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Encyclopedia Brown and the Case of the Sad Readers

Sad news, detectives. Donald J. Sobol, the creator of Encyclopedia Brown, passed away on July 11 at the age of 87. Sobol wrote 28 books starring 10-year-old Leroy Brown, with the next one, Encyclopedia Brown and the Case of the Soccer Scheme, scheduled to come out this fall. In honor of Sobol, here are a [...]

Not-So-Famous Firsts: Who Was the First Stewardess?

Editor’s Note: Last fall, Kara Kovalchik wrote a story titled ‘8 Not-So-Famous Firsts,’ which covered such topics as the first auto insurance policy and the first wet t-shirt contest. This year, in our newest semi-regular feature, she’ll be teaching us about all sorts of underappreciated firsts. This week’s topic: aviation. Enjoy! Stewardess The term seems hopelessly outdated [...]

The Late Movies: Into The Air

Today marks the 109th anniversary of Orville and Wilbur Wright’s historic flight at Kitty Hawk. Tonight’s installment of the Late Movies takes a (light-hearted) look at some famous pop culture scenes inspired by leaving the bonds of Earth for the heavens above. To lead us off this evening, here is the very famous cockpit scene from [...]

Those Magnificent Men In Their Flying Machines

Tomorrow marks the 106th anniversary of man’s affair with flight. Orville and Wilbur Wright developed fixed wing aircraft, as well as the controls that provide heavier-than-air powered flight. On December 17, 1903, the brothers took their Wright Flyer I to Kitty Hawk flatland, and after many attempts succeeded in their quest for flight. Following repairs, the [...]