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Town Square America: Elyria, Ohio

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Finished editing the first video in the series.

Date of Photo/Video Shoot:  January 13, 2013

Video Camera:  Sony HDR-CX260V;  Still Camera:  Sony DSC-H55; Olympus E-420

Video Software:  MoviePlus X6; Photosoftware:  PhotoPlus X6

Soundtrack:  Hymn to the Fallen by John Williams, performed by the Morman Tabernacle Choir

Disturbing thing is that with 48 hours of video uploaded every minute, Google was able to ID the music within hours.  I’m sure there is not a live body (not even in India)  watching & listening to each & every minute of content to ID third party content — Which means Google has developed snooper software to listen & ID music (“at the 15 second part of this video we discovered . . . .)

Elyria Ohio

Elyria was founded in 1817 by Heman Ely, who built a log house, dam, gristmill, and sawmill on the site. Ely began to build more houses to accommodate immigrating settlers. By the time Ely died in 1852, Elyria had 5 churches, 3 grocery stores, 3 flour mills, a newspaper, and a population of more than 1,500. Early postal service from Cleveland was provided by rider Artemis Beebe, who held the first contract to deliver mail across the Black River.[6] As the 1900s arrived, Elyria was a small town of about 8,000. In 1908, Elyria Memorial Hospital was built and has since evolved into an award-winning regional healthcare system. In August 1967, at the peak of Elyria’s population, Midway Mall was opened and changed the face of the local economy as local businesses either moved into the mall or closed down.[7] In the August 1975, interracial tensions between blacks and whites erupted in a riot that resulted in broad vandalism and burnt buildings and shops particularly in the southern and western portions of the town, finally brought under control by State Guard troops. Meanwhile, 3 major car plant closings in the area lead to economic stagnation and joblessness in the 1970s and 80s that affected communities throughout the region, later referred to as “the rustbelt.” A minor and only temporary revival of Elyria in the 1990s saw the addition of some new roads and housing in Elyria, now serving more as a residential “bedroom community” for Cleveland as new industries are being attracted in.

 Elyria’s Civil War Monument

Title Union standard bearer

Location Ely Park, corner of Broad, Court and Middle Streets

City Elyria

County Lorain

Date June 26, 1888

Description Union standard bearer atop a tall column, two soldiers at base, cannon in front of statue

Inscription 1861-1865/Elyria/To/Her Heroes Who fought/and/Her Martyrs Who Fell/That/The Republic Might Live/Vicksburg/Fredericksburg/Gettysburg”

Sculptor Joseph Carabelli

Sponsor tax levy approved in 1885 with only 30 nay votes

Cost $8500

Owner City of Elyria

Composition Statue: granite Base: stone

Size Statue: 8′ Base: 34′

Condition excellent

Surveyed and

photographed by Polly and Roland Sedziol, May 6, 2002

Elyria’s Only Decorated Veteran

George L. Ferguson

Place of Birth: Toledo, Ohio

Home of record: Elyria, Ohio

Awards and Citations

Distinguished Service Cross

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Awarded for actions during the World War I

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Sergeant First Class George L. Ferguson (ASN: 1869671), United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in action while serving with 306th Field Signal Battalion, 81st Division, A.E.F., near Bois-de-Manheulles, France, 9 November 1918. While making a reconnaissance of the enemy’s advanced positions, Sergeant Ferguson, alone, routed a German machine-gun squad, who were setting up a machine-gun along a road over which our troops were advancing. He continued the reconnaissance with the battalion commander until the latter was fatally wounded, and then assisted him to a dressing station, being subjected to heavy machine-gun fire the entire time.

General Orders: War Department, General Orders No. 32 (1919)

Action Date: 9-Nov-18

Service: Army

Rank: Sergeant First Class

Battalion: 306th Field Signal Battalion

Division: 81st Division, American Expeditionary Forces

Written by M.T. Bass

January 25, 2013 at 8:21 am

Electron Alley Zazzle Store

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Electron Alley Zazzle Store

Written by M.T. Bass

January 23, 2013 at 1:17 pm

Smashword & Amazon.com

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I published my first book, My Brother’s Keeper, at Smashwords nearly two years ago.  There was/is supposed to be a distribution deal pending with Amazon, but there’s no there there yet, so I bit the bullet and set up my Amazon Author Page to reach the Kindle market in parallel.

I do not know what the issues are, but this is in no way a slam on Smashwords.  Their publishing system and people have been fantastic and I am extremely grateful to Mark Coker and his team for enabling my STD (Story Telling Disorder).

Written by M.T. Bass

January 7, 2013 at 5:15 pm

In the Black: 1965 (Part 1)

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In the Black 1965 - Pt 1

On Smashwords

In the iBookstore

At Amazon.com

In the Sony Reader Store

In the Diesel eBook Store

At Kobobooks.com

The Sixties — The decade you love to hate or hate to love. Hippies & War; Sex, Drugs, & Rock ‘n Roll; Free love and a man on the moon. Yada-yada-yada.

This novel has been fermenting for way too many years and strangely enough the times seem ripe for a story about that infamous decade.  After all, the radicals are the establishment now — just check the White House Visitor Log. For me the decade was a flesh wound. I made it out relatively in tact having spent most of my time with a Gibson SG Special and a series of tube amps of ever increasing size and wattage. History pretty much kept in my peripheral vision as I was focused on Clapton, Beck, Hendrix, et al.

Later in life, I became a splotch of grease (not even a cog, a nut or a screw) in the Military-Industrial Complex as I haunted the Special Project Offices at Wright Patterson Air Force Base and the Army’s Aviation Command in St. Louis, not to mention the Engineering Departments at Boeing, Beech Aircraft and McDonnell-Douglas on behalf of Litton Industries, then the fifth largest defense contractor in America, which no longer exists today having been swallowed up by Northrup-Grumman in 2001. I survived those experiences, too — though not without some (hopefully) cosmetic scarring of the soul.

That being said, In the Black is a work of fiction that attempts to compete with reality for entertainment value. Just remember what Tom Clancy had to say on the subject: “The difference between fiction and reality? Fiction has to make sense.”

In the great tradition of Dickens, James, Melville, Wolfe & episodic TV, In the Black is being serialized and released in six installments during 2013 beginning in January, with follow up parts to be published in March, May, July, September and November. Dickens liked hearing what readers thought about his characters and what they thought was going to happen while he was weaving his tale. Sometimes it changed what he wrote. If you are so moved, let me know what you think on Facebook.  I can’t promise any re-writes.  This thing has a life of its own.

In 1965 Part 1, as Erp Industries Inc. gets more and more involved with supplying the Vietnam War machine through military contracts and assisting in NASA’s quest to put a man on the moon, young Y.T., Erp, Jr. flees his Midwest hometown by enrolling in the University of California at Berkeley to quell a minor high school scandal and to escape being groomed to follow in his father’s footsteps — not to mention simply getting away from all of the phlegm brains “working” at his father’s company.

As you read, please be advised that the lawyers for Comedy Central and Owl Works neither condone nor encourage this behavior. Enjoy.

Written by M.T. Bass

January 3, 2013 at 9:52 am