Stories by Bill Kirby

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Thursday, Aug 7, 2014

Success arrives from all states (and D.C.)

Once again our summer vacation contest has successfully produced a postcard from all 50 states and the District of Columbia.
By Bill Kirby

Monday, Aug 4, 2014

Kirby: A numbers ninja slide rule is a thing of the past

We need to start writing stuff down because pretty soon nobody will remember all our educational low-technology that created today's successful high-tech world.
By Bill Kirby

Saturday, Aug 2, 2014

Kirby: Postcards teach lessons from abroad

You can learn from travels. For example, Tom Brandner, of Aiken, sent me a postcard from Michigan with someone showing off his "pasties." It wasn't what you might think. 
By Bill Kirby

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Kirby: What were Augusta's top stories since 1964?

A sharp-eyed column reader compared my latest history video on Augusta’s last duel to the latest installment of The Bachelorette.
By Bill Kirby

Monday, July 28, 2014

Kirby: 8 ways to avoid bug bites

Ihave been bitten and stung by just about everything, most of it before age 7. Here are eight steps to avoid insect stings offered by Dr. Bill Dolen, an allergist and immunologist at Children's ...
By Bill Kirby

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Kirby: Timing is crucial for a good trip

Before marriage. Before children. Before small dogs and domestic commitments, I was the most eclectic of summer vacationers.
By Bill Kirby

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Three postcards shy of every state

August is getting close, but we still need postcards from three states to get all 50. That would be Nebraska, Delaware and New Jersey.
By Bill Kirby

Monday, July 21, 2014

Waterskiing squirrel evades alligator

I am sorry I missed seeing Twiggy the Waterskiing Squirrel at this weekend's Outdoor Expo downtown at James Brown Arena.
By Bill Kirby

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Kirby: Travelers continue to check in with postcards

I am not sure what it is, but the highest percentage of our summer vacation travelers are checking in this year from Alaska - easily our most visited state with 15-plus postcards.
By Bill Kirby

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Readers tell of vacations through postcards

Readers leave town behind but send back postcards to make up for it.
By Bill Kirby

Monday, July 14, 2014

Kirby: Printing makes us cool

Answering the questions about why you need to thank printers for air conditioning and what really happened to the Confderate gold.
By Bill Kirby

Sunday, July 13, 2014

The Way We Were: Walton Way and 15th Street

It is the mid-1970s and Augustans are just getting used to the expansion of the Walton Way-15th Street interchange.
By Bill Kirby

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Kirby: Men just aren't the wedding type

Summers are the seasons for weddings. Like many men, I try to avoid them. Guys are skeptical of expensive pageantry outside of a Super Bowl halftime show. We think weddings, for instance, should ...
By Bill Kirby

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Give thanks to inventor of modern air conditioning unit

Whenever July rolls around, I try to remember to say a silent prayer for Willis Carrier. He is generally considered inventor of the first modern electrical air conditioning unit in 1902.
By Bill Kirby

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Kirby: Journalism hits the streets once again

About halfway through this year's 10-kilometer Peachtree Road Race, I came to the sad realization that I was not going to win. So I decided to do something different.
By Bill Kirby

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Kirby: I run for the burn, not the glory

This year, I proudly wore a T-shirt honoring Joseph M. Still Burn Centers, Inc., during the Peachtree Road Race in Atlanta.
By Bill Kirby

Monday, June 30, 2014

Travelers send more postcards

My computer beat me at checkers, but I sure beat it at kickboxing. - Emo Philips Summer travels are very busy, our postcard contest is in overdrive, and Margaret Kiefer, of Pelican Rapids, Minn., ...
By Bill Kirby

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Kirby: Summer postcards keep coming

Your vacation reports are filling up the newsroom mailbox, so let me share your summer travel experiences.
By Bill Kirby

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Getzen's Pond was place for swimming

These days Getzen's Pond is overgrown and hard to find, stuck back in the thick woods that border North Augusta's River Club golf course. But a century ago the spring-fed pool of very cold water ...
By Bill Kirby

Monday, June 23, 2014

Kirby: A week of gratitude, latitude and attitude

Thank you to the Curtis Baptist 39ers, who gave me not only a tasty lunch last week but also another chance to hear Buddy Rowland lead the song-singing.
By Bill Kirby
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