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Gus Becker’s legacy as a brewmaster is long and fabled. Less known is his legacy as a promoter of the recreational ski industry in the Ogden area. Becker was always looking out for ways to promote Ogden because it brought more people and business to Ogden. People buy beer and business gives people money to […]

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One of the ways a journalist is punished for being a good feature writer is that when some loose odd person wanders into the newsroom, you are the writer to whom the editor directs said odd person. Guy dressed all in silver who wants to paint flagpoles? Check. Guy driving a fire truck with a […]

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People like to talk about eras ending, and how America just isn’t American any more, but there are a couple of very harsh truths we need to look at: ONE- eras always end. That’s why they’re called eras. It’s OK to say “that was fun” or “I sure miss it when …” but then again, […]

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Read “Something Wicked This Way Comes” by Ray Bradbury and you will yearn to experience the sort of traveling circus and carnival it described.     Oh, how exciting! A traveling show comes to town in the dark of night. Young boys sneak out to watch the roustabouts set up. Town’s activities come to a […]

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I have related several fun episodes where someone shipped a dead body being in a trunk to Union Station — one in 1914 and the other about a decade later, but those were hardly the first. Ponder this headline from the Dec. 7,1881 Ogden “Herald,” a predecessor to the Ogden Standard, whose coverage of life […]

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I try to stick my nose into the gun museum at Union Station even if I’m only at the station to work in the archive. It’s got a lot of neat stuff, and there’s often someone interesting to talk to. On Thursday, Oct. 12, I found William Heiter there, waiting to talk to Union Station […]

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Ogden, today, aspires to be the recreational and outdoor capital of the nation, which sounds good, but once upon a time it aimed a lot higher. How high? To be equal to Chicago. Yes, that Chicago — rail and transportation hub of the nation. Heck, why not merge the two? What’s a thousand miles or […]

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Newspapers don’t publish stores about suicides any more, the thinking being that it is a private affair and the family has enough trouble. When I worked at the Standard-Examiner, starting in 1978, the policy was to ignore them unless they were public. Even obituaries, which at that time were staff-written, did not mention them unless […]

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Alan Stockland was 15 when he met his first love, an older woman, 20, glistening and shiny. It was an on-and-off relationship. He had her for a while, then let her go, then got her back. And now he has her on display here at Union Station, so he can come and see her any […]

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I read, with great sadness and a bit of loss, the obituary of Telitha Lindquist Greiner in the Standard-Examiner recently. (Click here.) Sadness because I know her husband well. Jon Greiner was former Ogden Police Chief, a former Utah State Senator, and heck of a nice guy, now running Ogden’s Airport. You hurt for a guy […]

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