Field Trip: “A Man. A Mustache. A Mantra” on Harry’s Five O’Clock

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The following is an excerpt from my regular series “A Man. A Mustache. A Mantra.” as seen on Harry’s Five O’Clock Magazine:

Tennessee legend, Jasper “Jack” Daniel’s life was bookended by tragedy. His mother died shortly after his birth, leaving he and ten siblings with his father. But our hero took life’s lemons and boldly made, well… the world’s best selling sour mash. (It’s possible Daniels became a licensed distiller as young as age 16.) Jack never married and fathered no children. His days were focused solely on whiskey. And he was known to avoid all shortcuts that could have sacrificed smoothness or flavor in his product. 

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Field Trip: “A Stud. A Shave. A Statement” on Harry’s Five O’Clock

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The following is an excerpt from my regular series “A Stud. A Shave. A Statement,” as featured on Harry’s Five O’Clock Mag:

Long before doping schemes and $10,000 bikes there was Marshall Taylor, the first African American to take the title of “World Champion” – and that was forall sports, not just biking. Taylor (one of his many nicknames was the “Worchester Whirlwind”) and his viciously swift wheels paved the way for other African American superstars like Jackie Robinson, Jack Johnson, and Willie O’Ree. 

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Field Trip: “A Boy. A Beard. A Blurb.” on Harry’s Five O’Clock Mag

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The following is an excerpt from the latest installment of my  “A Boy. A Beard. A Blurb.” column on Harry’s Five O’Clock Magazine:

Expectations for Suleiman the Magnificent (1494-1566), Sultan of the Ottoman Empire for 46 epic years, were crushingly high from the start. Born a “child of destiny,” his success had been foretold by the stars. Not wanting to screw anything up, Suleiman’s family expertly groomed him (not a shaving joke) for the whole ruler thing from the onset. He attended the finest insitutions and would go on to speak five languages.

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Field Trip: A Boy. A Beard. A Blurb.

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The following is an excerpt from my ongoing series, featured on Harry’s Five O’Clock Mag:

With a resume that would be the envy of any Williamsburg hipster, Englishman William Morris (1834-1896) counted writer, artist, and textile designer amongst his many occupations. His literary pursuits helped establish the modern fantasy genre, laying the groundwork for authors like J.R.R. Tolkien and his world of Middle-earth mearas. Were Morris around today, he might well have been be a fan of Renaissance Faires, Dungeons & Dragons, and the much-beloved ‘90s computer game, Myst. 

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