Cmdr John Mape KIA

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In 1966,Cdmr John Mape took off from the aircraft Carrier, the USS Ticonderoga in another combat run. Piloting the  Douglas Attack Sky Raider (A-1H) Cmdr Mape and leading  “Mape’s Apes”  of the Attack Squadron 52, Carrier Air Wing 5, was to take part in Operation Rolling Thunder. During this operation the Ticonderoga’s air group delivered over 8,000 tons of ordnance in…

Walter Potter’s Whimisical Taxidermy

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Walter Potter (1835 -1918), the son of the proprietors of the Bramber, Sussex pub, the White Lion, became a taxidermist at the tenderage. His first attempt at taxidermy was preserving the body of his own pet canary.  At the age of 19, after perusing an illustrated book of children’s rhymes his sister Jane showed him, he created the diorama “The…

The California Academy of Sciences

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The California Academy of Sciences is not only among the world’s  largest  natural history museum, it is a pretty awesome place to visit.  The Academy has a long and varied history that includes helping out during World War 11 (they repaired and fixed the US Navy’ optics). It houses a rainforest dome, Steinhart Aquarium, Africa hall, Planetarium. There is Foulcault…