You are an American POW during the Korean War.
After years of mistreatment, at the war’s end, you are given the chance to go home, or to go to China. And you choose . . . China?
Here’s the interesting story of the young American named David Hawkins who did exactly that. Notwithstanding the inhumane treatment he received during the war, which decimated his group of POWs, he decided to live in China at war’s end. Why would you pick China over America? I’m not sure that this article answers that question, but it tells an interesting story.
The young man who decided to go to China lived there for three years and then decided to return home to America, where he has lived ever since. He describes himself as a “real patriot” and a better American as a result of the experience. I don’t doubt him.
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In the current “fall season” — to the extent such a thing even exists anymore — 13 of the 14 most-watched TV shows have been NFL games. The only non-NFL program that makes the top 15 is Two and a Half Men.
Why is the NFL so popular? For one thing, it’s the perfect American game. The NFL emphasizes speed, color, and violence — lots of violence — with a few cheerleaders thrown in. It’s an exciting game (at least it is if you aren’t watching the Browns), filled with crackling big hits and spinning runs and tremendous athleticism that get the blood pounding. And lately the NFL has gotten savvier. It’s marketed to men and women, and to every demographic type. I’m sure the marketing effort has contributed to the popularity of pro football, too.
But there is one other thing that has given pro football a big edge over the regular network programming. The programming wizards at CBS, ABC, NBC and Fox have to worry about competition from HBO, Showtime, TNT, AMC, and many other cable channels that produce original sitcoms and dramas and reality shows — precisely the kind of programming that you used to be able to see only on network TV. The NFL, by contrast, has no competition.
HBO isn’t going to out out and create a new pro football league to compete with Monday Night Football. If you want to watch pro football — and millions of Americans crave it every autumn weekend — the NFL is the only game in town, regardless of which channel it is broadcast on.
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Who doesn’t remember sitting by a campfire as a kid, seeing the reflections of the flames dance across the faces of your fellow campers, and felling that delicious chill flash up your spine as you heard a particularly creepy ghost story?
Ohio has its share of such stories, ranging from a haunted carousel horse to the ghost funeral train of Abraham Lincoln rolling through Urbana to the spirits who roam the halls of the Buxton Inn in Granville to the weeping Woman in Gray who mysteriously appears to visit the grave of a Confederate soldier who is buried in the Camp Chase Civil War prison camp cemetery here in Franklin County.
Of all the stories, I think the creepiest is the tale of the Dark Angel of Maple Grove Cemetery — a large stone angel protecting a grave that was inhabited by evil spirits, flew across the countryside slaughtering livestock, and then returned, blood-smeared and distraught, to the grave by morning. Sadly, the true story simply seems to be one of a vandalized grave.
The Buckeye State not only is home to tales of the supernatural, but also to an organization called The Ghosts of Ohio that will investigate and debunk those tales. Its website is worth a visit, and its roster of spooky stories provides lots of good ideas for some of those campfire tales that might be recounted come Halloween night.
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