Al Hunter’s Story Archive

Osborn Oldroyd — Keeper of the Lincoln Flame, Part 2

Abraham Lincoln collector and self-appointed curator of the Lincoln legend, Osborn Oldroyd, was not the type of man to stay down for long. After being unceremoniously kicked out of the Lincoln home in Springfield, Illinois in 1893, he soon found a new home for his “Lincoln museum”  in Washington, D.C. … Read More

Osborn Oldroyd — Keeper of the Lincoln Flame, Part 1

In the seven years since I ran Parts I and II of this article, much has changed. Osborn Oldroyd has remained the windmill I tilt at and he has never strayed far from my side. I will share the “new” developments about this man in part III of this series. … Read More

Harlow Hickenlooper: The End of An Era

Last week, it happened. Hal Fryar died. Hal, better known to generations of Hoosiers as Harlow Hickenlooper, made it to his 90th birthday on June 8th but died peacefully in his sleep a couple weeks later on June 25th. I would like to thank all of you who sent birthday … Read More

Gus Grissom and Apollo 1

Al is on vacation. This column is reprinted from the February 17, 2012 edition. I’m a space kid. I was born just over a year after America launched her first man into space and I was named by my mother after that man, Alan Shepard. Many of my earliest memories … Read More

Harry Houdini and Abraham Lincoln

Magician Harry Houdini had a very unlikely boyhood hero — a hero adored by a generation before Houdini’s 1874 birth and a hero worshiped by generations hence. Harry Houdini’s hero was Abraham Lincoln. Houdini’s devotion to Lincoln could be found on stage during his shows. He traveled with a pet … Read More