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Our American Stories tells stories that aren’t being told. Positive stories about generosity and courage, resilience and redemption, faith and love. Stories about the past and present. And stories about ordinary Americans who do extraordinary things each and every day. Stories from our listeners about their lives. And their history. In that pursuit, we hope we’ll be a place where listeners can refresh their spirit, and be inspired by our stories.
 
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Sally Hemings’s Quarters (image credit: monticello.org) Someone On The Internet said, “Studying history will sometimes make you feel extremely angry. If studying history always makes you feel proud and happy, you probably aren’t studying history.” I must be doing it right! I had forgotten that Elinore was born and raised in the antebellum South, bu…
 
On this episode of the Our American Stories podcast, Jay Moore shares his family's tale of loss, discovery, and selflessness that will tug on your heartstrings while reinforcing the importance of inter-generational relationships; also, Dr. Mary Stockwell, author of Unlikely General, Mad Anthony Wayne And The Battle For America, tells the story of o…
 
Image credit: James Owen on Unsplash I crossed a ravine with equal frequency, and all looked alike. It is not surprising that soon I could not guess where I was. We could turn back and retrace our tracks, but actual danger lay there; so it seemed wiser to push on, as there was, perhaps, no greater danger than discomfort ahead. The sun hung like a b…
 
On this episode of Our American Stories, Joshua Texidor moved to Nashville and worked hard to find what he enjoys AND what he's good at; also, Anne Claire tells the story of the Battle of Midway, America's "make or break" moment in World War II; and finally, Professor David Babcock shares his story of how he came to hold the Guinness world record f…
 
In this week's episode Spence and Spangler have new watch alerts! We all have Fresh Forum Finds, and we discuss what our preferences are for summer straps. There are definitely some shenanigans, possibly some hijinks, and definitely excellent banter.Spence, Spangler, & Buzz による
 
On this episode of the Our American Stories podcast, Randall Haley reminisces about the yearly Juke Joint Festival in Clarksdale, Mississippi; also, Dr. Adam Carrington of Hillsdale College tells the story of The Alien and Sedition Acts, some one of America's most controversial laws ever passed; and finally, Joe Klimchak tells the story of how his …
 
On this week's episode the gang sits down with Bryant, aka the bearded southern gentleman on instagram. Bryant is a collector and member of the Carolina Watch Club and host of Triple T. The group talks about Bryant's collection, how he got started in watches, and about his affiliation with the Carolina Watch Club.…
 
On this episode of the Our American Stories podcast, Chad Schumacher, tells the story of when a family health scare turned their life upside-down and shaped his and his wife's career for the next decade; also, Jackson McQigg of the Atlanta History Center tells the story of the principle chase locomotive of the Great Railroad Chase...a story which g…
 
On this week's episode Spence, Spangler and Buzz sit down with Hodinkee's own Cole Pennington. The gang chats with Cole about his start in journalism and then his, albeit in his own words unexpected, move into his role at Hodinkee. They also talk about watch shows, wrist sizes and of course a bit about cars. This is a great episode so get ready and…
 
On this episode of the Our American Stories podcast, Dick Erickson, a Marine helicopter pilot, tells about his time serving in Vietnam; also, Taylor Dooley shares the story of when she played the role of Lavagirl at the age of 13, and why, more than 15 years later, she has returned to acting to play the same role in the Netflix Film We Can Be Heroe…
 
This week's episode features all three hosts! Spence and Buzz are joined by Spangler (who edited this episode) to talk Tudor, Oris, Breitling, and Zenith! A good amount of new watches came out in the last week, and we are here to offer opinions, as well as talk about the new PBR truckload of beer, some consumption math, and other things. Enjoy!…
 
It is true, I want a great many things I haven’t got, but I don’t want them enough to be discontented and not enjoy the many blessings that are mine. I have my home among the blue mountains, my healthy, well-formed children, my clean, honest husband, my kind, gentle milk cows, my garden which I make myself. I have loads and loads of flowers which I…
 
This was a bit of a slow news week in the world of watches with a few releases for Spence and Buzz to cover. Spangler is out traveling the west coast, so the time change proved to be too difficult. We touch on multiple Seikos, Omega, IWC, and Seiko again. Fresh Forum Finds make a return, and these are about off the wall this week. Enjoy!…
 
On this episode of the Our American Stories podcast, we bring you stories about outstanding fathers and fathers who don't make the grade. Leslie Leyland Fields tells us about the heart-breaking relationship between her and her father. And it's not what you'd expect; Taylor Brown shares the eulogy he wrote in Garden and Gun for his biker dad; and Pe…
 
On this episode of the Our American Stories podcast, Edie Hand tells us the story of the her brothers, the Blackburn boys, and the tragedy that struck not once, but three times; also, Author Richard Rhodes shares the amazing story of Austria-born turned Hollywood movie star, Hedy Lamarr; and finally, Marc Barrios tells his story of going from a Cub…
 
