Snoopy Vs. the Red Baron

Welcome back to my blog about balloons, rocket ships, airplanes, space travel, Star Wars, sci-fi, and everything about flying! This time I share my favorite act from many air shows I have seen! The Red Baron Vs. Snoopy!

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~Max

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Cool Places in America~ Trundle Manor

My parents stepped into this place by accident. My mother has a weak bladder and years ago started the habit of forcing my father to pull over and knock on stranger’s doors. Well one place we stopped was the Trundle Manor around Pittsburgh.

The house was like a retired steampunk set designers dream. It was like Frankenstein’s Monster’s hobby shop workroom. Everything you can imagine from a Flash Gordon episode and Wild America were thrown in a blender and stuck on the wall. It was all sort of cool…in a strange way. I swear the ray gun on the ceiling actually worked. I think I saw a cat, but after I tripped over something and hit this button there was a screech and I never saw the cat again.

When we talked to the owners of the house, I think they mentioned they used to live in Salem MA, but they were asked to leave. That is saying something. If you are ever in the area, check them out. Hopefully you get to stay longer than we did. My mother did not feel comfortable using the john with a stuffed bobcat holding a laser gun at her mounted on the wall.

The house is 10 minutes from downtown in the suburb of Swissvale in Mr Arm’s and Velda Von Minx’s house. They have given tours to over 3,000 people since 2010. Its open by appointment only, unless someone needs the bathroom, and tours are donation based.

Visit at trundlemanor.com
Trundle Manor
7724 Juniata St
Pittsburgh, Pa, 15218

~Tyler

To find out more about Tyler visit Salem House Press and buy Tyler’s latest book “Tyler Moves to Gibsonton Florida” on Amazon.com. Keep checking back often for great cheap vacation ideas that might end up surprising you and becoming the best vacation you ever had! Red proved to be always full of surprises…

Vintage Salem Morning

Welcome to another Vintage Salem Posts. Every Wednesday we will post another image from our home town’s past. If you have any other images of the buildings or locations we offer each Wednesday, please share them below.

Wurlitzer Organ Paramount Theater Salem MA

Wurlitzer Organ in the Paramount Theater on Essex Street

Now replaced by the East India Mall, the Paramount used to be a Salem favorite with it’s organ that would rise out of the floor to provide the sound effects and score to the movies during the silent era. I was asked recently, ‘were did the organ go?’, but I had no answer. Do you?

Send us your favorite vintage Salem photos to info@salemhousepress.com and we will post them and give you a shout out! Also if you have something to add about the photo from family histories, your readings, or your memories, please share them below in the comments section. Do you know where the organ is today?

Cheers,
Chris
Owner Salem House Press

Janet Evanovich’s Wicked Charms Researched Salem Secret Underground

Welcome to the Salem Tunnel Report. Every Monday we will post new and old tunnel finds along with those who built them. In our posts you will learn how Salem has shaped American history from the profits of the smuggling that happened in these tunnels; sometimes for the good, but more often not.

We received a letter from Janet Evanovich after we found out she read Salem Secret Underground; The History of the Tunnels in the City. Info from the book was used in Wicked Charms, so we sent a signed copy and its sequel Sub Rosa.

Tails You Lose Carol Perry dedictaion

Another book cites “Salem Secret Underground: The History of the Tunnels in the City” and the Salem Smugglers’ Tour. In Wicked Truths:Book 3 of the Wicked Cries series has the characters taking the Salem Smugglers’ Tour and talking about info from the book.

Librarians TV Show

Also The Librarians TV Show, and Carol Perry in her Witch City Mysteries have researched the book in writing their tales. In Perry’s latest book there is two characters that even shares my last name, Dowgin. Have you read the book these people really dig yet?

For more read Salem Secret Underground: The History of the Tunnels in the City and its sequel Sub Rosa by Chris Dowgin published by Salem House Press. Available at Barnes & Noble, Remember Salem, , The Witch House, Jolie Tea, and Amazon.com.

10 of my Favorite Space Jockeys and Pilots

Hi I am Max Teller and welcome back to my blog about balloons, rocket ships, airplanes, space travel, Star Wars, sci-fi, and everything about flying! This time we will look at some of my favorite space jockeys and pilots. After you read the list, won’t you add some of your favorites!

10. Maya from Space 1999.  I think she was the first redhead I fell in love with. I would share my balloons with her any day. Maya was a metamorph who could shape shift into a mean ape like creature when she wanted. In that shape she might even get Chewbacca to fall in love with her. She also piloted my favorite spaceship of all time the Eagle.

 

9. Flash Gordon. In 1936 Buster Crabbe had played him in a serial or two. I used to watch this every Saturday leading into Tom Baker’s Doctor Who. He also flew one of my favorite space age pulp fiction rockets.

