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Kennedy’s Air Force One -– A piece of tragic history  By Jim Bucher  Photo: Boeing VC-137C SAM 26000 (Air Force One) at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo) As we pause to reflect a solemn occasion in our country’s history, the assassination of President John. F. Kennedy 50 years […]

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Where were you when you heard the news?  By Jim Bucher   Photo: John F. Kennedy, 35th President of the United States During my parents’ generation, everyone could tell you exactly where they were and what they were doing when news broke about Japan’s surprise attack on Pearl Harbor, throwing our country into a war we, […]

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He loves to write books about Dayton  By Jim Bucher Photo: Author Curt Dalton helps to keep Dayton history alive Truth in disclosure here. It’s time to come clean. A few articles back, I proclaimed myself – with my vast knowledge on the subject – an amateur Dayton historian. Well, part of that is true. I […]

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Who is really under that hat?  By: Jim Bucher Photo: Sgt. Jeff Kramer of the Ohio State Highway Patrol During a recent jaunt on I-70, like many of you, my blood pressure shot through the roof. You see, in my rear view mirror was an Ohio State Highway Patrol cruiser, the OSHP, if you will. Why […]

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Is it just me?  By Jim Bucher  Photo: [l to r] Ginny Strausburg and Jim Bucher at the “Sugarplum Festival of Trees” OK, let me explain that headline. No, I’m not a hall of famer in baseball, football or racing, but rather I’ve been humbly nominated into the Dayton Area Broadcasters Hall of Fame. A true honor […]

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Is it just me? By Jim Bucher  As I sit here pondering the subject of my next column, my Dad’s words come to mind, which I believe were plagiarized by a guy named Murphy – as in Murphy’s Law. “Anything that can go wrong, will go wrong.” I do believe this is the unofficial Bucher […]

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Waynesville + Sauerkraut = Tons of fun  By Jim Bucher  Don’t you love humble beginnings? Case in point … Many, many years ago two gentlemen by the names of Kettering and Deeds decided they were weary from starting their automobile engines by turning an impractical hand crank on the front of the car. So, together […]

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What happened to chivalry?  By Jim Bucher   According to Wikipedia, the online, open-forum encyclopedia – thought I’d sound hip saying that instead of, “According to my Encyclopedia Britannica in book form on my bookshelf” – the word “polite” means “having or showing behavior that is respectful and considerate of other people.” The word “courteous” […]

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Dayton beer memorabilia … or lack thereof  By Jim Bucher   Photo: A vintage bottle from Dayton’s Olt Brewing Company The Buchers and beer history in the Miami Valley go way back. I’m the proud descendent of Robert Edgar. “Who is Robert Edgar,” you say? Well, first, he’s my great-great grandfather, with maybe a great added […]

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Old sayings … say what?  By Jim Bucher Many a quick wit was the norm in my family from Mom, Dad, uncles and aunts. There always seemed to be a wisecrack or four in the conversation. Guess that’s where I get it. But what was perplexing is those old sayings and where they came from. […]

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To Google or not to Google … By Jim Bucher  OK, we’ve all done it. You’d be lying if you tell me “No.” I’ve done it a few times. It’s not illegal, of course. Well, in our country at least. But in light of recent events, our government probably already knows we do it. I’m talking […]

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Life – for all of us, it’s terminal  By Jim Bucher   Photo: The grand monuments at Woodland Cemetery One thing we all have in common in life – it’s  for sure, guaranteed, puts us all on the same playing field, my friends – death. Wow! Did I wake up on the wrong side of the bed or […]

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It’s great ’n Dayton!  By Jim Bucher  Photo: The Deeds Carillon welcomes visitors at the south end of Dayton, courtesy of bikedayton.wordpress.com   I’m just as guilty as the next guy. It’s easy to take shots at the place we call home. To some, it’s just their nature, nothing will ever make them happy. For others, they […]

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Life’s little irritations Photo: Bucher lawn maintenance: Large rocks protecting the driveway By Jim Bucher   As I am now back and refreshed from my vacation in sunny California, it’s time to get back into the swing of things. It’s tough with that jet lag and three-hour West Coast time difference, but then got to thinking, […]

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Sexting through the ages By Jim Bucher  Well, It’s the Sizzling Summer Sex issue in this week’s Dayton City Paper.What exactly does that mean? I made a quick phone call to our fearless leader, Owner and Publisher of DCP, Paul Noah, to get the lowdown.“Paul, it’s Buch,” I said. “Oh, hey there. What’s up?” Paul […]

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Bucher vacation revelations – Part 2 By Jim Bucher   Photo:  The Buchers on vacation at the Hollywood Bowl  Ok, if you were here last week – in this very same spot – you know that I’m writing about my vacation with my two teenage daughters to visit my brother in California. If you need […]

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Ready, Set, LEGO!

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Be prepared for LEGO dazzle and delight when the BrickUniverse Convention for LEGO Fans visits the Dayton Convention Center August […]

We all live in a ‘Yellow Submarine’

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Coinciding with the 50th anniversary and theatrical re-release of Yellow Submarine, animator Ron Campbell is bringing his Rock Art Show […]

Four headliners and more this week at Downtown’s Levitt

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Delhi 2 Dublin, Kyle Dillingham, Sol Driven Train, Lao Tizer Band Delhi 2 Dublin (l-r): Serena Eades, Sanjay Seran, Ravi […]

The Oregon’s Seafood Stalwart

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Carving out history Jay’s Seafood Restaurant is a longtime pillar of the Oregon District dining scene. It’s steeped in lore […]

Destination Yellow Springs

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Yellow Springs artist exhibited (times two) Yellow Springs painter Christine Klinger is showing her work at the Emporium/Underdog Café through […]