June 2018

June 12, 2018

Samuel Tom Holiday, code talker, passes away | Navajo Times

June 12, 2018 0
Samuel Tom Holiday, code talker, passes away | Navajo Times
Samuel Tom Holiday, one of the last surviving Navajo Code Talkers, died Monday evening (June 11) just nine days after his 94th birthday celebration at his home in Tódinéeshzhee'.

Quick Facts:
He was born near the Utah-Arizona border, within Monument Valley.

He was forced to attend a government-run boarding school, like many Native American children were in those days, to attempt to strip them of their cultural identity. Stripping of identities, just as they had done to many who came to this country as immigrants, the indentured, or as slaves

Samuel Tom Holiday enlisted in the Marines in 1943, when he was nineteen years old.

The code talkers consisted of hundreds of Navajo at the height of the operation.

The Navajo Code Talkers used Navajo stories to communicate top secret information, among other tactics. The code was never broken by the Japanese.

For more details about his life and legacy:


June 5, 2018

Coolest Observatories and Planetariums in the US | Futurism

June 05, 2018 0
Coolest Observatories and Planetariums in the US | Futurism

Coolest Observatories and Planetariums in the US

Looking for something different to do? This list of the coolest observatories and planetariums in the US are sure to spice up a weekend trip.

When is the last time you learned something about the universe? Observatories and planetariums are often overlooked compared to museums, aquariums, zoos, and galleries — and that's a shame

The coolest observatories and planetariums in the US are calling your name. Grab a friend and try out something different this weekend.

Star Gazing Starry Night Astronomy by Free-Photos
While "coolest" may be an overstatement with so many more observatories and planetariums across the nation, the listed observatories and planetariums are still worth visiting when you're traveling. That or if they're close to you, travel-wise.

Planetariums, in comparisons to museums, zoos, and the like tend to be less popular but are a completely new experience. Especially if you've never visited a planetarium before. And, yes, they also make for a great alternative to going to the movies and piquing someone's interest in stargazing.