 

8. Hawk from Buck Rogers and the 21st Century. He also had one of the coolest ships. I always wanted him to hang out with Hawk from Spenser for Hire. Imagine if Commander Cisco (who played Hawk on Spenser for Hire) was more like Hawk, Deep Space Nine would of been bad ass…Excuse me.

 

7. Pappy Boyington. Now this man got to fly the coolest real plane ever! What more do you have to say!

 

6. Starbuck. Card playing, rogue, playboy. He was what Han Solo could of been. Plus he had a cool ride.

 

5. Sky Captain. Great humor and great plane. Humor and modesty always wins me over. Even if he had a little thing on the side with Angelina Jolie…

 

4. Mark from Battle of the Planets. Cool bird costume. He stands up a bit above Jason, Jason came off like he wanted to be Han Solo.

 

3.Nick Ryder. You have to be cool to be able to play off the fact you a flying a pink belching helicopter named Mimi.

 

2.MacReady. Granted he only flew the helicopter rarely in The Thing, but he is one of the coolest characters ever. Specially how he tells off the alien in the end before he throws a stick of dynamite at him. (My father is watching me now, I got away with cursing once already…)

 

1. Captain Kirk. Do I have to say more…

Remember to read my book Max Teller’s Amazing Adventure about the time I got stuck to a bunch of balloons and flew out of the Boston Common over the North Shore with my new friend Mr. Snail as we dangle for our lives.

Cool Places in America: A Day Trip on Rt 127 and Rt 133 North Shore of Boston

It’s your favorite child travel adviser, Tyler,  once again bringing you the best in last minute vacations. Your road trip planner for the weekend getaway to the coolest and strangest places in America. How do I know about them all? My parents are contract workers in the software industry and keep moving the family every 6 months….

Believe it or not, I have never been on Rt 66. Then again, I have been on Rt 127 a million times and still love every trip. This is definitely one of the coolest places in America. On this road are some of the finest American Castles. My father would sneak us down the private roads off Rt 127 to see some great Jacobean and Tudor Estates. In many of these homes several presidents made their summer residences. The road starts just outside of Salem in Beverly and heads to Gloucester . There are so many things to do on this road. Once you get into Gloucester you have a choice to continue north on 127 or follow 133. Today we are going left. On Rt 133 you will head out of Gloucester and enter Essex before moving on to Ipswich.

Well let’s start at the beginning. Once you cross the Salem-Beverly Bridge you will take a right. Follow that 1/16th of a mile and take a left. To your right will be some cool houses and beaches. On Independence Park you can see a canon used to shoot the HMS Nautilus during the Revolutionary War. It kept missing for hours along with the canons on Fort Lee Salem. The two locations did not even hit the ship once. The Nautilus just sailed away unscathed during high tide after getting stuck on a sand bar. At the light you will now take a right onto RT 127. Now just follow the signs.  The road for the most par is a straight shot of some beautiful curves. There are so many cool houses to see on this road!

The first stop you will want to make is to drive through the Endicott College campus and see their square Irish castle. It is not one of my favorite castles on the road, but it is cool to see anyway. Now head back onto Rt 127 and go about a 1/4 mile. To the left will be a stone wall and road heading up a hill. Park on it and see the face on the wall. Two young men were driving on RT 127 when they lost control of the car and hit this wall. In commemoration of them their friends had added simple clay faces to the wall. Now head back onto the road and go slow. You do not want to miss anything.

Then you will go through Beverly Farms downtown area. After leaving Beverly Farms and right before entering Manchester take a right at the Old Corner Inn and go over the train bridge. Take a left and stop for a second and look under the bridge, you might even get to see the train go by. Then drive straight to the water. Take a break and walk out on the pier to the gazebo in the harbor. Its pretty cool too. Now turn around and drive pass the bridge. Follow the road and ignore all the private road signs. There are some real cool homes on the road. At the end take a left back on to Rt 127 and drive pass the Old Corner Inn again. Next you will enter Manchester-by-the-Sea. Just keep going and follow the signs for Rt 127.

About 2 miles out of town you will see a green sign for Magnolia, take that right. You will curve around to the downtown section. Drive straight through the square and up the hill. You will curve up the hill and curve your way down. At the bottom right there will be a dirt parking lot. Park in it. Follow the trail to the cliff on the ocean and you have found Rafe’s Chasm. It is a great rock hopping place. You can hop from rock to rock for hours here. Sometimes you will see seals. There is one section of rocks that looks like an ancient boat ramp. To the right is a large chasm you can walk in during low tide. From the top you can repel down. It looks amazing right after a storm because the ocean turns green and foamy. During hurricane Katrina the waves were 40 ft tall over the top of the 40 ft cliffs here. That was an awesome storm!

