Read Like an Astronaut

So you want to be an astronaut? You know it’s not really like Armageddon, right? (And you really hope it’s not like The Martian.) Because in real life, it’s a lot more like the movie Apollo 13. Speaking of Apollo missions, Apollo 8 was the first time humans went to the moon and back. They…
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Happy 19th birthday, Buffy!

This month, Buffy the Vampire Slayer turns 19. (Okay, the TV series turns 19. The movie that came first turns 24.) "A vampire in love with a slayer. It's rather poetic...in a maudlin sort of way." --Rupert Giles As I was saying: the TV series started 19 years ago. If you're a big Buffy fan…
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March 10 Is MAR1O Day

March 10 is MAR1O Day. How many famous Marios do you know? There are Marios who sing, like Mario Lanza, whose life and career are documented in Mario Lanza, and just Mario, whose most recent album is D.N.A. There are Marios who write, like Mario Puzo, author of The Godfather, and Mario Vargas Llosa, whose latest…
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Historical Chicago Newspapers

How's your Chicago History Fair project going? Did you know that the Chicago Public Library has lots of historical Chicago newspapers on microfilm? Some of them go way back, to 1833. That's the Chicago Democrat, the first Chicago newspaper. Back in the 1800's and 1900's, Chicago had more than just two or three newspapers. For…
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