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Chief Redbird, Totsuwha,Ꮩ Ꮷ Ꮹ, was the last Kentucky Chief of the Chickamauga Cherokees. He was born August 21, 1721 in Tellico, Cherokee Nation. He and another Cherokee, Will, were murdered around 1796 by two white men from Tennessee (some sources claim a later date) in Clay County Kentucky. His body was dumped into Redbird Creek, named in his honor. He has had many places named after him. The Kentucky State Bird is the Cardinal. I wonder if it is named in his honor. Some of my family comes from the Kentucky Cherokees. (some sources have his English name as Aaron Brock)

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In recent years I-65 in Clark County, Indiana (opposite Louisville) has had the reputation for being the worst police trap in Indiana. Apparently, the ISP (Indiana State Police) has been diligent for a while. This photo has the makings of a story.

It is listed as Sellersburg, Indiana, late 1950’s. I believe this is US 31 (I-65 replaced it) just south of Sellersburg or just past Speeds Cement—the northern part of Sellersburg. The ISP had a police post on Highway 62 north of Jeffersonville—this would have been 5 to 10 miles away. Smokey is on duty here.

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NASA’s InSight landed on Mars November 26, 2018 at a lava plain called Elysium Planitia. Though they are still testing it, it has recorded the first audio of Martian winds. Some of InSight’s equipment has been affected by something NASA engineers call a Dust Devil.

Sorry—no photos of the Dust Devils. Could Dust Devils invade Earth? Stay tuned. Be vigilant.

[I am dying to write about Mars]


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Honolulu Blues

In 1988, I climbed Diamond Head, an extinct volcano on the other side of Honolulu from Pearl Harbor. The steps we climbed were the same ones used by the radar crew on December 7, 1941—a rough climb that I couldn’t imagine doing daily. The radar back them was rudimentary. Sunday morning, December 7, 1941, a radar operator spotted a large group of aircraft heading for Pearl Harbor. He was informed that a delivery of new bombers from the mainland was expected. If only someone had taken him seriously. My prayers to the wounded, dead, and their families.

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December 7, 1941

My dad, Charles G. Suddeth, was 12 and was living in Sellersburg, Indiana.

Someone came running into the house—they’d been listening to the radio—they yelled “they just bombed Pearl Harbor.”

“I don’t know any Pearls livening in Sellersburg,” said a second man.

Everyone gathered around the radio to listen to FDR’s address, “a date which will live in infamy.”

No one else will ever again ask that question. I salute the fallen.

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Reckless was a mare bought by Lieutenant Eric Pederson at the Seoul Race Track. She entered the U.S. Marine Corps in 1952 & served in the Korean War, twice promoted to staff sergeant. She was trained to go to & from the ammo delivery sites. During the Battle of Panmunjom-Vegas, she made 51 solo trips under enemy fire. She was used to evacuate wounded soldiers. She received many awards for bravery: Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Korean Service Medal, UN Service Medal, Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation, &two Purple Hearts. Life magazine named her one of America’s 100 all-time heroes.


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Happy Hanukkah!!!!

Happy Hanukkah!!!!

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