The 20th Century


A Baby Boomer Remembers the Man Who Came to Dinner… Every Night

Starting the year after we come back to the United States from Germany, this man came to dinner almost every night.  He never ate anything, but he did regale us with tales of the twentieth century’s most important events. He kept me caught up with the last doings of my first heroes whose names were Shepard and Schirra, Carpenter and …Continue reading →

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The Missouri Insurance Company

In the first half of the twentieth century, it was a common practice of many immigrant families and African-American families to purchase life insurance policies on their infant children. Indeed, as late as the 1990’s, a well respected baby food company was sponsoring such insurance policies. Why would someone purchase a life insurance policy on an infant? Isn’t the textbook …Continue reading →

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