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May 24, 2018

The story of Dachau, as told to tourists

Filed under: Dachau, Germany, Holocaust — furtherglory @ 4:54 pm

My photo of a sculpture in the Dachau museum

You can read all about the museum at Dachau on my website at

It all started at Dachau, the first concentration camp in Germany .

Who remembers Johnny Cash “At Folsom Prison”?

Filed under: Music — furtherglory @ 12:55 pm

Johnny Cash never actually shot a man in Reno just to watch him die.

But the rowdy inmates of California’s Folsom State Prison didn’t seem to mind, loudly cheering the country icon as he sang those famous words in Folsom Prison Blues, which hit the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart 50 years ago on May 25, 1968.

The outlaw anthem is taken from Cash’s seminal live effort At Folsom Prison, which he recorded over two shows inside prison walls on Jan. 13, 1968, before releasing the album that May. He was inspired to write the song in 1953 while serving in the U.S. Air Force, after watching the 1951 movie Inside the Walls of Folsom Prison. He originally recorded and released it as a single in 1955 and it became a top-5 hit on country radio.

But it wasn’t until he recorded a live version of the track in 1968 — which he performed for an estimated 1,000 prisoners — that it managed to cross over onto the pop charts, peaking at No. 32 on the Hot 100 that summer.

Throw Mama from the train a kiss …

Filed under: Language — furtherglory @ 12:30 pm

What is wrong with this recent newspaper headline:

Gwyneth Paltrow says Brad Pitt threatened to kill Harvey Weinstein after he allegedly sexually harassed her

Who allegedly sexually harassed whom? Did Brad Pitt allegedly sexually harass Gyneth Paltrow? After he threatened to kill Harvey Weinstein?

The title of my blog post is an old expression that was formerly used to teach students how to write and to speak properly. The title is incorrect. It should read “Throw a kiss to Mama from the train.”