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Dave Molter

Like so many others who grew up in the 1950s, I’ve seen more than my share of science fiction films with extraterrestrials as their center point. Among my favorites is “The Thing,” with James Arness – later to gain fame as Marshal Matt Dillon on TV’s “Gunsmoke” – playing a rampaging ET who o…

Dave Molter

Let’s talk about the international cabal that’s hiding the real derivation of “Spam.” No, not the hundreds of unsolicited email messages we receive every day. These take their name from a “Monty Python’s Flying Circus” sketch in which Hormel Spam – the canned meat popularized during World Wa…

Dave Molter

The Pirates’ home opener is today, and you can almost feel the air being sucked through the Liberty, Fort Pitt and Squirrel Hill tunnels by the collective sigh of fans as they give up all hope. Won’t matter to me who wins: I stopped caring about baseball when the Atlanta Braves’ Sid Bream sl…

Dave Molter

In a fine example of calling a spade an implement for digging, the Trump administration has instructed Centers for Disease Control officials to eliminate seven terms from documents being prepared for next year’s budget. The list: “vulnerable,” “entitlement,” “diversity,” “transgender,” “fetu…

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