August 25th is the 84th birthday of novelist Frederick Forsyth (born 1938 – pictured above.) Forsyth was the author of The Day of the Jackal, The Odessa File, The Fourth Protocol, The Dogs of War, The Devil’s Alternative, and many others.
This birthday is shared by humorist Bret Harte (born 1836), and the late American humorist Patrick F. McManus (born 1933). McManus was born and raised in Sandpoint, Idaho, so his books could be classified as American Redoubt humor.
Today we present a guest article by Brandon Smith, that first appeared at his Alt-Market.us site.
We are still seeking entries for Round 102 of the SurvivalBlog non-fiction writing contest. More than $750,000 worth of prizes have been awarded since we started running this contest. Round 102 ends on September 30th, so get busy writing and e-mail us your entry. Remember that there is a 1,500-word minimum, and that articles on practical “how-to” skills for survival have an advantage in the judging.