Features and Stories

Lasedi La Rona Diamond

10/05/2017

Updated 10/08/2018

A little over a week ago, the Lesedi La Rona diamond, the second-biggest gem-quality* diamond ever found, sold for a whopping $53 million. Well, whopping is a relative term here, just a few years prior the diamond had failed to sell at auction when nobody was willing to meet the opening bid price, which Sotheby’s had set at $70 million. At 1,109-carats (about…read more

Free Fallin’

10/03/2017

Updated 10/08/2018

With the passing of the great American rock musician Tom Petty, SilverMedals.net would like to highlight his second-best-selling track, “Free Fallin”, which was included on the excellent album Full Moon Fever. The album was Petty’s first solo album (without the Heartbreakers, although Heartbreakers guitarist Mike Campbell appeared frequently on the album) and included many great tracks in addition to “Free Fallin” such as…read more

Kim Shattuck — The Second Person to Play Bass for the Pixies

09/28/2017

Updated 01/06/2019

When the Pixies1 reunited in 2004, it was a huge prayer answered for many devoted fans. Having previously been disbanded in 1992 by frontman Black Francis, a.k.a. Frank Black—real name Charles Thompson (which is what we’ll call him for the rest of this piece)—the odds of the post-punk band ever playing again seemed slim at best. There were stories of…read more

Second U.S. Soldier Killed During the Vietnam War

09/28/2017

Updated 10/08/2018

In honor of the excellent Ken Burns and Lynn Novick documentary The Vietnam War, which is currently showing on PBS, I thought it was a fitting time to highlight Harry Griffith Cramer, Jr., the person considered to be the second U.S. soldier killed during that conflict. Before we go on, it’s worth mentioning that this is a case where it is difficult…read more

Second Day of School for the Little Rock Nine

09/26/2017

Updated 02/12/2019

Editor’s Note: SilverMedals.net defines the second day of school for the Little Rock Nine as the second day they were able to actually enter the school. Their first day was supposed to be 9/4/57, but they were turned away by soldiers from the Arkansas National Guard. The first day they were actually able to enter Little Rock Central High School,…read more

Geri Reischl — the “Fake” Jan Brady

09/12/2017

Updated 10/26/2018

Geri Reischl may not be a household name but she occupies a rather unique place in American pop-cultural history. Some may know her for her singing. Some may know her for her toy ads in the late 60s and early 70s. There are many French Canadians who may remember Reischl from when she toured with singer René Simard. But the…read more