was a titanic "electronic" tea time BBC general knowledge quiz show in the late 1980s, presented by heartthrob Debbie Greenwood
(now a regular on QVC UK) with the aid of a BBC Micro called Eugene. Two teams of teenagers represented their schools as they battled for supremacy playing a random selection of arcade games like skateboarder 720 degrees
, the ultimate prize an Acorn Archimedes
. Now, the nail-biting encounter between Armthorpe School in Sheffield and Montagu School of Kettering is on YouTube [parts 1
posted by feelinglistless
on Jul 11, 2012 -
Born into War.
In 1863, a 3 yr old John J. Pershing was pinned to the floor
by his mother to protect him from confederate raiders. In 1886, he left West Point for the western frontier, having been elected class president four years in a row. In 1890 he was present at the Wounded Knee Massacre
. In 1898 he fought with Buffalo Soldiers
in Cuba, commanding a black cavalry regiment at San Juan Hill. From 1898 to 1901 he was fighting Philippine insurgents
. In 1905 he served as an observer
in the Russo-Japanese War, arguably the first "modern" war. In 1906 Teddy Roosevelt promoted him to Brigadier General
, skipping over 862 senior officers
. In 1916 he was hunting Poncho Villa
in Mexico. In 1917, Pershing was appointed Commander-in-Chief of the Entire American Expeditionary Force of WW1
, in which he built an army almost from scratch, organizing, training, and supplying an inexperienced force that eventually numbered two million. 1919 saw Pershing promoted to the highest U.S. Army rank in history, "General of the Armies
", a position held previously by George Washington. Pershing lived to see Allied Victory before his death in 1948
posted by thisisdrew
on May 19, 2011 -
Acquitted of the murder of Francis Scott Key's son by the first successful pleading of temporarily insane? Check
. Civil War Union general? Check
. Medal of Honor winner? Check
. Amputated leg on display to the public? Check
. Lover to the deposed Queen of Spain? Check
. Ladies and Gentlemen, I introduce you to Major General, Foreign Minister, and Congressman Daniel Edgar Sickles
. [more inside]
posted by Atreides
on Feb 11, 2008 -
Implications of a 4-Star Command in Iraq.
In an small press release, it was recently announced that Iraq *may* be getting a 4-star general, but *not* to replace the current 3-star military commander of that nation. So what difference does a single star make?
"...In other words, the Defense Department is putting forward the idea of another regional command because it anticipates the possibility of intensifying combat operations throughout the region.
The war in Iraq might be coming under control, but from the standpoint of the Defense Department, the end of the Iraq campaign is the preface to follow-on campaigns.
posted by kablam
on Jan 20, 2004 -