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  • August 19, 2013

    Sometimes People Vanish

    By David E. Petzal

    On July 23, a 66-year-old woman from Tennessee, Geraldine Largay, was supposed to meet her husband at a point on the Appalachian Trail in Maine, and when she failed to make the rendezvous, he declared her missing. Largay was an experienced hiker and in good health, but she simply vanished. Despite an intensive search, which has just been scaled back, there is not a trace of her. Heart attack? Bear? Human monster? We don’t know and we may never know.

    The most notable wilderness disappearance was that of Congressman Hale Boggs, whose plane vanished in a remote part of Alaska in 1972, resulting in the most sustained and intensive rescue search in U.S. history. Not a trace was found. The plane, Hale Boggs, and his fellow passengers simply ceased to exist.

  • August 31, 2011

    What's Your Ideal Trail Gun?

    By Phil Bourjaily

    This week on The Gun Nuts, Eddie Nickens talks about trail guns, using my two .22 handguns as examples. As Eddie points out, .22's are fun and inexpensive to shoot and can be loaded with a wide range of ammo. Nevertheless, they may not fit the bill as everyone’s trail gun.

  • February 25, 2010

    Petzal: Free Willy?

    By David E. Petzal

    Today’s New York Times contained two stories about fatal animal attacks on humans. One was by a killer whale named Tilikum who grabbed his “trainer” at Sea World in Orlando and drowned her. The second was about the police officer who was forced to kill Travis the chimp in Stamford, CT, about a year ago, after Travis attacked and nearly killed a friend of his owner.

  • March 16, 2009

    Mr. Echols' Legend, Explained (Part II)

    By David E. Petzal

    Continued from Part I