Michael Jackson has been releasing new music. Well, not exactly Michael Jackson. He’s dead. However, unreleased music that he recorded before his death is now out after being finished by others. This means that we can continue to have new tunes by one of the great artists of his generation. The question is, would he have wanted this music to come out? A lot of material that ends up being released posthumously is work that an artist did not feel was good enough to be made public.
A friend of mine told me that a man had been bitten by a rabid bat not far from where she lives in Lee’s Summit. I was incredulous at first, but I looked it up online. Apparently, three bats have tested positive for rabies since June in Lee’s Summit. This caught my attention because I recently finished a book called Rabid: A Cultural History of the World’s Most Diabolical Virus.
Have you ever taken a close look at some of the questions the enumerator asked when taking the census? Some questions don’t seem very useful to a genealogist. (Yes, I do realize that censuses were not taken just so I could use them for genealogy.) One particular question caught my attention one day and became a way to track an elusive family. I found my ancestor on the 1855 New York State Census. Looking at the original image, I noticed writing in a column next to his mother and brother that others didn’t have.
Recent family responsibilities have led me to spend a lot of time on the eastern side of Missouri, mostly in the Hannibal area. Many Midwesterners are aware that Samuel Clemens, or Mark Twain as he is commonly known, grew up in Hannibal (he was actually born in Florida, Missouri). If you get a chance to visit Hannibal, you will see how they capitalize on one of their favorite sons and his literary creations… with the Mark Twain Dinette, Pudd’nhead’s Antiques, Becky Thatcher’s Antiques, and even the oh-so-politically-incorrect Injun Joe’s Campground.
TAG is a special group at the Library formed completely of teens. TAG is a way for teens to start being heard in our community. It’s a safe place for us to come and relax for two hours while we meet friends and talk about the great events coming up. Whether it’s another exciting game night, the famous Anime night at Parkville, or something completely new like the Divergent Lock-In, we decide how to run it.
A friend recently came into the possession of about 30,000 baseball cards, many of them still shrink-wrapped in their original multi-pack boxes. The majority of these cards were from the late 1980s through the mid 1990s. He was so excited. He was positive he had a veritable gold mine of image-laden, thin pieces of cardboard depicting baseball players from a few years ago. He could hardly control his excitement when he asked, "Hey, man! Think you could help me sell 'em? I will cut you a percentage of the profits! Should make us a ton of money! How much do you think we can get for them?"
Recently, I received a genealogy research request that brought me to a lesser-known part of the Midwest Genealogy Center’s extensive genealogy collection. The customer’s request was for information regarding an ancestor who had been investigated by the Pinkerton National Detective Agency.