SPAM Problems

Like many of you, I am having a major problem with SPAM email. As a domain owner, at one point I was receiving upwards of one hundred SPAM emails per hour. If I went a full day without checking my email, there would be over 2,000 emails waiting for me! Out of these 2,000 emails, only 5 or 6 would be legitimate. The rest would be SPAM emails. Out of desperation, I purchased an anti-SPAM program and installed it, but many legitimate emails were not getting through to me due to their being rejected as SPAM. Then, I tried an anti-SPAM program that intercepted email at the server level but it didn't work any better. Part of the problem is that most anti-SPAM programs have built-in lists of domains of known SPAMers. The people sending out SPAM emails do not want to be traced so they use false return addresses. A few months back a SPAMer used historybuff.com as their return address. In three days I received in excess of 80,000 emails that had bounced back to my domain as "user unknown". Now historybuff.com is on the lists of known SPAMers. I am at a loss on what to do as several people have related to me that their email to me was rejected as SPAM. Are there any anti-SPAM programs that you know of that actually do work? That is, keep most of the SPAM out but let the legitimate emails get through? Let me know if you know of a good one. In the meantime, if your email to me bounces back as SPAM, you may use my private email address: [email protected]. However, please use this alternate email address ONLY if your first email bounces back as SPAM.

Useless, But Interesting, Information
  • Do you remember the Victorian house seen in the 1960 Hitchcock movie "Psycho" staring Anthony Perkins and Janet Leigh? The same house was used in the television series "The Munsters" which ran from 1964 to 1966.

  • Do you remember the house the Cleavers from the television series "Leave it to Beaver" lived in for their last several seasons? The same house was used several seasons later in the television series "Marcus Welby, MD".

  • Do you remember the carriage that was used to carry Dorothy and her friends around the Emerald City in the classic movie "The Wizard of Oz"? That same carriage was originally commissioned to be built for Abraham Lincoln's use.


  • Something to Think About

  • Why is it that when two airplanes almost collide into each other in mid-air, that it is called a "near-miss"? Shouldn't it be a "near-hit"?

  • Why is it that we put suits in a garment bag and garments in a suitcase?

  • If diamonds are so rare, why is it a billion dollar industry?


    New Primary Source Material

    So far two people have responded to my request for narratives of how some event or era in American history affected them.

    Neal R. Bruckman submitted a narrative about when he was an editor of a New York newspaper when news of the assassination of John F. Kennedy came in. Read his submission at:

    http://www.historybuff.com/everyday/jfk1.html

    Chassie Klinekole submitted her narrative of how the news of the September 11, 2001, terrorist bombing of the World Trade Center and Pentagon affected her. Read her submission at:

    http://www.historybuff.com/everyday/911-1.html


    Important Archive Obtained

    HistoryBuff.com recently received on consignment an important archive of American historic newspapers. While the archive is small when it comes to quantity (there are only thirty newspapers), the quality is significant. I would say that of the top fifty events in American history, this archive contains thirty of them. The archive includes:

    • A printing of the "Call to Arms" editorial that rallied the Colonists to begin the Revolutionary War

    • George Washington's Farewell Address, named President, inaugurated and death issues

    • Printing of the Monroe Doctrine

    • Printing of the Treaty of Ghent that ended the War of 1812

    • Coverage of the Battle of Lake Erie that includes Perry's famous quote "We have met the enemy, and they are Ours!"

    • Shooting of Jesse James

    • The battle between the Monitor and Merrimack

    • Lincoln's Gettysburg Address

    • Sinking of the Maine

    • The Lewis and Clark Expedition

    • The Battle of Gettysburg

    • Printing of the agreement between France and the United States for the Louisiana Purchase

    • Explosion of the Hindenburg in a New York Times RAG EDITION
    • Plus over a dozen more important events in American history

    So far I have fifteen of these historic newspapers scanned and about to go up in the Online Newspaper Archives section of HistoryBuff.com. The first batch of historic newspapers from this archive will be auctioned in the HistoryBuff Auction starting soon. The remaining issues will be in the July auction. The auction can be accessed at:

  • HistoryBuff.com Survey
    Thanks to those who filled out and submitted my survey in the past few months. I would appreciate it if you have not yet filled out the survey if you would fill out the survey form and submit it. The URL for the survey is: http://www.historybuff.com/survey/survey.html. Thanks in advance.

    POLL RESULTS -- ????? VOTES CAST
    In your opinion, did President Bush know in advance of a major terrorist act pending PRIOR to September 11, 2001?
    No52.1%
    Yes37.3%
    Not sure10.4%

    April Contest

    APRIL ISSUE'S QUESTION: Three American presidents appeared on American television shows as entertainment. (State of the Union Addresses, Message to the People of the United States, Political Debates, etc. do not count.) One hosted a television series years prior to being elected president, one appeared as a guest on a talk show and played a musical instrument just prior to being elected, and the third appeared on a comedy/variety show as a guest after leaving office. Name these three presidents and what show/series they appeared on as entertainers.

    ANSWER: Ronald Reagan was host of the GE Theater and also Death Valley Days. (Few were able to name both shows, but since I only implied one show, I accepted either or both as correct.)

    Bill Clinton was one also an entertainer on a television show and all entries correctly named him. However, most answered either the Jay Leno Show or the David Letterman show. The correct answer was the Arsenio Hall show.

    Most people had the third president incorrect. The correct answer was Richard Nixon and the Laugh In show. (His only line was "Sock it to me" which was a running gag throughout the episode.)

    This Month's Question

    Only two women have been BOTH wife and mother of a United States President. What were their names?

    Contest entry deadline is Wednesday, May 12, 2004. Only one entry per subscriber. Later entries will be disqualified. To enter, email your answer to [email protected] with the subject heading "Contest Entry". From subscribers submitting the correct answer and correct subject heading, three will be selected at random to win an original historic newspaper from 1824. To give more people a chance to win a historic newspaper, previous winners are NOT eligible to win.



    That's it for this issue.

    Rick Brown

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