Monthly Archives: December 2006

Meeting In The Ladies Room

I Got A Meeting In The Ladies Room … I’ll Be Back Real Soon…  I am intrigued about the concept of a Women’s Lounge in a bank. Apparently, from roughly 1915 through the 1940s it was not unusual for a… Continue reading


Holiday Cheer, Archives Style

While the holiday season is often referred to as extravagant, with a hyped-up “dispose of the old and upgrade to the new” mentality, I’m enjoying conversations with Wells Fargo History Museum visitors that seem to reflect the contrary. They… Continue reading


Merriest Ever!

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Holidays … Not Going For Broke

Christmas comes but once a year. It means fun, gifts—and bills! But you can have a bill-free Christmas if you save for it systematically. This was how Wells Fargo marketed its “Christmas Club” in the early 1960s. I came… Continue reading


Go Kilauea!

This from paradise: Kilauea is ready to fall into the ocean, scientists fear . Well, not actually—the delta formed by continuous lava flow is about to break off the side of the volcano and return to Davy Jones’ Locker . The… Continue reading


Holiday Cheer, Museum Style

Earthquakes come and go—literally, but in this case I’m talking about the 1906 quake centennial exhibit—and now it’s “Holiday Cheer by Stagecoach” at the Wells Fargo History Museum in San Francisco. Visitors can see toys and greetings from the… Continue reading


Jack The Dog

Before the 20th century, with its many innovations in firefighting and other preparedness, communities were often ravaged by fire and other disasters. Such a disaster in Iowa Hill, Calif., made one of the legends that adds to the fame of… Continue reading

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Ernesto Strikes Out; Next Year On Deck

The Hurricane Season of 2006—in the U.S., that is—was a dud. That is, if you like hurricanes, evacuations, insurance claims … The latest  from both government agency  and academic research  sources suggests that 2006 was a no-hurricane year thanks… Continue reading


Pearl Harbor’s Lessons

Today is the 65th anniversary  of the attack on Pearl Harbor . That event is the general historical moment the U.S. entered the Second World War. That conflict created the recent, modern world with the U.S. in the driver’s seat,… Continue reading

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Nice Work, Kid

This from the AP: A high school senior from Eugene, Ore. won $100,000 at the nation’s top high school science competition . Dmitry Vaintrob, from South Eugene High School , submitted his project in a new area of mathematics called string… Continue reading