Once you leave the parking lot continue north on the road. As you curve to the left you will see another castle. Hammond Castle is pretty cool. They have swords and armor inside. There is an indoor pool with a ceiling that opens and closes. They can make it rain and lightning in the room. Around the pool is the front of a Bavarian medieval merchant village. The castle was put together out of several castles from Europe. They say John Hammond who owns the place haunts the castle still. Sometimes he takes the shape of a black cat and sits in his favorite chair. He loved his cats, his dogs, not so much… He also invented radio control and we would sail a ghost ship from his living room in the harbor scaring the neighbors.

Continue heading north till you come back to Rt 127. Take a right. Go for almost a mile and take a left at the fork and head toward Essex on Rt 133. About 3 miles down the road you will enter downtown Essex. On the right, you will see the Flying Dragon Antiques. If you are a treasure hunter like myself, you will love scouring through this place. Also up the road is the White Elephant antique store. This store is pretty cool, but their outlet store down the road on Rt 133 is even better because they have a $5 and $1 section!

Go another 2 miles after the White Elephant outlet store and take a right where the white sign says Castle Hill. Castle Hill is the mansion used in several films like Witches of Eastwick and Ghosts of Girlfriends Past. Come to the T in the road and take a right. Go for a half mile and take a right into Russell Orchards. Stop here for some great chunky cheese bread, some fudge, and a hot cider in their farm stand. Then go out back and feed the animals. In season you can pick your fruit and vegetables. When you are done take a left out of the parking lot and head back the way you came. When you get back to that T, just drive straight till the next T in the road. Then take a right. You will pass a river on the right with a cool waterfall and keep going and take the next left. On this road is largest amount of 1600 and 1700 houses still occupied in the country. At the end of the road you will meet up with Rt 133 again. This time head south on RT 133 and head back through downtown Ipswich. Follow the signs and stay on Rt 133 till you come to a fork with an old hospital on a hill. Keep going straight on Rt 1A South. Now Rt 1A and Rt 22 is also a real cool road with great gardens, houses, and country drives but you must be tired by now and those rides should be left for another day. So now go home!

~Tyler

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Cool Places in America~ Rainbow Bridge

Do I need to say more…

Watkins Glen State Park is in western New York, in the village of Watkins Glen, at the southern tip of Seneca Lake.

 ~Tyler

To find out more about Tyler visit Salem House Press and buy Tyler’s latest book “Tyler Moves to Gibsonton Florida” on Amazon.com. Keep checking back often for great cheap vacation ideas that might end up surprising you and becoming the best vacation you ever had! Red proved to be always full of surprises…

Vintage Salem Morning

Welcome to another Vintage Salem Posts. Every Wednesday we will post another image from our home town’s past. If you have any other images of the buildings or locations we offer each Wednesday, please share them below.

 

1891 Town House Square Salem MA

Stearns Building

The Stearn Building which housed H.P. Ives Bookstore once was flush with the corner of Short Street, which was long gone even in this photo. The building opposite the Stearn Building, on Short Lane, once held the Massachusetts Provincial Congress, after John Hancock took up Reverend Bentley’s offer to move it here after Boston was invaded during the Revolutionary War.  The offending part of the Stearn Building has been removed to make it now flush to the new corner of Washington Street and Essex Street. Most of the buildings behind it have long since been removed and the new ones are also flushed to the current location of Washington Street.

Also you can see the beginning of the tunnel that led to the underground train station in which goods were smuggled through from the Kinsman Building in the distance. Do you remember the fortune telling machine or the traffic cop in the box from here? Tell us below?

Send us your favorite vintage Salem photos to info@salemhousepress.com and we will post them and give you a shout out! Also if you have something to add about the photo from family histories, your readings, or your memories, please share them below in the comments section.

Cheers,
Chris
Owner of Salem House Press

I AM CHIEF JUSTICE ISAAC PARKER

Welcome to tales of Nineteenth-Century Salem. A time in which Salem was the richest city and the most influential in shaping our young country. In our posts you will learn how Salem has shaped American history from the profits she made by the smuggling that happened in her tunnels by the most wealthy and powerful in their day; sometimes for the good, but more often not. So join us every Monday for new tales!

Isaac Parker Salem Ma

Isaac Parker: The Judge in the Murder that Influenced the Game Clue

I was the Chief Justice of Massachusetts and one of the original High Federalists. I died 3 days after I said I never felt better and never missed a day on the bench. I was to preside over the murder case that inspired the American version of Clue by Parker Brothers. The murder happened 3 months earlier in 1830 and 3 days after Daniel Webster supposedly came to Salem to prosecute the case. Previously, I was the judge accusing him of being a traitor in the 1812 War. The Parker Brothers were the grandson of my cousin William Parker.

To read more about how Salem shaped American history read Sub Rosa by Chris Dowgin published by Salem House Press.