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October 22, 2021

Doc Halliday Columns

Advances in Dentistry

Odontophobia is the fear of dentistry.  As an adult I reunited with a cousin whom I had not been in contact with for a couple of decades.  One of her first questions was did I have dental work performed by Dr. “X” when I was a child.  I will only refer to this dentist as

The Pardon of Iva Ikuko Toguri D’Aquino

Do you ever wonder how circumstances change your life?  Do you feel that you can’t get a break or that luck is with you always?  I could not become a fighter pilot in the Air Force because I was too tall and entered the Army instead.  I met my wife at a small gathering of

Living Wage

In the summer of 1960 I began my first employment for wages.  I had previously worked at various jobs including mowing lawns, delivering newspapers as a relief newsboy, shoveling snow, and other odd tasks.  I was hired by the Holyoke Public Library for the astronomical sum of $.85 per hour.  I was a very good


Would you like to live forever; disease free?  I never thought that I was mortal until I was seventeen years old.  Some humans have dreamed of this possibility, and I was one of them.  Reality has slapped me in the face.  One of the most notable wishes to “live forever” was made by the Pharaohs of

The Treaty of New Echota

Have you ever been to Calhoun, Georgia?  It is a small city of about 15,000 residents in the Northwest area of that state.  Interstate 75 runs along the east edge of the city with several exits to the city.  If you have never heard of Calhoun, perhaps you have heard of the Trail of Tears.

The Death of Tȟatȟáŋka Íyotȟake

Do you remember the 1990 movie Dances With Wolves starring Kevin Costner?  I certainly do.  I also remember the Sioux word for buffalo, tatanka.  I enjoyed the movie, even though it was revisionist history.  In about 1831 a boy named Jumping Badger was born.  His birth took place along the Yellowstone River, south of present

The Dissenter

Have you ever been the lone dissenting voter?  Perhaps in a small organization you belong to you refused to vote along with the majority.  I have certainly been in that position.  The votes I was involved in were less than a couple of dozen votes against my single vote.  Today I will write about a

Sylacauga Meteorite

When I was a high school student, one of my classmates wrote a research paper on the number of people killed or injured by ballast sandbags that had been dropped from hot-air balloons.  If I recall correctly there were no deaths or injuries and the paper was confined to the documents he researched.  I can’t


On November 26, 1789, President George Washington declared the first nationwide celebration of thanksgiving.  President Franklin D. Roosevelt later signed a bill that officially established the fourth Thursday in November as Thanksgiving Day.   How did the United States come to celebrate this holiday on the fourth Thursday in November?  Why does Canada celebrate the

Iran-Contra Affair

For many individuals the Iran-Contra Affair was difficult to follow.  It might be compared to a shell game, in which three inverted cups or nutshells are moved about, and contestants must spot which cup or shell has a pea or other object underneath.  The simplest explanation of this political scandal is that it was an

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