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George Orwell Makes CIA Movie Print Email
Written by J. Dennis Robinson   

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New Hampshire filmmaker Louis de Rochemont had a crazy idea at the dawn of the Cold War. He would animate George Orwell’s classic fable "Animal Farm". Turn a barnyard novel about totalitarianism into a cartoon? Yes, and he did – but not without a lot of help from the CIA. Read the backstory.




Seeking Blackbeard’s Pirate Treasure Print Email
Written by J. Dennis Robinson   

Actor playing Blackbeard at the Isles of Shoals  (c) J. Dennis Robinson /

No Virginia, there is no pirate treasure on the Isles of Shoals. But yes, people keep looking and hoping. In this archived episode, we ride with the HISTORY CHANNEL to search for pirate gold at Lunging Island. A behind-the-scenes look at the making of a less-than-swashbuckling TV documentary in Seacoast New Hampshire.


A Yankee in the Desert, Part Two Print Email
Written by J. Dennis Robinson   

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Who would purposefully live near a scorching desert with rattlers and scorpions under every cactus? Funny thing is, the independent, hard-knuckle entrepreneurial citizens of Phoenix sure many of the characters of a life-long New Englander. And with Global Warming, even the temperature is similar.


A Yankee in the Desert Print Email
Written by J. Dennis Robinson   

Cactus by J. Dennis Robinson/


The editor, who doesn’t get out much, finds himself on a Phoenix city bus heading toward the desert. His mission is to meet his first ancient saguaro cactus. In the end, he meets hundreds, but your first cactus, they say, is always the best. The two part tour begins here (Click above)

The Devil With Jonathan Moulton Print Email
Written by J. Dennis Robinson   

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Take a lesson. Gen. Jonathan Moulton was a Revolutionary War hero. But he flaunted his wealth in the poor Puritan town of Hampton, NH. He made too many locals angry when he curried favor with the British and married a second young wife. Townspeople said he was in league with the devil – and the story stuck.



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  17. The Prescott Sisters Kick Butt
  18. The Deadly Summer of 1912
  19. The Incident at Exeter High
  20. The Day Max Fell
  21. Unfurling the Flags of Paul Jones
  22. Hampton Viking Grave is Hoax
  23. A Big Bridge and a Little Girl
  24. Abbie Hoffman Smoked My Dorm
  25. The Newspaper Riot of 1865
  26. Did Haddocks Settle Maine in 1610?
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  28. Guilty Treasures
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  31. Reflections on a Painted Wall
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  33. Portsmouth Needs a Visitor Center
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  37. The Depositor's Tale
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  40. The Tarnished Tale of Robert Rogers
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  42. The Shot Not Heard Round the World
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  60. The Great Myths of Canada
  61. Save the Seal, Keep the Ship
  62. Seacoast Historical Societies


  • History Matters

    J. Dennis Robinson writer logo by Reggin LoganHISTORY MATTERS

    Seacoast History by author / editor J. Dennis Robinson, presented biweekly in collaboration with The Portsmouth Herald. (check the Monday Herald every other week for printed version). In "History Matters" Robinson explores regional history and its connection to modern issues in a dramatic and highly readable style. The author has been writing about the "America\'s Smallest Seacaost" (sm) for over two decades.For up to 100 original aritlces by JDR also click here to visit AS I PLEASE. For the latest news see the Portsmouth Herald online web site just click here.    

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  • As I Please



    The editor ponders history, mostly, in this popular Seacoast column. This index contains over 100 original columns by J. Dennis Robinson. The author has been writing about the "America's Smallest Seacaost" (sm) for over two decades.

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  • Historical Societies

    You will find a small historical society building in almost every town in the Seacoast region. Each is unique, run by its own cluster of local history fans and filled with curios. Most are in great need of funds and volunteer help. If you have more updated links, please send them along, and please -- help preserver your town history before it is too late.

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  • Jesse James Films

    Jesse James by J. Dennis RobinsonTHE DINGUS PROJECT
    Jesse James in the Movies

    At least 50 American films and documentaries include the character of outlaw Jesse James. The Dingus Project is one man\'s attempt to view ALL of those films. Writer J. Dennis Robinson began this project after writing a biography of Jesse James for children -- Jesse James, Legendary Outlaw, published in hardcover and paperback by Compass Point Books.The goal, besides watching a lot of movies, is to provide a quick databse that shows how few of these films are based on fact, and how widespread the "imaginary" view of Jesse James has grown. Thanks to Hollywood, the historic Jesse James has all but disappeared. So far we\'ve obtained copies of over 30 films and documentaries related to Mr/ James and we\'re posting them like crazy in anticipation of the Brad Pitt film to be released in 2007. Sure, it\'s crazy, but so was Jesse.

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