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G T O – Thomas Calabrese

By   /  February 15, 2020  /  The Back Page  /  14 Comments

High Horsepower Happiness Thomas Calabrese –The 1967 Pontiac GTO (Gran Turismo Omologato) had a 389 cubic inch engine with triple two barrel carburetors and produced 360 horsepower. It had a four-speed manual transmission with a Hurst performance dual gate shifting linkage and was metallic fathom blue in color, had a midnight blue vinyl top, black interior […]

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Aviator In The Attic -Thomas Calabrese

By   /  February 9, 2020  /  The Back Page  /  23 Comments

I know that sound Thomas Calabrese –Between 1961 and 1975, tens of thousands of U.S. military helicopter pilots, crew chiefs, gunners and medics spearheaded U.S. efforts to secure the 67,000 square miles of South Vietnam. This Southeast Asian war has long been known as the ‘Helicopter War’. The distinctive ‘thump-thump’ sound of choppers is seared […]

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The Path of the Honorable Man – Thomas Calabrese

By   /  February 2, 2020  /  The Back Page  /  22 Comments

Will lead him to happiness. Thomas Calabrese — The Kimbrough family lived on a small farm outside Wichita, Kansas. The weather had been volatile and unpredictable for the past week. A series of thunderstorms moving up from the Gulf of Mexico and cold dry air coming down from Canada were colliding in the central plains […]

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No Compromises – Thomas Calabrese

By   /  January 26, 2020  /  The Back Page  /  21 Comments

Extreme Oversight Thomas Calabrese — The tour group consisted of forty students, five sets of parents and three teachers from the Mira Costa Junior College in Oceanside, California.  They were touring religious and historical sites in Israel on an educational trip for their Middle Eastern History class when they were kidnapped as they left the […]

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Justice and Vengeance – Thomas Calabrese

By   /  January 18, 2020  /  The Back Page  /  19 Comments

Two Sides Of The Same Coin Thomas Calabrese –The Santa Fe Trail was a 19th-century transportation route through central North America that connected Independence, Missouri with Santa Fe, New Mexico. Pioneered in 1821 by William Becknell, the trail served as a vital commercial highway until the introduction of the railroad to Santa Fe in 1880. Santa Fe was near the end of the El Camino Real […]

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Kicks on Route 66 – Thomas Calabrese

By   /  January 11, 2020  /  The Back Page  /  17 Comments

Great Traveling Companion Thomas Calabrese — Mason Sheridan met Katie Matheson when they were both cadets at the Naval Academy. It wasn’t as if they were romantically involved or even close friends, more like casual acquaintances. Mason was a linebacker on the Navy football team and Katie ran cross country. They would see each other […]

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All In A Day’s Work – Thomas Calabrese

By   /  January 4, 2020  /  The Back Page  /  17 Comments

That’s Just Too Bad Thomas Calabrese — It was midnight on July 14th, 2008 in Lee Summit, Missouri, a suburb located 15 miles east of Kansas City. The weather was hot, humid and it felt like a thunderstorm was on the way as dark clouds drifted in from the south to obscure the stars. Five […]

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A Fragile Commodity – Thomas Calabrese

By   /  September 8, 2019  /  The Back Page  /  15 Comments

“Do you ever wish that we weren’t born into this kind of life?”

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Table for Two – Thomas Calabrese

By   /  July 8, 2017  /  The Back Page  /  13 Comments

The Carnage   Entrée Thomas Calabrese …It was a clear and warm night in Oceanside, California on July 9, 2017 which was a nice change from the overcast weather that had encompassed the area for the last week. The neighborhood watch team of Richie Myerson and Ron Pickering had just turned off  Via Rancho Avenue on […]

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Cosmic Salvation Part I – Thomas Calabrese

By   /  June 24, 2017  /  The Back Page  /  8 Comments

My Celestial Brother Thomas Calabrese …The two giant asteroids were on a collision course, one was almost six hundred miles across at its widest point, the other was slightly less than five hundred and they had been floating through the infinite vastness of the Whirlpool Galaxy for thousands of years, but destiny had other plans […]

