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Circa 1954, English novelist and magazine columnist Monica Dickens reads to her children from "A Christmas Carol" by her grandfather Charles Dickens.  
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He built the beach cruiser and sold a lifestyle

Jul 28, 2017
Larry McNeely designed the sturdy upright bike for jaunts at Southern California beaches. Can you feel the wind in your hair?
Beach cruisers are ubiquitous in Venice Beach with dozens of rental shops along the boardwalk.
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How did summer get to be such a make-or-break season for Hollywood?

Jul 21, 2017
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A poster advertising the anniversary collector's edition of the movie "Jaws" is posted on a lifeguard tower on Zuma Beach in Malibu, California, in 2000. 
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The internship, brought to you by summer

Jul 12, 2017
Today's summer internships — 42 percent of which are unpaid — have their roots in apprenticeships from an earlier era.
Interns run with a court decision to reporters stationed outside of the U.S. Supreme Court June 29, 2015 in Washington, DC.
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Summer camp has grown into a very big business

Jul 7, 2017
Millions of kids attend camps, which increasingly have to offer more than just color wars and swimming lessons to win customers
At the Admiral Farragut Academy summer camp a senior cadet instructs a younger camper on how to use a bow, circa 1950.
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The "Coppertone Girl" is all grown up

Jul 4, 2017
As a toddler, Cheri Irwin modeled for her mother. It made her rear-end famous.
The Coppertone logo on a building in Miami. 
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How Weber Grills came to be

Jul 3, 2017
Weber's 'brand godfather' spent his career building 'barbecue culture around the world.'
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The inside scoop on ice cream: George Washington, fist fights and custard

Jun 30, 2017
Journalist Amy Ettinger writes about the history of the frozen treat in her book 'Sweet Spot.'
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Here’s the company that makes those National Park and Smokey Bear signs

Jun 23, 2017
One woman started it out of a garage and now they make 25,000 signs and markers a year
Wood Product Signs and Rocky Mountain Aluminum workers posing with Smokey the Bear signs.
Courtesy Wood Product Signs and Rocky Mountain Aluminum

How summer festivals boost town economies and foster community pride

Jun 16, 2017
Festivals generate revenue for local businesses, but they help build a sense of community as well
Crowds gather at a film festival in Telluride, Colorado.
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