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This Day In History, July 31st, 2021 – “1715 Swimming In Gold”


It was just 306 years ago today, July 31, 1715, that a treasure fleet sunk off the coast of modern-day Vero Beach, Florida.

This Day In History, July 30th, 2021 – “Wright Brothers Get The Contract”


It was just 112 years ago today, July 30, 1909, when Wilbur and Orville Wright won the government contract for a military airplane.

This Day In History, July 29th, 2021 – “Two Chiefs With One Shot”


It was just 412 years ago today, July 29, 1609, when French explorer Samuel de Champlain, of Lake Champlain fame, killed two Mohawk Chiefs and wounded another.

REEL Film Nerds Episode #231: Tributary – “Gunpowder Milkshake”

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What a killer pod we have for you today, that pun is brought to you by this week’s special guest. For Reel Film Nerds Episode #231 Mike, Matt and our incredible guest host sit down and chat about the Netflix Original Gunpowder Milkshake. Extra special topics today include Mom jokes, video stores, and the return of nocturnal flatulence.

REEL Film Nerds Episode #230: Tributary – “The Tomorrow War”

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Happy Wednesday peeps! Today Matt and Mike sit down and chat about the Amazon Prime Original sci-fi flick The Tomorrow War starring Chris Pratt and Yvonne Strahovski. Not time travel topics include The Thing, Blanton’s, and we need more Mags!

This Day In History, July 28th, 2021 – “The Missing Clipper”


It was just 83 years ago today, July 28, 1938, when the first of three Pan American Airways Martin M-130 flying boats crashed, with the loss of the crew and passengers.

This Day In History, July 27th, 2021 – “Why Can’t They Eat The Weeds?”


It was just 90 years ago today, July 27, 1931, when farmers in America awoke to a plague of biblical proportions.

This Day In History, July 26th, 2021 – “Japanese Tit For Tat”


It was just 80 years ago today, July 26, 1941, that the Japanese Empire froze all American assets in response to theirs being frozen in the United States the previous day.

This Day In History, July 25th, 2021 – “Heading Towards War”


You will have noticed there has been several ‘This Day In History’ columns pertaining to the Korean War, as it has been 70 years since those events.

This Day In History, July 24th, 2021 – “Base Jumping”


It was just 55 years ago today, July 24, 1966, when the first ever base jump that we know of occurred off the side of El Captain, in Yosemite National Park.

The Chief’s Desk – July 23rd


I had just returned from the AFCA Leadership conference when I received a message from Chief Feddema that an air attack plane had crashed, taking the lives of both occupants on board. I knew our friend and fellow GOPJ member was flying air attack as our group had just visited a few days prior. My first thought was that it couldn’t be him because […]

This Day In History, July 23rd, 2021 – “Shootout in Glenville”


It was just 53 years ago today, July 23, 1968, when a massive and deadly shootout occurred between Officers of the Cleveland Police Department and the Black Power group known as the Black Nationalists of New Libya.

This Day In History, July 22nd, 2021 – “Roanoke”


It was just 434 years ago today, July 22, 1587, when John White, along with more than a hundred men, women, and children, reached the colony of Roanoke, Virginia, only to find the remains of one of the 15 men who had been left behind previously.

This Day In History, July 21st, 2021 – “The Big Battle”


It was just 160 years ago today, July 21, 1861, when both Yankee and Reb clashed for the first time in a major battle.

This Day In History, July 20th, 2021 – “Viking 1”


It was just 45 years ago today, July 20, 1976, when bearded warriors left this planet to invade Mars for loot and to capture the little green men’s women.

This Day In History, July 19th, 2021 – “From Russia With Love”


It was just 40 years ago today, July 19, 1981, when Ronald Reagan was informed by the French President, that the Soviets had been spying on the U.S. and her allies, and that there were actually still Commies living in America.

This Day In History, July 18th, 2021 – “Babe Breaks A Record”


It was just 100 years ago today, July 18, 1921, when Babe Ruth, playing for the Yankees against the Detroit Tigers at their Navin Field, broke the long-standing record for home runs.

