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Follow The Numbers – Thomas Calabrese

By   /  January 23, 2022  /  The Back Page  /  4 Comments

Common Denominator Thomas Calabrese — Russell Castle was a gifted mathematician, who used computational techniques, algorithms and computer technology to solve economic, scientific, engineering, and business problems by reducing elements to mathematical variables with alternative solutions.  His wife, Jennifer was a practitioner of numerology, the mystical relationship between numbers and coinciding events. It is also […]

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Don’t Cry In The Popcorn – Thomas Calabrese

By   /  January 15, 2022  /  The Back Page  /  9 Comments

Mr. Sensitive Thomas Calabrese–Garch Holman was born in Akron, Ohio, but he was far from being a normal Midwestern boy. His father Jacob ‘Jake’ was a true adventurer. He enlisted in the Marine Corps and served three combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. After his separation from the military, Jake traveled overseas and joined the […]

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Some Are Better – Thomas Calabrese

By   /  January 8, 2022  /  The Back Page  /  7 Comments

On Any Given Day Thomas Calabrese — Senator Roscoe Terwilliger was probably the most corrupt politician that ever served in the American government. That dubious distinction did not come without years of betrayal of the public trust. Roscoe parked his worthless carcass at the public trough and filled his pockets and off-shore bank accounts with […]

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Cancelled Flights Thomas Calabrese

By   /  January 1, 2022  /  The Back Page  /  9 Comments

Eve of Destruction Thomas Calabrese –Delta Force is organized into 4 Squadrons. Each squadron is commanded by a Lieutenant Colonel. There are four teams in a squadron and each one has a team leader. The rank of a team leader is either a Master Sergeant (E-8) or Sergeant First Class (E-7). Sergeant First Class Frank […]

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Day After Christmas – Thomas Calabrese

By   /  December 25, 2021  /  The Back Page  /  16 Comments

Don’t Take The Lights Down Yet Thomas Calabrese –Gesperino Paconi was a three-year-old boy from Cassalieri, Italy, when he came to America. His father, Mario was hired by the owners of the Jameson Canyon Winery in Napa, California to become their head vintner. The pay was excellent and housing was included in their generous offer […]

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Cheap Beer and Old Stories – Thomas Calabrese

By   /  December 18, 2021  /  The Back Page  /  16 Comments

Old Veterans, New Battles Thomas Calabrese –Cord Brannigan grew up in Fallbrook, California. When he was fourteen-years-old, Cord got a part-time job at American Legion Post 329 doing clean-up and helping out during activities at the center. It wasn’t that he enjoyed the work that much, it was mundane and mostly uninteresting, it was more […]

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Max Covid and Pam Demic – Thomas Calabrese

By   /  December 11, 2021  /  The Back Page  /  16 Comments

The Ultimate Power Couple Thomas Calabrese –Nicholas Maximus Covid was a genuine hardcase. He grew up in the slums of Kansas City, Missouri. His father was a small-time hoodlum and his mother was a waitress and short order cook at a greasy spoon called Butch’s Diner on Independence Avenue,  Nick ran with a gang called […]

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Angels With Dirty Hands -Thomas Calabrese

By   /  December 4, 2021  /  The Back Page  /  10 Comments

The Unholy Alliance Thomas Calabrese — The two young boys grew up in the neighborhood outside the back gate of Camp Pendleton Marine Corps Base, two blocks from the intersection of Vandegrift Boulevard and North River Road.  Glenn Marlowe’s father was a former Marine and now worked as a civilian employee for Facilities Maintenance on […]

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Take Without Forgetting – Thomas Calabrese

By   /  November 27, 2021  /  The Back Page  /  8 Comments

Give Without Remembering Thomas Calabrese- Nick Holmes looked back on his Marine Corps career with a mixture of emotions. He was glad that he went in the military, but wasn’t sure if he had in him to do it all over again. Nick did was what required of him, but there was nothing spectacular or […]

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Wolfe Was On The Prowl -Thomas Calabrese

By   /  November 20, 2021  /  The Back Page  /  11 Comments

Happy Thanksgiving Thomas Calabrese –Some men are born to serve and others are born to lead and a very few are born to do both. Actor James Stewart became one of the few Americans to ever rise from private to colonel in only four years during World War II. The path for Spencer Wolfe wasn’t […]