This week Spence and Buzz sit down with Oris North American CEO (and returning guest) VJ Geronimo to discuss a new release, what has already dropped this year, and what we can expect from Oris throughout the rest of the year including some in person meets!Spence, Spangler, & Buzz による
 
On this episode of the Our American Stories Podcast, (2:59) Wally Soplata tells the story of his eccentric union carpenter father who collected rare and vintage WWII aircraft for pennies on the dime; also, (21:27) Professor Susan Brownell shares the story of how the Olympics ended up in St. Louis and the infamous marathon event; and finally, (38:43…
 
Well, we threw up the Bro signal and look who was able to join us! Our friend @brodinkee was able to sit down with us last minute to go over some new releases from Oris, Zenith, Tudor and a few others. We get into the Holstein Edition, Zenith Revival Safari, and of course the Tudor Black Bay Ceramic. We also wonder when, if ever, Tudor is going to …
 
Pupils at Carlisle Indian Industrial School, Pennsylvania, c. 1900 (public domain) There were eight in our party of bronzed children who were going East with the missionaries. Among us were three young braves, two tall girls, and we three little ones, Judéwin, Thowin, and I. We had been very impatient to start on our journey to the Red Apple Countr…
 
On this week's episode, Spangler, Spence, and Buzz are joined by John (master distiller at Old Pogue), Chanslor, and Mike to talk mainly whiskey, and a little bit of watches. There are some surprising parallels between the two worlds as we have learned. John has a very interesting story regarding the family distillery, how he goes about making his …
 
On this Memorial Day, we at Our American Stories we want you to bring Paul Monti, who drives his son Jared's truck, an act which inspired the hit country song "I Drive Your Truck" by Lee Brice...but the story is much more than that of a song. Here's the story of Jared Monti, a true hero who died in service of our country trying to save a fellow sol…
 
On this episode of the Our American Stories podcast, Jason Wolfe tells the story of how his father left his family at the age of 6 and his journey of becoming the father that he never had himself; also, Emma McCormick was told she could work remotely... so she decided to buy a sailboat and go to Florida; finally, Richard McCann and Bill Duggan tell…
 
Some of you might be excited for whatever Tudor is releasing today, but we are talking vacation watches again! In this continuation from the discussion in last week's episode Spence, Spangler, and Buzz talk about what one watch they would take with them on vacation. Since we all agreed to bring just ONE watch on vacation, we need to talk about whic…
 
On this episode of the Our American Stories podcast, Jeremy Swick of the College Football Hall of Fame recounts the remarkable story of the street dog turned soldier turned mascot; also, Christopher Klein tells the story of how Abraham Lincoln used the telegraph to help win the Civil War; and finally, former KSNF Channel 16 Weatherman Jerimiah Cook…
 
Image credit: Adam Jahiel Photography Elinore continues her awe-inspiring descriptions of the Wyoming frontier. Her signature humor is also alive and well. This time, Elinore gets a little taste of cowboy living, and of cackle-berries. And though she doesn’t mention the race of the cowboys she meets, it is worth mentioning that at least one in five…
 
Summer is nearing, restrictions for the vaccinated are being lifted, and the guys are talking vacation watches! In these next two episodes we tackle the question many of us face around this time of year, how many watches should you bring on vacation, and if you could only take one watch, what one is it? These episodes are full of hot takes (sort of…
 
On this episode of the Our American Stories podcast, we bring you Matt Parker, a comedian and mathematician from Australia, who tells the story of the time Michael Larson was shockingly good at the game show "Press Your Luck," and gives a look into why computers can’t be random; also, Dr. John Degarmo, founder of the Foster Care Institute, shares s…
 
This week, despite an unexpected week off, we are back and Spangler is filling in for Spangler! That is all you really need to know about this episode. We get back to our usual nonsense, and Spangler even throws some additional nonsense our way that had Spence and Buzz really going for a second.Spence, Spangler, & Buzz による
 
“Miss Mary Longfellow holding down a claim west of Broken Bow, Nebraska” (image credit: nps.gov) “In about a week we had a cabin ready to move into. It had a dirt floor and dirt roof, but I tacked muslin overhead and put down lots of hay and spread a rag carpet on the floor. I put the tool chest, the trunks, the goods box made into a cupboard, and …
 
On this episode of the Our American Stories podcast, Mark McCray, author of The Best Saturday's of Our Lives, tells us the story of Saturday morning cartoons and what happened to them; also, Chris Siriano tells us about an American man in a glass coffin along the shores of Lake Michigan; and finally, Casey Brogan shares his story of his battle with…
 
We teased this one a b it, but it is finally here! Spence and Buzz sit down with @lange.on.a.nato to talk about sowing seeds of chaos in the watch collecting community! In reality, this is very similar to other collector conversations, we talk about his inspiration for the account, how he caught the watch collecting bug, what pieces have come and g…
 
On this episode of the Our American Stories podcast, Jim Keyes, the former CEO of BlockBuster, tells us the story of Blockbuster during its final days; also, the author of The Book of Spam: A Most Glorious and Definitive Compendium of the World’s Favorite Canned Meat, Dustin Black, tells the story of this often speculated household name; and finall…
 
