to my face,” he’d say.Someone who’d no doubt call him Bugsy shot Ben...

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HISTORY CORNER: The Russian connection nearly 300 years ago

January 21, 2018 at 5:00 am

A month before he died, the Tsar of Russia commissioned Danish-born naval officer and cartographer Vitus Jonassen Bering, serving in the Russian Navy, to lead an expedition to explore the northeast coast of Asia and the West Coast of Americ...

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HISTORY CORNER: Seattle rose from the ashes of the Great Fire of 1889

January 14, 2018 at 5:00 am

It was a miracle that nobody was killed in Seattle when a glue pot caught fire and quickly spread, burning up some 30 blocks of wooden buildings on 120 acres of the city’s downtown. A million rats that infested the waterfront also died in t...

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HISTORY CORNER: Washington, Oregon and Idaho ‘Ho-hum’ about Civil War

January 07, 2018 at 5:00 am

The Civil War was so far away from the Northwest’s Washington Territory — that then included Washington, Idaho and parts of Montana and Wyoming, while Oregon was already a state — that people living there chattered about it over a beer but ...

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The mountain man, the bear and the gun

December 31, 2017 at 5:00 am

The incredible story of Hugh Glass — as seen in the 2015 movie “The Revenant,” starring Leonardo DiCaprio — paints an amazingly accurate picture of life as a trapper in the early 1800s American West, except about his gun.Hollywood almost go...

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HISTORY CORNER: The Great Flood of 1862 devastated much of the West

December 24, 2017 at 5:00 am

In the days of Noah, “All the springs of the great deep burst forth, and the floodgates of the heavens were opened. And rain fell on the earth forty days and forty nights,” and the entire world was destroyed.For 43 days, the heavens opened ...

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HISTORY CORNER: Korean War veterans who survived the ‘Frozen Chosin’ battle became ‘The Chosin Few’

December 17, 2017 at 5:00 am

In the heart of the Korean Peninsula 200 miles north of Seoul lies the Chosin Reservoir — surrounded by mountains, and forever remembered as the deadliest battle of the Korean War — the “Forgotten War” — when 30-below temperatures froze gun...

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HISTORY CORNER: Cruising the magnificent and historic coast of Oregon

December 10, 2017 at 5:00 am

For 12,000 years, Native American tribes enjoyed permanent settlements along the Oregon coast — until European explorers changed everything. Inland, the forests and grasslands teemed with wildlife, while rivers and lakes were alive with fis...

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