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Self-Reliant Warrior – Thomas Calabrese

By   /  November 13, 2021  /  The Back Page  /  12 Comments

No Ordinary Guy Thomas Calabrese — There are voices that we only hear in solitude. They echo through the canyons and over mountains in our minds, but grow faint and inaudible when we are no longer alone. Living according to one’s notions of goodness is easy in our own imaginations, but it takes a truly […]

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Freedom And Liberty – Thomas Calabrese

By   /  November 7, 2021  /  The Back Page  /  10 Comments

Immeasurable Value Thomas Calabrese –Gunnery Sergeant Kirby Boone was born in Virginia City, Nevada. His father Zack, was a big and rough and tumble kind of guy, who was bigger than life. He was the kind of man who meant what he said and said what he meant. He never went looking for a fight, […]

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Good Witch of Wuhan- Thomas Calabrese

By   /  October 30, 2021  /  The Back Page  /  8 Comments

Igor the Shark Thomas Calabrese –The Wuhan Institute of Virology is a research institute that is operated by the Chinese Academy of Sciences. It is located in the Wuchang District, Hubei, China, and reports directly to the State Council of the People’s Republic of China. Li Chepurnov, was the daughter of Vladimir Chepurnov, Director of […]

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Two Meal Bill – Thomas Calabrese

By   /  October 24, 2021  /  The Back Page  /  11 Comments

Compliments to the Chef Thomas Calabrese — Bill Crown was eight years old when his parents Steve and Rochelle were killed on the Oakland Bay Bridge. They were returning from a business luncheon at Perry’s Embarcadero when a 7.3 earthquake struck the structure with such force that it created a six foot split in the […]

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Paisano – Thomas Calabrese

By   /  October 16, 2021  /  The Back Page  /  12 Comments

Tomodachi Thomas Calabrese — Giuseppe ‘Joe’ Paisano emigrated from Sicily with his parents Vito and Lucia and four older brothers, Gaetano, Salvatore, Luigi and Pietro in 1923. The family processed through Ellis Island like 12 million other immigrants did searching for a better life, did between the years of 1892 and 1954. Vito was a […]

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Pie in the Sky – Thomas Calabrese

By   /  October 10, 2021  /  The Back Page  /  9 Comments

Cake in the Clouds Thomas Calabrese– The phrase ‘pie in the sky’ is originally from the song “The Preacher and the Slave” (1911) by songwriter Joe Hill (1879–1915), which he wrote as a parody of the Salvation Army hymn ‘In the Sweet By-and-By’. It became popular during the Great Depression of the 1930s, to describe a happy future […]

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Patriot’s Perception – Thomas Calabrese

By   /  October 2, 2021  /  The Back Page  /  12 Comments

Delicate Balancing Act Thomas Calabrese –Clay Paladin was a Navy Seal and caught a very mild case of COVID-19 virus when he was home on leave for his sister’s wedding in San Marcos, California. Because he was in excellent physical condition and his immune system was strong, his only symptoms was a mild headache. If […]

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Ramblin’ On To Reno – Thomas Calabrese

By   /  September 25, 2021  /  The Back Page  /  16 Comments

The Walking Marine Thomas Calabrese –Kirby Cage had more than his share of emotional problems and mental issues. He had been in the Marine Corps for five years and was on his second deployment to Afghanistan. His infantry squad was on Operation Khanjar (Dagger) in July 2009 and were on patrol in the Helmand River […]

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Human Variant -Thomas Calabrese

By   /  September 19, 2021  /  The Back Page  /  12 Comments

Patriotic Pandemic Thomas Calabrese –Anthony Santino was enrolled in the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps (NROTC) at the University of California, San Diego when he met Janet Novak in the pre-med program. After graduation, Tony attended medical school while Janet obtained a biomedical science degree and went to work as a research scientist. After finishing […]

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Leave No Dog Behind -Thomas Calabrese

By   /  September 12, 2021  /  The Back Page  /  15 Comments

American Patriot and Deep Stater Thomas Calabrese — John J. Keough was born in Valley Center, California. His parents Carl and Natalie owned sixty acres of land where they grew avocados, tangerines, eureka lemons, passion fruits and kumquats. The Keoughs were one of the first in the region to specialize in all organic produce. Chris […]

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