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Cinematic Influences -Thomas Calabrese

By   /  June 19, 2021  /  The Back Page  /  9 Comments

Heroes and Villains Thomas Calabrese — Over the past 100 years, Hollywood has created thousands of cinematic portraits of men and manhood for the silver screen. Celluloid images appeared before us as good and bad guys, weak and strong, heroes and villains. These larger than life images showed young impressionable boys a wide range of […]

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Chaos In The Inland Empire – Thomas Calabrese

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

Rivco 90 Thomas Calabrese – Herman Browning joined the Marine Corps after graduating from San Marcos High School. He served in the Infantry, Recon, 1stAnglico and the Raider Regiment. Herman had eleven deployments, was awarded two silver stars, one bronze star and was wounded six times while in combat or operating behind enemy lines. He […]

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Always The Right Time – Thomas Calabrese

By   /  June 6, 2021  /  The Back Page  /  12 Comments

For Swift Justice Thomas Calabrese – Inspired and Dedicated to Marsha the Magnificent — Marsha Swift was born in Bend, Central Oregon’s largest city, located on the eastern edge of the Cascade Range along the Deschutes River. This area is where the Ponderosa pine forest transitions to the high desert, characterized by junipers, sagebrush and […]

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Heartache At Honda Rock – Thomas Calabrese

By   /  May 29, 2021  /  The Back Page  /  15 Comments

Hellfire and High Water Thomas Calabrese — The Honda Point disaster was the largest peacetime loss of U.S. Navy ships in American history. It occurred on a foggy evening with limited visibility on September 8, 1923. A convoy of 14 Clemson-class destroyers were traveling at 20 knots on their way from San Francisco to San […]

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Just Give Me The Facts – Thomas Calabrese

By   /  May 22, 2021  /  The Back Page  /  12 Comments

I’ll Make My Own Decisions Thomas Calabrese – Mike Balen was a Navy Corpsman attached to the 1st Marine Division. He served eight years in the military from 1984 to 1992,was wounded twice and awarded the Navy Cross for conspicuous bravery during Operation Desert Shield (2 August 1990 – 17 January 1991). After leaving the […]

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Retribution And A Reckoning -Thomas Calabrese

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

You’ve Got Some Burying To Do Thomas Calabrese –Shane Denbow grew up in Henderson, Tennessee, the third son of simple immigrant farmers. When a group of marauding blood-thirsty Yankee soldiers killed his family and torched the house and land, the fourteen year-old boy who was badly wounded in the raid joined James Ewell Brown ‘Jeb’ […]

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Rich And Unknown Thomas Calabrese

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

Never About The Money Thomas Calabrese — The odds against winning the Powerball lottery are about one in 292 million, and Mega Millions is even worse, one in about 303 million. The federal government will take 24% right off the bat of winning 5,000 dollars or more. The state taxing authority will likely have its […]

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The Ultimate Dog Whisperer – Thomas Calabrese Greg Nielse

By   /  May 1, 2021  /  The Back Page  /  13 Comments

Worst of the Best Thomas Calabrese Editor and Contributing Writer Greg Nielsen –United States Marine Forces Special Operations is a component of Special Operations Command. (SOCOM) MARSOC’s core capabilities are direct action, special reconnaissance, foreign defense, counter terrorism and information operations. Sergeant Joseph Smithfield became a Special Operations Capabilities Specialist with MARSOC, three years after […]

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The Leisurely Cruise -Thomas Calabrese

By   /  April 24, 2021  /  The Back Page  /  12 Comments

One Hell of a Ride Known as the 1st Special Forces Operational Detachment-Delta SFOD-D, also commonly referred to as Delta Force, Combat Applications Group, the unit, Army Compartmented Element, or Delta is an elite Army special operations force under the control of Joint Special Operations Command. There is no pathway to go from civilian to Delta Force operator. In order to apply […]

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The Cliché Kid – Thomas Calabrese

By   /  April 17, 2021  /  The Back Page  /  9 Comments

Unassuming Overachievers By Thomas Calabrese Editor and Contributing Writer Greg Nielsen — Fred Rutherford was a journeyman plumber with a keen analytical mind, the kind of man that worked hard, followed orders and felt extremely uncomfortable when he had to be creative or take any initiative. If you wanted something fixed correctly, he was the […]

