Fore! Hickory clubs turn golf into a blast from the past

Various wooden-shafted irons including a J.B. Halley mashie, Winton ‘Strong’ iron, Gibson mid iron, J. Bremner iron and a Taylor Pattern mashie. Image courtesy of Mullock’s Ltd. Specialist Auctioneers and LiveAuctioneers

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) – Golf equipment changes so frequently that your new clubs might be outdated before you can take them to the course. Stan Spring, however, has taken his game in a different direction, and he’s inviting local golfers to join him.

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Judging a book by more than its cover

Mid-19th century edition of containing the vast literary production of the famous French philosopher Voltaire in 13 volumes. Image courtesy of Bado e Mart Auctions and LiveAuctioneers

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – The sight and smell of an old book is distinct. Its pages, now yellowed, are crisp and fragile.

At one point, it may have been someone’s favorite book – the past obvious in its dog-eared pages. Or it could have sat on a shelf merely for decoration.

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Michigan man is ‘alive’ with KISS collectibles

KISS ‘Destroyer’ album, 1976, signed by Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Ace Frehley and Peter Criss. Image courtesy of High End Memorabilia and LiveAuctioneers

DETROIT (AP) – During Kiss’s iconic May 1975 concert at Cobo Hall that became the material for the band’s Alive! album, bassist Gene Simmons threw a towel into the audience, and 16-year-old Terry Pakulski, who was in the front row, snagged the souvenir.

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Professor treasures his vintage computer collection

An original Apple-1 computer was the top lot in Auction Team Breker’s Science & Technology sale May 20, 2017, selling for $122,850 (€110,000). Auction Team Breker image

PARKESBURG, Pa. (AP) – Putting stamps, coins and computers in the same sentence about collecting might seem a little strange.

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Pennsylvania man pushes to make Slinky official state toy

Slinky countertop store display, 1957. Image courtesy Morphy Auctions and LiveAuctioneers

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – Pennsylvania has a state dog, a state insect, a state fossil, and even a state beverage.

Why, Bob Swaim wonders, can’t it also have a state toy?

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Designers say comfort is on trend for decor in 2019

NEW YORK – What trends will dominate home decorating in 2019?

When we asked interior designers about the colors, fabrics and styles likely to be popular this year, one message came through loud and clear: People are seeking comfort at home.

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Fond memories of childhood sparked radio premium collection

The first ever Tom Mix ring, which was offered by National Chicle Gum in 1933. Hake’s Auction image

HAZLETON, Pa. (AP) – Anthony “Tony” Evangelista remembered sending for a souvenir from one of the radio programs he listened to in the 1940s. The ring from the Tom Mix Ralston Straight Shooters program set him back 10 cents and a label from Ralston instant farina.

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Cold case: death of African American artist Ellis Ruley

Ellis Ruley (USA, 1882-1959), ‘Autum (sic) Leaves,’ oil on board. Image courtesy LiveAuctioneers archive and Material Culture

NORWICH, Conn. (AP) – Amid the sounds of birds chirping and water falling from a fountain on the quiet morning, a small group Sunday walked through Ellis Walter Ruley Memorial Park, the former home and painting spot of the late city artist.

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Deep origin of rare blue diamonds revealed in their flaws

Art deco natural fancy blue diamond and platinum ring, J.E. Caldwell & Co., which sold at auction for more than $1.4 million (hammer price) in 2013. Image courtesy of Heritage Auctions and LiveAuctioneers archive

WASHINGTON (AP) – Blue diamonds – like the Smithsonian’s famous Hope diamond – are the rarest of all and how they formed more than a billion years ago is a bit of a mystery. Now scientists think they have a glimmer of an answer.

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All-star recalls glory days in women’s pro baseball


Programs from the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League. Image courtesy of LiveAuctioneers and Scheerer McCulloch Auctioneers, Inc.

MILLSTADT, Ill. (AP) – Barbara Hoffmann owns a DVD copy of A League of Their Own, but has yet to watch it from start to finish.

She played two seasons for the South Bend Blue Sox of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League, which inspired the 1992 movie, but even at age 87 still has too much competitive vigor to relive it as a spectator.

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