Warren Domke

Things we don’t know about America’s Presidents

A s of February 2019 the United States has had 45 Presidents. I decided recently to memorize the entire 45 in order, starting with George Washington to the current occupant at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, Donald J. Trump. (No this is not political commentary. Just some history. I’m steering clear of politics.) There are many facts about chief executives of this […]

Second lieutenants, manager trainees and other young leaders

Most military veterans probably have opinions about second lieutenants. Well, speaking as a former second lieutenant, let me say of all the ranks I ever held, the one I worked hardest to get to was the lowly “butter bar,” “shavetail,” or whatever you want to call them. It’s the bottom of the heap for commissioned officers, and second lieutenants are […]

You think this is winter? Well, check this out.

There are places in the world that can get pretty darn cold. Having been born in Chicago, I experienced snow and cold weather at a very young age. When I was a little older snow meant snowmen, snowballs, and snowsuits. (Most kids in Texas have probably never experienced for-real snowsuits.) When I was six we migrated to Colorado. Montrose is […]

I wasn’t always a Christian

Years ago, when I was working as a caseworker in a public welfare program, a lady who was a client thanked me for being a Christian. I shook my head, but I was happy to have helped her. It was my job. The difference between then and now is that I truly am a Christian now. Oh, I grew up […]

If you can’t say something nice…

His name was Francis James Westbrook Pegler, but he was best known as Westbrook Pegler, his byline. I am old enough to have read some of his syndicated columns. He was notorious for attacks on public figures including Presidents Franklin Roosevelt and Harry Truman as well as John F. Kennedy. In 1938 Time Magazine said of Pegler: “…Mr. Pegler is […]

Great news or fake news, which is it?

I ’ve been a newshound just about as long as I can remember. Once I learned to read I read just about anything I could get my hands on: Newspapers, magazines, books, milk cartons—everything with print and words on it. And I listened to radio and television newscasts. By the time I was in junior high school I was hungry […]

One afternoon in Chicago

This is a favorite story for me. It speaks to innocence of children and how we might have been a little bit nicer as children than as adults. And maybe it fits the holiday mood. I lived my first six years in Chicago. Chicago in the 1940s had the big red streetcars that roamed the streets of the city and […]

Christmas away from home

Many of us have family members who are away from home in military service during these coming holidays, and many of us—who are veterans—have been there and done that. My first Christmas in military service was in Japan with a wife and baby son. It wasn’t bad, because the ones I was closest to were with me. We were there […]

The World War II veterans we know…

The recent passing of President George H.W. Bush reminds us of our dwindling number of World War II veterans, the men and women who served so many decades ago who survived to tell about it. Mr. Bush was the last World War II veteran to serve as president. There were several World War II veterans in my family. One aunt […]

Space—our greatest frontier…

As a child of the 1950s, I was a fan of space travel almost from the time I could first read the comic strips. And plenty of those were about space. There was Buck Rogers, Flash Gordon, Brick Bradford and even Alley Oop got in the act at times. (Seriously!) And there were space movies. “It Came from Outer Space,” […]

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