On the episode of the Our American Stories podcast, we bring you Ronald Mason, a WWII pilot with a heck of a story; also, the story of Adam Davis and Adam John who have been using table-top games as a therapy tool; and finally, Bill Bryk makes the familiar fascinating and briefly recounts how New York City became the city it is today, as well as hi…
 
image credit: goodreads Leatherstocking Tales, James Fenimore Cooper February, 1912 Dear Mrs. Coney,—…Soon we started again, and if not quite so jolly as we were before, at least we looked forward to our supper with a keen relish and the horses were urged faster than they otherwise would have been. The beautiful snow is rather depressing, however, …
 
This week Buzz and Spence sit down with @watchgirloffduty aka Zoe Abelson! Zoe has a unique perspective on collecting from inside the watch industry. Zoe has worked for names we all know and recognize in her tenure in the industry such as Antiquorum, Crown&Caliber, and WatchBox to name a few. Zoe has been in Hong Kong for the last three years. She …
 
Friend of the show (its his third time on, we can all him that) Mike Stockton from Fratello Watches stops by to chat with Spence and Buzz about all things Watches & Wonders. We get his take on who had the best release, what we were excited about, what Tudor and Rolex did, what they didn't do, and all things in between. It is always a pleaseure to h…
 
On this episode of the Our American Stories podcast, we bring you the story of one out of over 80 bottled water companies in the United States, that has changed the game forever, Richard's Rainwater, and the man behind it all, Richard Heinichen; also, Jon Elfner brings us the story of Ford's 100th anniversary celebration and its new supercar built …
 
Rock Springs, Wyoming Railroad Depot Train Station (image credit: hippostcard.com) October 6, 1911 Dear Mrs. Coney, … Aggie was angry all through. She vowed she was being robbed. After she had berated me soundly for submitting so tamely, she flounced back to her own room, declaring she would get even with the robbers. I had to hurry like everything…
 
On this episode of the Our American Stories podcast, we bring you Steve Stoliar who tells about his years as Groucho Marx's secretary and historian; also, Duncan Scott tells us his story of pranking the New Mexico State Legislature; and finally, David Klein, founder of Jelly Belly, shares his story of how he lost his beans, but kept his soul. Suppo…
 
On this week's episode, we bring you the story of when Tim and Deb Hennessy received a miraculous surprise when they visited a local grocery during the February 2021 deep freeze in Texas; also, Tom Acitelli, author of "Pilsner: How The Beer of Kings Changed The World" tells the story of how an experimental drink in the Austrian Empire became Americ…
 
We are very excited for this episode that has been in the works for a little bit now, Spence and Spangler sit down with Sam (@samandherwatchbox, Stateside Sam from @timeoftheweek and Scottish Watches Live). We have been wanting to chat with Sam to get her unique perspective in this hobby, not only the female point of view, but how she got into coll…
 
On this week’s episode, we hear from Drew Newman, the great grandson of the founder of JC Newman Cigars, who brings us the tale of his family’s American Dream story; Daryn Glassbrook of the Mobile Medicial Museum tells the story of patent medcine, which didn't do much except line the pockets of their creators; and Heidi Viars shares about how her l…
 
In this episode Spence and Buzz sit down with a friend from our Cincy Redbar group @Sohl to discuss the intersection of his two hobbies, Diving and Watches. Sohl is the first (that we know of) registered diver to come on the podcast, and his journey into watches and diving happened concurrently, but not in the way you might think. We discuss what c…
 
On this episode, we bring you the story General George Washington and his experiences at Trenton and Princeton. Also, we bring you Damon Cox, a young man who was a body builder and paid his way through college… by playing video games, and the story of how investor and business owner Fawn Weaver fell in love with a story that involves a former slave…
 
This week the guys get together to talk some of the new watch releases. We cover all of the new integrated bracelet sport watches from Tissot and Citizen. We also get back to basics with a Fresh Forum Find. That is just the icing on the cake, as the real discussion centers around Synchron, Rick Marei, Doxa, and the Synchron military. I am sure we b…
 
image credit: homesteader.org September 1, 1910 Dear Mrs. Coney, —It was just a few days after the birthday party and Mrs. O’Shaughnessy was with me again. We were down at the barn looking at some new pigs, when we heard the big corral gates swing shut, so we hastened out to see who it could be so late in the day. It was Zebbie. He had come on the …
 
This week's episode is quite special. We made the resolution to feature more Whiskey (or Whisky) on the podcast, and this episode really delivers! After recording in November with RJ, he brought up the idea of recording an episode with our new friend Sandy, the master blender at Chivas/Glenlivet/Ballantines/etc. to really get into the development o…
 
image credit: homesteader.org August 15, 1910. Dear Mrs. Coney,— … Grandma Edmonson’s birthday is the 30th of May, and Mrs. O’Shaughnessy suggested that we give her a party. I had never seen Grandma, but because of something that happened in her family years ago which a few narrow-heads whom it didn’t concern in the least cannot forgive or forget, …
 
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