August 8, 2010 |
When Paul Brachfeld took over as inspector general of the National Archives, guardian of the country's most beloved treasures, he discovered the American people were being stolen blind. The Wright Brothers 1903 Flying Machine patent application? Gone. A copy of the Dec. 8, 1941 "Day of Infamy" speech autographed by Franklin D. Roosevelt and tied with a purple ribbon? Gone. Target maps of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, war telegrams written by Abraham Lincoln and a scabbard and belt given to Harry S. Truman?
August 21, 1987 |
It looked, said one hapless resident, like "something out of a Hitchcock movie." When Robin Scott and her mother, Naomi, called in an extermination service to get rid of the bees stirred up during remodeling on their attic, they expected to uncover a hive "the size of a pickle jar." But, instead, when exterminators tore out the attic wall in their Boston home, they found a 4-by-8-foot honeycomb, dripping with about 500 pounds of honey and 100,000 bees.
August 23, 2012 |
When a Tennessee man played a tape he found in a family attic, what he heard was the voice of Martin Luther King Jr. Stephon Tull said he found the tape among dusty old boxes in the attic of his father's Chattanooga home, according to the Associated Press. It was a reel-to-reel audio tape labeled: "Dr. King interview, Dec. 21, 1960. " Tull said he was floored. "No words can describe," he told the AP. He'd found a "lost part of history. " Tull said his father had done the interview for a book project that he never completed.
September 7, 1986 |
Each time I pass a garage sale, I am aware of our throwaway society and how much of our heritage is being discarded. It is then I shout loudly for the return of the attic. Not just a crawl space or a termite refuge, but a real, genuine, musty, cobwebby, dusty, creaky attic. Unfortunately, the attic in the West is as scarce as the front porch. Single-Story Houses And who gets the blame? Myopic architects and tight-fisted builders are the culprits.
July 7, 2012 |
In 1978 on a 1,600-acre farm in rural Washington, Don Emerson Sr., one of a long line of builders, loggers and sawmill workers whose livelihood was earned in the timber surrounding them, noticed that two of his teenage sons, Joe and Donnie, had taken a liking to music. He'd see them doing their chores while listening to radio from Spokane 70 miles to the southeast and encouraged them as they began writing and playing their own music. They even went into a studio to make a record but were disappointed with the experience.
November 10, 1986 |
A surprise discovery of Rudy Vallee memorabilia--including 5,000 neckties, a gold watch from actress Mary Pickford and a fedora from W. C. Fields--were found this week in a recently unlocked attic in the late crooner's Hollywood Hills home, Vallee's widow said Sunday.