Monthly Archives: April 2013

How Dino Crocetti of Steubenville became pop singer Dean Martin

As a child Dino loved to sing popular Italian folk songs and ballads around the house and at family gatherings. He took singing lessons in Steubenville from the mayor’s wife, Corrine Applegate. But perhaps he found his greatest teacher in a movie theater in his hometown. “When a Bing Crosby movie ever came to Steubenville, I would stay there all day and watch. And that’s where I learned to sing, ’cause it’s true, I don’t read a note. I learned from Crosby, and so did Sinatra, and Perry Como. We all started imitatin’ him. He was the teacher for us all.”

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Vance Birthplace: Goodbye, For Now

NC Governor Pat McCrory has signaled his intention to sign the state budget and the closure proposal if approved by the Republican-controlled legislature, a likely outcome in a broad effort to mandate savings in every area of government- except for governor McCrory’s cabinet members and house speaker Thom Tillis’ staff, whos’ salaries were immediately increased following the November 2013 elections.

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Listen Here: Appalachian History Weekly podcast posts today

We post a new episode of Appalachian History weekly podcast every Sunday. Check us out on the Stitcher network, available on mobile phones, in-car dashboards and tablets worldwide. Just click below to start listening: We open today’s show with a look at Frances L. Goodrich, a Presbyterian missionary and teacher from Binghamton, NY, who came […]

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Congressman snubs suffrage leader

“CONGRESSMAN TOM HEFLIN’S TILT WITH WOMAN SUFFRAGE LEADER FEATURES BARBECUE” Montgomery [AL] Daily, c. 1915 “Congressman Tom Heflin has returned to his home from Wetumpka, AL where he delivered the principal address before the crowd of several thousand gathered to participate in the big barbecue held there yesterday. The congressman is glad to be alive […]

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