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NARA Coast to Coast: The Lawsuit of Champions

Who knew oats could be so powerful? One Midwestern company knew their strength and did whatever it could to protect its interest in the grain and its products.

No Laugh-In Matter

“Sock it to me!”  That is, in a way, what happened to Richard Havilland.  And he never got to utter that phrase on the television show that made it famous, Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In.  He did, however, fight back and socked Playboy with a lawsuit.  The case provides a fascinating look at not only the […]

NARA Coast to Coast: WWII Homefront and Chicago Radio

September 2 is not necessarily a day which will live in infamy; nevertheless it is significant in world history marking the formal end of World War II in 1945 when Japan signed the Instrument of Surrender on the USS Missouri. While the military fought overseas, Americans at home were doing their part with a little […]

NARA Coast to Coast: Too Smart-o for Their Own Good

Not all crimes are worthy of great publicity. Petty thievery is commonplace, and certainly does not warrant a lot of attention.  However, some cases are considered “perfect” crimes. One happened near Chicago and is documented not only in the National Archives, but also on television. In 1981, William Smarto, along with assistance from his brother […]

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