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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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  Channel 32, Univision, out of Salt Lake City, was busy interviewing folks outside of Union Station on Friday about Saturday’s Hispanic Fest. Their coverage will be on tonight’s 5 p.m. news, the reporter said. The festival is being hosted by LUPEC (Latinos United Promoting Education and Civic Engagement), a Weber county group formed recently […]

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So there were Dr. Trentelman and I, having lunch at Ellis Island, the place where millions of immigrants entered the United States to be probed, tested, examined and, at some point in time, fed, before entering the United States. And it is safe to assume that those immigrants, like I, looked up from lunch and […]

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Lee Witten, Union Station’s chief archivist, was really excited when I came in this morning because he’d found yet another of those many treasures we didn’t know we had. This one is solid gold, too. A copy of the Jan. 19, 1870 “Ogden Junction,” one of the many weekly/daily newspapers that have come and gone […]

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Gus Becker, who founded and ran Becker’s Brewery in Ogden until he died in 1947, also kept a pretty significant scrapbook. A couple of them, actually. Massive ledger books into which he pasted all his speeches, letters, pictures and other memorabilia. Somehow — I have no idea how — those two ledgers ended up at […]

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Steve Sherwood, a long-time volunteer at Union Station, was particularly proud this morning. He’s a published photographer, he said! And he is. Turns out, a new book just published by Christopher Cummings titled “Cadillac V-16s, Lost and Found” just hit the shelves. The author is a car nut who spent a lot of time chasing […]

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The Standard-Examiner received a letter to the editor the other day about the French Gratitude Car in Union Station’s collection. The letter is on their web site and will likely run in the paper any day now. Here’s a link: http://www.standard.net/Letters/2015/06/08/Veteran-used-a-40-8-boxcar-in-WW-II.html Union Station’s Gratitude Car has an interesting history. As you can read in the […]

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