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  • September 26, 2014 1:40 PM

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    PEP (Person of Exceptional Prominence) Spot Light: 
    John Coltrane (September 23, 1926 – July 17, 1967) 

                   Legendary jazz performer and inductee to the Jazz Hall of Fame, John Coltrane is one of the most dominant figures that has influenced generations of jazz musicians.  Prior to his association with musical greats like Dizzy Gillespie, Johnny Hodges, and Earl Bostic, John Coltrane entered military service in 1945 and played in the Navy jazz band while stationed in Hawaii.

                   When Coltrane entered military service, all personnel were required to have a chest x-ray as part of their induction requirements.  Within John Coltrane’s record, one such x-ray exists.  As the reformatting staff of the Preservation Programs at St. Louis scanned his military record for public use, his x-ray was scanned also.  There are several preservation reasons why x-rays are scanned.  First, the x-ray is part of Coltrane’s file, and thus an integral part of his historical record which is available to the public.  Secondly, providing a scanned image eliminates the need for a user to wear clean gloves so no oils from their hands would transfer onto the silver emulsion of the x-ray.  Secondly, the base that the x-ray film is on is acetate film (a.k.a Safety Film) which decomposes over time letting off gases that smell like vinegar hence, the commonly used term “vinegar syndrome”.  Vinegar Syndrome occurs when acetic acid is released from the acetate based film leading to the vinegar smell.  This deterioration makes the plastic film base brittle, buckle, shrink, and liquefy.  Keeping the film in a controlled environment helps reduce the continuation of the base’s degradation.  Lastly, the x-ray can be scratched easily if not handled appropriately.  

                     On occasion, the x-rays are digitally enhanced so the image is clearer, and in doing so, helping the researcher and improving public access.  These documents and x-rays are placed on DVDs so researchers can access exact replicas and prevent damage to the original document.

  • September 25, 2014 7:00 PM
    Time MagazineSeptember 25, 1944Vol. XLIV No. 13 US EditionLt. General Lee

    Time Magazine
    September 25, 1944
    Vol. XLIV No. 13 US Edition
    Lt. General Lee

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During WW2, long and dangerous missions often meant that fighter pilots returned to their base with only a few minutes of fuel left in their airplanes. African-American pilots of the US Army 15th AAF squadron, circa 1944, formed the “Three Minute Egg Club” for those who had returned to base from combat at least once with less than 3 minutes’ worth of fuel.
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    During WW2, long and dangerous missions often meant that fighter pilots returned to their base with only a few minutes of fuel left in their airplanes. African-American pilots of the US Army 15th AAF squadron, circa 1944, formed the “Three Minute Egg Club” for those who had returned to base from combat at least once with less than 3 minutes’ worth of fuel.

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  • September 24, 2014 5:20 PM
    
Veronica Lake photographed by Peter Stackpole, 1941.

    Veronica Lake photographed by Peter Stackpole, 1941.

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In the seventeenth chapter of Saint Luke it is written 'the kingdom of God is within man.” Not one man, nor a group of men, but in all men. In you, the people. You the people have the power, the power to create machines, the power to create happiness. You the people have the power to make life free and beautiful, to make this life a wonderful adventure. - Charlie Chaplin

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