This Day In History, July 17th, 2021 – “The B-2”


It was just 32 years ago today, July 17, 1989, when the first B-2 Bomber took to the skies.

The Assistant Chief’s Desk – July 16th


With Chief Freitag being incapacitated due to his shoulder surgery, he announced in an email to Senior Staff that one of us would be doing the Podcast and another would be doing the review. He also stated that he appreciated those that were “volunteered” for the assignments. Chief Feddema and I met in his office and inquired as to who […]

This Day In History, July 16th, 2021 – “Tragedy On Martha’s Vineyard”


It was just 22 years ago today, July 16, 1999, when a small civilian airplane, along with its pilot and two passengers, disappeared, only for the wreckage and bodies to be discovered later.

REEL Film Nerds Episode #229: “Black Widow”

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It’s been two whole years since a new Marvel Cinematic Universe film hit theaters. Black Widow is finally here but was it worth the wait? Bonus topics today include Mike throws some DC shade, cellphones, and the never ending streaming wars.

This Day In History, July 15th, 2021 – “Flight of the Dash 80”


It was just 67 years ago today, July 15, 1954, when Boeing’s 367-80, known as the Dash 80, first took off into the skies.

This Day In History, July 14th, 2021 – “Garrett Gets His Man”


It was just 140 years ago today, July 14, 1881, when Sheriff Pat Garrett, the man who had earlier captured Billy the Kid (aka: Henry McCarty), tracked the wanted man down and shot him dead.

This Day In History, July 13th, 2021 – “A Guide to Moving West”


It was just 234 years ago today, July 13, 1787, when the Confederation Congress, under the Articles of Confederation, our governing documents before the Constitution, established a set of guidelines, of which many are still followed today.

This Day In History, July 12th, 2021 – “Bisbee Deportation”


It was just 104 years ago today, July 12, 1917, when striking miners, their supporters, and witnesses were deported from Bisbee, Arizona, to New Mexico, with many of them settling in Columbus, New Mexico.

This Day In History, July 10th, 2021 – “Kaesong”


It was just 70 years ago today, July 10, 1951, when representatives of the UN and Communist’s met at the city of Kaesong to begin peace talks.

The Chief’s Desk – July 9th


This is the Glendale, AZ edition of The Review. Why? Because many of us are attending the AFCA/AFDA Summer Leadership Conference. It’s good to be back in person, and to see people’s smiling faces! I think the networking this year is more meaningful than in prior years as a result of our long isolation. Yes, we’ve seen each other and […]

This Day In History, July 9th, 2021 – “Johnny Weissmuller”


It was just 99 years ago today, July 9, 1922, when American Olympic swimming champion and soon to be Tarzan, king of the jungle, Jonny Weissmuller made swimming history by being the first person to swim the 100-meter freestyle in under 1 minute, exactly 58.6 seconds.

This Day In History, July 8th, 2021 – “Hamburg Massacre”


It was just 145 years ago today, July 8, 1876, when six members of the South Carolina National Guard, all African Americans, were attacked by an angry mob and killed.

REEL Film Nerds Episode #228: “The Forever Purge”

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Are you ready to purge? Welcome kiddos to Reel Film Nerds Episode #228: The Forever Purge starring Ana de la Reguera, Tenoch Huerta, and Josh Lucas. Not purgy topics include the Yarnell 19, Top Gun: Maverick (yes again), and racism.

REEL Film Nerds Episode #227: “F9: The Fast Saga”

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Welcome to our family everyone! Yes, the Reel Film Nerds family. This week Matt and Mike chat about another summer blockbuster but this one has been marinating for over a year! That’s right kids it’s finally here F9: The Fast Saga is out for your viewing pleasure. Not family related topics include Subway, 40’s, and space.

This Day In History, July 7th, 2021 – “Iceland”


It was just 80 years ago today, July 7, 1941, when American troops and ships replaced their British counterparts in Iceland, defending it from the NAZI threat.

