Commander Gatti’s Jungle Yacht and African Expedition

Italian-born explorer, author, film maker, and amateur radio operator Attilio Gatti led eleven expeditions to Africa from 1922 through 1947. Traveling extensively throughout the continent during this time period, Gatti spent a total of 15 years on African soil. Among his accomplishments is a silent movie he made in 1927, “Siliva the Zulu” considered a standalone in capturing Zulu life and culture during …

Pepsi Cola during the 1940’s – Niche Marketing

Developed 12 years later, (in the late 1800’s) it seems Pepsi Cola has always nipped at the heels of Coca Cola. In fact there are three occasions between 1922 and 1933 that Coca-Cola was offered the opportunity to purchase Pepsi, with Coke declining on each occasion. Walter Mack served as the president of Pepsi-Cola Company from 1938 until 1951. Mack was far ahead of his time …

Alaska Territory During World War II: 1942-1943

Alaska was made a territory of the United States in 1912, (given statehood in 1959) and was considered American soil during the 1940s and World War II. An important battle in the Pacific ocean, the Aleutian Islands Campaign is mostly forgotten because it took place simultaneously with the Battle of Guadalcanal, as well as the Battle of Midway. While often overlooked, it is yet another …

Memorial Day 2011

Between 1941 and 1945 alone, over 400,000 brave Americans gave their lives in the deadliest military conflict in history. We will gather in remembrance this May 30th to commemorate Memorial Day, which honors the men and women who have died in service while in the military. Since 1971, this federal holiday has been recognized on the last Monday in May. …