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Bears Ears – Thomas Calabrese

By   /  April 11, 2021  /  The Back Page  /  9 Comments

Wings of the Eagle Thomas Calabrese – Editor and Contributing Writer – -Greg Nielsen The Bears Ears National Monument is located in San Juan County in southeastern Utah. The area within the monument is largely undeveloped and contains a wide array of historic, cultural and natural resources. Four local Native American tribes; the Navajo Nation, Hopi, Utes […]

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His Stroll – Thomas Calabrese

By   /  April 3, 2021  /  Local, The Back Page  /  13 Comments

The Best Television Memories of His Life Thomas Calabrese –he last five years had been rough for Dave Corbett, rough might be an understatement. If he wasn’t so strong, emotionally, physically and mentally, he might have just packed it in. After graduating from Vista High School in 2008, he received an appointment to the United […]

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The Wizard of Awe – Thomas Calabrese

By   /  March 27, 2021  /  The Back Page  /  14 Comments

In Search of Greater Things Thomas Calabrese –Amazing, inspiring, spectacular, astounding, stupendous, wondrous, fabulous, marvelous, miraculous or phenomenal. These are all adjectives that would be appropriate to use when describing Awe. For the human mind to truly comprehend the unique experience of awe, two things must occur. Vastness happens when we see something that exceeds […]

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The Wokester – Thomas Calabrese

By   /  March 21, 2021  /  The Back Page  /  10 Comments

Social Media Vigilante Colonel Michael Luchesi was in the Marine Corps for 25 years before retiring and taking a position with Homeland Security. He met his wife during the early part of his military career while he was serving with his Special Operations unit and assigned to a multi-national drug interdiction team in Bueno Aires, […]

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I Belong To Yesterday-Thomas Calabrese

By   /  March 13, 2021  /  The Back Page  /  8 Comments

Brite Lites Thomas Calabrese –Editor and Contributing Writer Greg ‘Nails’ Nielsen — The Schilling family lived on the cutting edge of technology. Lawrence Schilling graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a degree in computer science. He worked at Apple Technologies and Hewlett Packard in Silicon Valley before relocating to Carlsbad, California. He accepted […]

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Under the Dog Park Moon – Thomas Calabrese

By   /  March 6, 2021  /  The Back Page  /  8 Comments

You Just Never Can Be Sure Thomas Calabrese –The Crest Recreational Park in Oceanside, California was never intended to be an off-leash dog park, but it evolved into one. I actually believe the City only put up the sign that read; All dogs must be kept on leash, as their protection from liability if some […]

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Just Passing Through – Thomas Calabrese

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

Two Fast Guns Thomas Calabrese — Rancho Santa Margarita y Las Flores was a 133,440 acre Spanish land grant. In 1841, Governor Juan Alvardo granted 89,742 acres to Pio and Andres Pico. In 1863, Juan Forster, an Englishman who was also a Mexican citizen, married Pio Pico’s sister, Ysidora. He paid off Pio’s and Andres’ […]

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Impeaches and Cream -Thomas Calabrese

By   /  February 21, 2021  /  The Back Page  /  16 Comments

They Put The Hype In Hypocrisy Thomas Calabrese — It was a beautiful morning. The sun was shining and the dew was glistening on the leaves like a million diamonds dangling from the trees. There were mixed scents of jasmine, carnation and summer flowers drifting on the breeze. Chief Petty Officer John Thorne almost wished […]

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Sergeant Wonderful and Ernest T. Best – Thomas Calabrese

By   /  February 13, 2021  /  The Back Page  /  7 Comments

They Had Skills Thomas Calabrese — Hank Lee grew up on a cattle ranch outside Dumas, Texas in the Northern High Plains region, often called the Panhandle. This area is ranked as the number one county in Texas for cattle population. His father, Virgil, was a rough and tumble cowboy who served as a gunner […]

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My Three Daughters – Thomas Calabrese

By   /  February 6, 2021  /  The Back Page  /  7 Comments

Daddy’s Home  Major General Charles Douglas served 34 years in the Marine Corps before retiring. His wife, Elizabeth, had passed away fifteen years ago while he was a lieutenant colonel stationed at Camp Pendleton. She was coming back from the Santa Barbara Triathlon after competing in the open division. Their three daughters, Erin, Eve and […]

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