Since 1965, award-winning, internationally published features describing the vital but overlooked people, places, and significant events of the 20th Century. Enter the same history-changing but intact locales from the past as they appeared then in rare photos and as they are now.
Every locale is personally visited, extensively researched, and fully documented with photos from the era contrasted with present-day images. These include world exclusives in revealing the intact existence of Winston Churchill’s wartime Cabinet War Rooms, and in disclosing the equally intact existence of Bletchley Park, where the German Enigma cypher was broken by 12,000 British codebreakers.
The author, a Chicago-based educator and dynamic program presenter, is available for 60-90 minute image-based presentations about any of the original features appearing on this site. Jerome O’Connor was named the U. S. Naval Institute’s 2001 “Author of the Year”.
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BOULEVARD OF BROKEN DREAMS - THE GRAND PLAN FOR THE MIDWAY AFTER THE 1893 CHICAGO WORLD'S FAIRTHE I & M CANAL AND THE ORIGINS OF CHICAGOLOUIS SULLIVAN AND THE ART OF ARCHITECTUREBLETCHLEY PARK, ALAN TURING AND ENIGMA - UPDATE AND NEW DETAILSWORLD WAR ONE REVISITED - CLASSES IN CHICAGO AREA NOWARSENAL OF DEMOCRACY TOURSARSENAL OF DEMOCRACY - HOW THE HOME FRONT MOBILIZED TO DEFEAT THE AXISMOTOR ROW MEMORIES - THE ONLY AREA IN CHICAGO TO BUY A CAR AT THE DAWN OF THE AUTOMOBILE ERATRENT PARK TATTLETALES - THE LONDON MANSION WHERE 63 NAZI GENERALS LIVED IN LUXURYINSIDE FRANK GEHRY'S BEDOUIN TENT - THE PREMIER ARCHITECT OF THE DIGITAL AGEWESTERN APPROACHES COMMAND - LIVERPOOL'S UNKNOWN UNDERGROUND COMPLEX THAT CONTROLLED WARTIME CONVOYSCHURCHILL'S CABINET WAR ROOMS - WORLD EXCLUSIVE REVEALED IN 1978U BOAT SANCTUARY - INSIDE THE INDESTRUCTIBLE U BOAT BASES IN BRITTANYFDR'S SECRET MISSION TO SINGAPORE - THE US NAVY NEARED COMBAT WEEKS BEFORE PEARL HARBORSOUTHWICK HOUSE - WHERE IKE LAUNCHED THE INVASION - THEN AND NOWUNDECLARED WAR - HOW FDR VIOLATED THE NEUTRALITY ACT TO SAVE BRITAIN FROM DEFEATBLETCHLEY PARK AND ALAN TURING - BRITAIN'S MOST IMPORTANT WARTIME SECRETFATEFUL ORDERS - HOW 3 US OCEAN LINERS CARRIED 20,000 BRITISH TROOPS TO WARGHOST SHIPS - THE UNKNOWN PRE-WAR US NAVY GLOBE-CIRCLING VOYAGETop-Secret ULTRAAlan Turing - EnigmaChurchill Cabinet War Rooms