Kirk Gibson’s Iconic Pinch-Hit Game-Winning Homer in the ’88 World Series

It’s one of the most replayed clips in sports history: Gibson leaning low over the plate to swat a looping liner into the right-field seats, then hobbling around the bases with his famous fist pump.

‘That was a cool feeling’: An oral history of Kirk Gibson’s iconic 1988 home run

SI.com, 10.15.13

The U.S. Wins the First World Cup of Hockey in Montreal

Everyone knows about the American’s “Miracle on Ice” victory over Russia in the 1980 Olympics, but it was a miracle because the U.S. was not an international power in the support. It would take another 16 years before American hockey was ready to regularly compete with the world’s best, and their coming-out party was magical: rallying from 2-1 down in the third period of a decisive game three, scoring four goals in the final 3:18.

‘They had a swagger to them:’ An oral history of the 1996 World Cup of Hockey

ESPN.com, 9.13.16

Groundbreaking Nerd Nirvana: “Mystery Science Theater 3000”

The premise behind Mystery Science Theater 3000 was simple: “People say shit when they’re watching movies.” When it premiered in 1989 nerdom was securely in the periphery of the cultural zeitgeist. “D & D” was synonymous with hopeless loser. MST, however, showed that nerds could talk aggressive smack about things they cared about, and they often had an encyclopedic knowledge of their target, thus paving the way for the Patton Oswalts of today.

Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Definitive Oral History of a TV Masterpiece

Wired.com, 4.22.14

How Seattle’s Working Women Answered the Call in WWII

Seattle’s population exploded by 50% during World War II as Boeing and other local industries scrambled to meet huge production benchmarks. More than half the workforce was women, and their proficiency had both immediate and long-term ramifications. This well-done piece includes a number of period-specific advertisements and announcements.

Seattle’s working women of World War II: An oral history

Crosscut.com, 3.25.16

“Cheers”: Behind the Scenes of the 80s Sitcom Titan

Cheers, about the neighborhood bar where everyone knew your name, was great because it stayed simple. The focus was on regular working-class guys with relatable issues. The aristocratic mannerisms of Frasier, Lilith and Diane are presented as alien, and worthy of [friendly] condescension. Amy Poehler calls it the best TV show ever, and who are we to disagree?

“The Best TV Show That’s Ever Been”

GQ.com, 9.27.12

 

Kelly Slater and John John Florence’s Legendary Duel at Teahupo’o

Tahiti’s Teahupo’o surf spot has only been surfed intensively since the turn of the millennium, but has already reached near mythical stature in the world of pro surfing, largely because the wave rises dramatically upon hitting a dangerous reef. In 2014 Kelly Slater and John John Florence, two of the best pro surfers in the world, went head-to-head in competition at this newly famous beach, a setting for one of the most discussed surfing duels in recent memory.

Kelly Slater V. John John Florence: An Oral History Of The Greatest Heat In Surfing History

Uproxx.com, 8.19.15

An Intense Recollection of the 2002 D.C. Sniper Attacks

The homicidal odd couple of 49-year-old John Allen Muhammad and 17-year-old Jamaican immigrant Lee Boyd Malvo captivated America in the fall of 2002 when they shot 13 people through a modified trunk over the course of 23 days.

Terror in October: A Look Back at the DC Sniper Attacks

Washingtonian.com, 9.26.12

The March on Washington (1963)

The March coincided with the centenary of the “Emancipation Proclamation” and came soon after President Kennedy’s announcement of the upcoming Civil Rights Act. Martin Luther King Jr. became a shining star that sweltering day as he discarded prepared remarks to deliver “I Have a Dream.” The Smithsonian‘s piece is excellent and includes images and video.

An Oral History of the March on Washington

SmithsonianMag.com, July, 2013

“Cones of Dunshire”: “Parks and Rec’s” Best Homage to Nerdom

Parks and Rec’s Ben Wyatt, a reticent but likeable nerd, is out of work and ends up going full geek: creating such a complex board game that an actual gaming company had trouble replicating it. A nod to The Settlers of Catan, a popular board game launched in 1995, Cones of Dunshire has taken on a life of its own and is still referenced years after the show ended.

Parks and Recreation’s the Cones of Dunshire Board Game, an Oral History

Vulture.com, 1.27.15

“Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby”

A six-word pitch (“Will Ferrell as a NASCAR driver”) netted a $42.5M budget for the Old School/Anchorman duo of Adam McKay and Ferrell. The film grossed $47M in its first week and went on to make $163M worldwide. ESPN.com’s piece provides lots of interesting behind-the-scenes nuggets such as the boys rough day at racing school and the cooperative relationship with NASCAR.

‘Talladega Nights’ still crazy after all these years

ESPN.com, 8.4.16