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March 2023
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Richard Reinhard! refers to the forthcoming fiftieth anniversary of the Golden Gate Bridge. How about mentioning the fact that its neighbor, the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge, had its fiftieth anniversary last November 12? In case you are wondering why a non-San Franciscan is writing about this, it is because I, too, celebrated a fiftieth birthday last November 12. My first trip outside the Midwest was to California in the summer of 1946.1 remember the bridges of San Francisco as one of the very special sights and learned with great pride that fall that the Bay Bridge and I were twins. The Golden Gate Bridge generally gets more publicity, but as a twin I did feel I should write in defense of my bridge. In spite of this, I always enjoy your magazine.

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Stories published from "July/August 1987"

Authored by: The Editors

A picture taken the day before President Roosevelt’s death has been hidden away in an artist’s file until now

Authored by: Joseph H. Ewing

Extraordinary correspondence, never published before, takes us inside the mind of a military genius. Here is William Tecumseh Sherman in the heat of action inventing modern warfare, grieving the death of his little boy, struggling to hold Kentucky with levies, rolling invincibly across Georgia, and—always—battling the newspapermen whose stories, he believes, are killing his soldiers.

Authored by: The Editors

During the Depression, itinerant photographers hawked their services from town to town. All we know about this one is that he passed through Corpus Christi, Texas, in 1934. And that he was very good indeed.

Authored by: Annie Dillard

She played the war, learning to creep through the woods without leaving footprints or snapping twigs. She read and dreamed about the war, lying on her bed, limp with horror and delight. The history of the war was a drug and she was an addict.

Authored by: Alfred M. Bingham

In July 1911 the author’s father climbed a remote ridge in Peru to discover, amid an almost impenetrable jungle, the fabled lost city of Machu Picchu, last capital of the Inca Empire. Or so the story goes.

Authored by: Peter Andrews

Their High Command abandoned them. Their enemy thought they wouldn’t fight. But a few days after Pearl Harbor, a handful of weary Americans gave the world a preview of what the Axis was up against.

Authored by: Fred Strebeigh

Born in response to the shoddy, machine-made goods available in the marketplace, the Arts and Crafts movement in America began in isolated workshops and spread to the public at large, preaching the virtues of the simple, the useful, and the handmade

Authored by: Roger T. Pray

The penitentiary was invented in the United States as a more rational and humane way of punishing. It quickly ran into problems that still overwhelm us.

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