My Idea of Treasure

My Idea of Treasure

Not the buried in the sand pirate-type I always dreamed of unearthing in the Southern California former orange-grove backyard where I grew up.  My treasure hunting has been refined to a sharper focus that has proven no less fortunate to me than those who find...
Land of the Lost Trophy

Land of the Lost Trophy

I’ve been perusing the pages of “The California Fencer”, later just “The Fencer”, a West Coast publication that circulated for a few years following WW2 and prior to the start of the national American Fencer magazine.  I’ve written about it before, but in short,...
Historical Documents in the Digital Age

Historical Documents in the Digital Age

Fear. That’s the thing.  It’s a motivator for me.  Not the average, everyday kind of fear, nor an amorphous fear of zombies or clowns.  Rather, the fear of loss.  A very specific kind of loss. The loss of fencing history. I don’t know why it gets to me so much, but it...
Unforgettable: Jan Romary

Unforgettable: Jan Romary

Janice Lee York Romary was the US National Foil Champion ten times in a span of 18 years from the first win to the last.  She represented the United States at the Olympic Games a then-record six times.  She finished just off the medal stand twice, taking fourth in...
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