Shakespeare’s Last Will and Testament

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William Shakespeare’s last will and testament provides one of the richest surviving documents for understanding his familial and professional networks. The will names many of the important people in his life, including family, friends, colleagues, and neighbors, as well as describing specific pieces of personal property. The handwriting does not … Continue reading

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Frank Sinatra Letter to George Michael

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Still feeling the strain following his hugely successful solo debut album three years previous, George Michael told the LA Times  in September of 1990 that he would be shunning the limelight prior to, and during, the decidedly low-key release of his new album, Listen Without Prejudice Vol. 1; specifically there … Continue reading

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AT&T Operators on Orson Welles’ War of the Worlds

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AT&T Operators describe how the board lit up and the calls they received on the night Orson Welles’ famous War of the Worlds radio broadcast triggered fear.  “The people really believed it,” reported the operators.  Welles’ famous show was broadcast on October 30, 1938…the eve of Halloween.