Jim McMillen's Blog

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  My first newspaper job was selling advertising in 1959 at The Taylor Daily Press, a small paper 35 miles northeast of Austin. In those days, newspapers used hot-metal printing--offset printing being in early stages for newspapers. Type was ca...

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Thirteen years ago, I built a bluebird house using scrap lumber from a nearby house that was under construction. The bluebird house was mounted on a metal pole and installed in the large, mostly wooded green-space common area located behind our ...

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A recent photo article in the local Gainesville Sun noted that 399 University of Florida student poppers have unofficially broken the world record for being the most people popping bubble wrap at the same time. That is impressive. Most of all, it is ...

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Probably one of the most watched Christmastime TV movies each year is “A Christmas Story,” the story of little Ralphie and his wish to receive a Red Ryder BB gun for Christmas. The movie, a production with an early 1940s setting, is now 3...

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Recently, I was on the phone with a Texas cattle-breeder friend. The subject of ostriches and emus came up. Years ago he had told me of motorists, himself included, having seen the big birds living in the wild--the same as deer. I asked him if folks ...

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