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Jingo Bells – Thomas Calabrese

By   /  December 3, 2022  /  The Back Page  /  8 Comments

Jingle All The Way Thomas Calabrese- Johnny Jingo was born on April 8th, 1850 in Kansas City, Missouri, son of Martin and Emily Jingo. Martin was a master gunsmith and in 1864 he decided to move his family from Missouri to California. While in route, their wagon train stopped outside Laramie, Wyoming. It was attacked […]

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Sergeant Lucky – Thomas Calabrese

By   /  November 27, 2022  /  The Back Page  /  15 Comments

Lifesaver and Lifechanger. Thomas Calabrese – Nina Mondello started off as an office worker and was promoted to cost estimator for Baez Commercial Construction in Kansas City, Missouri. She had been with the company for five years and had high hopes for a prosperous career as long as she worked hard and did a good […]

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The Pragmatic Philosopher- Thomas Calabrese

By   /  November 20, 2022  /  The Back Page  /  11 Comments

 Lethal Numbers Thomas Calabrese – John Cosentino grew up in Vista, California with his twin sister, Gina. His father, Tony was a former Marine Corps officer and was currently employed as Chief Financial Officer for Jamison Medical Manufacturing Corporation in San Marcos. Tony spoke from experience when he gave this parental advice to his children, […]

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The Proverbials – Thomas Calabrese

By   /  November 13, 2022  /  Local, The Back Page  /  13 Comments

They Put the ‘Us’ In Dangerous Thomas Calabrese — Definition of proverbial: Well known, especially so as to be stereotypical, mystical, famous, celebrated, well-known, self-evident or unquestionable. Lisa Gentry grew up on a ranch near Elko, Nevada. This region is dubbed the Swiss Alps of Nevada because of its year round access to hiking, skiing, […]

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Your Poll Numbers Are Looking Great Thomas Calabrese

By   /  November 6, 2022  /  The Back Page  /  16 Comments

Never Compromise with Evil Thomas Calabrese –Life doesn’t go always according to plan, but it is more important on how we react to unexpected changes and difficult obstacles than it is to pacifically ride the wave or go with the flow when things are going well. How does that saying go? Success breeds confidence, but […]

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Attitude of Gratitude Thomas Calabrese

By   /  October 29, 2022  /  The Back Page  /  14 Comments

Legendary Johnny Street Thomas Calabrese -If you googled the word victim, you might see the name Della Street next to the definition. A combination of biological and environmental components negatively impacted her life from the day she was born. She grew up in poverty in Stockton, California the youngest of three children. Her mother was […]

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24 Carat Men Thomas Calabrese

By   /  October 23, 2022  /  The Back Page  /  13 Comments

Gold Standard Thomas Calabrese — Alchemy is the medieval forerunner of chemistry and is based on the transformation of solid matter. It was concerned particularly with converting base metals into gold. The ancient alchemist’s efforts in making this valuable resource from other minerals has been an impossible dream that has been passed down from generation to […]

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Cold Cash -Thomas Calabrese

By   /  October 16, 2022  /  The Back Page  /  14 Comments

The Zero Seven Hundred Crew Thomas Calabrese -The former military pilots would meet at Denny’s restaurant on El Camino Real in Oceanside at 0700 hours every Wednesday morning. When I say 0700 hours, I mean anytime between when the first guy arrived around 0630 hours and whenever the last one got there. Not everybody was […]

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Sultan of Slamdino -Thomas Calabrese

By   /  October 9, 2022  /  The Back Page  /  14 Comments

Valley Center Kid Thomas Calabrese – Mike Leandro was a Navy Seal and had been in Special Operations for over 16 years. He was hoping to make his full twenty, but his body wasn’t cooperating. He had been shot four times, stabbed twice, broke both legs and his left arm and had more sprains, concussions […]

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Hellcat Brothers -Thomas Calabrese

By   /  October 2, 2022  /  The Back Page  /  14 Comments

A Heavenly Commander Thomas Calabrese — Edward and Henry McTalon were identical twins born on July 3, 1921 in Arcadia, California. Their father, Frank was one of only 38 Americans who served with the legendary Lafayette Escadrille in World War I. He flew Newport 28 and Spad XIII bi-planes and shot down 18 German planes […]

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Rampaging Ranger – Thomas Calabrese

