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Historical Recognition Video: Can You Help?

It started with a single piece of a paper.

At age 14, my grandfather showed me a yellowed note written by his father. It was a listing of my great-grandfather’s grandparents, their children and their grandchildren. On the top of the paper was a note that my great-great-great grandparents came from Laurel County, KY about 1878. My curiosity was piqued. I had to know more.

The curiosity has turned into a lifelong hobby. I have researched family history since, and the journey has taken me across the country meeting amazing long-lost cousins. Rallying descendants from various lines of my heritage, we’ve erected tombstones for several ancestors who never had them. I’ve written books about my family. I documented family lines of those forefathers who served in the American Revolution and later joined the Sons of the American Revolution.

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Beyond the Ordinary
UPS package lab

In 1949, the New Yorker Magazine sent writer Phillip Hamburger to see what kind of operation was being run by a then middle-aged Jim Casey, founder of UPS. Hamburger’s story focused on Jim’s nearly maniacal devotion to department store packages.  They were UPS’s bread and butter during the 30’s, 40’s and 50’s. The New Yorker writer soon found out that Jim looked at packages like a jeweler looks at diamonds, each one special in its own right. It was during this era that a phrase was coined that still adorns the walls of local UPS facilities: Every Parcel a Guest of Honor. Sounding a bit archaic today, the slogan still holds solid meaning for UPSers like Worldport Security Manager Jeff Savage.

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