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“Lincoln” Film, VA State Capitol and Vernon Johnson

A sketch of the Virginia State Capitol illustrates another connection between the recent “Lincoln” film and the artistic eye of Vernon Johnson.  While several current Richmond landmarks served as historic Civil War era locations for the cinematographers, the State Capitol building … Continue reading

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Another “Found” Vernon Johnson Painting of Rural Ohio

Imagine browsing through a thrift shop and finding a “lost” Vernon Johnson painting with a high-class provenance – the elegant Palmer House Hotel, Chicago’s liveliest social center at the turn of the 20th century and well into it. From the … Continue reading

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200th Anniversary of Virginia’s Executive Mansion

American history buffs will appreciate the many events this year to celebrate the 200th birthday of Virginia Executive’s Mansion, home of the governor on the State Capitol grounds. Vernon Johnson’s commissioned painting of the Executive Mansion in 1987 enjoys a … Continue reading

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How Dave Brubeck and Vernon Johnson “Met” in a Watercolor

During this month of jazz artist Dave Brubeck’s passing just before his 92th birthday, I remember fondly our family’s distant connections and how they influenced my musical and artistic tastes. Brubeck and my father, the watercolor artist Vernon Johnson, who was … Continue reading

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Talking 1950s on the Radio – The Lucky Strike Papers

“Radio Once More” and Andrew Fielding are stalwarts of journalism that serves history – longtime pros using modern-day capacities through print and multi-media to capture the vivid realities and contexts of our past and to bring them alive in new ways … Continue reading

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On Lincoln, Ohio and other election post-mortems

It appears that Daniel Day-Lewis’ stirring portrayal Lincoln is going to be sold out in my neighborhood movie theater for the foreseeable future, a reality that along with other post-election reflections, takes me once again back to Ohio while I wait … Continue reading

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Election 2012 – Ohio and Virginia Core Values Rule

Here’s an alternative theory on why Ohio and Virginia were so important to the 2012 presidential election. Core values rule – but they are played out differently in each generation. Central Ohio in the 1950s was a heavy contributor to … Continue reading

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