State, national trends converge in election
By Scott Buchanan
By any measure, the 2016 presidential election was unprecedented. Some have compared the election as a surprise along the lines of Harry Truman’s defeat of Thomas Dewey in 1948. However, Donald Trump’s victory in 2016 is an even bigger shocker than 1948. Truman was an incumbent president who campaigned feverishly, while Thomas Dewey stopped campaigning in mid-October 1948 and began planning his transition. Others have commented that Trump’s victory was more akin to Andrew Jackson’s victory in 1828. Trump’s victory was even more improbable than either 1828 or 1948 in the sense that Trump has never held political office previously, making him the first president in that category.
A gift after 150 years gone
By Charleston Mercury Staff
Regular Mercury readers will likely remember a cover story from the February 2015 edition exploring a mysterious Confederate diary recovered from a dying Charlestonian in the last days of the War Between the States by a Union soldier and residing with that soldier’s family for generations.
A whisky club like no other
By the Whisky Couple
Have you ever heard of the Scotch Malt Whisky Society, in short, SMWS? Yes? Good for you. No? Then it’s about time! I immediately confess that I am somewhat biased, being an official ambassador of the SMWS and a long-time member (since 1990). So forgive me that I write about something close to the heart. However I am sure the readers of the salmon sheets will enjoy the story — and may benefit from it.
Cruising along the Caledonian Canal
By the Whisky Couple
Not too long back, your Whisky Couple joined a group of Dutch and German whisky aficionados who had signed up for a whisky sailing cruise in Scotland. Our vessel was The Flying Dutchman, a two-masted tall ship owned and captained by Dutchman Klaas van Twillert. Klaas has been sailing the Scottish waters for almost two decades and knows them like the back of his hand. Our task would be to arrange a couple of distillery visits along the way and bring a special dram or two on board — it was a fine invitation to accept. In one week we would sail from the west coast to Inverness by way of the Caledonian Canal.
A father-daughter still hunt
By Ford Walpole
The other evening, my daughter English Calhoun and I went still-hunting for deer. Her younger brother Ned was at a friend’s house, so our father-daughter evening would be free of squabbling over who gets to shoot, who sits where, or any other unforeseen, though inevitable conflicts of sibling rivalry.
Apollonia, wherefore art thou?
Waring Library Society Medical History Moment
By Theresa S. Gonzales
Recently I had a health issue that I had never experienced before, after practicing dentistry for more than 32 years: I had a toothache. It occurred to me, though I have treated literally thousands of toothaches in my career, I had never had any pain related to my dentition.