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Twisting In The Wind – Thomas Calabrese

By   /  June 17, 2017  /  The Back Page  /  11 Comments

Full Circle of Retribution  Thomas Calabrese… Allison Christiansen’s name was a contradiction in itself for there was absolutely nothing Christian-like about this young girl’s upbringing or behavior. She was completely void of morals or anything resembling a conscience. Her father Jason was a ruthless collector of unpaid gambling debts and her mother Maureen descended from a […]

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Hank’s Justice He Walks The Blue Line – Thomas Calabrese

By   /  June 10, 2017  /  The Back Page  /  11 Comments

  He Walks The Blue Line Thomas Calabrese … It was late afternoon in Oceanside, California and twenty women were doing a yoga demonstration under a clear blue sky on the beach next to the pier as a large banner flew next to them; Peace and Tranquility through Yoga. They were going through a series of […]

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The Underground Dynasty – Thomas Calabrese

By   /  June 3, 2017  /  The Back Page  /  7 Comments

I Can Dig It Thomas Calabrese ….  Mohawk Indians have an impressive history of being fearless and adept iron workers. Seven generations of this special breed of men have climbed halfway to the heavens on two foot wide steel girders with a steady gait and unwavering balance to create monuments of architecture. Their contributions to […]

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Confirmed Last Transmission – Thomas Calabrese

By   /  May 27, 2017  /  The Back Page  /  14 Comments

Roger That Thomas Calabrese… The mortars dropped in on the Marines like fire from hell and the jungle warriors instinctively dived for cover. The screams of anguish of those who had been hit filled the morning air and once the location of the enemy’s mortar position was determined, grunts grabbed their weapons and raced into harm’s […]

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Thy Kingdom Come – Part Two – Thomas Calabrese

By   /  May 20, 2017  /  The Back Page  /  15 Comments

(Answer My Prayer)   Air Force One was in the air in less than thirty minutes and President Trask was already halfway through the service record of Joe Kingdom, “Ten years in the Navy Seals, two Navy Crosses, three Silver Stars, two Bronze Stars and five Purple Hearts. After he left the Seals he worked […]

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Thy Kingdom Come – Part I

By   /  May 13, 2017  /  The Back Page  /  13 Comments

(Answer My Prayer) Thomas Calabrese …. When Robert Trask campaigned for the Presidency of the United States, one of his promises was that he would the turn the economy around which had been sluggish for years. He would make it easier for companies to make a profit by reducing cumbersome and unneeded regulations that had a […]

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Smoldering Australians -Thomas Calabrese

By   /  May 6, 2017  /  The Back Page  /  12 Comments

Smoldering Australians     Too Hot To Handle Thomas Calabrese.. It was April 20, 1968 in South Vietnam and the stench of death and jungle decomposition combined with the stifling humid heat to attack my sense of smell like a sapper squad on opium laced steroids. My Marine Corps infantry platoon had seen action in three […]

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All Choked Up – Thomas Calabrese

By   /  April 29, 2017  /  The Back Page  /  14 Comments

  An Unfortunate Chain of Events Thomas Calabrese … Pepper was a Brindle Pitbull, black and white in color and almost fourteen years of age. This was old for most dogs especially one of her size and breed and she had her share of health issues which included arthritis and lung cancer.  She was the sole […]

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Munday Memories Thomas Calabrese

By   /  April 22, 2017  /  The Back Page  /  10 Comments

Ghost of Khe Sanh   Thomas Calabrese …. Captain Matthew Munday could have been forged in the steel mills of ancient mythology to stand beside the Gods of Aries and Zeus on Mount Olympus. He also could have been finely stitched by a master leathermaker to be rawhide tough and ride the trails of the Wild […]

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Frankly Speaking – Thomas Calabrese

By   /  April 20, 2017  /  The Back Page  /  8 Comments

(Once every ten million, One in ten billion) One in Ten Billion  Thomas Calabrese Billions of stars and thousands of planets from different galaxies were in perfect alignment for this unique celestial event that only occurred once every ten million years and lasted less than a tenth of a second. An energy beam so powerful […]

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