A Brief

What do Phoenix, Arizona and Jamestown, Virginia--the first permanent English settlement in America--have in common?  John Smith was instrumental in the establishment of both towns.  More precisely, a John Smith helped establish each town.  Our John Smith was a Lieutenant in the U.S. Army at Fort McDowell, which was established 258 years ...


Some street names simply cry out for an explanation.  Others quietly hide their origins behind a name that seems to need no explanation.  The streets below are some that have aroused my curiosity in nearly three decades of  ...


The future isn't what it used to be, at least as far as commercial architecture is concerned. In the 1950's and 60's an evolving building style thrust passersby into the architect's view of the future. These futuristic creations which look like they might have been teleported from Tomorrowland or the Jetsons actually owe their origins to the intense competition for attention  ...


For better than 40 years police have been reading suspects their rights because of a landmark 1966 United States Supreme Court case, Miranda v. Arizona.  That case had its origins in an interrogation room of the Phoenix Police Department.  ...

Sandra Day
and Her

In 1999 Arizona's U.S. Senators Jon Kyle and John McCain introduced legislation to name a new federal courthouse under construction at 401 W. Washington Street after the state's most distinguished jurist. It is unusual for a federal building to be named after a public servant who is still serving, but ...

Diamondback Fever at the B.O.B.

The Arizona Diamondbacks trailed the New York Yankees 2-1 with one out in the bottom of the 9th inning of the last game of the 2001 World Series. The Yankees--winners of four of the last five World Championships-- were virtually assured of another victory. ...