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  • Douglas County Historical Society
    Research Specialist, 2013 - present
  • University of Minnesota School of Dentistry
    Sentior Web Editor, 2009 - present
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    Editor, designer, columnist, 1996 - present
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    Arts journalist, 2010 - present
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Omaha-based historian, playwright, and arts critic.
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  • University of Minnesota
    Theater, 1986 - 2003
  • Minnetonka High School
    1984 - 1986
  • Fern Hill Elementary
  • Maimonides High School
    1982 - 1984
  • Minnetonka Junior High
  • St. Louis Park Junior High
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Irish Travellers in America: Shelta
How much can we learn about Irish Travellers from one woman's experiences 80 years ago? Apparently enough to be a self-declared expert. You don't often find Irish-Americans referencing Irish Travellers, but I did locate a February 14, 1908, article in the W...
You don't often find Irish-Americans referencing Irish Travellers, but I did locate a February 14, 1908, article in the Washington DC Evening Star in which the Gaelic League of the District of Columbia invited a speaker, Dr. Joseph Dunn, to speak about Shelta, the language of Irish Travellers.
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Irish-American Dining: Irist Mist Desserts
Mrs. Kickham, creator of an Irish Mist torte. Irish Mist managed at once to be very old and not especially old. The brown whiskey liqueur with that name dates back to 1947, when the Tullamore Dew distillery was founded, but it was reportedly inspired by a p...
Irish Mist managed at once to be very old and not especially old. The brown whiskey liqueur with that name dates back to 1947, when the Tullamore Dew distillery was founded, but it was reportedly inspired by a possibly mythical older drink called heather wine that was favored by ancient ...
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Irish-American Crime Films: The Mayor of Hell (1933)
The Mayor of Hell: Pre-code brutality at a reform school. For certain viewers, the phrase "pre-Code Hollywood" brings a certain shiver of pleasure, an expectation of a certain barbaric era of early filmmaking, before the Motion Picture Production Code began...
For certain viewers, the phrase "pre-Code Hollywood" brings a certain shiver of pleasure, an expectation of a certain barbaric era of early filmmaking, before the Motion Picture Production Code began to be strictly enforced in 1934. The so-called Hays Code, named after Motion Picture Producers ...
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Irish Travellers in America: Travellers Rest
A photo of Traveller's Rest author Richard J. Waters from his site. I don't know when the website Traveller's Rest disappeared off the web -- it seems to have been recently, as I recall looking at it in the last year, but now it's a placeholder with some ad...
I don't know when the website Traveller's Rest disappeared off the web -- it seems to have been recently, as I recall looking at it in the last year, but now it's a placeholder with some advertising on it. I know the author, Richard J. Waters, had had health problems, and I hope he is well and ...
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Irish Travellers in America: My Big Fat American Gypsy Wedding
Tamara and Bill get married in Murphy Village. I recently watched the only episode of TLC's "My Big Fat American Gypsy Wedding" to address Irish Travellers in America, and did so with some trepidation. The original Chanel 4 documentary series that inspired ...
I recently watched the only episode of TLC's "My Big Fat American Gypsy Wedding" to address Irish Travellers in America, and did so with some trepidation. The original Chanel 4 documentary series that inspired this, which mostly followed several families of Travellers in Ireland, has been widely ...
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Irish-American Dining: Roasted Mickeys
Dead end: Roasting mickeys over a barrel fire. To read of it, there wasn't much to the roasted mickey. author Abraham Rothberg described the Depression-era food as follows : During the Depression,
potatoes were a staple, cheap and plentiful.  Never d...
During the Depression, potatoes were a staple, cheap and plentiful. Never did they taste better to me, wonderful Long Island potatoes which grew where now sprawl acres of suburban houses and concrete malls. Frequently, we boys, always hungry, took a potato or two from home to roast over fires we ...
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Irish-American Crime Films: Great Guy (1936)
James Cagney in "Great Guy": The housewife must not be cheated. This film is an undeniable oddity, in that it is about a two-fisted inspector for the New York Department of Weights and Measures, based on a series of stories by fiction author James Edward Gr...
This film is an undeniable oddity, in that it is about a two-fisted inspector for the New York Department of Weights and Measures, based on a series of stories by fiction author James Edward Grant. One wouldn't initially think he Department of Weights and Measures is the sort of place where ...
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Irish Travellers in America: The Irish Pedlar
Old James, the Irish Pedlar. As you may have notices, part of the difficulty in surveying news stories about Irish Travellers is that the press gave them so many different names, and knew so little about the group, that  stories about Travellers appear unde...
As you may have notices, part of the difficulty in surveying news stories about Irish Travellers is that the press gave them so many different names, and knew so little about the group, that stories about Travellers appear under a variety of search terms (just the endless ways newspapers chose ...
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Irish Travellers in America: A Guide for Journalists Who Want to Write About Irish Travellers
Hello, journalists! Spring is right around the corner, and there is a good chance your newspaper is going to try to tackle that hoary spring cliche, the story of how Irish Travellers are descending on your town to bilk old people with a series of con jobs. ...
Hello, journalists! Spring is right around the corner, and there is a good chance your newspaper is going to try to tackle that hoary spring cliche, the story of how Irish Travellers are descending on your town to bilk old people with a series of con jobs.
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Irish-American Crime Films: Little Tough Guy (1938)
Huntz Hall and Billy Halop in "Little Tough Guy": Before the movie ends, one of these boys will be dead. In 1938, Universal Studios absconded with a handful of Dead End kids to make their own juvenile delinquency film, "Little Tough Guy," which resulted in ...
In 1938, Universal Studios absconded with a handful of Dead End kids to make their own juvenile delinquency film, "Little Tough Guy," which resulted in the young actors being briefly rebranded as the Little Tough Guys. They made four films under this name, and then a series of serials under the ...
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Irish-American Symblos: Tipperary Hill Traffic Light
A watercolor by  Casey Landerkin witha  Haiku by Michele Reed from the The Syracuse Poster Project Haiku Challenge. There is a traffic light in Syracuse, New York, that is upside down, and I always felt that this would catch on as a symbol of Irish America....
There is a traffic light in Syracuse, New York, that is upside down, and I always felt that this would catch on as a symbol of Irish America. The traffic light is on the corner of Tompkins Street and Milton Avenue in a neighborhood called Tipperary Hill, which, as you can probably guess from the ...
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Irish Travellers in America: These Irish Use Trailers Instead of Jaunting Cars
I have been looking through the newspaper record, trying to find the moment the Irish Traveller community in America starts being treated as a collection of con artists rather than an interesting ethnic minority. I'm well into the 1960s and have not found t...
I have been looking through the newspaper record, trying to find the moment the Irish Traveller community in America starts being treated as a collection of con artists rather than an interesting ethnic minority. I'm well into the 1960s and have not found the transition yet, but I did discover ...
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