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     Excuse us for living, but some of us are old enough to remember Bill Moyers as more than just a distinguished talk show host on PBS TV. Bill Moyers first served in the Kennedy administration as Deputy Director of the Peace Corps, 1962-1963. He then moved on to be Special Assistant to President Johnson, 1963-1967, most notably organizing the Great Society legislation and the “War on Poverty,” plus serving as White House Press Secretary. There was even serious talk and consideration over the years that followed of a Bill Moyers for president campaign that never came to fruition.

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         Bill Moyers distinguished himself as a commentator & interviewer on PBS TV stations over a span of almost 45 years. During those years, he also provided analysis…

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Teacher’s Stories #1

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A Teacher’s Stories, No. 1

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     Excuse us for living, but we teachers all have enough stories to cause each of us to say that familiar phrase, “I could write a book.” Such stories run the gambit depending on our assignments and positions as educators. For me it was thirteen years as a teacher and twenty years as an administrator. So the stories are not solely what children said and did – -though those are the most precious – -but also about things I did and school events. My career as an educator spanning those thirty-three years took me to seven school districts, in six different schools, serving “very approximately” 4,000+ children. My envy goes out to my fellow educators who had the luxury to work in one school in one school district their entire career.


     Ridgedale School on Ridgedale Avenue, Florham Park…

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JERUSALEM: ‘ Cradle of History at the Beginning the United Kingdom at the End ‘

#AceHistoryNews – Aug.05: Archaeologists on a two-decade-long mission have discovered the gate and the fortifications of one of the most coveted ancient Biblical cities – Philistine Gath, located in the Judean foothills. The city was also home to Goliath.
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The gate to the city, where the biblical giant warrior Goliath, defeated by young David, the future king of Israel, came from, was enormous.

It is among the largest found to date in digs of this kind, says Professor Aren Maeir, of the Martin Department of Land, Israel Studies and Archaeology at the Bar-Ilan University. The finding, he says, is evidence of the city’s political influence in the 10th – 9th centuries BCE, during the ‘United Kingdom’ of Israel and the reign of King Ahab of Israel.

The Biblical city is located in the Judean foothills, between Jerusalem and Ashkelon, in the Tel Zafit national park, where Maeir and his team’s excavations has been ongoing for some time. Their long-term aim is to study the way of life and history of the city.

The ancient city was destroyed in 830 BCE by Damascan King Hazael, according to the university. But the area of Tell es-Safi/Gath is said to be one of the largest ancient ruin mounds in Israel, and was settled from around the 5th century BCE.

Aside from the gate, a sturdy fortified wall was uncovered, together with some buildings that once belonged to Gath – they included a temple and an iron production facility.

Maeir’s expedition is aided by researchers from the University of Melbourne, University of Manitoba, Brigham Young University, Yeshiva University, University of Kansas, Grand Valley State University of Michigan and several Korean universities, as well as global institutions.

The group is continuously posting any significant progress on its website, and has so far uncovered Philistine temples, dating from the 11th – 9th centuries BCE, traces of an earthquake, dating back to the 8th century BCE – and thought to be connected to the ancient earthquake mentioned in the Book of Amos; and the earliest decipherable Philistine writing to ever be discovered, containing two names, said to be similar to ‘Goliath’.


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