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Farewell!

This photograph from dcvote.org. As the old saying goes, “all good things must come to an end,” and I suppose this internship (and, in turn, this semester at Centre College) is no exception to that rule. It’s been a lot of fun writing on this platform, writing that usually involved falling into quaint research rabbit holes ...

A Charlie Brown Christmas, courtesy of Coca-Cola and serendipity

When the creative team of Schulz, Mendelson, and Melendez presented a pre-showing of  A Charlie Brown Christmas to a group of animators in 1965, the now-beloved episode was met with displeasure and uncertainty. It just wasn’t working. The show’s own creators doubted the final product–a rushed effort to convert a popular comic strip into a living, ...

Centre Trail Podcast 20: Historical Fiction

John and Tara are coming to the end of a long semester, and with Thanksgiving on the horizon sat down to chat about a subject they both enjoy a great deal: historical fiction! In particular, we talk about why we like this genre of writing in our capacity as historians. When is there too much ...

“Are you listening, New York City?”

The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is an example of a department store marketing plan gone unprecedentedly, brilliantly right. In 1924, the flourishing New York City R.H. Macy & Co. celebrated its newly expanded store with a Christmas parade, scheduled for Thanksgiving Day as a means of kicking off the holiday gift shopping season. The arrival ...

Candy-Coated Toxic Waste: A Presidential Look at Snacking

Reggie Love, assistant to then-Senator Barack Obama during the 2008 presidential campaign, made a mistake on the campaign trail he would never forget, an error so specific and so embarrassing that he recounted it for posterity in his 2015 book Power Forward: My Presidential Education. Yes, it’s precisely what you’re thinking: he offered a classic trail mix ...

Centre Trail Podcast 19: November and Remembrance

John and Tara get together to talk about how the public remembers and celebrates veterans of the armed services. Practices differ across the Atlantic despite a shared history in the two largest conflicts of the twentieth century.

A Sly and Dangerous Fellow

By: Dr. Amos Tubb What follows is a preview of Thomas Violet: A Sly and Dangerous Fellow, a book about a deranged Englishman written by Amos Tubb. Reader beware – this man is frightening. It was over.  Thomas Violet could do nothing more to save himself. So far in debt that bankruptcy seemed inevitable, Violet ...