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JUL 05, 2013 - American Spectator

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The Great American Birthday Party

What kind of Bicentennial was it? Garish and understated, banal and uplifting, ridiculous and dignified, irrelevant and thoroughly appropriate. Americans celebrated in the strangest ways. In St. Louis, a pre-medical student stood on his head on the wings of a hi-plane. About 500 miles northeast of Bermuda, a man named Karl Thompson, trying to accomplish one of the last great un-achieved feats, a free balloon crossing of the Atlantic, had to leap from his craft, the Spirit of ‘76, and was rescued after four days in a liferaft by a Russian freighter. Across the country, flagpole sitters ... Read More

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