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Short Stories on the History & Power
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— Stories by Jack Doyle —


Poignant Songs

“Harry Chapin”

Taxi & Beyond

Song about a long-lost
love brought him to
national prominence.

Business & Biography

“The Delorean Saga”

Car Guy: 1960s-1980s

He shook-up G.M.,
pushed “auto ethics,” and
invented a new car.

Baseball History

“The M&M Boys”

Summer of 1961

Mickey Mantle & Roger Maris
in “home run race” seeking
Babe Ruth’s record.

Celebrity, Culture, Politics

“Fonda Fitness Boom”

1980s & Beyond

Hollywood’s Jane Fonda
spawns fitness empire that
helps fund her activism.

Road to the White House

“JFK’s 1960 Campaign”

Primaries & Fall Election

The historic campaign,
with city-by-city itinerary
— and lots of photos.

Civil Rights History

“Buses Are A’ Comin’”

Freedom Riders: 1961

In 1961, extraordinary
courage stepped up
to racial bigotry.

Sport, Politics, Culture

“Ali, Frazier, Sinatra…”

Boxing & Culture

1971’s Ali-Frazier fight
became a surrogate for
larger social issues.

Music, Celebrity, Business

“They Go To Graceland”

600,000 Visits/Yr

Presidents & prime ministers
go there, too; Graceland
is now Big Business.

Strip Mining History

“Giant Shovel on I-70″

Ohio Fight: 1973

Shovel’s highway crossing
spurs activist organizing
& Congressional action.

Kentucky Activist

“Mountain Warrior”

1950s-1980s

Harry Caudill, author,
lawyer and legislator,
fought for Appalachia.

Music & Biography

“Elton John’s Decade”

1970s (w/Bernie)

Elton John’s music,
concerts & showmanship
helped define the ’70s.

Annals of Music

“100 Years to Live”

2003-2004

Five-For-Fighting song
points up life’s
fleeting timeline.

Publishing, Politics, Ecology

“Power in the Pen”

1962-1963

Rachel Carson’s book, Silent
Spring, takes on pesticides;
spurs environmental cause.

Politics & Television

“Brian’s Song”

1977-2012

Brian Lamb’s C-SPAN
opens up Congress;
provides public affairs TV.

Oil Disaster Film

“Deepwater Horizon”

Film & Spill: 2010-2016

Story on rig disaster film
also recounts history &
politics of real BP oil spill.

Annals of Music

“Goffin & King”

1950s-2010s

Famous young songwriters,
find love & success,
then their lives diverge.

Music, Politics, Big Biz

“Paradise”

John Prine-1971

A country song about
strip mining, coal power,
& demise of Paradise, KY

Politics, Celebrity, Music

“Linda & Jerry”

1971-1983

The lives of Jerry Brown
and Linda Ronstadt
during the 1970s.

50th Anniversary Year

“I Guarantee It”

1969

Joe Namath of NY Jets
predicts Super Bowl win;
helps transform pro football.

50th Anniversary Year

“Santa Barbara Oil Spill”

Union Oil: 1969

Offshore blowout pollutes
beaches, kills wildlife;
ignites environmental cause.

Pop Star Promotion

“The Jackson Statues”

1995

Michael Jackson statues
help promote a pop star
& his music globally.

Music & Money

“Michael & McCartney”

1980s-2009

Pop stars collaborate
on music, but feud over
Beatles song catalog.

Publishing & Wall Street

“Flash Boy Lewis”

1989-2014

A Michael Lewis book on
high-frequency computer
trading rattles Wall Street.

Annals of Music

“The Saddest Song”

1942-1945

Samuel Barber’s “Adagio
for Strings” has a powerful
and moving sadness.

Annals of Music

“Dylan’s Hard Rain”

1962-1963

Genesis & history of
Dylan’s song, “A Hard
Rain’s A-Gonna Fall.”

1950s R&B Rocker

“Fats Domino”

1950s-2000s

“Boogie-woogie” pianist
helps invent rock `n roll;
becomes nat’l sensation.

Coal & Politics

“Coal & The Kennedys”

1960s-2010s

JFK, RFK, Ted, Caroline
& RFK, Jr — all gave voice to
plight of coal communities.

Politics & Publishing

“The Pentagon Papers”

1967-2018

A ‘freedom-of-the-press’
story & the beginning of
Richard Nixon’s downfall.

Oil Industry History

“Texas City Disaster”

BP Refinery: 2005

Poorly-maintained oil
refinery explodes,
killing 15, injuring 180.

Sculpture & History

“Point of View”

George & Guyasuta

Engaging historic figures
spur perspective on
land use & modernity.

Publishing & Politics

“Nader’s Raiders”

1968-1974

Ralph Nader’s student
“study groups” turned
Washington inside-out.

Book, Film, Music

“Goldfinger”

1959-1965

The James Bond film
that really sent the
franchise soaring.

Baseball Standout

“Pitcher Perfect”

1963-1966

Brooklyn’s Sandy Koufax
becomes baseball standout;
wins three Triple Crowns.

World Series Drama

“The Mazeroski Moment”

October 1960

In a dramatic Game 7,
the Pittsburgh Pirates
beat the NY Yankees.

Topics Page

“Environmental History”

1950s-2010s

Stories on oil spills,
pesticides, river pollution,
strip mining & more…

Annals of Music

“Joni’s Music”

1962-2000s

Singer-songwriter
Joni Mitchell’s
amazing career.

Topics Page

“Beatles History”

1960s-2012

Multiple Beatles stories:
bios, song histories,
touring, and more.

Politics & Celebrity

“Barack & Bruce”

2008-2012

Bruce Springsteen & other
celebrities helped President Obama win re-election.

Beatles Music

“In My Life”

Lennon-1965

Lennon & the Beatles
plumb the memory banks to
craft an all-time favorite.

Sci-Fi Film Classic

“Soylent Green”

1973

Dystopian film raises
enviro, survival, and
population issues.

Topics Page

“Magazine History”

18 Stories

The power & influence
of magazines in
politics & culture.

Annals of Music

“Summer Wind”

1966

Profile of, and
MP3 file for, a Frank
Sinatra classic.

Politics & Baseball

“Jack & Stan”

JFK-Musial: 1960

Politician & ballplayer
form a campaign alliance
— and a friendship.

Politics & Publishing

“Mailer on Kennedy”

Taschen Book: 2014

“Superman” in the 1960
presidential campaign,
by Mailer & Taschen.

Celebrity & The Web

“Google & Gaga”

2011

Story includes video
with history & sketches
of Lady Gaga & Google.

Advertising & Culture

“The iPod Silhouettes”

2000-2011

Apple’s iPod ads spread
cultural imagery globally
& boosted bottom line.

Topics Page: Women

“Noteworthy Ladies”

40 Stories

Profiles of famous women
— from Rachel Carson
to Tina Turner.

Topics Page: Civil Rights

“Civil Rights Topics”

1930s-2010s

14 stories with
Civil Rights-related
content & history.

Music & Pop Culture

“Beatles in America”

1963-1964

New rock ‘n roll group
brings “pop explosion” in
music, business, culture.

Beatles Under Siege

“Burn The Beatles”

Bigger Than Jesus?

Lennon’s 1966 remarks
spawn U.S. protests;
threaten concert tour.



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