Also known as the Dragon Man, Mel Bernstein is a 1960's child that knows the meaning of hard work, tragedy, big guns, and having fun. He has experienced a lifetime of ups and downs, but one thing has stayed the same, work hard and be your own boss.
The Vietnam Veteran now boasts one of, if not the largest private military collection in the United States. He has tanks, landmines, hundreds of M1 Garands, grenades, all varieties of machine guns, specialized vehicles, and an entire section devoted to extremely rare Nazi memorabilia. Check it out:
His complex and collection is on roughly 200 acres in Colorado Springs, CO, and is out by itself, as it needs to be, seen here:
Dragon Man started his collection after being drafted in the Vietnam War effort and getting a taste of the big guns, and learning the value of hard work working multiple jobs so he could buy the things he wanted. And he did.
But tragedy struck, and took his wife from him. This would take the will out of many men, but the Dragon Man has persevered with the help of his daughters. Today, he runs a gun shop, multiple shooting ranges, tours, and anything else he wants to do on his land. You can read a bit more in depth about the death of his wife and how he almost became super famous, here at the Gazette:
Check out his website for a rundown of antics, and schedule a tour while you're at it
Now this looks like my kinda place. And you though 'beer gardens' were a new idea
Caption on this photo states it was taken in Georgia. Really could have been anywhere in the deep south after a hard days work.
Real life horse trading going on, 1940, in Kentucky.
Thousands more photos just like this, from the Library of Congress. Your tax dollars at work, so why not take a bit to enjoy some of them. Click below.
Library of Congress
The World Rally Championship. Art on wheels. Home to arguably the worlds best drivers and closest to the edge driving you will ever see. Here we have the Rally Monte Carlo, made even better (more treacherous) with ice and snow. The first round of the 2017 WRC championship is amplified by the skillful use of drones and helicopters equipped with HD cameras with skilled pilots. It's a wonderful dance to witness, and a great start to what we hope is a season full of thrills. Rally Monte Carlo is one of the most technical rallys of the year, and also visually stunning. Two minutes is not enough. Hopefully this wonderful camera work continues.
After checking out the aerial view, below is a front and center video showcasing the skill, concentration, and guts it takes to complete a rally stage at the World Class level. Poetry in motion.
Cigar smoking, milk (and whiskey) drinking Richard Overton is America's oldest living WWII Veteran. 109 years old. He was born in 1906, drives a 1970's Ford Truck (like a true American) and lives in his house in Texas, he built in 1945, after the war.
He provides one of the most inspirational videos you may ever see, thanks to National Geographic.
While you're here, his family also needs a bit of help in keeping his household up and running, so maybe you could toss a couple dollars his way, they are close to their goal. Pretty sure he's never asked for anyone's help before a day in his life. Just click the link below:
Help Richard Overton
Fascinating read about a lost German family in Death Valley, how they were discovered missing, and how they were eventually found.
Take a bit to read from the link below. It's worth it.
The Death Valley Germans
Now, me personally, the Greatest Of All Time is hard to pinpoint. Just having the argument is fun in itself. It's also fun to discover a hidden gem that pushes your original thoughts and beliefs in a different, but just as exciting, way. This is that. Here is Andre 3000, one half of Atlanta based Outkast (who one could argue is the greatest rap group of all time), laying down some unique, clean, and concise bars to further make his case as the GOAT. 20 minutes of this would not be enough. Enjoy.