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       This is the place for readers to find the stories about both Jonathan Raines, a tough detective in Detroit during the 1930s, and equally rugged West Texas lawman Johnny Madrid, plus other memorable  characters in novels featuring a variety of historical settings. 

This also is the place for Just Yesterday, a column devoted to interesting local historical tales, and little known facts about the people who settled Bay City and the State of Michigan.  There also is My Times, a column with comments on current news events with a historical perspectives.    You can stop at the Writer's Desk for helpful tips on writing that paper, newsletter, article, or even the great American novel.

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Pecos Moon By Tim Younkman
If I Die Again By Tim Younkman
Detroit 32 By Tim Younkman

My Times

Just Yesterday


   This proposed new President Trump administration is quite breathtaking in its ignorance of history.

   It seems doomed to repeat certain historical paths making the stories of “Brave New World” and “Fahrenheit 451” seem sunshiny in their foretelling.

   Take for example the Trump-backing moron who suggested this week that rounding up Muslims and make them register their identities should be allowed based on the precedence of the U.S. rounding up Japanese-Americans in 1942 and placing them in concentration camps.

   It doesn’t take a genius to connect the dots.  Step one, register today, you American Muslims, and , step two, be thrown in a camp in order to “protect America.”

   Quite a few of those in the Trump entourage, including Trump himself, have claimed his administration will be an “America First” advocate.  They go glibly on to babble about doing whatever it takes to protect America above all else, so “America First.”

   Using the “America First” label tells me one of two things.  Either they don’t know what that tag has meant in our history, or they do know and want to emulate it.

   “America First” was a front for the Nazis in the U.S.  It advocated keeping the U.S. out of the European War.  They didn’t really care much about Japan, but concentrated on letting the Nazis have their way with Europe without American intervention.

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   It is difficult for me to believe that it has been 50 years since the tragedy of Apollo 1 claimed the lives of three American heroes and even more astounding that very few people even know about it.

   The death of three American astronauts, the first fatalities in the U.S. space program, is barely recognized as being anything more than a tragic accident when it is recalled at all.

   For those who don’t know about it, here are the facts:

   On Jan. 27, 1967 three astronauts were taking part in pre-flight testing of the first of the planned Apollo program flights which eventually would lead to a Moon landing.  The space program had been announced six years earlier by President John F. Kennedy in his inaugural address in which he vowed that America would be the first to land on the Moon in the Sixties decade.

   There had been a series of sub-orbital and orbital flights by lone astronauts in the Mercury program, followed by two-man missions in the Gemini series leading up to the three-man Apollo missions. 

   The first Apollo crew had been chosen to include one of the original seven astronauts, Lt. Col. Virgil I. “Gus” Grissom, 40, who had flown on both Mercury and Gemini missions earlier.  Along with him were younger astronauts Edward H. White II, 36, and Lt. Cmdr. Roger B. Chaffee, 31.
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