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A half century of Ask SAM…where is it going?

Once upon a time, there was this guy named Roy Thompson, who worked for Piedmont Publishing Company, the publisher of the Winston-Salem Journal and the Twin City Sentinel. When he was in reporter mode, Roy was one of the best reporters the local newspapers ever had. But it was his columnist mode that made him… Continue reading A half century of Ask SAM…where is it going?

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Vikings were not exactly who we thought they were…

Say the word “Viking” and most people see an image of blonde, blue-eyed Scandinavian warriors. But a recent exhaustive study of DNA extracted from over 400 Viking burial site says that that image should show much more diversity in its content. Since many of those who derive from western European ancestry have bits of Viking… Continue reading Vikings were not exactly who we thought they were…

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It all began at the Central Library, 660 West Fifth Street…

  At 6:30 PM, Monday, February 26, 1979 a new exhibit opened at the Central Library on West Fifth Street in Winston-Salem. It was created by Vernon Logan, the local leader of the Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, headed nationally by David Duke. It consisted of documents and artifacts, including hoods and robes, relating… Continue reading It all began at the Central Library, 660 West Fifth Street…

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Babe Ruth’s strange day in the Twin City…

George Scott, who hit a few while becoming one of the Twin City’s most popular minor league players ever, called his home runs “Long Taters”. On April 8, 1920, Babe Ruth hit three “Long Taters” in an exhibition game at Piedmont Park in Winston-Salem, yet came away with nothing more than two doubles and a… Continue reading Babe Ruth’s strange day in the Twin City…