This Day In History, July 6th, 2021 – “The British Are Coming”


It was just 102 years ago today, July 6, 1919, when the British landed at Mineola, Long Island, after flying in the first ever trans-Atlantic rigid airship.

This Day In History, July 5th, 2021 – “SPAM”


It was just 84 years ago today, on July 5, 1937, that an American classic was brought to the masses.

The Chief’s Desk – July 2nd


Happy 4th of July weekend! Ring in the freedom, burn the mask, and hug people. Time for hot dogs, burgers, family, friends, and fun! Frosty beverages are good in moderation and with a designated driver or uber – just saying. Water is also good for hydration. Have fun over the holiday, but take time to reflect and remember what the […]

This Day In History, July 2nd, 2021 – “That Flag”


It was just 45 years ago today, July 2, 1976, a year after the end of the war, when both North and South Vietnam were officially united as the Socialist Republic of Vietnam.

This Day In History, July 1st, 2021 – “Agree To Meet”


It was just 70 years ago today, July 1, 1951 that the leader of communist North Korea, Kim Il-sung, agreed to meet with UN representatives about an Armistice, a ceasefire, to end the Korean War.

This Day In History, June 30th, 2021 – “Armistice”


It was just 70 years ago today, June 30, 1951 when General Ridgway informed the Communist’s that the UN was willing to discuss an armistice and ceasefire to end the Korean War.

This Day In History, June 29th, 2021 – “Bird of Paradise”


It was just 94 years ago today, June 29, 1927, when the U.S. Army Air Corps’ Bird of Paradise, an Atlantic-Fokker C-2, a militarized version of the civilian Fokker Tri-Motor, completed the first ever pacific flight from the United States to Hawaii.

This Day In History, June 28th, 2021 – “Carolina Day”


It was just 245 years ago today, June 28, 1776, when troops defending Charleston, South Carolina, beat back an early attempt by the British to regain control of the rebellious Southern Colonies.

REEL Film Nerds Episode #226: “The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard”

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Hi everyone and welcome to another pod! Today’s review is on The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard starring Ryan Reynolds, Samuel L. Jackson, Salma Hayek, and Antonio Banderas. Additional topics include Loki, car collecting, and the Desperado Trilogy.

REEL Film Nerds Episode #225: Legacy – “Kajillionaire”

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It’s hump day and that means more pod! This week was Matt’s pick and well he picked wrong with the unique indie directed by Miranda July, Kajillionaire. Off topics include real estate, the heat, and independent films.

REEL Film Nerds Episode #224: Tributary – “Stowaway”

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Welcome kiddos to Reel Film Nerds Episode #224 featuring a review of the Netflix Original Stowaway. The movie sucks but the podcast is great! Off topics include nerds are cool now, space, and a new Paramount Pictures giveaway!

This Day In History, June 25th, 2021 – “Custer’s Last Stand”


It was just 145 years ago today, June 25, 1876, when Colonel Custer, the Boy General of the Union Army, Son of Morning Star, who attacks at dawn, and Creeping Panther who comes in the night, met his end in a fight for the ages near the Little Big Horn River, on the Crow Nation, in Montana.

This Day In History, June 24th, 2021 – “Berlin Blockade”


It was just 73 years ago today, June 24, 1948, when Uncle Joe Stalin, the all-knowing and more than 100% percent of the vote winning leader of the Soviet Union, began fearing that people in Germany and Eastern Europe were becoming disillusioned with the glories that were offered by the Union of Soviet Socialist Republic.

This Day In History, June 23rd, 2021 – “Ceasefire”


It was just 70 years ago today, June 23, 1951, when Jacob Malik, the Soviet delegate to the UN proposed a Ceasefire in Korea.

This Day In History, June 22nd, 2021 – “Charon”


It was just 43 years ago today, June 22, 1978, when scientists working at the United States Naval Observatory in Washington, D.C., discovered the fifth and largest moon of the dwarf planet Pluto.

This Day In History, June 21st, 2021 – “The Boxers”


It was just 121 years ago today, June 21, 1900, when the Chinese Dowager Empress declared war on all foreign nations with territory or interests in China.


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