Remembering Adventurer Sir Edmund Hillary

Sir Edmund Hillary

Celebrate Sir Edmund Hillary's 95th birthday by visiting your local library and checking out some mountaineering books. Why risk altitude sickness and frostbite when you can enjoy a mountaineering adventure from the comfort of your favorite chair?  These reads will have you feeling lighted-headed and exhilarated, just as Sir Edmund Hillary must have felt when […]

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2013 Chicago Blackhawks Stanley Cup Champions

The 2012-2013 NHL season got off to a late start.  The collective bargaining agreement had expired, and the players' union and the owners couldn't agree on new contract.  The lockout lasted almost three months, effectively cancelling 34 regular season games.  This long delay proved magical for the Chicago Blackhawks. During the first 24 games of […]

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2010 Chicago Blackhawks Stanley Cup Champions

For much of the first decade of the 21st century, the Blackhawks were known as one of the worst franchises in all of sports.  It had been nearly five decades since the Stanley Cup was hoisted above the heads of the Hawks, the longest drought in the NHL. Everything would change in the fall of […]

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1998 Bulls Win NBA Championship

The 1998 NBA Finals would be déjà vu.  After finishing the season with identical 62 win seasons, the Bulls and Jazz would roll through the playoffs and meet again in the Finals. The Jazz had home court advantage this year.  They won the first game in OT, but the Bulls fought back and took Game Two. […]

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1997 Bulls Win NBA Championship

There wouldn't be any surprises in the Bulls off-season. No superstars retiring, no big-name acquisitions. The Bulls started off hot, winning their first 12 games, a franchise record. They would finish the season with an impressive 69 wins. The Bulls quickly dispatched their first three playoff opponents. They advanced to the finals, where they would […]

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1996 Bulls Win NBA Championship

"I've reached my pinnacle." Those were the words uttered by Michael Jordan during the October 6, 1993 news conference where he announced his retirement from basketball.   After the three-peat and the murder of his father, Jordan was physically tired, and it seemed that his retirement would be permanent. In one of the great surprises […]

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1993 Bulls Win NBA Championship

The 1992-1993 Bulls regular season wasn't especially notable. Both Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen were fresh off their gold medal effort in the Summer Olympics in Barcelona. Both players were visibly tired, and the team got off to a slow start. But as the rule goes for all sports, it's not how you start but […]

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1992 Bulls Win NBA Championship

The Bulls started the 1991-1992 season on a hot streak, winning 15 of their first 17 games. They seemed poised to dominate the league yet again. Michael Jordan had another impressive year, winning league MVP honors, and his sixth straight scoring title. Jordan was not alone, however. Scottie Pippen was a dominant force on defense. […]

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1991 Chicago Bulls Won NBA Championship

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When one door closes, another opens. That about sums up the 1991 NBA championship. The door closed on "Showtime" and the Los Angeles Lakers. Prior to the Lakers and Bulls meeting in the NBA finals, the Lakers had won five championships in the 1980s. While the Lakers' dominance was coming to a close, the Chicago […]

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1961 Blackhawks Stanley Cup Championship

The 1960-61 Blackhawks had a lot in common with 2009-10 Blackhawks. Both teams had young talent who would quickly become household names. Bobby Hull was 21 and had already earned the nickname the Golden Jet. Stan Mikita, 20, was also beginning his long and prosperous career. The Hawks met the Canadiens in the first round […]

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