By   /  September 24, 2022  /  The Back Page  /  11 Comments

All Things Are Possible Thomas Calabrese –Jack Briggs was born with a vivid imagination and nothing ever seemed too unrealistic or implausible to him as images and scenarios were constantly appearing in his mind. Creating stories in his mind soon became his hobby and coping mechanism when the world got too much for him to […]

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Rogue Lightning -Thomas Calabrese

By   /  September 11, 2022  /  The Back Page  /  12 Comments

Good Handyman Thomas Calabrese–Rogue Lightning is often called dry lightning, even though there is actually rain, it is just too high in the sky for us to feel it. On this particular day the temperature was hovering around 90 degrees on the beach even at 0700 hours as a high pressure cell blanketed California and […]

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The Falconers  Wings of Justice

By   /  August 28, 2022  /  The Back Page  /  13 Comments

Wings of Justice Thomas Calabrese –When the Green Berets arrived at the sanctuary, Diane gave the men an introduction “Falconry is an ancient art and was used to refer to a system of using birds of prey for hunting. Nowadays it is also considered a sport. It involves falcons, hawks, sparrowhawks, goshawks and eagles. Our bird […]

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Emphatically Clear -Thomas Calabrese

By   /  August 14, 2022  /  The Back Page  /  11 Comments

Swamp Fighter Thomas Calabrese –Ray Trent was a seasoned combat veteran and a dangerous weapon. He had been in the Navy Seals for nine years and fought in some of the most dangerous places in the world. He loved his country and knew what threats existed in the United States and throughout the world was […]

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The Beagles Are Calling – Thomas Calabrese

By   /  August 7, 2022  /  The Back Page  /  17 Comments

To Bestow his Heart Thomas Calabrese — The USDA foreign landholdings report from 2020 shows Chinese investors own 266 parcels of United States land totaling 194,179 acres. Joint U.S-Chinese projects also combine for another 157,961 acres. The report for 2020 has been delayed several times and many concerned Americans believe that Chinese holdings are now somewhere […]

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Tip of the Spear – Thomas calabrese

By   /  July 30, 2022  /  The Back Page  /  11 Comments

Thomas Calabrese–Jennifer Salter was born on Camp Pendleton Marine Corps base. The youngest child of Colonel Robert Salter. Going back to World War I, someone in the Salter family had served in the military. It wasn’t that it was demanded or expected of them, but growing up in an environment where God, family and country […]

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When You’re Good To Others – Thomas Calabrese

By   /  July 23, 2022  /  The Back Page  /  12 Comments

You’re Best to Yourself Thomas Calabrese — Nick Lane’s greatest strength was also his greatest weakness. He was steadfast, loyal and even relentless when someone else was in trouble, but extremely uncomfortable with exposing any of his own vulnerabilities. As child, he always felt more at ease helping his friends than having them assist him. […]

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Defenders of the Gateway -Thomas Calabrese

By   /  July 17, 2022  /  The Back Page  /  9 Comments

Greater is he who can rule his spirit Thomas Calabrese — Seven angels or archangels correspond to days of the week: Michael (Sunday), Gabriel (Monday), Uriel (Tuesday), Raphael (Wednesday), Selaphiel (Thursday), Raguel or Jegudiel (Friday), and Barachiel (Saturday). You might assume that with a name like Mike Sunday, something unusual was destined to happen to this […]

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Beauty Is The Beast – Thomas Calabrese

By   /  July 9, 2022  /  The Back Page  /  9 Comments

Unlawful Orders Thomas Calabrese –Naval Captain Ron Raintree was a full–blooded Kiowa Indian and his wife Rosemary Russo was Italian, one set of grandparents emigrated from Palermo, Sicily and the other were from Naples, Italy. Ron and Rosemary met at Northeast High School in Kansas City, Missouri and dated during their senior year. They agreed […]

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No Whine – Thomas Calabrese

By   /  July 2, 2022  /  The Back Page  /  11 Comments

A Time to Toughen Up Thomas Calabrese –Eleanor’s Café was located on Buccaneer Beach in Oceanside California. Eleanor Vistarino was the widow of retired Marine, Eddie Vistarino, who died 10 years ago from a heart attack. The décor of beachside café was casual and the walls were decorated with military memorabilia going back to the […]

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