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Noted story teller and former journalist Mike Allen narrates amazing tales about people, places and events from Connecticut history, featuring interviews from a wide range of guests. These episodes make history relatable, interesting, fun and informative. You don‘t have to be from Connecticut to enjoy these stories -- you just need to find history interesting and you should like to know the story behind the story. New episodes are posted every other Thursday. Episode lengths will vary -- as this series subscribes to the adage: we take the time it takes to tell the story. Theme music (Musical Interlewd 1, intro; Musical Interlewd 2, outro) by Christopher Cech. Podcast logo design by Ashley Cech. Amazing Tales from Off and On Connecticut’s Beaten Path is a production of True North Associates, LLC.

Amazing Tales from Off and On Connecticut‘s Beaten Path Mike Allen

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Noted story teller and former journalist Mike Allen narrates amazing tales about people, places and events from Connecticut history, featuring interviews from a wide range of guests. These episodes make history relatable, interesting, fun and informative. You don‘t have to be from Connecticut to enjoy these stories -- you just need to find history interesting and you should like to know the story behind the story. New episodes are posted every other Thursday. Episode lengths will vary -- as this series subscribes to the adage: we take the time it takes to tell the story. Theme music (Musical Interlewd 1, intro; Musical Interlewd 2, outro) by Christopher Cech. Podcast logo design by Ashley Cech. Amazing Tales from Off and On Connecticut’s Beaten Path is a production of True North Associates, LLC.

    The Odd Notch Along Connecticut’s Northern Border

    The Odd Notch Along Connecticut’s Northern Border

    The border between Massachusetts and Connecticut was supposed to be a straight line. So said the King of England, when he granted the Massachusetts Bay Colony their charter in 1642. So why do we, today, have the Southwick Jog – a small notch of land that juts down into Connecticut? Hear about the 160-years of “back-and-forth” history behind this disputed, one-square-mile of territory – as well as the many logistical issues it has caused – from the Treasurer of the Southwick Historical Society, Patricia Odiorne.

    • 19 min
    Connecticut’s Only Pro Football Team

    Connecticut’s Only Pro Football Team

    Most people react in disbelief when you tell them about Connecticut’s professional football team – a team that actually belonged to the National Football League. It’s true. The Hartford Blues even played the venerable “Big Blue” New York Giants. Hear the intriguing story behind this franchise from Bridgeport author Andy Piascik.

    • 13 min
    How an American Industry Grew but Then Left Big Problems

    How an American Industry Grew but Then Left Big Problems

    The former Gilbert and Bennett Company in Georgetown, Connecticut is the epitome of the story of the early American industrial development cycle – starting with home-based operations, followed by the opening of a large manufacturing complex, broader international markets, fierce competition, and (after nearly 200 years) bankruptcy and site abandonment. Today, its vacant site is an industrial wasteland in the middle of leafy mid-Fairfield County. You won’t believe which product the company invented during the Civil War years that we still use to this very day. Join Georgetown historical expert Brent Colley for the fascinating story behind this iconic operation.

    • 16 min
    Did JFK Single-Handedly Kill the Hatting Industry?

    Did JFK Single-Handedly Kill the Hatting Industry?

    There was a time when a man did not venture out of the house without a hat on his head. He wouldn’t have been considered completely dressed otherwise. When did that change? What killed the hatting industry? And, why? A story that many people have heard is that it was President John F. Kennedy and his lack of wearing a top hat to his presidential inauguration in 1961. Hatting industry expert Bill Devlin sorts the facts from the fiction in this episode that is both historically poignant as well as a fascinating story of presidential intrigue.

    • 13 min
    The Day the Clowns Cried at the Worst Circus Fire in U.S. History

    The Day the Clowns Cried at the Worst Circus Fire in U.S. History

    The deadliest fire at a circus in U.S. history occurred in Hartford, CT in 1944. The fire killed 186 patrons, mostly women and children. The most unbelievable part of the story, though, is how it may have started. The official cause, nearly 80 years afterwards, is still listed as “undetermined,” but the potential case to be made for arson – as told by feature writer Erik Ofgang – will literally leave you incredulous.

    • 30 min
    Charles Ives - So Much More than ”Just” a Musical Giant

    Charles Ives - So Much More than ”Just” a Musical Giant

    When you hear the name Charles Ives, one tends to think of the word cacophony – as in discordant music. The Danbury, CT native created sounds and symphonies that were so ahead of their time that they took the general public several decades to truly appreciate his genius. Now, Ives is considered one of the finest U.S. composers to have ever lived. But the truly amazing part of the Ives story is actually all of the other incredible achievements that he accomplished during his lifetime, well beyond music. The unbelievable story of his exploits is told by Danbury Museum and Historical Society Executive Director Brigid Guertin and the Executive Editor of the Charles Ives Society, Jim Sinclair.

    • 27 min

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